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Coco Roco (Peruvian in Park Slope)


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Coco Roco (Peruvian in Park Slope)

Alan Divack | | Jan 24, 1999 09:25 PM

We went with some friends to Coco Roco (392 Fifth Ave,
brooklyn) this afternoon for lunch. On the whole, I
refer the food at Rinconcito Peruano in Manhattan,
which is also a lot cheaper. However, Coco Roco was
good, and had the advantages of having a larger menu,
and actually having everything that was on the menu,
which never seems to happen at Rinconcito. It is also
a (slightly) more upscale place, with table cloths and
things like that. Also, the people were extremely
pleasant and helpful, and suggested that we might be
ordering too much. They also kept refilling the
addictive dishes or parched corn.

Some things we had were grilled beef hearts
(anticuchos) which were slightly spicy and very
tender-- sort of the texture of filet but with much
more flavor; a tamalito, which was sort of like
cilantro flavored polenta in a husk; papa huancina,
which were spicy and had a very cheesy flavor; and
ceviche. The ceviche was the biggest dissapointment
for us -- it was over "cooked", and had much less zing
than the version at Rinconcito, which is both fresher
and spicier. Also, the corn with it tasted like
underipe sweet corn, and not the large kerneled starchy
corn were were looking forward to. We also had good
roast pork and chicken, and chupe , a creamy shrimp
soup. EVeryone else loved the chupe, but it reminded
me too much of a paprikas with lots of red pepper,
though not picante; the rendition at Rinconito is
more subtle and elegant, and is a pale yellow rather
than red.

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