Photos and the Menu at Viru, the New Peruvian in Yonkers

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Photographer Carucha L. Meuse came back from Viru, the new Peruvian restaurant in Yonkers, with some mouthwatering photos. (Here’s a link to my post announcing the opening.)

Here’s a look at about 20 photos, plus, after the jump, the entire menu, too.

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Langosta Marina, a grilled whole lobster, topped with mixed seafood, classic Peruvian tomato sauce and cusco corn:

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Ceviche Mixto, fresh sea bass chunks, mixed seafood, marinated in lime juice, mixed with red onions, cilantro, rocoto, served with sweet potatoes, potatoes and cusco corn:

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More photos, after the jump.

Another shot of the mixto:

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Carlos Aviles is the chef at Viru:

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Arroz con Mariscos, a rice mixed with seafood, Peruvian paella sauce, topped with chopped tomatoes and onions:

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Ceviche Norteno, a Peruvian ceviche made with fresh Tilapia chunks, marinated in lime juice, mixed with red onions, cilantro, rocoto, served with sweet potatoes, potatoes and cusco corn:

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Anticucho de Pulpo, a grilled octopus brochettes, marinated in a spicy sauce, served with black olive cream sauce, tostones (green plantains) and cusco com:

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Tamal Limeno, a traditional Peruvian yellow corn tamal, stuffed with chicken served with salsa criolla:

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Papa la Huancaina, slices of boiled potatoes served on a bed of lettuce, topped with an aji Amarillo (yellow chili) cheese sauce, olive and eggs:

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Parihuela Viru, a soup like mixture of steamed seafood, fish, tomato, aji and panca (chili) sauce:

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Chupe de Camarones Arequipeno, a shrimp soup with rice, green peas, carrots, cusco corn, milk, eggs:

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Flan:

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Alfajores, a sandwich pastry filled with dulce del leche:

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Owner Lukasz Przybylek:

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The menu:

Welcome to Virú!

Fine Peruvian Cuisine

Chronists report that the first Spaniards who arrived in the Virú Valley, along the northern coast of Peru, in the 1500s, started calling the entire territory by that name. With time passing, and for easier pronunciation for the new arrivers, the country’s name changed to what we now know as Perú.

Peruvian food is one of the most diverse in the world, due to Perú’s fertile soil, numerous climates and regions as well as the influence its cuisine received from the different ethnic groups that settled in the country. Therefore, there is always something for everyone’s taste, whether it is seafood, meat, chicken or vegetarian dishes.

We hope that you enjoy a taste of Perú. We invite you to try its cuisine and become a friend of Virú.

Taste and Share

1. Chicharrón de Calamares 10

Fried calamari

2. Camarones al Ajillo 13

Shrimp with garlic sauce

3. Causa Solterito 13

Freshly stuffed mashed potato, infused with key lime juice and pressed into a cake – Three different samples: shrimps, octopus and crab meat

4. Conchitas a la Parmesana 8

Parmesan Clams served with a cover of grated parmesan cheese

5. Anticucho Serrano 7

Three brochettes of diced cow heart in marinated spicy sauce, served with roasted potatoes, Cusco corn

6. Anticucho de Corazón de Pollo Criollo 5

Chicken heart brochettes in marinated spicy sauce, served with grilled yuca (cassava), cusco corn, ocopa (peanut) sauce

7. Anticucho de Pulpo 8

Grilled octopus brochettes, marinated in a spicy sauce, served with black olive cream sauce, tostones (green plantains), cusco corn

8. Anticucho Novoandino de Langosta 10

Lobster brochettes, marinated in a spicy sauce, served with a garlic cilantro sauce, grilled yuca (cassava)

Appetizers

9. Tamal Limeño 6

Traditional Peruvian yellow corn tamal, stuffed with chicken or pork, served with salsa criolla (chopped onion and tomatoes)

10. Empanada Peruana de Pollo o Carne 5

Peruvian style patties stuffed with chicken or beef

11. Causa Limeña de Pollo 7

Cold mashed yellow potato infused with key lime juice, pressed into a cake and stuffed with chicken

12. Papa a la Huancaína 6

Slices of boiled potatoes served on a bed of lettuce, topped with an aji Amarillo (yellow chili) cheese sauce, olive and eggs

13. Ocopa Arequipeña 6

Slices of boiled potatoes topped with a spicy creamy cheese and huacatay (green) sauce, served with olives and eggs

14. Palta Rellena de Camarones 8

Half of an avocado stuffed with shrimp, pink sauce (mayo, ketchup)

15. Cocktail de Camarones Puerto Etén 9

Shrimp cocktail marinated in lime juice, Ketchup, red onion, tomato, cilantro, served with avocado

Salads

16. Ensalada Ñusta 8

Iceberg wedge, warm bacon, red onion, sliced mushrooms topped with eggs, creamy huancaína cheese dressing

17. Ensalada Verde Peruana 7

Mixed greens, grape tomatoes, red onion, heart of palm, black olives, balsamic vinaigrette

18. Ensalada Andina 8

Quinoa salad with grape tomatoes, red onion, cucumbers, mango, cilantro, and lemon dressing

19. Tropical Salad 8

Iceberg wedge, tomatoes, onion, cucumbers, carrots, avocado, house made dressing

Soups

20. Aguadito de Pollo Trujillano 4

Classic Peruvian thick soup with chicken and vegetables, rice, cilantro

21. Sopa a la Minuta Criolla 7

Sauteed beef, onion, tomatoes, angel hair noodles, Peruvian spices, milk, eggs

22. Sopa de Locro Serrano con Grano Andino 7

Traditional vegetarian Andean soup, stew, yellow squash, onion, clove, garlic, carrots, shredded white cheese, light cream, served with Cusco corn

23. Chupe de Camarones Arequipeño 12

Typical shrimp soup with rice, green peas, carrots, Cusco corn, milk, eggs, Peruvian spices

Ceviches

Peru’s national dish prepared with white fish, fresh seafood, marinated in a perfect balance of spices and lime juice

24. Ceviche Norteño 14

Classic Peruvian ceviche made with fresh Tilapia chunks, marinated in lime juice, mixed with red onion, cilantro, rocoto (red hot pepper), served with sweet potatoes, Cusco corn, potatoes

25. Ceviche Mixto 15

Fresh sea bass chunks, mixed seafood, marinated in lime juice, mixed with red onions, cilantro, rocoto (red hot pepper), served with sweet potatoes, potatoes, Cusco corn

26. Ceviche de Camarones 15

Small shrimp cooked in marinated lime juice mixed with red onions, cilantro and rocoto pepper, served with sweet potatoes, potatoes, Cusco corn

27. Ceviche de Pulpo y Camarones 15

Shrimp and octopus marinated in lime juice, mixed with red onions, grape tomatoes, cilantro and rocoto hop pepper, served with sweet potatoes, potatoes, Cusco corn

28. Choritos a la Chalaca 8

Green mussels marinated in lime juice, mixed with red onions, cilantro, corn

29. Tiradito de Sechura 13

Flounder fillets sliced sashimi style, marinated in cool citrus lime jices with yellow peppers, served with Cusco corn, sweet potatoes

30. Tiradito Novandino 16

Sliced flounder, scallops, octopus, lobster, sashimi, marinated in cool citrus lime juices, with yellow peppers, served with yellow corn, sweet potatoes

Rotisserie Chicken

Virú’s signature rotisserie chicken marinated in traditional Peruvian spices

31. Whole Chicken 17

Served with French fries and salad

32. Half Chicken 13

Served with French fries and salad

33. Quarter Chicken 8

Served with French fries and salad

Typical Dishes

Traditional Peruvian Main Courses

34. Bistek Encebollado 22

Grilled New York Steak marinated in Peruvian spices (Ají Panca), served with sautéed red onion, tomatoes, with maduros (sweet plantains), green beans

35. Lomo Saltado 16

Natural sautéed beef loin, with red onions, tomatoes, garlic, served with fried and white rice

36. Chicharrón de Pollo 12

Deep fried pieces of crunchy chicken served with French fries

37. Churrasco 19

Traditional grilled skirt steak marinated in house spices, served with roasted potatoes, salad

38. Seco de Cordero a la Norteña 19

Lamb stew prepared in the traditional Northern Peruvian style, marinated in garlic, cilantro, onions, black beer, served with pepián (Meshed Cusco corn, cilantro, garlic)

39. Tallarín Saltado de Carne/Pollo 15

Sautéed beef loin/Chicken with onion, tomatoes, mixed pasta (linguini)

40. Tallarín Verde con Churrasco 22

Grilled skirt steak served with linguini and Peruvian pesto sauce

41. Ají de Gallina 13

Shredded chicken breast in creamy ají Amarillo (yellow chili), and parmesan cheese sauce, served with white rice and sliced potatoes

42. Arroz con Pato 16

A gourmet version of an iconic Peruvian dish, pan-seared duck, served over cilantro-infused rice with red bell peppers, peas and carrots, salsa criolla (chopped tomatoes and onions)

43. Arroz Chaufa con Carne/Pollo 14

Peruvian style fried rice mixed with eggs, onions, red Peppers, scallions, soy sauce, beef or chicken

44. Pollo a la Parrilla 14

Grilled chicken served with fried cassava/tostones (green plantains), salad

45. Chuletón Andino 17

Grilled 12 oz. pork loin chops marinated in ají panca (chili), served with mashed

yuca (cassava), cilantro, green beans

Matador Combo

46. Parrilla Criolla (for two) 38

Combination of grilled meat (beef, chicken, sausage, brochettes), served with roasted potatoes, salad

From the Sea

47. Pescado a la Chorrillana 17

Fried fillet of Sea bass, topped with sautéed red onions and tomatoes, cilantro, served with white rice and golden potatoes

48. Pescado a lo Macho 22

Fried fillet of Sea bass topped with a variety of seafood, cream, served with fried cassava and white rice

49. Pescado Sudado 18

Peruvian style steamed sea bass fillet, red onions, tomato, cilantro, ají panca (chili), white rice

50. Corvina al Ajillo 18

Grilled fillet of sea bass, sautéed with garlic, lemon, butter, white wine, served with white rice and tostones (green plantains)

51. Jalea Norteña 17

Fried diced fish, mixed seafood and fried yucca, marinated onions, tomatoes, cilantro

52. Parihuela Virú 22

Soup-like mixture of steamed seafood, fish, tomato, ají panca (chili), sauce

53. Langosta Marina 32

Grilled whole lobster, topped with mixed seafood, classic Peruvian tomato sauce, served with Cusco corn

54. Arroz con Mariscos 24

Rice mixed with seafood, Peruvian paella sauce, topped with chopped tomatoes and onions

55. Tallarines Saltados de Camarones 22

Linguini sautéed with shrimp, red onions, tomatoes

56. Arroz Chaufa del Mar 24

Peruvian fried rice mixed with seafood

Chef’s Specials

60. Ceviche Bahia – Langosta con Papaya Asada 24

Boiled whole medallions of lobster, marinated in garlic, cilantro, lemon, tomato, red onion, ají amarillo (yellow chili), orange juice, served with grilled papaya and passion fruit.

61. Lomo Saltado Inca 24

Grilled fillet mignon 12 oz, topped with sautéed traditional red onions, tomatoes, cilantro, served with fried yuca (cassava), green beans.

62. Seco Verde Virú 24

Grilled rack of lamb with salsa verde (green sauce) made of cilantro, served with tacu-tacu (mixed white rice and Peruvian beans)

63. Salmón Mantaro 22

Grilled salmon topped with sautéed tomatoes, onions, black olives, capers, served with green mashed cassava

64. Pargo Asado Norteño 24

Seared Red Snapper over monfongito (mashed green plantains), served with a sauce made of garlic, lemon juice, capers, white wine

65. Arroz Chaufa Tacu-Tacu Andino 22

Peruvian style fried rice mixed with eggs, onions, red peppers, shallots, white beans and soy sauce, served with roast duck breast

Children’s Menu

57. Salchipapa 6

Diced hot dogs mixed with French fries

58. Deditos de Pollo con Papa Frita 7

Chicken fingers with French fries and barbecue sauce

59. Mozzarella Sticks 6

If you have a food allergy, please speak to the owner, manager, chef or your server

Side Orders

Yellow Rice/White Rice 3

French Fries 4

Fried Plantains 4

Either maduros (sweet) or tostones (green)

Yuca Frita 4

Fried Cassava

Desserts

Flan 4

Crème brulée

Alfajores 4

Sandwich pastries filled with dulce de leche (brulée condensed milk)

Pio Nono 4

Rolled cake filled with dulce de leche (brulée condensed milk)

Ice Cream 4

Vanilla, Chocolate or Lucuma (traditional Peruvian fruit)

Chocolate Cake 4

Mazamorra 3

Pudding-like dessert made from purple corn and spices

Beverages

Soda 2

Inca Kola 2

Peruvian soda of a bright yellow color, very refreshing

Chicha Morada 3

Traditional Peruvian purple corn beverage

Coffee/tea 3

Beer 4

Wine 5

If you have a food allergy, please speak to the owner, manager, chef or your server

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

18 Comments

  1. Was there last Tues. Still a wee bit rough around the edges, but the food was excellent. The Ceviche! We also had duck, the pulpo, and the tamales. Wasn’t crazy about the flan. More like a creme broulee. All in all tho, run, dont walk!

  2. Restaurant hoper on

    Excellent food and service, I highly recommend it – priced right. We were looking for a restaurant of this caliber for years in Yonkers. Welcome to our neighborhood!

  3. Dinner at Restaurant Viru was a sublime experience. From the moment you enter the restaurant you feel welcome and then you feel pampered. The atmosphere is peaceful and friendly. The food is supurb as is the service. Food presentation is excellent. The cost is worth the experience. The menu is devine. Highly recommend Restaurant Viru. It was a wonderful experience in every way.

  4. Steve Galat on

    Sounds very good. It must be located in that Highbridge Shopping Center. No mention, though, whether or not they’re serving wine yet. I’ll call Lukasz next week

  5. 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.

  6. Went last night on what might have been their worst night ever. They had been forced to close for a few weeks due to poor attendance and upon re-opening several of their staff had apparently made other plans and didn’t show up. They got slammed with a great crowd of hungry people when they weren’t expecting it and the whole thing sort of fell apart. All the staff handled the crisis with warmth and calmness and were very apologetic about the long wait. When the food finally arrived it was amazing. They brought us two complimentary appetizers to apologize for the problems they were having and it was a good move on their part because we have now made two culinary discoveries we won’t be able to avoid ordering on our next visit. The fried things are so crispy and delicate and the sauces so interesting! The menu is so extensive it took us a half hour to decide what we wanted. It’s more like an encyclopedia of Peruvian food! Please, people- eat here often- Yonkers needs restaurants like Viru!

  7. 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

  8. Went with my family to try this restaurant for the first time,what a disapointment it was.Even though the restaurant looks very nice makes me sad that for people who are trying Peruvian food for the first time are being subjected to this.The food that came out of the kitchen was cold,flavorless and I could not believe that for the prices that they charge I got rice that tasted exactly like Uncle Ben’s instant rice.I am posting this to say that being born in Peru,please if you go here and am turned off by the food as much as me and my family were go to another Peruvian restaurant and give it another try.When it is done right,the food is amazing(nothing like what we experienced)

  9. Payed a visit to this restaurant early today and i have to say it was terrible. To those that have tried this restaurant you obviously haven’t tasted real Peruvian food. The presentation of the restaurant itself was very nice, however what goes on behind those kitchen doors is very unimpressive. I don’t know about most people but i know for a fact that i don’t like paying for food that is served cold, bland and very unimpressive. For the amount of money they charge for their dishes you’d think that the food at least tasted like they cared when they made the dish. For the amount of money you will pay just go to Outback steakhouse right next door. To Mr. Bob Lape of Dining Diary, “Viru is a real find and a gem among South American eateries anywhere…” please go to a real Peruvian restaurant and write a review not a mockery of Peruvian eateries.

  10. I don’t recognize Virú from those bad comments by JD and alberto, and I go there often. My Peruvian friend, who is familiar with the Peruvian restaurants in Portchester said that Virú is better.
    I’m not Peruvian but I know when food is prepared well. Everything I’ve had at Virú is, and that’s why we keep coming here, at least once a week.

    Don’t take my (or JD or alberto’s) word for it. Check it out yourself. I think you’ll be happy you did.

  11. I want to congrats everyone that works at Viru restaurant…. I wento today for the first time and I just loved it… there was no delay on receiving my plate… the food was excelent…the service was just great…. I will definitly let my friends and family know about this place!!!!

  12. WOW!!! I was just amaized with this place!!!!! great job guys!!!! This is the only restaurant that I can compare with other restaurants in Lima Peru, for example Gaston Acurio’s restaurant, Pescados capitales, and it cannot be compare with any restaurants in Portchester!!!! Keep it up!!!!

  13. Incredible!! That’s the only way I can sum up Viru. We were there tonight and the fried calamari was by far the BEST we have ever had. The New York Strip is a 9 ounce steak that was tender and marinated in some amazing Peruvian spices the gave it the perfect taste. Be sure to save room for dessert; their flan is out of this world. With so many food choices on the menu, there is something for everyone. You won’t be dissapointed.

  14. Great Food! Don’t know what the bad reviews are all about! The only bad thing is that more people haven’t heard about this place yet! I’ve come here twice and ordered about 10 different items from the menu. Before coming to this restaurant I had never eaten Peruvian food before, but love all types of cuisine. The food here did not disappoint! I absolutely LOVE the Aguadito de Pollo Trujillano and have to have it when I come in.

  15. Food was very good. Service was very good. BUT you have to watch your credit card statement. My credit card was overcharged by $72.00. Bill was only $55.00 and I was charged $127.00

  16. I took my family there one night, need I say “it was amazing”. After that, I went as often as I could. I know Viru is now closed but if they opened somewhere else I would love to know. I’m am so sorry for those people who had bad experiences but to me those were isolated incidences. One thing my wife and I apriciated was the sangria it was a complement to just about every dish, and I believe we went down the menu. The cooks were amazing, the presentation none other then artistic the flavor well balanced. I stress, find this combination in any high end restaurant and you will pay dearly.

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