Why go: The plastic plates and utensils may say fast food, but the cooking at this modest Peruvian/Cuban outfit often befits white tablecloths and cutlery.
What to get: Anticuchos, marinated, salted beef hearts threaded on skewers and grilled; the creamy soup known as chupe, a thick broth teeming with rice, corn, cheese, potato, onion, and shrimp and topped by a poached egg; Peruvian-style ceviche, the fish cut thin and surrounded by sweet potatoes and hunks of corn on the cob; rotisserie chicken; the breadless sandwich known as causa, in which a rich chicken salad is slathered between two rectangles of soft-cooked potato.
Best for: Those with an appetite for adventure—and a big appetite. An order of anticuchos comes with half a fried potato and a salad—an approximation of a steak dinner for about eight bucks.
Insider tip: Resist the allure of the display case in the front; the cooked-to-order food is what soars.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
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