Fast food can often mean greasy delights like burgers, fries, pizza, and fried chicken…but how about some ceviche? Unexpected, right? Well, it’s now an option when you’re looking for a quick bite to eat thanks to Cevich, which is serving up fresh ceviche, fast.
Here’s the scoop on ceviche. It’s raw fish or seafood that’s marinated in citrus juices. That’s right! No baking, grilling, or frying here. The acid from the citrus actually makes the flesh opaque and firm, and thus appear cooked (if you want to get technical, the process is called denaturation). You can’t really call ceviche “cooked” though because that implies using heat and as mentioned before, none is used when making it. Because of this method, it’s super important that the seafood you’re using is fresh, which is why you might, understandably so, not immediately connect the dish with “fast food.”
Ceviche is popular in Central and South America, but at Cevich, there are an assortment of non-traditional styles you can order your food in like the Santorini, which is an olive sauce with red onion, cucumber, tomato, and feta and the Lime n Da Coconut, which is a Caribbean coconut ginger sauce with mango, carrots, red onion, and jalapeño. If you would rather stick to something more traditional, you can go with options like the Wild Tiger, which has red onion, red pepper, and cilantro, or the Viva Mexico, which has tomatoes, avocado, red onion, jalapeño, and cilantro.
Your choices for seafood are white fish, shrimp, salmon, or a medley. You can also have it served solo or in a bowl with coconut rice, greens, or quinoa. I ordered mine solo with shrimp and in the Lime n Da Coconut style. When I was given my food, I thought that it really didn’t look like much, but it was actually the perfect size for a light lunch. Adorably, they also give you some of their seasoned popcorn with your order.
If you want to step out of the box even further, you can order creative ceviche dishes in taco or burrito form here too. And don’t forget that you can add things like guacamole, avocado, and bacon to your order for an additional charge. Oh how I long for the day when avocado and bacon are free toppings. A girl can dream.
The restaurant has a cool, California/beachy vibe and I’m just bringing that up because I feel like you should be aware of the awesome hammock chairs in the corner of the restaurant for seating. My mom and I totally did that thing where we’re standing, holding our food, lurking, and staring at people who’ve finished eating and haven’t given up their seats yet. Of course, we set our sights on the hammock chairs, and it was so worth it. What better place to eat fresh seafood than in a swinging, cushioned hammock?
Solo shrimp lime n da coconut
21 E 15th St
New York, NY 10003