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Posted by Anonymous on 01/08/2011
I don't even remember how many years it's been since I've left a poor review for a restaurant. This place was just disappointing on so many levels. I've heard the hype about the chicken and I was really excited to try it. Went with a group on a weeknight and everything was poor. The waiter took our order 30 mins after we were seated. Drinks came out 15 minutes later. Appetizers came out 1 hour later. Ceviche. Which basically just needs to be plated. Then the chicken came out an hour after that. Which was over salted and dry. They didn't even give us sauce for the chicken until we asked for it 3 times. Ceviche was pretty good at least. The ambiance is also annoying with overly loud music and a table of jersey shore rejects didn't help. I will be heading to the other locations to hopefully get better chicken but I will never come back to this one.
Posted by allen on 04/25/2010
I'm glad we have one in HK now, but I'm upset it's trying to be a trendy Chelsea restaurant instead of what it always was - awesome, cheap and fresh. Now you have unripe avocado and cold fries. Portions are smaller but they still have that green sauce which is a plus.
Posted by JNDM on 04/08/2010
Pio Pio used to be my favorite restaurant in the city, but since it's exploded in popularity, the food quality (5 to 4) and service (4 to 2) have both deteriorated enough such that any wait to get a table is not worth it anymore. Also, the sangria is 90% ice and fruit, which was disappointing.
Posted by CyclingChick on 04/06/2010
My understanding is this is a family run restaurant that started as a take-out place in Queens- it explains the food. When we sat down to dinner, our food came out before our drinks - it took all of 5 minutes. We ordered the Matador - avocado salad, whole roasted chicken, french fries w sausage (that's how they do it in Peru and it's delicious!), rice and beans, fried sweet plantains...now I understand the chicken, rice and beans being cooked ahead of time - it only makes sense given the cooking time - but the fries/sausage and the plantains should have been cooked to order - they were clearly just waiting in the kitchen under a heat lamp and generally everything was cold. It's too bad, because the food has great flavor - the chicken was moist and the green spicy sauce they serve with it (basil, jalapenos, mayo, and more) - outstanding. Also they served everything at once – missing the concept of courses. We could have been finished and out of there in 30 minutes – not exactly a dining experience. Once they figure out how to bridge the gap between sit down and take out and make it more of an experience - this place will be amazing, they already have it figure out in terms of great atmosphere/décor/service - and it's large, good for parties.