482 Union Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Cuisine: Peruvian, South American, Nuevo Latino, Steak
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ Good
Cards: All major
Price: $14- $23
Hours: Mon-Thu, 3pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-11pm
Booze: Beer & Wine
Subway: G, L at Metropolitan Ave.-Lorimer St
Menu: Click Here
NY Mag says:
Attracting a congenial mix of Peruvians and dressed-down locals, Williamsburg’s Chimu has a familial vibe. The layers of cultures, which have impacted Peru, are evident—from Italianesque plates of spaghetti, to Chinese-influenced fried rice dishes, to Spanish empanadas. Starch staples of potato, yucca, and plantain anchor the sides, while steaks, chicken, and seafood make up the mains. The restaurant specializes in the cuisine of the Peruvian coast, where the Chimu people once reigned, so it’s no surprise that seafood is prominent. The masterpiece is the mixed-seafood ceviche, a gigantic platter of raw mussels, crab, shrimp, and delectable white fish, seasoned with lime and cilantro. Hearty seafood stews join juicy Pollo a la Brasa among the entrées. Chimu also doubles as a steakhouse, with skirt steaks and a savory shell steak seared with garlic and olive oil. The small, low-key main dining room has mottled red walls and a sparse collection of Peruvian tchotchkes. The garden out back makes the most of a cinderblock enclosure—geraniums and cheerful murals of pre-Columbian icons surround wrought-iron café tables. The effect is a cheerful but mellow blend of Williamsburg and Peru, as appealing as the hearty, down-to-earth cooking.
The Village Voice says:
This cozy, spicy Peruvian restaurant became a fast favorite among locals, including hipsters who relish the fact that it’s not full of hipsters(?). It’s the place to bring your mom when she visits from Scaredsville, to show her that Brooklyn is worldly, not seedy. The ceviche mixto is great; also try the oddly delicious spaghetti with Peruvian cheese sauce and grilled steak. Or just go for the shell steak brushed with garlic and olive oil.