Raymi

Open Hours: Mon-Thurs 5:00PM-10:00PM; Fri-Sat 5:00PM-11:00PM; Sun 4:00PM-9:00PM 

Phone number: 212 929 1200 

Price Range: $30-$60/person 

Address: 43 W 24th Street 

Website: www.rayminyc.com

Station: F, M, N, R, 1, 2


Why has it taken me this long to write Raymi’s review when I technically ate here a week ago for restaurant week? I could blame it on the midterms and projects, but let’s be real, there’s always time to write about good food…

I’ve got to admit it’s taken me awhile to get started on this one solely because I’m scared I won’t be able to do their food justice. Be prepared to hear a lot raving – something I don’t do very often (PS: I apologize for the terrible pictures. The lighting was awful and I was a bit too eager to finish my plate, guess the camera doesn’t always eat first).

Having never tried Peruvian cuisine before, my friend prompted me to order the Mixto Ceviche as my starter. 

Combination of aji rocoto, shrimp, squid, octopus and sweet potato where the aji was able to counter the strong seafood taste. Well done. 

We also ordered the Pulpo Meloso. 

I think I may have died and gone to seafood lovers’ heaven. This was a combination of charred octopus, aji limo mayo, endive, radicchio and spicy mayo. The octopus was fresh and left absolutely no seafood taste, topped with well-crafted seasoning which made this dish highly addictive. The way we devoured this appetizer encouraged our neighboring table to order the same. Highly, highly recommended.  

Forgive me, I can’t remember the specific name of the entrée my friend ordered, but it very well consisted of more seafood. 

His dish offered cod, shrimp, mussels, clams, choclo, baby corn, cilantro and a bowl of jasmine rice.

My main entrée was the Seared Salmon, which came with lentil tacu tacu, fried banana, cipollini onions and cherry tomatoes. I was quite happy with the richness of the seared salmon along with its crispy skin; accompanying sauce with the lentils was paired well. Would definitely recommend to salmon lovers.

Our drinks included their specialty Pisco Sour made with Pisco 100, lime, egg whites and bitters, their Peruvian Cusquena beer and Verdejo white wine. 

Of course I had searched up the reviews on the place before coming so I knew dessert was worth looking forward to.

We ordered the Chocolate and Quinoa. 

The Peruvian chocolate candy bar was rather standard, but I was pretty sold on the lucuma ice cream and candied walnuts.

We also ordered their famous Brioche Bread Pudding. 

Let’s just say I still dream about this dessert in the middle of class. The toffee-flavored bread was baked to crisp perfection served with their thick, creamy brown butter ice cream topped with raisins and almonds. Best dessert I’ve had this year for NYC’s restaurant week by far – I loved it so much that I may have devoured the dish by myself before we could “share” our desserts. #sorrynotsorry

Overall highlights of this visit include the pleasant ambiance, fresh seafood and outgoing/friendly service. Do not forget to try their charred octopus and brioche bread pudding, I promise you it’s worth damaging your wallet for.