Food/Design: Pio Pio Restaurant

Architecture & Interiors

Two questions for you. If someone said the words “stylish, cave-like and wood-wrapped” would you have an idea what they were referring to? And would you want to eat there? We’re not sure what your first answer would be, but let us answer the latter for you: yes. The Pio Pio Restaurant in New York City does not lack in drama, fresh perspective, unique designs or a stunning atmosphere. Walls alternate between smooth wood planks and some other material we can’t quite identify, think is wood and really love the pattern of. That wood contrasts nicely with gray concrete. Sparse furnishings blend in with the architecture’s aesthetic so that you can hardly tell them apart. Austere and thematic art creates a visual feast. Modern and lovely! Anyone know if the food’s any good?

Images: Paul Rivera via Architizer
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  1. Bao-Khang Luu

    Jul 15, 2011 at 10:22 am

    This Pio Pio, part of a popular Peruvian chain restaurant in NYC, (http://www.piopio.com) is located in Hell’s Kitchen. The entrance belies a spacious dining area that’s cozy even with all the straight lines and concrete. Surprisingly, for a place wrapped in wood planks and sticks it’s quite noisy even when the dining area is half empty. They seriously need to invest in some sound dampening.

    The service isn’t the fastest, but staff is usually friendly and on top of it. The food is great for the price. The matador combo is a sure-fire hit that has a little bit of everything. It comfortably feeds two (if you’re ravenous) to four. It comes with their signature succulent roasted chicken and green Peruvian sauce on the side. Ask for extra sauce. It’s deliciously creamy with a manageable spicy kick.

    Other dishes also deserve a try especially their Peruvian style Chinese fried rice and seafood salad. Desserts are usually fresh and done very well. On unfortunate days cake may be dry and stale and the flan slightly rancid. Pio Nono and Tres leches will satisfy most dessert and cake cravings, but for hardcore cake addicts the portions are a bit paltry.

    Ample seating options and the menu’s adequate variety makes this Pio Pio the perfect place for indecisive groups or a casual date. Overall, Pio Pio is not the most consistent, but the 8 out of 10 times that it is on it’s very good. I would recommend a visit!

    • Adrienne Breaux

      Jul 15, 2011 at 10:37 am

      Wow! Thanks for such an in-depth review and comment!

      • Bao-Khang Luu

        Jul 18, 2011 at 9:03 am

        My pleasure. You should try it out when you’re in the city.

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