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Peruvian in Jackson Heights

Jeremy Osner | Jul 30, 1998 08:50 AM

Well I had dinner at Pio Pio last night and was not
super impressed. I mean I went expecting to be
impressed -- a recommendation from the alpha hound is
no small thing (to see Jim's impressions of the
restaurant follow the link below) -- but their
specialty is rotisserie chicken, and their rotisserie
chicken just doesn't stand up to at least two other
places in the neighborhood I could think of offhand. I
found it a bit undercooked -- the flesh was stringy and
tough, and clung to the bone. (That could have been
from an off night; I'll go back one of these days to
check again.)

The side dishes were generally quite good -- tostones
were good, though again better is available nearby;
french fries were excellent; rice and beans also were
top-notch. I made the mistake of drinking Cristal, the
Peruvian beer they serve, which tastes almost exactly
like Budweiser. (A Pisco sour next time!)

It is a very nice restaurant as far as decor and
service -- the decor is food-themed, shelves
overflowing with fresh fruit (I think it is probably
wax) surround the room, and open racks of wine bottles
are in one corner. I didn't exactly notice, but I think
you could see into part of the kitchen from the dining
room. The waiter was very friendly.

Well my friend Maurice has been suggesting we go check
out this Peruvian place on 37th Avenue; I guess I'll go
there next and see how it compares.


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