Owners Marcelo Abusada and Christian Momberg, two young guys from South America, have cojones. Both shed restaurant careers in middle-of-the-road Italian easy money east of the Tunnel to take a chance on tapas with a mostly Peruvian flavor. The mashed-potato-and-crab terrine called causa, a Lima specialty, expresses the owners exuberance, and tavern-style ceviche has an honesty that shines. Not everything sparkles, but the Patios unusual concept has a lot of raw charm.
Hours: 5:00-10:00 p.m. daily
Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Diners Club, cash, ATM/Debit
Attire: casual to mildly dressy