Pio Pio - Hell's Kitchen

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Pio Pio - Hell's Kitchen

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Pio Pio Hell’s Kitchen offers inventive fusion ceviches as well as traditional Peruvian fare.


Venue name: Pio Pio - Hell's Kitchen
Address: 604 Tenth Avenue
New York
Price: $31 to $50
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Definitely my favorite restaurant named after the sound a storm trooper's gun makes.

But actually, Pio Pio is a very reliable option when you want to feel like you're being adventurous (Peruvian places are few and far between) without actually being adventurous (it's pretty standard chicken & rice with Latin spices). The best thing about Pio Pio is the price. That's not to say it's low quality by any means, but for what you're paying the sheer volume of food you receive is pretty impressive. You'll notice the menu includes "Juanita's Chicken" for $16. Pretty standard for a no frills chicken dish, right? Except this is actually AN ENTIRE BIRD. For $16. Can't beat that. Split that and a side (or two) with your dinner partner and you're more than good to go. 

And speaking of the sides. the fried yucca and saffron rice both deserve a spot on your radar. Another reason why Pio Pio is equally good for both dining in and taking out. Basically it's KFC's carry out deal you see commercials for, only with food that's actually good. 

But if you do in fact decide to dine in, would also recommend washing all that poultry down with a glass of their sangria. Nothing special about it (you can find better sangria at nearby places like Anejo or Casa Agave), but it does the job. The job being, provide your daily source of fruit that just so happens to be soaked in alcohol. 

Maddy M

I still can't get over the downstairs of this restaurant, it's breathtaking! The ceiling and walls are make out of bamboo-like sticks and artfully hung glowing lights. Interior aside, I haven't tried a dish I didn't love at Pio Pio, and I've sampled half the menu at this point (if not more). My friend turned me on to Salchipapa, which is a glorified term for "cut up hot dogs and french fries" but nonetheless mouth watering. This place has been my introduction to Peruvian food and I am happy to say that it has done a fantastic job at that!

Erik A

This is by far Pio Pio's biggest location.  You walk through the door to an unassuming room with a small bar.  Once you walk past the bar, you see into the entire restaurant which is huge!   For ordering, you don't even need to look at the menu.  Get the whole Peruvian Chicken (you can request all white meat for a small upcharge) and ask for as much of the green sauce as possible!  Hell, ask for some to go!  It's so amazing!  I typically go with some red beans and rice then, and a pitcher of sangria.  All that, and you can probably escape for about $50.  No joke!  

This location is great for a date or a LARGE group.  They can accommodate.  So Go to Pio Pio NOW!


Pio Pio is one of my all time favorite New York restaurants. This location is the first that I visited in New York (and my first time having Peruvian food, years ago!). While the Upper West Side location gets a lot of natural light, this spot is a bit darker - nicer for an evening out. It’s best for family style meals (think: large birthday party groups), but still has a nice vibe for a date as long as you two come with a big appetite. Get the Matador Combo to sample what Pio Pio does best: rotisserie chicken. The Matador also comes with mouthwatering salchipapa, requisite rice and beans, and a refreshing avocado salad. The tostones are negligible, but it doesn’t even matter because the rest of the meal is so satisfying. If you’re ordering drinks individually, don’t miss out on getting a pisco sour. For a group, they have great sangria!

Emy R

Great place to wine and dine on an entry level budget. If you're trying to impress please go to Pio Pio, this place will offer the best for the worst price points (for upscale joints.) I would also suggest eating downstairs in the main dining hall. It really does create the mood. The only drawback about this place is the wait. If you're there at 7pm on Friday then expect at least an hour or two before being seated. Aside from that this place really does give you a bang for your imaginary black AMEX (BOA debit card.) It's also really great for large groups!

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