MACA Peruvian Restaurant Review: A Delicious Birthday Celebration


A picture of MACA Peruvian Restaurant

Our family loves celebrating special occasions by going out to dinner. Sometimes we eat at our usual tried and true spots but oftentimes we try new restaurants like the foodies we are. A few months ago, for my wife’s birthday, we decided to give MACA Peruvian Restaurant a try.

We had driven past MACA several times and heard great things from a couple of foodie friends. As I always do before trying a new place to eat, I also checked Yelp before visiting. Confident in what I’d heard, the many positive reviews, and beautiful food pics, we headed over. I’ve gotta say MACA did not disappoint!

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A look inside MACA Peruvian Restaurant

Restaurant Vibe

Our group of 13 family and friends arrived at the restaurant at about 5:30 P.M. on a Saturday. Upon entering I felt a casual vibe. Most of the tables were occupied by families eating dinner, chatting, and all appeared to be enjoying themselves. Spanish music played in the background and overall it felt as if we had shown up at a relative’s home for dinner.

We were greeted by Jenny as we entered the restaurant. She asked if we had called ahead? I immediately knew I had fumbled. Why didn’t I think about making a reservation for our large group? Arghh. I embarrassingly said no and apologized.

She didn’t turn us away though. Speaking in our native Spanish language, Jenny said “No se apuren” meaning don’t worry. It would be about a half hour wait to be seated.

She invited us to sit by the bar and have a few drinks while we waited. Not bad I thought. It could have been longer or we would have been forced to go elsewhere. A few of us ordered beers and enjoyed catching up at the bar.

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Bar area

Drinks

I think we waited less than 30 minutes before Jenny motioned to us that our tables were ready. She sat us near the front of the restaurant and apologized for the wait. She began by taking our drink orders.

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Pitcher of Sangria

We began our celebration with a couple of pitchers of Red Sangria and a few bottled beers. I don’t usually order Sangria because it tends to be too sweet.

After tasting MACA’s version we quickly became fans. It was AH-MAZING and is hands down the best Sangria I ever had!

Appetizers

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Beef & Cheese Empanadas

A few folks in our group started out with the Empanadas. Jeanette and I decided to skip the appetizers so we could have room for the main dishes.

We were lucky to get a taste test from those who ordered them. They were hot and crispy and filled with generous amounts of strips of beef and cheese.

Note to self: Don’t skip these next time.

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Rotisserie Chicken, White Rice & Beans

A couple of the kids tried chicken with rice and beans. Let’s just say that the adults didn’t hear any complaints. The plates were wiped clean and there were no doggie bags to take home

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Rice & Beans with Steak and Fried Egg

This was my main dish. I ordered a medium steak and loved it. The entire meal was delish, and I felt like I’d died and gone to foodie heaven.

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Chaufa aka Peruvian Style Chicken Fried Rice
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Mixed Seafood with White Rice

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Steak, White Rice, Fried Egg, Sweet Plantain, Fries and Avocado
(Poor man’s steak dish)
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Seafood Fried Rice

Jeanette loved this dish. She usually gets chicken Chaufa when we go for Peruvian — this was her first time having a seafood version. She described that every bite had a fresh piece of seafood. In fact she enjoyed it so much that when we went to celebrate my best friends promotion last month she ordered it again.

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Tres Leches Cake

In honor of my wife’s birthday, they brought her a piece of Tres Leches cake. The owner led the entire restaurant in singing her Happy Birthday. My wife was surprised when the owner brought out balloons with the words Happy Birthday on them.

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Churros

These Churros were served nice and warm. They tasted fresh. The drizzled chocolate along with whipped cream, cherries and sugar on top made me a very happy guy.

Final Thoughts

MACA Peruvian restaurant offers excellent food and fantastic service. The vibe makes families feel welcomed. Jenny and the rest of the staff clearly take pride in their work. We cannot wait until our next visit!

Note: Weekends are the busiest. I suggest calling ahead especially if you have a large party. Additionally, there is Karaoke every Saturday night and live music every last Friday of the month.

What to Know Before Eating at MACA Peruvian Restaurant

Address: 62-12 Woodhaven Blvd, Rego Park, NY 11374

Phone: (718) 651-2441

Price Range: $$

Menu: Peruvian cuisine with a focus on seafood

Ambiance: Casual

Delivery: Yes

Parking: Street parking

Reservations Accepted: Yes

More on MACA Peruvian Restaurant: Facebook|Yelp

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10 thoughts on “MACA Peruvian Restaurant Review: A Delicious Birthday Celebration

  1. You guys drank a litre of Sangria? Wow! I love Sangria and also heard that the Peruvian have good wine selection as well!

  2. I’m absolutely in love with Peruvian cuisine. There’s a restaurant near my house that serves Tallarin Saltado and I can’t get enough of the stuff! They always have a line out the door and I’m always willing to wait. I would totally visit this place if I was in town, thanks for the recommendation.

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