Peruvian cuisine comes to Patchgue at Chicken Place at 82 East Main Street next to the Patchogue-Medford Library and across from the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts.
The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest member on Wednesday afternoon during a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Carlos Iparraguirre, Owner and Manager of Chicken Place, has selected a variety of traditional Peruvian dishes to offer on his menu. Some of these entrees include Arroz Chaufa (Peruvian fried rice with either seafood, chicken, beef, or pork), Cebiche Mixto (a cold seafood dish served with corn and sweet potato), and of course, chicken dishes.
Formerly a pizza and taco restaurant, Iparraguirre purchased the retail space and gave it a complete makeover. The restaurant has a cozy dining area where diners can sit and enjoy their meal. A unique feature of the restaurant is the floor, which is made with Peruvian-style floor tiles that make up an intricate pattern. As diners pick up take-out orders, they can watch the chicken rotisserie turn as it cooks.
"It adds something to our village, we have many different ethnic types of restaurants and Peruvian adds to it," said Gail Hoag, Executive Director of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce. The restaurant joins Gallo Tropical (Colombian) and Meson Olé (Mexican) to offer Latin cuisine. Additionally, Chicken Place is place is flanked by a Chinese restaurant and is across the street from the new Del Fiore Pizza location, offering a variety of cultural dining options in this central area of Main Street.
"Carlos, the owner, has done a wonderful job renovating the restaurant, and the food is absolutely delicious," Hoag continued. "We have 400 members and we're glad to have him as our newest member."