While the vast majority of Peruvians have made Paterson, NJ their home, a number of Peruvian immigrants came to Jackson Heights in the 1980’s and 90’s. With an increased Peruvian population came increased demand for Peruvian food and a better understanding of this world class cuisine from non Peruvians. With influences from the native Incan descendants, Spanish colonizers, African slaves and Pacific immigrants from China and Japan, Peruvian cuisine is, essentially, the first global fusion cuisine. We’ve identified some of the best places for pollo a la brasa, ceviche, lomo saltado and more mouthwatering Peruvian dishes all around the City – read the full list below.
173 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014
Baby Brasa is a celebration of Peruvian culture in more ways than one. With an impressive menu featuring Peruvian favorites like antichuco, fried rice and lomo saltado, it’s a satisfying Peruvian meal in a modern environment. In addition to classics, they have experimental approaches to Peruvian flavors with dishes like a Baby Brasa Burger, parmesan scallops and a vegan ceviche. The bar program is also an amalgam of Asian and Latin flavors, with drinks like a Lychee Libre and Coconut Margarita.
5981 Broadway, The Bronx, NY 10471
The sun is always shining at Claudy’s Kitchen. With the best Peruvian dishes in the Bronx, why wouldn’t it? They have the best ceviche in the borough, and make a mean empanada. The pollo a la brasa is beautifully seasoned, and goes perfect with a side of chaufa or tallarines. Get a family combo meal for your group of friends or family and be the hero of the next house party.
Caleta 11 Cevicheria
111-27 Jamaica Ave, Richmond Hill, NY 11418
Chef Luis Caballero has spent a lifetime mastering the perfect ceviche recipes. With his restaurant Caleta 111, customers can discover the mastery for themselves. With a focus on the freshest seafood available daily, Chef Caballero uses his expertise to keep a menu that’s constantly rotating based on the freshest catches of the day. Don’t miss some of the delicious items you can find on the menu year round, though – Caleta 111 makes incredible Causas, Sopas and Arroz.
Flor de Mayo
484 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
2651 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
With a focus on dishes “from cultures along the equatorial belt,” Flor de Mayo uses Peruvian and Chinese ingredients to form one beautiful symphony. In operation since the 1970’s, the restaurant was started by Chinese immigrants to the US, who stopped in Peru on their way to the country and learned a few things along the way. The menu is diner-sized big, but don’t be overwhelmed – look for Peruvian favorites like Lomo Saltado, Tallarin Verde, and Pollo a la Brasa alongside classic Chinese dishes like Moo Goo Gai Pan and Kung Po Chicken.
214 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022
With a Mexican and Peruvian approach to food, Frida Midtown is certainly creative like her namesake. The menu features classic Mexican dishes along side Pulpo Asado, Beef Antichucos, Ceviche, Arroz Chaufa and more. They have a regular rotating cocktail menu but are experts behind the bar, so don’t be shy about asking for something that goes good with dinner.
820 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019
With close proximity to Broadway in nearby Hell’s Kitchen, Inti certainly has some showstopping plates. For over 10 years, owner Victor Rojas has been serving authentic, delicious Peruvian dishes inspired by his hometown in Central Peru. Popular dishes include the Parihuela, Arroz Chaufa, Ceviche, Lomo Saltado and more.
745 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019
The name is inspired by the Causa, a Peruvian dish that uses eggs, garlic and russet potatoes for a mouthwatering experience. Appropriate, since most dishes on the menu are mouthwatering, too. It’s a great place to get a bunch of small dishes to split with friends – they’ve got incredible empanadas and anticucho’s, chicharron, lomo saltado, tacu tacu and more. Oh, they make killer Kausas too (of course).
1400 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021
The most popular Peruvian restaurant in NYC that we saw on Google Trends, Mission Ceviche is a hotspot for folks in the Upper East Side. They focus heavily on sustainability, celebrating Peru’s biodiversity while making drool-worthy food. Chef Jose Luis Chavez has a healthy claim to making the best ceviche in the City – but dishes like the Lomo Saltado, Arroz con Mariscos and Seco Norteno slow braised ribs show why this is Peruvian fine dining at its best!
306 Gold St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
A golden chicken on Brooklyn’s Gold Street – if you’re making a Peruvian restaurant there, it’s gotta be worth its weight. Luckily, Pollo D’Oro is, with the best Pollo a la Brasa in the entire borough. Their Pollo D’Oro house recipe is available as a whole, half or quarter chicken, with delicious sides like salchipapas, rice and beans, tostones and more. They’ve got other fantastic Peruvian classics like lomo saltado, tacu tacu steak and more, but make it into a real night out and hit up the Pisco bar for some of the best Peruvian cocktails in NYC.
86-20 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372
This family owned spot in Queens has been in existence since 1976 which makes them the oldest family owned Peruvian restaurant in NYC! With perhaps the most authentic Peruvian dishes in all five boroughs, their Lomo Saltado is a favorite for regular customers. They have excellent ceviche and arroz chaufa, but their desserts also stand out from other Peruvian places in the City. They have Flajores – a traditional shortbread cookie sandwich with dulce de leche – along with flan and Helado de Lucuma – an indigenous Peruvian fruit ice cream, perfect for summer.