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Posted by Fabiola Perez on 07/13/2010
The food here is excellent considering that I am Peruvian and not even the food in Peru is as good. Overall the taste is amazing and will have you coming back for more.
Posted by walter on 11/07/2009
started as a peruvian restaurant but then it was sold to colombian owners now new owners are puerto ricans and have add there taste for food and change how they cook peruvian dishes, plus the rostisiere chicken are not fresh and cook with salt and peppers thrown on top.So, if you have a delicate stomach not even try this food.
Posted by Dogged on 08/12/2009
I have come here for a couple of years. Mainly because of the seafood is prepared well and holds pretty true to Peruvian cuisine. However, I can no longer give them my business. EVERY time I get a check from them the prices are different than from the menu. $9 dollars for a corona! Main courses vary by $2-$5 from the listed price. Also, the hostess is always pleasant but the wait staff has become simply incompetent. I held out for many months but it only seems to have gotten worse. Very sad, I will miss the food, but $30 price tags for a one person single, course meal with one drink is absurd! And the waitress does a disappearing act after the first 5 minutes! No apparent management may be the problem but I'm not sticking around to find out.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/09/2009
my husband and i have come here at least once or twice a week for the last month to takeout a roasted chicken. it's pretty good- not incredible, but good, and cheap. thing is, every time we go we get asked to pay a different price for it. sometimes they just start out saying it's more than what it says on the menu- sometimes they double-tax. none of it makes any sense because of course you can figure out what the tax should be and add it to the menu price- and that's not what they're asking for. when we ask again about the price they back down and give it to you for the listed price- or close to it. but, what gives? it's 1 whole chicken- they can't feign ignorance about how much that costs. it just lends a bad taste to the whole place- why be so shady about it? after a few times of this we've decided it's just really distasteful to go there.
Posted by July on 04/28/2009
Like others reviews said food is too expensive for the quality, the chicken didn't have any flavor, the salad was acid, the service was good but need improvement in the quality of the food.
Posted by Vicky H. on 01/29/2009
I usually go after work for a quick lunch or sometimes dinner so I've always gotten their chicken combo. I happened to take a dear friend last Sunday and decided to try something different. The Pollo Saltado was pretty good although the chicken strips seemed undercooked so I asked if it could be cooked longer, and with an attitude, the waitress sent it back to the kitchen. My friend got the shell steak which was highly poor on seasoning but the "chimichurri" sauce saved her plate. As for me, it's rare for me to admit that poor service would ruin my meal, because that's definitely not my case. All I have to say is the whole sophisticated taste of wine the manager welcomes you with is worthless when you have an arrogant waitress, and it definitely shook up our meal after when we asked for the check. Good thing I had already been warned, the food price on the check is with the tax included already, which means that the other number you see is not tax, it's gratuity. 15 or 18% I believe. She definitely didn't deserve it but since it hasn't yet been proven to be unlawful, we didn't bother her about it. When we went up to register to pay, I asked the girl behind counter if the tip was included and she almost said no, but then rephrased her words and rolled her eyes when we were making our exit. Very friendly!
Posted by m brist on 01/19/2009
Negatives first: the food here is served in unnecessarily gargantuan portions. If you based the prices only on the fact that most entrees could feed a family of four, you could say Pio Pio Riko is a good value. Don't get me wrong - the food here is some of the best Peruvian fare I've ever had in New York (the ceviche is soooooooo good), and the atmosphere is no frills but totally charming - a bit like walking into their living room, with the brand new jumbo screen TV and recycled TGIFriday's tables. However, it simply isn't the caliber restaurant for a simple lunch - 2 entrees, ceviche and beers - to total $70.00. I'm sorry - perhaps this is because Peruvian food is so underrepresented and exotic in New York that they feel they can charge these prices. Apart from the heaping portion of ceviche, it simply isn't worth the cost.