The fresh and colorful taste of Peru has graced Long Island.
It may still be chilly outside but from meat dishes to seafood, Picchu’s robust flavors keep you feeling warm inside. For a hearty meal, try the classic lomo montado: juicy steak with rice, fries and salad, topped with a fried egg ($19.95). The Picchu platter for two has all the showstoppers, featuring lomo saltado, roasted chicken, fried rice and a chalice of ceviche ($44.95).
The small yet lively space calls for an intimate dinner with a tangy margarita in hand.
1245 Middle Country Rd., Selden, 631-320-0206
You don’t have to travel down South to feel the punch of Nashville-style hot chicken at this halal restaurant.
At Kick’n Chicken you either go big or go home. To start, try the OG sammy, with pickles, chicken breast, sauce and slaw nestled in a fluffy brioche bun ($8.95). To wake up your taste buds, choose the three-piece, ($8.95), four piece, ($9.95) or five piece tenders ($10.95) with a sauce selection of the OG, hot, hot AF, and blazin’ inferno (waiver required), going from no heat to extreme flames. Those with a sweet tooth can dive into the chicken n’ waffles ($9.95) or one of the milkshakes ($6.95) to dilute the spice.
Keep an eye out for upcoming prized spice challenges that only the brave may dare to enter on their Instagram @kicknchickenfarmingdale.
342 Main St., Farmingdale, kicknchicken.com, 516-730-8906
FOGO DE CHÃO
What better way to celebrate spring than with a luxurious evening at the renowned Brazilian steakhouse’s newest Long Island location.
Indulge in the churrasco experience, a continuous service of various fire-roasted meats brought to your table for dinner ($61.95 per person), lunch ($40.95 per person), or brunch ($42.95 per person). Traditional warm pão de queijo, cheesy rolls made with yucca flour are served throughout. Seafood lovers can try the Chilean sea bass ($44.95) while veggie fans can cut into the Parmesan-crusted cauliflower steak ($34.00). Included with most dinner options are the buffet-style market table and feijoada bar, which feature Brazilian side dishes like black bean stew with sausage, in-house cured meats, salads, and imported cheese. — Ital feijoada
The combination of marble and glass decor with natural wood paneling creates an alluring atmosphere suitable for a lavish meal.
160 Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station, fogodechao.com
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