The first thing that caught our attention as we entered Amaru, was the stunning collection of macerados (macerations), decorating the bar next to a surprising number of Pisco bottles. Dried and fresh fruits, herbs, chili peppers, and even honeycombs, were colorfully soaked in plus-sized jars of Pisco, ready to be part of some original cocktail.
One year after its opening, this Pisco bar, which is the first of it’s kind in New York City, is one of the favorite spots for Peruvians, but also for people of many other nationalities. The place is nice, and its minimalistic style unexpected. No signs of ethnicity are visible, only a small T-shirt with the colors of our flag adorn the wall.
As Rodolfo Mayor, one of the owners, tells us, before opening the bar he and his partners travelled to Lima and tried every Pisco Sour in town, looking for the best one. This experience gave them a much clearer idea of what kind of drinks they wanted to offer in Amaru, and the result has been even better than they expected.
If one wants some food to buffer the effects of the deceptively sweet Pisco drinks, the bar also offers a varied menu of tempting bites of Peruvian and Spanish flavors. Among the typical Peruvian salchipapas (Spanish chorizo and french fries), empanadas filled with lomo saltado or aji de gallina, anticuchos, and cebiches, one can find a Spanish cheese and ham board, or gambas al ajillo, a staple in the Iberian country, but made with…what else?…Pisco!