Aug. 3, 2017 Staff Report
The Inkan Peruvian & Latin Cuisine, located at 45-02 23rd St, has officially opened its new outdoor terrace to the public after an extensive renovation earlier in the year.
The 900 sq. ft. al fresco dining area seats 36, and is part of a 1,400 sq. ft. expansion which began last December when the restaurant started moving into the space next door, previously occupied by Antovel-Gelberg Painting Corporation at 21-52 45th Ave.
Two different sized murals adorn the walls of the outdoor terrace, depicting Inkan art and monuments such as the famed Machu Picchu mountain ridge of Peru.
The expansion also adds 500 sq. ft. of indoor space, which allows for a full bar, four television screens, and 40 additional indoor seats.
The restaurant, which opened in 2012, is a venture between co-owners Jorge Loaiza and his mother-in-law Mercedes Altamirano.
Loaiza, who came to the United States when he was 19, worked in the food service industry for about 20 years before opening The Inkan, his first restaurant.
This is the third Peruvian restaurant that Mercedes Altamirano owns, the other two being Golden Chicken in Jamaica, and the third named The Inkan Restaurant & Pisco Bar in Garden City Park, Long Island.
Altamirano opened the Garden City Park location in October and co-owns it with her children and Loaiza.
Jorge says that although the Peruvian population in Long Island City is scarce, he sees a regular supply of customers come in from the neighborhood.
“Peruvian food is famous all over the world, so it doesn’t matter if you’re from any country, you’ll know that Peruvian food is good,” said Jorge.
Peruvian staples are readily made available at the restaurant such as rotisserie chicken, ceviche (raw fish marinated in key lime and lemon) and lomo saltado (marinated strips of beef steak served with onions, tomatoes and french fries).
Lesser known food items on the menu include chupa de camarone, a creamy soup with shrimp, rice, egg and a mild spice, or papa a la huancaina, an appetizer that consists of half-cut potatoes drenched in a spicy yellow sauce.
Latin dishes from other countries such as Ecuadorian empanadas and Colombian bandejas (sirloin steak with rice, beans, avocado, fried egg, plaintain, and pork rind) are featured on the menu as well.
The restaurant has a full liquor and wine bar, with sangria available by the glass or pitcher.
“Our homemade chicha morada, which is a Peruvian drink made with purple corn, is still a favorite among our diners,” added Loaiza.
Jorge says he plans to invite live musicians to perform in their outdoor space to make customers feel more at home.
“We want to make sure that when you come to this restaurant, you feel like family,” he said. “There’s a saying in our country that says, ‘Come in as a stranger, and leave as a friend;” that’s how we want everyone to feel. We want them to have good food and a good experience.”
Hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 11:00am to 9:00pm, and noon to 10:00pm on Saturdays. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.
Free delivery is available by calling 718-433-4171 or by ordering from their website, which features their full menu.
Please – tell us your 5 top restaurants in LIC. We’d like to know the places that meet your standards.
Mister Charlie : I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO THE COUNTRY PERU. If you weren’t so quick to criticize people, you would have noticed that is a persons Screen name. I have been to Peru and the Food is Great is what he/she posts under.Look above.
You don’t really like Peruvian food but you wrote above that you went to Peru and the food is great? Makes sense. MRLIC – what are your top 5 restaurants in LIC?
I think this place is great. We refer to the rotisserie chicken as “crack chicken” because you can get addicted to it, especially with that green sauce. Others may have a different opinion. That’s what makes horse racing.
To MRLICjr. –My wife and I just wanted to try the places cooking out. We don’t really like Peruvian Food. It is our choice what we order. It is on the menu.
To MRLICjr : Why wouldn’t I as it’s on the menu. We just wanted to try out their cooking as we don’t know much about Peruvian Food. I hope they don’t skimp on all their meals.. Why do they sell it then.?
Why would you order wings/french fries from a Peruvian spot?
To( I have been to Peru and the food is great:): Maybe you should not be calling me or anyone a Fool. I know what I received and am telling you he TRUTH. Maybe you like to pay more and get LESS !!!!!!!! Not me, nor should anyone.
I’m looking forward to trying this place!
I love this place. Great food and it is very well priced.
Some people like this place. My wife and I ordered a takeout of chicken wings & French Fries. It was about $8.25 for one order. we ordered one just to try the Food since some friends liked their Food. Mind you in a nearby Chinese Restaurant it is about $1 or more cheaper. There were 2 VERY SMALL wings and about (NO LIE) as I counted them, 12 French Fires and very greasy at that. We have not gone back. We pay less and get more at the Chinese Restaurant.
Don’t listen to this fool. I have ordered delivery from the Inman many times and finally dined the at the end of June (in the courtyard). The food is solid when delivered and even better at the restaurant. Love the papa rellena and green sauce. Will jave to try the chicha next time.
Shocker, CB and P. O’B don’t prevent backyard at restaurant in Court Square, but on Vernon, forget it!