Finally hit El Chalan on Westchester Avenue in Port Chester -- a spot the town's notorious bon vivant, Jeff at the Vinyl Solution, has been touting for years. It looked like I was probably missing something when I walked by on a Sunday afternoon & saw the place was packed with families. I'm happy to say it didn't disappoint.
Specialty is seafood -- an outstanding mixed ceviche for around $10 was a terrific starter for three of us. A maincourse soup was a spicy broth loaded with shell fish including meaty split crabs, and one of the house specialties is a mixed clams and shrimp served in the clam shells. This is strictly a Peruvian working-class restaurant -- plastic table cloths, bottled beer & the tv over the counter tuned to the Spanish-language soaps -- and you won't find any of the flourishes or variety of a more dressed-up restaurant like Jackson Heights' Inti Raymi. But it's certainly a find for anyone craving something different in Westchester.