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Though Machu Picchu has been criticized in the past for glacially slow service, its new management seems determined to dodge that bullet. We barely had time to look at the menu before the waiter appeared to take our order; the appetizers arrived mere minutes later, followed closely by the entrees. The rapid-fire arrival of food and drinks was actually a little disconcerting--­not to mention making it difficult to eat the food while it was still hot--­but nearly everything we tried was excellent, if a little pricey. I know this isn’t Peru, but $8 for a papa rellena or $4 for a single alfajor seems extreme. Still, the alfajor was one of the best I’ve had, the biscuit crumbly and flavorful (the menu says this sandwich cookie is filled with blancmange, but don’t worry, it’s actually dulce de leche). And the papa rellena was as comfortingly meaty and potatoey as any I’ve had, though a little heavy on the vinegar. Ceviche of shrimp tasted fresh and tangy, spicy but not overwhelmingly so. Though again, at $16 for the dish, the little suckers were around $1.50 each (and they were little--­though they did come with the traditional red onion slices and chunks of potato, sweet potato, and Peruvian corn). Entrees are a better deal: averaging around $15 each, they’re not cheap either, but the portions are enormous, and the quality, at least for our aji de gallina and picante de camarones, was on par with the rest of the menu. If you don’t BYO, also try the chicha morada, a traditional sweet drink made from purple corn steeped with clove, cinnamon, and pineapple.

Julia Thiel

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