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El Chalan is a downstairs den buzzing with authentically accented servers who’ve been bringing ceviche, aji de gallina, and cinnamon-topped Pisco Sours to tables since 1981. A meal among black-and-white photos of Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu begins with dense, warm bread and hot sauce, before accelerating into soul-satisfying entrees like Peruvian seafood paella or lomo saltado. After the traditional Pisco Sour, try something more adventurous like the Chicha Sour made with the syrup and juice from purple corn. Only three dishes surpass $20.

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El Chalan

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El Chalan is a downstairs den buzzing with authentically accented servers who’ve been bringing ceviche, aji de gallina, and cinnamon-topped Pisco Sours to tables since 1981. A meal among black-and-white photos of Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu begins with dense, warm bread and hot sauce, before accelerating into soul-satisfying entrees like Peruvian seafood paella or lomo saltado. After the traditional Pisco Sour, try something more adventurous like the Chicha Sour made with the syrup and juice from purple corn. Only three dishes surpass $20.