The gist: Former Eleven Madison Park sous chef Erik Ramirez has opened Llama Inn, a modern Peruvian restaurant in Williamsburg. The 65-seat space is simultaneously hip and inviting, with a rooftop terrace set to open in spring. The small-plates-heavy menu offers modern takes on dishes inspired by Ramirez's Peruvian heritage.
The food: Think traditional fluke ceviche, served tart with lime, dashi, plantains, sweet garlic, red onion and cilantro, as well as savory duck sausage with farro, butternut squash, beer, cumin and spinach. Adventurous eaters might opt for beef heart with garlic and rocoto salsa (shown below) and queso helado (or cheese ice cream) for dessert. Check out the full menu below.
The drinks: Cocktail-wise there's the quirkily named llama Del Rey punch on tap, a sweetly-savory mix of Barsol pisco, red wine, chicha morada, zacapa, lime, grilled pineapple and pink peppercorn. There's also a separate sherry menu, as well as one for Peru's beloved pisco.
The space: The warm, open space channels a classic Peruvian corner bar. Natural wood furniture, tiled floors and steal beams decorate the room, and there's a bar that's great for coffee or dessert.
50 Withers St.; 718-387-3434