Piramide on Fifth Avenue should be on everyone's wish list for a night out.
Open just a year, the unassuming Mexican restaurant and bar owned by Pasquale and Geraldine Viggiano, is full of pleasant culinary surprises.
Start with the guacamole prepared tableside. The heat of the spice is adjusted to your taste by a server who seasons the traditional molcajete or lava rock bowl with pestle-ground jalapeño pepper. Added to the seasoned molcajete is a beautifully ripe avocado, which is mashed and mixed with tomatoes, onions, cumin, and salt, then finished with a squeeze of lime juice. The housemade tortilla chips are delicious and they aren't stingy with the refills either.
If you haven't filled up, these are the recommended appetizers:
- Queso fundido -- three cheeses melted and mixed with chorizo and served with warm tortillas
- Quesadilla de camarones y piña -- a grilled pineapple and shrimp stuffed quesadilla
- Ceviche de camarones -- lime marinated shrimp with avocado, olives, capers & tomatoes
- Pulpo al ajillo -- grilled octopus in a garlic sauce
Don't miss the Molcajete Noreteño ($20), grilled strips of prime sirloin, grilled shrimp, poblano, and queso fresca served in a traditional lava rock bowl with a salsa of chipotle, chile and tomatilloes and warm corn tortillas.
Ceviche camarones y pina
Seafood lovers should have the paella -- ask, it's not on the menu -- served with a half-pound lobster and chock full of clams, mussels, and chunks of chicken and chorizo. This traditional rice dish is not only delicious but an excellent value at $24 -- generous enough for two.
Don't see what you crave? Use the magic word - please - and Chef Alfredo Luna will create a dish just for you - perhaps lobster and linguine with a garlic-olive oil sauce.
Average cost for a dinner for two is $50 with drinks; lunch for two is $15.
Visit often enough and take advantage of Piramide's Royalty Rewards program. For every 200 points accumulated, you receive $10 for your next visit.
Owners Geraldine & Pasquale Viggiano
- Loco Lunes ($3 margaritas and mojitos)
- Taco Tuesday ($2 tacos)
- Burrito Madness ($5 burritos)
- Black Angus Steak Night (4 steak dishes each $17)
The first Thursday of every month, bartender Lori Burch hosts Burch's Belly Laughs featuring 10 local comics. The free show starts at 10 pm; there is a two-drink minimum.
Making margaritas behind the bar
With the holiday season here, Piramide's offers full catering with menus ranging from $20 to $80 per person. The downstairs party room is equipped with a sound system to accomodate iPods and MP3s so that guests can bring their own music or the restaurant will arrange live music. DJs are welcome.
Open Monday through Friday at 1, Piramide's is open Monday through Thursday until 11 and Friday to 12. Saturday hours are 11-12 am Brunch is Saturday and Sunday from 11-3
For more info: Piramide 499 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn 718-499-0002