Where to Eat: Raymi Peruvian Kitchen & Pisco Bar
Our mouths are watering just thinking about the dinner we recently had at Raymi. Not only do we love Peruvian food to begin with, but we also had high expectations for this Richard Sandoval restaurant. Suffice it to say, we left with our tummies delightfully full and expectations exceeded. Let’s start with the cocktails…
Drinks: We had to try the national drink of Peru, and opted to be particularly adventurous with the ChichaMorada Pisco Sour ($12) — which we learned is made from purple corn! Who knew corn could make a drink so delish? But hands-down, our favorite (possibly one of our all-time favs) was the signature RAYMI cocktail ($13), a heavenly blend of pisco, mango, passionfruit, and lime with pisco sour foam on top and aji amarillo (Peruvian yellow chile pepper) to give it a little kick.
Small Bites: It took us about 2 seconds to decide on tasting the Chicharron Sliders ($8), and only a little more than that to actually devour them. The pork shoulder was cooked to a perfect crisp, and the addition of sweet potato gave it a smooth, sweet finish.
The Main Attraction: We opted for the Ceviche and Tiradito Tasting ($30) for a mouthwatering sampling of ceviches and tiraditos – it would have been too hard to decide otherwise! The Salmon exhibited Japanese and Chinese influences with its toppings, while the taste of the Halibut Tiradito was really brought out by its pairing with grapefruit. The Corvina was our favorite of the bunch, heavier on the sour notes from the lime juice and zestier thanks to red onion, habanero, and cilantro. We could eat it all day!
There’s More: Craving a starch? Try the Pastel de Choclo ($12), a Peruvian corn cake coated in a flavorful mushroom jus. Or the Causa ($12), a mixture of aji amarillo, tuna, octopus, salmon, avocado, and spicy mayo atop a dome of tasty potato puree.
Dessert: We believe there’s always room for dessert. Try the Mascarpone Cheesecake ($10) – the fruitiness of the coconut sorbet (which we found to be addicting) and pisco oranges are a perfect pairing for the cake, which becomes a much “lighter” dish than standard cheesecake, which can feel heavy at the end of a meal.
Check out some quick snapshots of our splendid experience at Raymi- we were pretty busy tasting everything!
Raymi Peruvian Kitchen & Pisco Bar is located on 43 West 24th Street (at 6th Avenue). For reservations, call 212-929-1200 or book via opentable.com.