All Peruvians around the world are celebrating this 28th and 29th of July our beloved country’s independence. Those who are far away from the homeland probably will celebrate the most, since we miss it so much. So if you are Peruvian, or simply want to tag along to our festivities, here are some suggestions on where you can celebrate Fiestas Patrias:
1. PERU SHOW: This pop up show, organized by the Peruvian Business Council, is kicking off today and will run until August 2nd at Chelsea Market. Visitors will find Peruvian crafts, jewelry, clothing, food and drinks for sale. There’s an option of pre-fixe menu curated by Peruvian chef Emmanuel Piqueras, which can be purchased at the following link: http://conta.cc/1Srr8jQ. For more details like the event’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PeruShowNYC
2. SOMOS LIBRES: celebrate our independence tomorrow at 7pm at the Peter Norton Symphony Space where Laura Andrea Aleguia with 20 pieces orchestra alongside with artistic director Gabrial Alegria and its Afro-Peruvian Sextet will be performing. There will be also Marirena dancers and an after party with musica criolla,food and drinks. Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/8974/Music/celebrate-perus-independence-day
3. My favorite Peruvian restaurants/bars: I encourage you to get your Peruvian food & Pisco drinks fix at my favorite Peruvian spots in NYC:
– Pio Pio Hells Kitchen: head to 43rd street and 10th ave, enjoy drinks at the bar or a nice meal downstairs at the restaurant. I recommend lomo saltado,causa, ceviche Nikken, Juanita’s chicken jalea or chaufa. For drinks chilcano, Peruvian kiss or a passion fruit pisco sour, thank me later!
– Raymi: on 24th street between 6th and 5th avenue you will find Raymi. They are having a dinner with special performance of AfroPeruvian music by Eva Ayllon’s son, Carlos Yamasaki. For more info and tickets, click here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/peruvian-independence-day-2015-930-pm-show-tickets-17734619725
– Surfish Bistro: on 5th avenue between 4th and 5th street in Park Slope, Brooklyn you will find Surfish Bistro, owned by master chef Miguel Aguilar,who recently won the TV show contest, KNIFE FIGHT. Surfish Bistro has a fusion menu with delicious Peruvian dishes, must try!
– Panca: on West Village, 7th avenue South between Barrow and Grove streets, you will get amazing ceviche and tiraditos made by chef Ezequiel Valencia. Aji the gallina, lomo saltado and anticuchos are also very good at this spot. Try as well their varied cocktail menu based on Pisco drinks.
– La Cevicheria: if you are planning to head to the beach, go to the Concession at 97th in Rockaway beach, visit our friends from La Cevicheria and get a ceviche, quinoa salad or pan con pollo. Yum!
– Amaru Pisco Bar: get to try amazing Pisco drinks, from Chilcanos to Pisco punchs and let’s not forget our unfamous Pisco sours. Amaru is the place to go for a good night out to celebrate Peru’s independence. Located at 84th and Northern blvd, Queens.
I highly recommend to make reservations for the above mentioned restaurants, hope we ran into each other aat one of these spots, if not let me know which place you chose to celebrate FIESTAS PATRIAS!
QUE VIVA EL PERU!!