I love trying all different food and am not a really picky eater so when I have the opportunity to give my tastes buds a bit of trip, I do. Last Friday, I was invited to dinner to try the new summer menu and signature dishes at Raymi, which is located a block away from Eataly on West 24th Street in Flatiron. I had been there once, almost a year ago before they officially opened and enjoyed it so when I had the opportunity to cover it, now an established restaurant in the city I took It up as soon as I could. Raymi is a Peruvian concept crafted by Chef Richard Sandoval who owns 30 other restaurants worldwide from Punta Mita in Mexico, D.C and of course the Coastal Mexican concept, Pampano and tequila bar Zengo both located in Midtown East.
Well, I can tell you one thing, Chef Sandoval and his team know what they are doing at Raymi. Chef Erik Ramirez is the Executive Chef and you can tell he knows what he’s doing and not afraid to take risks with every dish on the menu. The restaurant is open and welcoming with a communal tables in the bar area where you can sit and have a meal or a bar bite and a full on dining room area, perfect to share a dinner with friends. I met with Jackie one of the representatives from the firm who does their PR and we really enjoyed it. The fun aspect of Raymi is that most of their dishes are shareable, including entrees so your really don’t have break your budget on a good meal, that if you know how to.
As soon as we were seated they brought us out their plantain chips and sauce which were amazing, not that you can really go wrong with plantain chips, right?! If you know me, especially if I’m dining in the city on a rainy Friday night—all meals start with a cocktail. In this case, it started with the pisco tasting which included a pineapple sage cocktail, a berry cocktail, their signature cocktail ‘The Raymi’ and of course a Pisco Sour. My two favorites out of the tasting were ‘The Raymi’, their signature cocktail of course and the Pineapple Sage cocktail. They were not too sweet, you could taste the infused pisco in both, just delicious.
We decided to order up some appetizers, we were told to order the Chicharron sliders, so we did. The sliders were delicious and a signature dish on their bar bite menu which is served with their happy hour. I also am a huge ceviche and tiradito fan so I got the sampler. The Mixto and Corvina were my favorite out of all of my choices but all of them were very good. Next, came ordering our entrees which was pretty hard since everything sounded delicious and hearty. We decided to get the Skirt Steak and Lomo Saltado (a signature Peruvian dish). Our waiter let us know that the skirt steak is recommended to split between two people and trust me it was. While we waited for our entrees to arrive, I got one of their signature pisco cocktai’s, the passion fruit chilcano. It wasn’t a strong as the cocktails I had with the tasting I had to start but just as delicious.
Before we knew it, the Skirt Steak and Lomo Saltado arrived. The lomo was some of the best I’ve had. The steak cooked to perfection with an even blend of peppers, French fries and not too heavy on the sauce. I could eat it forever, gladly, mind you. The skirt steak was great also, already sliced perfectly to split between two people. It also came with a side of their signature rice and sliced yucca. I’d gladly go back just for some cocktails, bar bites and the steak, oh yeah and dessert! 🙂 Can you say date night or even girls night out? YUM!
If you know me, I did not fail in taking home leftovers which were just as delicious heated up the next day. But you also know, I had to order dessert. Since I have a longer commute home now from the city, I opted for a coffee with it so I didn’t fall asleep on the bus. Anyway, we ordered their signature Arborio Rice Pudding and Donuts because it just so happened to be National Donut Day (no, that was not planned purposely, delicious things happen for a reason in the life of a foodie :)). I LOVE their Arborio Rice Pudding, it’s a perfect portion, light, crispy, and creamy, heavenly. The donuts were also delicious and covered in a delicious glaze. DESSERT is a must when you dine at Raymi. They also have a great variety of other desserts including Lucuma Ice Cream (Lucuma is a signature fruit in dessert) and more.
So if you are in the Flatiron area with friends, family, your significant other and looking for cocktails and cuisine that will knock you off your feet, go to Raymi. You will go home with a happy, full stomach and a taste of the Chef Sandoval’s empire.
Here’s to food that is muy delicioso—salud!