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NYC Summer Restaurant Week is a 20 day long event where select restaurants all over New York serve prix-fixe 3 course lunch or dinner menus. I’ve participated in a few restaurant weeks throughout the years and there have been a few hits and a few misses. 

My first stop was at La Mar Cebicheria, a Peruvian restaurant located in the Flatiron district.  Unfortunately, La Mar was a miss. The chef must have a heavy hand on the salt shaker as almost every dish was overly salty. Service also moved at the speed of a snail. We waited for the menu, waited for our orders to be taken, waited for everything else. I did like the ceviche and I’ll consider coming back to La Mar for their ceviche only because I don’t like it at El Marino. 

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, 11 Madison Ave at 25th St

NYC Summer Restaurant Week is a 20 day long event where select restaurants all over New York serve prix-fixe 3 course lunch or dinner menus. I’ve participated in a few restaurant weeks throughout the years and there have been a few hits and a few misses. 

My first stop was at La Mar Cebicheria, a Peruvian restaurant located in the Flatiron district.  Unfortunately, La Mar was a miss. The chef must have a heavy hand on the salt shaker as almost every dish was overly salty. Service also moved at the speed of a snail. We waited for the menu, waited for our orders to be taken, waited for everything else. I did like the ceviche and I’ll consider coming back to La Mar for their ceviche only because I don’t like it at El Marino. 

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, 11 Madison Ave at 25th St

Notes

When I visited La Mar in San Francisco a few years ago, I fell in love with their cebiche and causas. I was so excited to hear that they opened up a location in New York.

Must have their cebiche and causas and their other appetizers and small dishes. They are all excellent; it’s what I recommend going there for. The entrees are less memorable. 

#1 Causas Sampler- a tasting of whipped potato appetizers topped with different kinds of fish. It’s a work of art! 

#2 Cebiche Sampler- I really like the cebiche here, it’s flavorful without being too sour.

#3 Oysters- raw oysters special of the day

La Mar NYC, 11 Madison Ave @ 25th Street (Flatiron)

Notes

I had lunch today at a local Peruvian restaurant called El Marino. I pass by this place about a million times, but never thought to go try it until about a month ago. Out of the blue one day, I deliberately drove slower so that I can get a better look at the place, and saw that it was a Peruvian restaurant. Instantly, I knew that I had to come try it out. 

El Marino is a tiny local spot with about 8-9 tables, 1 waitress, and a huge flat screen TV broadcasting futbol.  I don’t think they ever had Asian clientele before, as we got stares from some of the patrons…haha! The little girl at the next table was so excited to see us, she had her mother ask if she can recite to us numbers 1-11 in Chinese. Her pronunciation was pretty spot on. Her mother also introduced to us some of the foods they were eating: fried plantains and this milky beef noodle soup. The soup looked really good, so we ordered one as well.  We also ordered Causas Relleno- mashed yellow potato stuffed with tuna, served cold with hard boiled eggs, an olive, mixed veggies, and drizzled with mayo. It was really good. We also tried the Ceviche Mixto-raw pieces of white fish, squid, and shrimp marinated in lime juice with red onion, cilantro, red chili topped with this seaweed and served with their huge pieces of Peruvian white corn.  We also ordered two other entrees: Roast Chicken and Seafood Paella.  The portions were huge! By the time the beautiful plate of paella came out I was already full. 

The place was packed for Saturday lunch.  People just kept coming in and the phone was ringing off the hook. The waitress was running around so much I didn’t really get a chance to ask her some questions that I had. I’m definitely coming back.  The prices are reasonable for the potions they serve.  The food is good and service is friendly. 

El Marino, 130 Mount Hope Ave. Dover, NJ 07801