Pio Pio

Pio Pio

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Restaurant Information

Restaurant Name: Pio Pio
Address: 702 Amsterdam Ave
New York NY
Phone: 212-665-3000
Cuisine: South American
Price Range: $$
Restaurant Details:

The Upper West Side has lost one Peruvian restaurant but gained another: Realizing that few can resist the allure of rotisserie chicken, the owners of Sipan have redone their restaurant as the fifth branch of Pio Pio (below), the popular Peruvian chainlet. The menu is more or less the same as the other Pio Pios: A $32.50 Matador Combo (a whole well-marinated rotisserie chicken, rice and beans, tostones, avocado salad, and a giant pile of fries topped with sliced hot dogs) is enough food to feed a small Peruvian army.

` Rodrigo Salazar

 

Pio Pio other location:

(604 10th avenue (b/w 43rd & 44th st) 212-453-2929

Enter the giant condor’s nest that is the Hell’s Kitchen outpost of Pio Pio. As you take your seat, twigs and branches line the walls and ceilings of this bi-level eatery. While Pio Pio specializes in pollos a la brasa, this isn’t any old chicken joint.

 

Start off with a traditional Pisco Sour, which is honeyed, creamy and frothy with the addition of expertly added egg whites. Another option is a potent yet sweet Peruvian Kiss, made with pisco and chicha morada (a traditional purple corn drink).

 

Pio Pio’s Tamal Octubre, made with purple corn masa and very modest portions of chicken, is passable, the Ceviche Mixto is too good to put down. The dish's seafood is sublime, the mote (hominy) offers notes of comfort and authenticity, and the lime bites back. 

 

When dinner arrives, so does a feeling of moderate shame – dinner for two at Pio Pio could easy feed four. “So you know for next time,” the waiter warns. And there will be a next time.

 

The Matador Combo, a half or whole literally juicing chicken, tostones, a huge serving of salchipapas (sausage over fries), rice, beans and an avocado salad, is a tour de force of Latin American comfort foods. And while paying $14 for fried rice may seem a bit steep, the Arroz Chaufa (Peruvian for Chinese food) transports you directly into the heart of Lima’s Chinatown.

-Araceli Cruz

 

restaurant hours:

sun - thurs 11 am-11 pm

fri & sat 11 am - 12 am

delivery hours:

mon - fri 11 am-10:30 pm

sat & sun 11 am - 11 pm

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