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Posted by hexachordal_combinatoriality on 06/05/2011
I pity those who have had bad experiences here, because it really is an amazing place. The music, the food, the environment: it really embodies the spirit of a Pena straight out of Lima (and I would know, I've been to Lima and to several Penas!) I consider myself a 'regular' at several joints around the city, but this is the only one where I really feel the whole "Cheers" vibe (everybody knows your name, you know the deal) The bartenders, the owner, and the members of the Afro-Peruvian Sextet (the house band on Friday and Saturday) are all so sweet, friendly, and genuine, and they all also seem to love what they do. How many places can you go in New York City and see people having fun while they work? The pisco sours are as good as any I've had in Peru (and STRONG), and I often try to go on Saturday to have the special Algarrobina, which is a thick, chocolatey, pisco-y amazingness that is only served on Saturday nights. Basically think a chocolate milkshake with pisco in it. Craving one now....... Speaking of craving, the Peruvian-style Paella is extremely delicious, made with a special pepper (the name of which escapes me) that is flown in fresh from Peru. The ceviches are also on point: for an extra special treat, save the ceviche juice to pour over your Paella! I haven't strayed much from those items on my recent visits, but I've also tried some of the other tapas-like items and they were great as well! The music is always amazing: aside from the house band, they have various jazz and world music acts. I just wish they were open more often: sometimes I get the 'early week blues' and need an Afro-Peruvian cure (pisco, awesome music, and awesome people!)
Posted by Tengo Ham bre on 02/22/2011
I love to dine all around NYC and when I was at Tutuma I felt like I was at my tias livingroom. But my tias food is great! The portions here were small and the price was big. I have had a lot of S. A. food and this was the worst. So save your money and check out other places in the city or go to Queens great food and great prices! Buena suerte! Tengo Hambre todavia!
Posted by Michelle on 11/11/2010
The service was patient and friendly but when i complained about the £23 plate of rice, minus the ribs and pig ear as decribed in the menu, all they said was that they didnt charge a cover for music! pointed out that we had ordered cocktails, 2 bottles of wine, appetisers and entrees whilst the table next to us were drinking water and also listening to music. She also had the cheek to insist that we leave an additonal tip for the bartender despite us already having paid a gratuity for the meal!! by all means go and drink the water, listen to free music and eat the free music....
Posted by Rebeca on 11/06/2010
I have been to other Peruvian restaurants in NY none of them have been good, Tutuma is the most disappointing of all! To begin with the Pisco sour is an insult to Peru's national drink. It tasted like a sugary lemonade. The ceviche was black and overcooked, the corn was raw. In one word it was a disaster. The papa a la huancaína was unappetizing and the little bit of sauce it came with has no huancaína taste. The yuca balls were hard and the corn was also raw. This place is only there to make money with people that don't know about Peruvian food or music.
Posted by George on 02/25/2010
Ok,the food is AMAZING! It tastes really really good. But the tiny small mini portions you get won't full you and are soooo overpriced ! 20 bucks for a Fondue that is 1/4 of a normal meal.No! And same with drinks: no cocktail under 13 or 15 bucks.That's OK when I go to the Hudson Hotel but not in this basement bar where shelves for the glasses are made out of Home Depot wood and you can even see the screws. But at least it all tastes amazing, also the cocktails. But not for this price, sorry
Posted by Josh on 01/09/2010
amazing place! great music, great atmosphere, great service. absolutely incredible all around. while the portions are kind of slim and pricey, if you just go here for drinks, happy hour, or lunch, it is well worth it. there's no cover and no minimum, which explains the prices, but the food was great as were the drinks and the music is unlike anything else you will experience outside of peru. great date spot but highly recommended for everyone.
Posted by Michelle on 08/04/2009
I love Spanish tapas and I can't agree with Amy more abotu being a small portion yet enough to share with friends. The "tapas" at Tutumba were itty bitty and for $16! The ceviche was delicious and presented nicely (martini glass) but it had, and i'm not lying, 3 tiny pieces of fish. Funny how Amy had pizza after because I also had pizza after. But went for the $1 slice kind cuz I spent waaay too much $$$ already. NEVER returning! Oh, the music was nice