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Posted by Massimo in Brooklyn on 08/31/2008
Wonderful selection of ceviche and other Peruvian dishes, and if you happen to be seating outside during the warm season you get a splendid view of the Empire State Building (worth it especially at night). Pick plates in tapa size, so you get to enjoy 2-3 for a varied and satisfying meal.
Posted by Stephen on 08/04/2008
Panca's food is ok at best. My son is in culinary school and he loves Peruvian food so I thought he would like Panca but we left disappointed. My fish ceviche was salty and my wife's seafood ceviche was not fresh, the shrimp was not solid but disintegrated easily. The beef in the stir fry was too hard and I could not chew it. The skewers were the best part of the meal. I didn't go to culinary school but I think I could prepare better food. I think the idea is good but they could do A LOT better. Way too expensive for what I received, portion and quality wise. I might give Panca another chance down the road but would not recommend it right now.
Posted by Pro-food-rev. on 08/03/2008
Great food! I believe this place is getting bad reviews from people expecting to find the old "Pardo's Chicken". But this a different restaurant: Great traditional peruvian food with sparkles of Novoandean style. The 3 dishes that I tried were very well prepared, including wonderful details that I have only found in Lima (ie the pecan touch over the "aji de Gallina" or peruvian Olives, so difficult to find!!). Probably the best Peruvian restaurant in NYC. ( I am not counting Nobu that is Peruvian-Japanese or Japanese- Peruvian) The drinks were very good. Although the Pisco Sour is not the best (this is because the kind of lime they have used), I strongly recomend the "Algarrobina", a northern peruvian Pisco based drink....Heaven!! Enviroment was ok. Plain decoration, open spaces. Few people, but It was heavy raining that day. Service was fast, very friendly but not state of the art. On the other hand, I was overhearing conversations in the other tables...Of course... people missing the chicken. Expect more angry reviews from chicken lovers, but do not underestimate this place . Food rocks!!!
Posted by Peruforever on 08/01/2008
I went to Panca last weekend because I was visiting a friend in NY and was amazed by their food. I had the best cebiche, the jalea was absolutely great, the watermelon mojito, aji de gallina and the causa trio too. I liked it so much that I went Sat and Sun too. Prices are good if you think of the quality of the food. Can't wait to go to NY again!
Posted by Jennifer on 07/29/2008
I just love this place, the food, the atmosphere. Im Dominican and I am a very picky eater, only like Dominican and Italian food. And now that I went to Panca, I like Peruvian food. I would totally recommend it to any body. A nice place to eat dinner after work or even lunch.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/24/2008
I too was very disappointed when Pardo’s closed, but then I saw Panca’s menu: Ceviches. I grew up in Peru and married a Peruvian and my mother-in-law is a fabulous cook, so you might guess I love Peruvian cooking and Panca lives up, in my view, to the best seafood restaurants I’ve been to in Lima. I adore the causa marina in trio. In fact I liked everything we ordered: the tiradito, the choros, the quinotto, and of course the pisco sour. The Lasagna Amazonica dessert is fabulous, as well. Our waiter was friendly and we got a chance to talk to the chef, who even made my daughter a vegetarian causa. It’s my second time and I’ll be back soon.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/22/2008
We've tried Panca numerous times, and we love it! The ceviches and tiraditos are delicious, and the entrees tasty, at affordable prices. Service is friendly, but needs a bit more training on the dishes. Overall, Panca is by far the best Peruvian restaurant in NYC.