Chelsea Peruvian dining spot Raymi this spring launched its “Sunday Supper” series, a weekly menu inspired by chef Erik Ramirez’s childhood family dinners. The event, which takes place each Sunday after 4pm, offers up a fixed price multi-course family style meal rich with flavors and textures inspired by Peruvian cooking (Raymi is part of the Richard Sandoval restaurant group).
In March, NY Drinks Examiner sampled the menu and washed it down with plenty of Sangria. To test the “family” aspect of things, NYDE brought along our wife and finicky child. Each plate brought to the table is designed to feed two to three guests. Some (like the whole fried fish) could probably feed quite a few more without much trouble. Going on at the same time: A Match.com meet-up with lost looking individuals hanging around the bar and eventually mingling. The modernist, open layout meant neither event (or the independent diners located in the rear dining area) infringed much on each other.
Chef Ramirez and his team very kindly worked us through the menu from first course through dessert. Openers included a Peruvian caeser salad with almonds, grapes, croutons and huacatay (an Andean basel-like herb), Jalea, an outstanding dish of fried corvina (fish), calamari, shrimp and salsa criolla, a corvina-based Ceviche and Anticucho (a brightly spiced hanger steak accompanied by papas a la huancaina, an excellent sauced potato dish).
For the next course, diners can choose from plates such as Chiccharron (crispy pork shoulder with sweet potato and a delectable potato bread), Lomo Saltado (more hanger steak, this time with soy sauce and red onion), Pollo a la Braza (a nicely moist rice and chicken), or a large whole fried fish with aji amarillo butter sauce and jasmine rice.
Dessert brings the choice of Picarones—floral Peruvian fried doughnuts with hints of clove and anise in a rich chancaca honey sauce or Bread Pudding with pear ice cream.
Each dish we tried was fragrant and flavorful, with unexpected spice notes. The intensely moist fish, ceviche, jalea and bread pudding were specifically notable. Even the Pickiest Kid in the World found a few bites to eat, though he was sorely disappointed that neither the steak nor the doughnuts tasted how expected them too thanks to their unusual spices.
The meal is $38 per guest, with a choice of two appetizers, two main dishes and one dessert. Drinks (and tax and gratuity) are extra, but it might be worth ordering a couple of the infused pisco drinks (pisco being Peru’s national spirit, a grape-based distillate) from the bar, with intriguing flavors like kiwi, purple corn, cinnamon and thyme among others. Focus more on pisco during happy hour at the Pisco Bar, Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Overall Sunday Suppers are a good value considering that most of the dishes run $25 to $50 each on their own. Dishes are subject to change.
Raymi is located at 43 W 24th St (between Broadway and 6th Avenue). Call 212.929.1200 for reservations and more information or reserve through Open Table.
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