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Posted by Krista on 06/06/2012
I am surprised at the negative reviews. I have been to the UWS and the Hell's Kitchen location and have had great experiences at both. Yes the one on the UWS is noisy but it's a neighborhood restaurant and a local watering hole after a certain hour. The one in Hell's kitchen is definitely the most ornately designed. I always get the roast chicken, fries and hot dogs, avacado salad, calamarie, rice & beans, and plantains and never once have I been disappointed.
Posted by David on 05/28/2012
I've been here three times. This was the first time I didn't get the Pio Pio roasted chicken. I got the Corvina. Sorry, but not so good. The sauce was super heavy and way too much, drowning the whole plate, let alone the fish. The fish had a ton of bones, which made it not pleasurable. The mashed potatoes under the fish and the ton of sauce was gooey and gluelike. I had the ceviche again for an app -- as always, really good. My friend's sea bass was incredible. The avocado salad is just iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, and sliced avocado -- not exciting. Other friends got the chicken. After the third time, we realize it's just "chicken and fries." So, it's hit or miss. For the price, there are many other restaurants much better in that price range. The decor is cool. But it does lend itself to be loud -- but so are many other places.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/21/2011
Drinks never refilled and started putting chairs up on the tables while many were still eating.
Posted by Artis on 10/08/2011
I can only imagine that the reason Pio Pio's overall rating is this high is that it's only been reviewed by drunk tourists who don't know any better. And "tourists" includes anyone who just moved here, or only eats in big loud touristy restaurants and has no relative concept of quality or value. The one star is for the kitchen, as the chicken that finally arrived was reasonably tasty (though it came with no sides and no sauce). The entrees arrived over an hour after we sat down and we were never brought our drinks or appetizers. I finally went upstairs to the bar and bought a bottle of wine and brought it back to the table, so I could have a glass with my chicken. The service was slow, incompetent and just plain rude. Then we were charged for many of the items we ordered that were never delivered. The level of noise and service were both unacceptable by the standards of anyone who has eaten out in New York City before. I am not normally reactionary and I have to be truly offended to write this kind of review, but I left Pio Pio wanting my money and those 2+ hours of my life back. This place is expensive and loud.. Don't waste your time here. There are literally thousands of restaurants that will treat you better for far less money.
Posted by anonymous on 09/17/2011
Our group of 9 had a family style meal - chicken and sides, including drinks, appetizers and dessert tip & tax for $42 that is reasonable for Manhattan. Food - very good, tried a number of different Peruvian dishes. Service -good but sometimes too fast. servers hovering to remove plates before I was finished. Atmosphere - Friday night very busy & loud. Could not have a normal conversation. Hoarse from shouting to be heard. Birthdays celebrations every 15 minutes or so, the music blared even louder as staff brought out congratulatory desserts. Very high ceilings, acoustics designed for sound echo, could not hear ourselves over the loudness of music and other diners also shouting. Loud atmosphere & quick service gave the impression that the restaurant wanted to turn over tables and it worked. We couldn’t wait to get out and soothe our pounding heads. This is the first Pio Pio visit so I have nothing to compare this experience with. Would not go there again unless we sat outside.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/29/2011
They have a fun atmosphere, good food and I found the service to be fast. It is over-priced, but still worth a visit
Posted by August on 01/13/2011
Food is not bad; though way over priced. $30 for chicken and rice? Really? But the service is by far the worst. Waitstaff has no idea what to do and the food takes FOREVER to arrive. So if you want to spend a lot of money on good food and be treated like you're in the way as you wait endlessly, go there.