Baby, it’s cold outside, which makes right now the perfect time to step into Maura’s Kitchen, a new Latin (Peruvian, to be exact) bistro that’s keeping the bustling restaurant scene in Nyack hot and spicy.
Okay, make that sort of new. Now situated in the heart of Nyack’s downtown area on S. Broadway, Maura’s Kitchen began back in 2011 in a more humble location on Main St. (rumor has it this outpost will remain open for take-out, with a more limited menu), but after gaining something of a cult following for it’s authentic take on can’t-resist Peruvian specialties (think sizzling steak and seafood dishes, ceviche, tapas, and paella), being able to accommodate a larger audience was essential.
We visited the new Maura’s for dinner just one week after its grand opening, and the place was packed. Owners Maura Azanedo and her son, Tyrone, have created a minimalist-chic dining room with loads of comfortable seating perfect for enjoying a classic Peruvian pisco cocktail, margarita, or glass of sangria from the expansive bar area.
Once seated at our table, we were greeted with a small dish of barely-popped popcorn kernels sprinkled with a little salt, which were a perfect pre-dinner snack. We decided the Spicy Guacamole ($9) and an order of Chicken Empanadas ($7) would be perfect starters, and we weren’t disappointed. The guac was super-fresh and the homemade tortilla chips it was served with had just the right amount of crunch.
Next, it was on to the main course. Entrees here focus heavily on seafood, naturally, so we opted for the Arroz Con Mariscos ($21), Peruvian-style paella filled with jumbo shrimp, mussels, topneck clams, chorizo, and calamari. In a word: outstanding! We also sampled the Crispy Chicken Bites ($9) from the Tapas portion of the menu, and it turned out to be my absolute favorite—crunchy and delicious, compliments of Maura’s fabulous homemade sweet and sour sauce. And, of course, our meal wouldn’t have been complete with out an order of Sweet Plantains ($6).
Feeling full yet ambitious, we asked our waitress to bring us an order of flan for dessert. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), time was not on our side—it’s so popular that it had already sold out. Oh well, there’s always next time we visit Nyack. We’ll definitely be back!
81-83 S. Broadway, Nyack