Pio Pio – A Delicious Bargain

///Pio Pio – A Delicious Bargain

Pio Pio – A Delicious Bargain

Pio Pio — an upper east side Peruvian restaurant specializing in roasted chicken — is one of Manhattan’s true bargains.Fried Calamari on Bite of the Best

Seriously, who would have thunk that an order of Matador Combo ($32) would stuff three with enough leftovers for two or more. We didn’t, which is why we started with an order of lightly battered and quickly fried calamari ($12) that we couldn’t finish and ordered a side avocado salad ($4).

Silly us.

The portions at Pio Pio are more than plentiful, they’re humongous. Back the that Matador Combo. One serving consists of  a cut-up whole rotisserie chicken, some rice and beans, Matador Combo on Bite of the Besttostones (crispy fried plantains with a creamy jalapeno dipping sauce), avocado salad and a giant pile of fries topped with salchipapa (sliced sausages that taste like hot dogs).

One order is more than enough food for a family of four or six. And did I mention that the chicken is moist, incredibly tender sangria on Bite of the Bestand flavorful? Finger licking good.

All the food went well with their delicious jar of sangria ($22).

We ate early by New York standards, so there were no lines at this tiny (two-white-tablecloth-table wide) restaurant. But be prepared to wait — it’s worth it.

– bonnie

Pio Pio
1746 First Avenue
(between 90th & 91st streets)
New York, NY
(also 7 other locations in New York City)

Pio Pio (Upper East Side) on Urbanspoon


By | 2017-08-20T13:02:05+00:00 March 3rd, 2010|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

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Blogger Bonnie Tandy Leblang has been covering food since before it was hip to do so! She’s penned magazine, newspaper and syndicated food columns in addition to cookbooks. Follow her on twitter @BonnieBOTB and on Instagram@BiteoftheBest and at @BonnieBOTB "I eat for a living!” is her mantra, sharing what she’s sampled so you’ll know where (or where not) to go, plus what food products and gadgets to try. For her full bio go to the about us page.

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