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Raymi Peruvian Kitchen Offers a 6-Course Tasting To Spice Up Valentine’s Day

Raymi Tables and Bar
All photos Courtesy of EM50 Communications

Nothing says “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day quite like a really amazing meal that you don’t have to cook yourself! Luckily, Raymi Peruvian Kitchen and Chef Erik Ramirez are providing couples the necessary ingredients to spice up their romance with a Peruvian influenced Valentine’s Day. I’ve been to Raymi before and I can tell you, the place is gorgeous and the food is excellent!

Starting at 5:00 PM on the 14th, the Flatiron favorite is offering a six-course tasting menu (in addition to its regular a la carte menu) giving diners an array of options depending on their appetite. The six-course tasting menu ($65 per person) will feature three starters, two main courses and a decadent dessert to share. An additional wine pairing is available for $25 per person to compliment the blended flavors in the vibrant cuisine.

Raymi Ceviche

Each dish at Raymi is created to excite and tempt the palate from the first bite of aphrodisiac oysters all the way through to the rich chocolate dessert. Potential paramours will start with Oysters, followed by Lobster (causa, aji amarillo potato puree, avocado, spicy mayo) and Beets (mizuna, crème fraiche, haucatay, pistachio). For a third course, diners transition to the main courses of Halibut (a lo macho, mussles, shrimp, calamari, aji panca cream sauce) and Braised Short Ribs (seco, cilantro). A decadent chocolate dessert for two will complete the meal on a sweet note.

Raymi Meat Skewer

Every guest who participates in the tasting menu will receive a complimentary glass of champagne to start off the night and a rose will be placed on the table. Further setting the fine mood of the evening, Diners can revel in the romantic melodies of a live band, Christelle Durandy Quartet who will be performing a collection of Latin American genres such as Peruvian Valses, boleros and tangos.

Raymi Cocktail

If six courses is a bit too indulgent, Raymi’s full menu, featuring traditional and modern plates such as hanger steak, prepared in two different ways, seafood with jasmine rice, or the choice of an array of flavorful ceviches and tiraditos, will also be available. At the end of a deliciously romantic evening, every guest will take home a small gift bag containing housemade granola and a card for a free Pisco sour to be used at a later date.

Raymi Peruvian Kitchen is located at 43 West 24th Street (between 5th and 6th Aves). Please call 212-929-1200 for Reservations.

Zengo’s Latest Test Kitchen Presents the Flavors of Peru to Malaysia!

Zengo Test Kitchen Menu
Above Photo By Gail, All Food Photos Courtesy of Berk Communications

I can’t be the only fan who was disappointed see Chef and Restaurateur Richard Sandoval get eliminated so early in the competition on the most recent season of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. Hopefully there will be a next time for this talented and enterprising chef to compete on the show, because Sandoval’s Zengo and Raymi are two of my favorite restaurants in New York City!

Right now, Zengo is taking its ever-revolving blend of Latin-Asian cuisines on an adventure with Peru and Malaysia. I was recently invited to a press dinner where we sampled select new items on the Test Kitchen Menu. Here’s a preview of what’s new at Zengo!

Pisco Elevation CocktailShiso Mojito at Zengo
Left: Pisco Elevation Cocktail, Right: Shiso Mojito

Made with the popular Peruvian Grape Brandy, the Pisco Elevation ($13) blends this potent liquor with Sweet Elderflower and fresh Lychee for a refreshing kick that goes down smooth. Mojito fans can enjoy the Shiso Mojito, ($14) featuring rum, shiso and citrus and garnished with Fuji Apple!

Spicy Crab Potato Sushi
Spicy Crab Potato Sushi

A tasty and multi-textured addition to the Dim Sum and Antojitos menu is the Spicy Crab Potato Sushi ($10): Sweet shredded Crab flavored with Malay Curry, nested atop layers of soft Yukon Potato Cake and fresh Avocado, topped with a crispy Corn Cancha — which is like a Peruvian Corn Nut! Very unique and tasty!

Chicken A La Brasa Satay at Zengo
Chicken A La Brasa Satay

A take on traditional Peruvian roasted chicken, or Chicken A La Brasa, ($13) is presented as a skewered appetizer, loaded with tender chicken thigh meat grilled with a black bean glaze. This hearty starter is served with another traditional favorite, Potatoes Huancaina, which I have previously enjoyed on a visit to Raymi. Additional flavor and texture is added by the fresh Cucumber Rocoto Salsa and finely chopped toasted peanuts!

Arroz with Maiscos at ZENGO
Arroz Con Mariscos

Arroz Con Mariscos (Rice with Seafood, $14) is Zengo’s take on paella: Malay rice studded with a generous portion of Mussels, Shrimp, Scallops and Clams dressed with Thai Basil. This dish was a hit with everyone at the table, and the gently-cooked seafood is extremely tender and tastes fresh-caught.

Char Roased Skate at Zengo
Char Roasted Skate

Skate may sound like an exotic dish, but you don’t have to be too adventurous to love Zengo’s Char Roasted Skate in a ginger chile marinade ($28). This flaky white fish is mild but has a distinctive flavor. The dish is served with a Crispy Lentil Rice Cake and Sambal Butter Sauce — delicious!

Profiteroles at Zengo
Profiteroles

While is is not commonly considered appropriate to lick ones plate in public, the above dish of Profiteroles ($9), stuffed with Toasted Coconut Ice Cream and served with a drizzle of chocolate sauce and fresh, ripe strawberries had everyone at the table scraping the plate with their forks to get an extra drop of the dulce de leche flavored Manjar Blanco that was puddled under each delicious morsel. What a fantastic ending to a very special meal!

Zengo is located at 622 Third Avenue on the Northwest Corner of 40th Street. Dinner is served Monday to Saturday from 5:00 to 11:00 PM. Lunch is served Monday to Friday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. For Reservations and More Information call 212-808-8110 or visit This Link.

Raymi Peruvian Kitchen Hosts Weekly “Sunday Supper” in NYC

Raymi Signage
All Food Photos By Anne Raso

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 Caeser Salad

Peruvian Caesar Salad with Huacatay (a Peruvian herb similar to mint), Almonds, sliced Green Grapes and Croutons with a fresh lime dressing

Ceviche

Ceviche of Corvina, Lime, Red Onion and diced Sweet Potato.

Papas A La Huancaina

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 Fried Mixed Seafood

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

Pollo A La Brasa: Brined, marinated and Roasted Chicken served on top of Aji Amarillo Rice with Salsa Criolla and Aji Verde.

Lomo Saltada

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 Pork

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

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 Donut

Picarones: Small Peruvian Fried Doughnuts resting on Chancaca Honey, a reduced can sugar syrup that tastes mildly of anise.

Bread Pudding

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!

Raymi is Located at 43 W. 24th Street (Between 5th and 6th Avenues), New York, NY 10010. Visit their website at This Link for more information or to make a Reservation.