I never would have guessed that my favorite restaurant to open this year would be a takeout spot. You may be tempted to lower your expectations as you walk up to the window situated in Grand Central Market’s outer courtyard, but don’t let the lack of waiters, plates, and general ambiance deter you. After hearing great things from iFlipForFood, MidtownLunch, SavoryHunter, and The Find, I was eager to make the descent on the Angels Flight (with grazing goats!) to see what Peruvian wonders were in store.
If casual, well-priced Peruvian food featuring excellent ceviche reminds you of Ricardo Zarate’s Mo-Chica, then it shouldn’t surprise you that Chimú chef Mario Alberto spent some time at Mo-Chica as well as Lazy Ox Canteen. Dishes range from $9-12 and I’m yet to experience a disappointing dish. I normally take notes during meals I plan to write about, but I just couldn’t bring myself to put down my fork and pick up a pen. Each bite was that good.
The menu is constantly changing, so you may experience the same disappointment that I did when I discovered a dish I really wanted to try (Estofado de Lengua - beef tongue) was not offered that day. My recommendation: get a group of friends together as quickly as possible and just order the whole menu at Chimu. With food this good at such reasonable prices, you’ll understand why it’s my favorite new restaurant.