Going to Urubamba, a Peruvian spot in Jackson Heights, with only one other person is like going to Easter Island and not seeing the giant heads. You’ll still have a good time, but you’ll miss out on the bulk of the experience. That’s because the very long menu at this all-day spot, which looks like a bed and breakfast in the Andes, is mostly made up of large plates meant to be shared. And after tasting the shrimp paella with perfectly spiced rice or the stir-fried steak served over french fries, you’re going to want to try the ceviches, stews, and grilled meats that occupy entire sections of the menu.
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Cositas Ricas is a Colombian restaurant in Jackson Heights with a huge menu, some neon lights, and plenty of TVs for watching sports.
Mi Pequeño El Salvador Restaurant
Mi Pequeño El Salvador is a solid pupuseria in Jackson Heights. Order a pupusa queso con ayote if it’s available.
Jackson Diner is a big Indian restaurant in Jackson Heights that’s been around since the ’80s.
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Llama San is a Nikkei restaurant in the West Village from the people behind Llama Inn. It’s pricey, but the food is incredibly delicious.
Sen Sakana is Peruvian-Japanese place in Midtown that might be good for a business lunch, although you don't really have to spend your money here.
This Peruvian spot in Essex Market has rotisserie chickens spinning at all times, and that’s exactly what you should order.
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In 2021, Llama Inn in Williamsburg has loosened up into a laid-back Peruvian spot we’d visit on a random Tuesday night.
A local Infatuation mainstay, Esperanto’s got that little something special that that’s kept it in heavy rotation.
Birria-Landia is a truck in Jackson Heights, and it’s where you’ll find the best birria tacos in NYC. Get a few, and dip them in a cup of consome.
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