Viru Opens, Bringing Upscale Peruvian to Yonkers

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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.”

The 411 on Viru.

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  1. Steve Galat on

    Exceptional Ceviche Mixta — so fresh tender and, even, an architectural masterpiece. The Hearts-Serrano were delicious. I took home the Potato-Cream dish, warmed it up and ate it just now…Superb! Service by Immanuel was attentive and friendly, not hovering! Definitely worth a Detour….FROM MANHATTAN! I hope they’ll soon service their excellent house-wines by carafes, half-carafes and quartinos. That said, this place is definitely A Cut Above All The Rest. STEVIE GALLO (Yonkers)

  2. Beautiful decotr. Excellent and attentive service. Food was beyond expectations. We’d only had “Pio Pio” Peruvian cuisine experience. This was many steps above in taste and quality. Also, the menu offers so much that you could go many times and have a new appetizer or entree each time (which we intend to do 😉

  3. Lukasz Przybylek on

    VIRU is open George!!!

    WCBS DINING DIARY 6269, MONDAY, OCTOBER 4TH, 2010

    I’m Bob Lape with Dining Diary.

    Be on the lookout for Viru, an exciting new restaurant off Central Park Avenue in Yonkers. It proclaims

    Fine Peruvian Cuisine, and means it! It’s near the Outback Steakhouse in a small strip mall. Viru is a

    roomy restaurant handsomely decorated in vibrant colors with ethnic wall hangings and Peruvian music.

    The lively ceviches and other seafood, chicken and meat items are presented with real artfulness, and

    good taste. Causa limena de pollo translates as cold mashed yellow potato – Peru has thousands of

    different spuds – is infused with key lime juice, pressed into a cake with avocado and stuffed with

    chicken. A great start!

    Lamb shank is simmered in black beer, garlic, cilantro and onion. The Viru menu was fully and cordially

    explained by our wait staffer Diana Bonsignore, a veteran of a number of great kitchens. Viru is a real

    find and a gem among South American eateries anywhere. Open for Lunch and Dinner at 1727 Central

    Park Avenue, Yonkers.

    That’s Dining Diary. I’m Bob Lape, WCBS 880.

  4. Went last Saturday to “try something different ” what a disappointment ! Ordered 2 dishes, the first was cold and SWEET and the second “a grilled plate ” came cold and undercooked ! Din’t eat any one but although I was told SORRY they charge me full price. I should have known when I saw that we were the only costumers last Saturday night !! My fault for ignoring the obvious

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