Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pio Pio

If you're looking for an affordable group dinner that isn't Asian, Pio Pio is a good choice. This Peruvian restaurant has many outposts in NYC. The one in Hell's Kitchen is modernly decorated with a huge space in the back and downstairs. In fact, I've seen groups of 20-30 being lined up there. So if you're doing a group of that size, this may be the place for you.
We were only a group of 5 this night and we ordered accordingly. First, the chicken. We can't go to Pio Pio and not order the Rotisserie Chicken with the delicious marinade of herbs, spices, and oil. Don't squawk at the $16 price tag. It feeds a lot of you and it's worth it.

And what's an order of the chicken without some Salchipapas ($6). Yes, that's right. Fried hot dogs and french fries. It's delicious, addicting, and the awesome.
Okay, enough of the obvious staples. The other items are pretty darn good as well like the Camarones Cuzco ($20). There were 8 large shrimp with a delicious sauce from shallots, garlic, cilantro, white wine, and aji amarillo. Yellow rice served in the middle soaks up the delicious sauce and is a great complement to the shrimp. This would be a really big dish for one person. It's definitely sized to share.
The Palta Rellena con Camarones ($18) is another shrimp dish. But this one is served cool with avocado, red onion, tomato, corn, and cilantro lime dressing. It's like a deconstructed guacamole and shrimp dish. Also, it is listed as an appetizer but it's pretty large as well. Definitely sized to share again.
And finally, we shared the Arroz Chaufa ($14) which is a Peruvian take on Chinese fried rice with eggs, onions, and choice of chicken or beef. We chose beef. Again, a huge bowl of rice that we all shared.
Overall, a really good meal at Pio Pio again. Although the chicken and salchipapas are great here, they're not the only delicious things on the menu. Solid place.

Pio Pio
604 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10036
(212) 459-2929


  1. This will sound stupid but i really like their avocado salad...!

    1. That's not stupid at all! I've had their avocado salad and agree that it's delicious.


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