11/24/2010 04:00 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Bar Paya

Inspired by Peru's burgeoning nouveau cuisine scene, the team behind next-door Winebar's set up a modernly clean, high top-heavy space with polished wood and dimly glowing beaker-like glass fixtures, which backdrop a mostly small plates menu with sections for Causas (dumplings w/ fillings like yellow potato/bbq duck & potato/spicy crab), Ceviches (tuna/aji amarillo/peanuts/pineapple tiger's milk), and Playas -- flatbreads topped with BBQ shrimp, lobster, and even Peruvian meatballs, which sit not on Old Smokey, but on Mount Macchu Eatchu.

Bar Paya
65 2nd Ave, btw 3rd and 4th St; East Village; 212.777.6965