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11 Bright and Refreshing Ceviches in NYC

Where to find the delectable chunks of raw fish in lime and chile marinade

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There are few dishes as refreshing as a bowl of ceviche. Found in various Latin American cultures, and spotlighted prominently in Peruvian cuisine in particular, the tangy dish typically consists of cubed fish and/or seafood cured in leche de tigre, a citrus-centric marinade with ample lime, along with a subtle bit of heat from rocoto pepper. The sour concoction is then traditionally garnished with thinly-sliced red onions, cubed or sliced sweet potatoes, and two types of mega-sized corn off the cob — crunchy, toasted ones as well as juicy, chewy choclo kernels. The result? An exciting mash-up of acid and spice in a light but satisfying dish that’s got lots of textural complexity.

Alongside ceviches, Peruvian menus usually also offer tiraditos, which are Japanese-inflected raw fish dishes that feature sliced instead of cubed seafood, often with a slightly lighter hand when it comes to the marinades, and tend to utilize aji amarillo peppers. Ahead, 11 great places to eat some ceviche in NYC.

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1. Pio Pio 8

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604 10th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 459-2929
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Casual Peruvian mini-chain Pio Pio is most famous for its rotisserie chicken, served with an addictive, creamy green sauce, but don’t miss its range of affordable, solid ceviches as well. Stick to the more classic offerings, like the mixto, which combines seafood and fish. A perfect order here includes that, plus chicken, rice and beans, avocado salad, plantains, and lomo saltado, which pairs beef stir-fried in garlic and soy sauce with a tangle of fries. Additional Pio Pio locations are further uptown in Manhattan as well as in Brooklyn and Queens.

Pio Pio Photo via Pio Pio/Facebook

2. Riko Chelsea

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409 8th Ave
New York, NY 10001
(212) 643-7555
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When looking to eat ceviche and stellar roast chicken in one meal, and at an affordable price, Riko is an unfussy spot for doing both. It’s also a solid back-pocket option for food that’s equally suited to sit down or takeout near Madison Square Garden, where the dining selection remains very bleak and fast food-dominated. There are four straightforward ceviche options on the menu, like ceviche pescado and ceviche mixto. There are also a few locations in Queens: Jackson Heights and Jamaica, plus a smaller takeout operation in Sunnyside.

3. Desnuda

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122 E 7th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 254-3515
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Go solo or with a date to this tiny East Village ceviche-focused spot. Desnuda means “naked” in Spanish, and so, fittingly, its small plates of seafood are served raw, dressed with various marinades. The unconventional ceviches, tartares, and tiraditos eclipse the usual rocoto pepper-driven tigre de leche marinade — while citrus is used in various dishes, it’s employed with a lighter touch here, compared to the full-on curing effect that is typical. For example, a King salmon ceviche is dressed with shaved almonds, Thai chile oil, orange slices, and sweet potato brulee with tamarind sauce. A newer South Williamsburg location serves up Desnuda’s creative raw fish small plates and inventive cocktails on the other side of the East River.

4. Panca

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92 7th Ave S
New York, NY 10014
(212) 488-3900
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This friendly place on a prime West Village stretch of Seventh Avenue South was formerly a Peruvian place with a different name (Pardo’s) that focused on rotisserie chicken, before shifting its attention a bit to ceviches and Pisco cocktails. The ceviche mixto is a well-made version of the classic, and portions are pretty generous across the board. Fish-averse dining companions should check out the causa, a mild, comforting heap of tender shredded chicken in a creamy, marigold-hued yellow sauce served with potatoes and onions. There’s also ample sidewalk seating for prime people watching.

5. Mission Ceviche

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265 Canal St
New York, NY 10013
(347) 821-6359
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This topnotch fast-casual Peruvian ceviche operation in the Canal Street Market is a satisfying alternative to the slew of poke shops around town. Customizable bowls of ceviche and chicken causa are available in small and large portions, with a few subtle tweaks to the classic presentation. Think pretty mounds of sweet potato or avocado purée piped from a pastry bag, and the choice of white rice, Boston lettuce, or quinoa underneath the ceviche. Stick with the least expensive ceviche type — the catch of the day, usually a firm, clean-tasting white fish like flounder — since it’s just as good and makes for a less steep lunch option than the fancier seafood on offer. There’s also a location in Gansevoort Market in the Meatpacking.

6. Surfish Bistro

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550 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 788-8070
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Head to Gowanus pan-Latin seafood restaurant Surfish Bistro, formerly located in Park Slope, for an extensive selection of ceviches. They’re plated whimsically (if a bit dated and fussy looking) with various swirls and dots of sauces for an extra flavor hit or two to complement tidy piles of marinated seafood. Eliminate the need to decide with a ceviche tasting of any three out of the nine options. In colder months, add in a soothing seafood-packed Parihuela soup, with a tomato-ginger broth, as well — it’s similar to a bouillabaisse or cioppino.

Surfish Bistro Photo via Surfish Bistro/Facebook

7. Coco Roco

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392 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 965-3376
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A friendly, laid-back option in Park Slope, Coco Roco delivers solid takes on classic Peruvian cooking in a mellow setting that’s often filled with regulars and families. In addition to a classic version made from the catch of the day, there are some slightly more novel creations, like a Japanese-inflected sesame salmon option, with sesame ponzu lime rocoto sauce, corn, and avocado. There’s not much ambiance to speak of— expect a TV to be on in the background — but it’s a comfortable spot for chilling out and filling up on standout ceviche and juicy rotisserie chicken.

8. Llama Inn

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50 Withers St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 387-3434
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Llama Inn whips up top-notch versions of classic Peruvian fare in a hip setting, including well-executed ceviche in a piquant leche de tigre. Don’t miss the lomo saltado, either. When the weather’s nice, head to the rooftop for a cocktail and a plate of ceviche. Credit cards only.

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9. Chimu

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482 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 383-0045
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Opened in 2003, welcoming Williamsburg restaurant Chimu serves a massive ceviche mixto, ideal for sharing, which includes mussels and crab in the mix. There’s a seafood focus throughout the menu, contrasted with lots of steaks on offer, too. Vibrant décor throughout is especially nice in the cheerfully painted back garden.

10. Urubamba

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8620 37th Ave
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 672-2224

Head to this casual Jackson Heights joint that’s been open for over four decades for authentic Peruvian fare — including classic versions of ceviche mixto and tiradito. In addition to the zippy citrus- and pepper-laced raw fish specialties, an array of hearty stews and mixed grill platters are available on the expansive menu.

Photo via Urubamba/Yelp

11. Jora

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47-46 11th St
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 392-2033
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With ties to Jackson Heights’ Urubamba and Flatiron’s Raymi — one of the city’s finest ceviche-focused restaurants before it closed — Jora serves up delicious ceviches in Long Island City. Grouper is the go-to fish of choice in a number of ceviches on offer, while more adventurous creations include a salmon, octopus, and uni combination. Be sure to try the beef heart, too.

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1. Pio Pio 8

604 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Pio Pio Photo via Pio Pio/Facebook

Casual Peruvian mini-chain Pio Pio is most famous for its rotisserie chicken, served with an addictive, creamy green sauce, but don’t miss its range of affordable, solid ceviches as well. Stick to the more classic offerings, like the mixto, which combines seafood and fish. A perfect order here includes that, plus chicken, rice and beans, avocado salad, plantains, and lomo saltado, which pairs beef stir-fried in garlic and soy sauce with a tangle of fries. Additional Pio Pio locations are further uptown in Manhattan as well as in Brooklyn and Queens.

604 10th Ave
New York, NY 10036

2. Riko Chelsea

409 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

When looking to eat ceviche and stellar roast chicken in one meal, and at an affordable price, Riko is an unfussy spot for doing both. It’s also a solid back-pocket option for food that’s equally suited to sit down or takeout near Madison Square Garden, where the dining selection remains very bleak and fast food-dominated. There are four straightforward ceviche options on the menu, like ceviche pescado and ceviche mixto. There are also a few locations in Queens: Jackson Heights and Jamaica, plus a smaller takeout operation in Sunnyside.

409 8th Ave
New York, NY 10001

3. Desnuda

122 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

Go solo or with a date to this tiny East Village ceviche-focused spot. Desnuda means “naked” in Spanish, and so, fittingly, its small plates of seafood are served raw, dressed with various marinades. The unconventional ceviches, tartares, and tiraditos eclipse the usual rocoto pepper-driven tigre de leche marinade — while citrus is used in various dishes, it’s employed with a lighter touch here, compared to the full-on curing effect that is typical. For example, a King salmon ceviche is dressed with shaved almonds, Thai chile oil, orange slices, and sweet potato brulee with tamarind sauce. A newer South Williamsburg location serves up Desnuda’s creative raw fish small plates and inventive cocktails on the other side of the East River.

122 E 7th St
New York, NY 10009

4. Panca

92 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

This friendly place on a prime West Village stretch of Seventh Avenue South was formerly a Peruvian place with a different name (Pardo’s) that focused on rotisserie chicken, before shifting its attention a bit to ceviches and Pisco cocktails. The ceviche mixto is a well-made version of the classic, and portions are pretty generous across the board. Fish-averse dining companions should check out the causa, a mild, comforting heap of tender shredded chicken in a creamy, marigold-hued yellow sauce served with potatoes and onions. There’s also ample sidewalk seating for prime people watching.

92 7th Ave S
New York, NY 10014

5. Mission Ceviche

265 Canal St, New York, NY 10013

This topnotch fast-casual Peruvian ceviche operation in the Canal Street Market is a satisfying alternative to the slew of poke shops around town. Customizable bowls of ceviche and chicken causa are available in small and large portions, with a few subtle tweaks to the classic presentation. Think pretty mounds of sweet potato or avocado purée piped from a pastry bag, and the choice of white rice, Boston lettuce, or quinoa underneath the ceviche. Stick with the least expensive ceviche type — the catch of the day, usually a firm, clean-tasting white fish like flounder — since it’s just as good and makes for a less steep lunch option than the fancier seafood on offer. There’s also a location in Gansevoort Market in the Meatpacking.

265 Canal St
New York, NY 10013

6. Surfish Bistro

550 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Surfish Bistro Photo via Surfish Bistro/Facebook

Head to Gowanus pan-Latin seafood restaurant Surfish Bistro, formerly located in Park Slope, for an extensive selection of ceviches. They’re plated whimsically (if a bit dated and fussy looking) with various swirls and dots of sauces for an extra flavor hit or two to complement tidy piles of marinated seafood. Eliminate the need to decide with a ceviche tasting of any three out of the nine options. In colder months, add in a soothing seafood-packed Parihuela soup, with a tomato-ginger broth, as well — it’s similar to a bouillabaisse or cioppino.

550 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

7. Coco Roco

392 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

A friendly, laid-back option in Park Slope, Coco Roco delivers solid takes on classic Peruvian cooking in a mellow setting that’s often filled with regulars and families. In addition to a classic version made from the catch of the day, there are some slightly more novel creations, like a Japanese-inflected sesame salmon option, with sesame ponzu lime rocoto sauce, corn, and avocado. There’s not much ambiance to speak of— expect a TV to be on in the background — but it’s a comfortable spot for chilling out and filling up on standout ceviche and juicy rotisserie chicken.

392 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

8. Llama Inn

50 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Llama Inn
[Llama Inn] Photo from Llama Inn
Llama Inn

Llama Inn whips up top-notch versions of classic Peruvian fare in a hip setting, including well-executed ceviche in a piquant leche de tigre. Don’t miss the lomo saltado, either. When the weather’s nice, head to the rooftop for a cocktail and a plate of ceviche. Credit cards only.

50 Withers St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

9. Chimu

482 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Opened in 2003, welcoming Williamsburg restaurant Chimu serves a massive ceviche mixto, ideal for sharing, which includes mussels and crab in the mix. There’s a seafood focus throughout the menu, contrasted with lots of steaks on offer, too. Vibrant décor throughout is especially nice in the cheerfully painted back garden.

482 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

10. Urubamba

8620 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Photo via Urubamba/Yelp

Head to this casual Jackson Heights joint that’s been open for over four decades for authentic Peruvian fare — including classic versions of ceviche mixto and tiradito. In addition to the zippy citrus- and pepper-laced raw fish specialties, an array of hearty stews and mixed grill platters are available on the expansive menu.

8620 37th Ave
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

11. Jora

47-46 11th St, Long Island City, NY 11101

With ties to Jackson Heights’ Urubamba and Flatiron’s Raymi — one of the city’s finest ceviche-focused restaurants before it closed — Jora serves up delicious ceviches in Long Island City. Grouper is the go-to fish of choice in a number of ceviches on offer, while more adventurous creations include a salmon, octopus, and uni combination. Be sure to try the beef heart, too.

47-46 11th St
Long Island City, NY 11101

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