According to most restaurant critics, the perfect Peruvian meal is served on a plate, which rests on a table with legs. Try some modern Peruvian cuisine paired with exciting new sounds with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary Peruvian fare and drinks at Tutuma Social Club, an Afro-Peruvian jazz club that has live music every night of the week.
Modeled after the lively music clubs of Lima, Tutuma Social Club points the spotlight both at the stage for live music and on the cuisine of two of Peru’s young international chefs, Carlos Testino and Rodrigo Conroy. A food party can start with Huancaina and Friends, a traditional Peruvian cheese sauce that beckons giant corn kernels, yucca croquettes, and spring potatoes to swim into its culinary swimming pool ($12). Sample the reinvented top sirloin anticuchos, meat kebabs seasoned with herbs from the high altitude regions of Peru, where they developed extra flavor during lengthy tanning sessions ($25). Pair a meal with a glass of passion-fruit soda ($6) or a Peru Libre ($13).
The musical director of Tutuma Social Club, Gabriel Alegría of the Afro-Peruvian Sextet, graces Tutuma's stage with the band every Friday through Sunday. Listen to the floaty rhythms and glass-shattering beats while clutching a drink from the bar. The classic pisco sour stands as the bar's signature drink and is made with pisco, a Peruvian alcohol distilled from grapes, as well as lime juice, egg whites, and homemade syrup ($13). Like having major surgery, reservations are highly recommended; they are required on Saturdays. Check the calendar for more information on the nightly shows and tunes.
There is no cover charge. To aid in the listening experience, Tutuma Social Club has a quiet policy during performances.
- Music clubs are notorious for slapping customers with cover charges, drink minimums and inflated menu prices. All too often, the price doesn’t reflect the quality of the food. Bucking that trend is Tutuma Social Club, a recently opened Afro-Peruvian jazz-locale-cum-Peruvian restaurant with ambitions on both the audible and edible fronts. – Time Out New York
- The bartender was great and the staff was extremely friendly. I stayed for dinner and the show, both were amazing. – Jason N., Yelp
Tutuma Social Club
Open since 2009, Tutuma Social Club is one of the first Afro-Peruvian jazz venues in the city. Helmed by owner Santina Matwey, the club mimics those found in Lima, combining a party atmosphere with contemporary Peruvian cuisine. Peru's international chefs, Carlos Testino and Rodrigo Conroy, craft a dinner menu of ceviche and seafood dishes made with ingredients native to South America.
As diners spoil taste buds with flavors from Peru, ear-tongues can savor live music from Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet or from national touring artists, whose schedules can be found on the club's event calendar. Long tables line the white walls of the venue, ending with a small stage pronounced by an eye-popping red wall.