This past Sunday we made our first visit to Raymi, another one of Richard Sandoval’s gorgeous and amazing restaurants, to dine on an authentic Peruvian feast that is now a regular part of their menu. Available every Sunday and priced very reasonably at just $38 per guest, Sunday Supper, as it’s called, is served family style for easy sharing and offers your party the choice of two appetizers, two main dishes (with appropriate sides) and a choice of one of two desserts (the price of cocktails and soft drinks is not included). Here’s a look at the tempting menu:
Appetizers: Choice of 2
Peruvian Caesar Salad with Huacatay (a Peruvian herb similar to mint), Almonds, sliced Green Grapes and Croutons with a fresh lime dressing
Ceviche of Corvina, Lime, Red Onion and diced Sweet Potato.
Pictured: Papas A La Huancaina
Anticucho: Wooden Skewers of Hanger Steak topped with Aji Panca (spicy red chili paste) and served with Papas A La Huancaina (boiled sliced potatoes in Huancaina sauce).
Jalea: A mix of bite-sized Fried Seafood including Corvina, Calamari and Shrimp with Salsa Criolla (a popular Peruvian Onion, Pepper & Lime Salsa that you will see on top of several of these dishes) and Peruvian Tartar Sauce
Main Dishes: Choice of 2
Pollo A La Brasa: Brined, marinated and Roasted Chicken served on top of Aji Amarillo Rice with Salsa Criolla and Aji Verde.
Lomo Saltado: A home-style stir fry made with Hanger Steak, Soy Sauce, Red Onion and Cherry Tomato with Crispy Fries meant to be served on top of Jasmine Rice
Chicharron: Sizeable chunks of Crispy Pork Shoulder, Salsa Criolla,Roasted Sweet Potato, Spicy Mayo and sweet, feather light, hunks of toasted Potato Bread made on site.
Whole Fried Fish: Listed as Aji Amarillo on the menu, but the chef told us ours was a Red Snapper, in a light Butter Sauce with Jasmine Rice, Crispy Fried Yuca and Salsa Criolla. The maître d’ will bone the fish table side upon request.
Dessert: Choose 1
Picarones: Small Peruvian Fried Doughnuts resting on Chancaca Honey, a reduced can sugar syrup that tastes mildly of anise.
Bread Pudding topped with rich Toffee, toasted Almonds and scoops of delicious Pear Ice Cream.
Every single item on this menu is beyond delicious, and you can take my word on that, because we tasted it all!
Update: Sadly, Raymi is now permanently closed
Raymi is Located at 43 W. 24th Street (Between 5th and 6th Avenues), New York, NY 10010.