31.08.2015 / by Cocoresto
The Cholita Bar and Grill, a Peruvian restaurant, has opened on Smith Street in the restaurant row of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. The owner, Martin Tisoc, is from Cuzco, Peru, the former Inca capital near the ruins at Machu Picchu. And much of the décor at Cholita reflects ancient Peruvian culture. Mr. Tisoc and his brother Fernando run Cholita and Coco Roco, which opened six years ago in Park Slope, Brooklyn. They have acted as designers for both places and as chefs. The extensive Cholita renovation and decoration took a year and a half.
The Inca-inspired archway, above left, leads to a back dining room with iron and stained-glass doors and windows, made in Brooklyn, which open onto a garden. The front has the same doors and windows, which took months to complete and hang because of their weight. The trapezoidal shape of the arch is repeated in small, top-lighted niches, above right, throughout the restaurant, showing off small statues, inset, brought back from trips to Peru by the brothers. The statues represent Chimu warriors. A set of masks along the dining-room wall represent the culture of Sipán, Martin Tisoc said. If the artifacts do not grab your attention, the menu of Peruvian dishes should. It comes complete with glossary. Cholita is at 139 Smith Street (Bergen Street); (718) 254-9933. Open Sunday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, until midnight.