Peruvian sandwiches, rotisserie chicken, and smoothies are available starting today at Llamita, a counter-service restaurant in the West Village from the team behind acclaimed Williamsburg restaurant Llama Inn.
The petite, 14-seat spot located at 80 Carmine St., at Varick Street, starts lunch and dinner Thursday, serving a casual menu of sanguches, or sandwiches. Like at Llama Inn, the selection here — which cost between $13 and $20 — draws on Peruvian flavors. A duck sausage sandwich comes with Peruvian corn and chimichurri; while a pork shoulder one is accompanied by sweet potato, salsa criolla (a lime and onion salsa), and rocoto crema (a spicy red pepper sauce).
Other Peruvian dishes fill out the offerings, including a version of chef Erik Ramirez’s popular rotisserie chicken and a beef heart skewer. Veggies include a quinoa dish with tomato and roasted red pepper, as well as a baby gem salad with avocado, pistachio, radish, and cucumber. Eventually, breakfast will be served too, including a sausage and egg dish, oatmeal, and an egg wrap with peppers, rice, and lentils. Take a look at the full menu below.
Ramirez is an Eleven Madison Park alum who partnered with restaurateur Juan Correa in 2015 to open Llama Inn, a stylish corner restaurant in Williamsburg that got two stars in the Times, after a visit to Peru that convinced him to revisit his childhood food. The chef de cuisine here Tyler Henry has worked that Llama Inn and will be on site day-to-day.
Besides sandwiches, expect retail, prepared food, and house products like coffee cups and textiles. Llamita is now open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.