Lots of new places to try. The replacement for ISO is open, called Koi. The name-my-restaurant contest is over. The name is Chickpea. August, a bistro, has opened in the old Cafe Picasso space. But this Peruvian place will probably be the one I check out first.
The East Village sibling of a Brooklyn Peruvian restaurant features a similarly seafood-centric menu, rotisserie chicken, and a satisfying version of aji de gallina, the traditional chicken stew drenched in a chile-spiked creamy yellow sauce with sliced potatoes, hard-boiled egg, and olives.
99 First Ave.