GOOD ALL YEAR ROUND
It’s a hot humid summer day and of course I’m in the mood for a big bowl of steamy soup and a large hearty hot meal, right? I don’t understand it myself, but none the less I knew just where to go.
In winter I find myself tucking-in for a satisfying hot lunch at Machu Picchu Peruvian restaurant on west 38th street at least once a week. They always have large hearty lunch specials and…well…frankly, I’m addicted to their white buttered bread and Aji dipping sauce (peppers, egg, oil, cilantro and green onions…though I can’t get them to give me the exact recipe).
The $6.99 lunch special is almost always a large soup followed with a main of meat, starch and salad. The soups traditionally range from chicken, beef, barley, bean or seasonal corn. The starches are almost always rice, potatoes or yucca (or a combination of two or more…they love their carbs) and the salads are most often a twist on a salsa criolla with onions and tomatoes, cilantro or greens or maybe beets and shredded root vegetables.
Machu Picchu has always been on my favorites list for it’s good tasting quick lunchtime service. Here are a few of their menu selections that keep me coming back for more;
Choros a la Chalaca – Peruvian style Mussels on the half shell ceviched with lime, red onion, aji and rocoto peppers, corn kernels and cilantro.
Yuquitas a la Huancaína – Fried yucca sticks with creamy cheese sauce (think of it as “chips” with gravy or fries with mayonaise, etc).
Lomo Saltado – Peruvian stir fry with beef tenderloin, onion, tomatoes, french fries (mixed in) and cilantro served with white rice.
Papa Rellena – fried potato ball stuffed with minced beef heart – HUGE portion and delicious (think of it as rösti with minced wienerschnitzel or tater tots with meatballs).
And to top it all off make sure you order an Inca Cola (or get a 2 liter to go). I’m usually not a pop or cola fan but the lemon verbena zing of the bright yellow drink makes me smile.
|$6.99 Lunch Special – Chicken and onion herb vegetable soup, fried pork
with red onion and beet salad, fried yucca and white rice