For New York’s summer campaign Ceviche vs. Tiradito, these Peruvian restaurants proved their worth with mouthwatering samplers of their signature fish dishes.
Last week in New York City, nine Peruvian restaurants went head to head in the ultimate culinary battle. Little is more sacred in Peruvian cuisine than a spot-on seafood dish; above all a perfectly tangy and spicy ceviche and, the lesser globally known, tiradito. For the final event in the NY summer campaign Ceviche vs. Tiradito, these Peruvian restaurants proved their worth with mouthwatering samplers of their signature fish dishes.
Participating restaurants included Coco Roco, Desnuda, La Cevicheria, Manka, Panca, Raymi, Runa, Surfish, and Warique.
These nine restaurants have the double duty of satisfying the palette of demanding Peruvian emigrants longing for their country’s cuisine and capturing the hearts of New Yorkers used to the finest and most creative grub imaginable. (Not an easy task, as the now defunct NY La Mar restaurant proves.) They did not disappoint. From the classically prepared ceviche with thinly sliced onions and Peruvian corn to top it off (Panca Restaurant), to a tuna tiradito with a sweet Japanese inspired glaze and fiery jalapeño peppers (Brooklyn’s Desnuda), to a delectable ceviche marinated in an exquisite aji amarillo concoction by La Cevicheria (a pop-up shack stationed in Rockaway Beach): there were colors and flavors to satisfy any and all.
And the Trade Commission of Peru in New York, host of the event, knows perfectly well that even just one bite of ceviche or tiradito would be incomplete without a cold drink to accompany it. Thus, the night became a well-rounded celebration of Peruvian spreads. Guests were treated to Cusqueña beer at one end, a pisco sour and chilcano bar by the entrance and a small but satisfactory station across the room featuring Queirolo and Tabernero wines. I’m not going to lie, the taste of the sweet Borgoña wine was a highlight that instantly brought me back to Sunday lunches with family in Lima. Indeed, Marca Peru, in all its appetizing glory, was in full splendor. Even quinoa, in the form of three delicious hummus options, made an appearance.
There was much to enjoy and celebrate. Though winners were announced at the end of the night chosen by a panel of judges and by popular vote (Runa and Raymi were top favorites), all restaurants came out victorious: all gained new (and most likely frequent) patrons and the guests went home with full bellies and full Peruvian hearts.
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