Tanta | River North | South American, Seafood, Japanese | Restaurant

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Hours: Dinner: seven days
Open late: Friday & Saturday till midnight, Tuesday-Thursday till 11

Price: $$$

Upscale Peruvian restaurant from renowned chef Gastón Acurio.

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Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio is the man behind 30-some restaurants worldwide, the international ambassador for a cuisine that results from a stew of influences, from indigenous Andeans and Spanish colonizers to Asian and Italian immigrants. At Tanta he offers a sampler of the keystones of Peruvian food, with its variety of ceviches, anticuchos (skewers), pollo a la brasa and other hearty meatcentric entrees, and a heavy representation of Nikkei cuisine. The potato came from the Andes, so there's a lot of that on the menu too, most notably in the form of causitas: cold, bite-size, nigiri-like cylinders of whipped potato, lime, and aji amarillo chile paste, topped with raw seafood and one of the creamy chile-based sauces that brighten many of these dishes. Tanta's ceviches alone put it in a class by itself, each intensely acidic but seasoned and brightly colored with a variety of flavors, like a squid-shrimp mixture bathed in lime and red rocoto pepper, or a Japanese-style tuna with avocado and tamarind. Tanta offers tastings of most of these smaller bites, which is a smart way to go if you expect to explore any of the larger dishes, especially—and I strongly urge this—the chaufa aeropuerto, Peru's answer to fried rice, or the country's most accessible culinary export, the aforementioned pollo a la brasa, rotisserie chicken. Read the full review >>

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Price: $$$

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