Cuzco Peru Restaurant in Briarwood, Queens, NY – Desperate Seafood for Desperate Souls

A few weekends ago, I was exploring a neighborhood in Queens by myself and came upon this restaurant called Cuzco Peru on Queens Blvd in Briarwood. Although it felt like new, I realized that I had been to this restaurant before with a group of people. Cuzco Peru specializes in Peruvian cuisine (who would have guessed?) and if I recalled correctly, the food was good but the service was slow.

This is the Jalea: fried, breaded seafood platter topped with onions and tomatoes in lime juice. It was a rainy and cold day. My feet were wet from jogging through the slush in Queens. I needed fried food and the waitress talked me into it! But it was not so good… The seafood was the frozen kind. All traces of sea-ness had been fried out of them. Bad. The one point of redemption was on the roasted corn kernels. I picked them out and ate them all.

This is the Aji Verde, the Peruvian green chili sauce. This was the best part of the meal. Loved dipping my $15 mostly calamari seafood platter pieces into this sauce. Nice zing!

This restaurant does not have a site nor a FB page. You cannot find their menu anywhere. So here is my obligatory photos of their menu.


Would I repeat this? I think this place (at least my Jalea) is almost as uninteresting as the Chinese takeout around the corner. So will only repeat if I am desperate. I am desperate about 10% of the time.

This experience took place at

Cuzco Peru Restaurant
13813 Queens Blvd
Jamaica (Briarwood), NY 11435

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I am a New Yorker who flies home to Taiwan in the Summer. I absolutely believe food is one of the most pleasurable things in life. Hence, my chronicle of anticipated glorious food experiences.

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