Upscale Peruvian has come to the former Fuji Buffet on Central Avenue in Yonkers. Owners Lukasz and Dora Przybylek — he’s Polish and she’s Peruvian — have transformed the space into an inviting respite with orange-yellow walls, flickering candles and Peruvian décor, including textiles in different patterns and colors and shelves displaying handmade, decorative vases.
The menu has traditional Peruvian dishes such as ceviche (there are between five and seven types daily) and pollo a la brasa (roast chicken), but focuses mainly on seafood. A signature dish is Parihuela Viru, a bouillabaisse-like fish soup with chili and tomatoes. There’s also a grilled lobster with seafood and vegetables, served with Cusco corn, a variety not grown in North America. Appetizers include Parmesan clams, and Causa Solterito, a stuffed mashed potato cake colored pink and infused with shrimp, octopus or crab. Adventurous eaters may want to try Anticucho de Curazon de Pollo Criollo, which are brochettes of spicy chicken hearts served with grilled yucca, Cusco corn and peanut sauce.
Przybylek says he opened the restaurant because there wasn’t a Peruvian option in the immediate area. “I know there’s some in Port Chester,” he says. “But we wanted to bring the experience to a broader population.”