Peruvian NYC is a mix of Indigenous, Spanish, African and Asian cultures.
NYC’s Little Lima is in Paterson, New Jersey. There are Peruvians in Jackson Heights, Queens too.
The Peruvian Parade and Festival in Paterson is NYC’s big Peruvian Festival.
- Flor de Mayo (Chinese-Peruvian)
- Llama Inn (Michelin)
- Mission Ceviche (Michelin)
- Pio Pio
- Pollo d’Oro
- Riko Peruvian Cuisine
- Sen Sakama
- Suya Gastrofusion (Michelin)
- Urubamba (NYC’s oldest)
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Peruvian NYC News
Friday, September 30 , 2022
KELLY ST Open Street
Longwood, The Bronx
Saturday, October 1, 2022
EAST 115TH ST Open Street
“El Barrio” East Harlem
Sunday, October 2, 2022
“Loisaida” Lower East Side
September 15 – October 15, 2022
TAJ II LOUNGE
Flatiron District, Manhattan
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Monday, July 24, 2023
Sunday, September 25, 2022
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Jackson Heights, Queens
August 29 – September 11, 2022
BILLIE JEAN KING TENNIS CENTER
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
Friday-Sunday, September 9-11, 2022
Hudson Yards, Manhattan
Claudia Martínez Garay: Ghost Kingdom, an exhibition of the Peruvian artist that explores the colonial legacy, opens with a reception at Grimm gallery in Tribeca, Manhattan on Friday, September 9, 2022 from 6-8pm. Ends October 15. grimmgallery.com 🇵🇪
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Famous as the center of the Inca Empire, Indigenous Peru is mostly Quechua and Aymara.
Afro-Peruvian culture developed on coastal colonial plantations.
After abolition, Chinese and Japanese made important contributions to Peruvian culture.
Peruvian New York City
There are Peruvian communities in Paterson, New Jersey and Jackson Heights, Queens.
The Peruvian Consulate is in Midtown East.
Metropolitan New York’s “Little Lima” is in Paterson, New Jersey. Paterson is the heart of the Peruvian diaspora in the United States.
The best Peruvian restaurant in New York City used to be our client Raymi, but it’s been closed for a while. Pio Pio grilled chicken restaurants are popular. There are Chinese-Peruvian Flor de Mayo Restaurants in the Upper West Side.
The Crown of the Andes in the Metropolitan Museum of Art is Colombian, but the big emerald in the crown is said to be the legendary Atahualpa Emerald from the last Inca ruler. The crown is human sized. The emerald is enormous.
You can find Peruvian culture in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum and Queens Museum. You can find Peruvian jazz at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens; Barbès in Park Slope, Brooklyn; and SOB’s in Hudson Square, Manhattan.
Peruvian New Yorkers
Melvi Davilla produces the wonderful Peru to the World Expo food festival.
Gabriel Alegría is one of New York City’s leading Peruvian jazz musicians.
Efraín Rozas, the Peruvian musician and technologist, fronts psychedelic salsa rockers La Mecánica Popular and will be in residence at The Kitchen in 2021.
William Cordova is a major Peruvian artist. He is represented by Sikkema Jenkins.
Chicha Libre isn’t very active now, and they are not Peruvian, but they play cumbia based on Peruvian Chica music which is pretty cool. It’s sort of cumbia-surf-rock.
Many of the Andean flute players in New York City subways are Peruvian. Support the arts.
The Peruvian World
Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa is often in New York.
Peruvian-born Tony Succar is based in Miami. He won Latin Grammy Awards for Salsa Album and Producer of the Year in 2019.
We are famous for ceviche and pisco. The two go together perfectly. We are also famous for our Andean flutes. There is a famous salsa sung by Celia Cruz in 1981 called “Toro Mata.” It’s actually a Peruvian folk song.
Peru is defined by the Andes mountains with a dry coastal plain on one side and Amazonian jungle on the other.
Cusco was the capital of the Inca, one of the great civilizations of South America. Spanish colonizers first controlled South America from Lima.
Peru still has a strong Indigenous culture with Afro-Peruvian culture along the coast. The descendents of the Inca remain in the Andes with different Indigenous peoples in the Amazonian highlands. The coastal capital, Lima, was once considered an African city.
While long suspected, DNA studies have recently proven that South Americans have an Oceanic heritage too. We also have vibrant Japanese Peruvian and Chinese Peruvian communities.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Peru
The ancient Inca sanctuary city of Machu Picchu is an icon of Peru, but we have many World Heritage Sites. These include:
- Arequipa, a colonial city with Indigenous influences
- Caral-Supe, an ancient sacred city of the Norte Chico civilization
- Chan Chan, the ancient capital of the Chimú culture
- Chavín de Huantar, an ancient Andean city
- Cusco, the ancient Inca capital
- Huascarán National Park, high Andean mountains around Peru’s tallest peak
- Lima City Center, the colonial city center founded in 1535
- Manú National Park, a biosphere preserve
- Nazca Lines, the famous earth drawings (400-650) that can only be seen from the air
- Qhapaq Ñan Andean Road System, these ancient Inca roads run from Colombia to Chile/Argentina.
- Río Abiseo National Park, a rainforest park with many pre-Columbian sites
There is a lot to see and do in Peru.