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Panca

92 Seventh Ave. South, New York, NY, 10014
nr. Barrow St.
212-488-3900

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7
Food: 7
Service: 7
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

71% would go back.

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AS A PERUVIAN I HAVE TO SAY PANCA IS THE BEST PERUVIAN RESTAURANT

By gabaleon2000 on 1/25/2014

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

Its my favorite and I go to Panca almost every weekend....LOVE IT!!

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5 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

An Embarrassment to Peru

By LupeS on 6/15/2013

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

I really wanted to like the restaurant as my family and I are Peruvian and many of us have cooked since children and purposely seek out Peruvian cuisine, not easy even in NYC. First of all, I got food-poisoning from the food here, it may have been the over-salted Pescado a lo Macho. Overall, this was bad, I never thought a Peruvian restaurateur could mess up cebiche: 1)The fish was fresh, but cut clunky 2)They used reconstituted lime juice which kills the dish by taste and its ability to marinate the fish. One must use fresh limes/ ideally keylimes. 3)It was under-salted, bland, no seasoning, no hint of marination, raw. 4) The presentation looked like cafeteria food w/ a load of thin red onions hiding its appearance. 5)The yucca was mealy (frozen and heated), with 5 kernals of Peruvian frozen corn, unfortunate. Anticuchos were good, but cut clunky; but again, the yucca was mealy and not fresh (it is so inexpensive to cook fresh yucca) The Pisco Sour used cheap pisco/ not smooth at all. I assume this restaurant survives because of the happy hour drinks and people unfamiliar with what Peruvian food actually tastes like. Sadly, this restaurant is something that does not represent Peru.

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14 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

ill be there

By ascue41369 on 5/25/2012

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • Yes, I would go back!

I am Peruvian, and ill be there this weekend , i have all my hopes up; hoping, that there is better service, that it has improved sense the last review, and that the food have reach the truly flavors of Peruvian food meaning, do not make up or invent something that is not right and just looks like the real thing , because i strongly believe that nobody is fool and there many American people that knows the flavors of Peru and they may feel cheat if its not the same, or if a causa zise is like a ping pong ball when the real zise is like a big tomato, as the new big Peruvian restaurants are trying to do hide behind of the gourmet food concept, mainly to make more money.

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35 out of 63 people found this review helpful.

Dishes full of flavor!

By Niniti on 3/17/2011

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Been there numerous times and here's what I love: ceviche/tiradito (fresh, addictive flavors and healthy!), anticucho (do not read the ingredients, just try it!), lomo saltado (Peruvian twist on a Chinese stir fry), pollo a la brasa (infused with lot of spices ... only time I don't remove the skin...). Desserts are good, on the sweet sweet side though. The Pisco cocktails are a must try! And here're my critics: most dishes come only with rice/fries (would love to have some "greens"), service has room for improvement (in some occasions, appetizers and entrees arrived all at the same time). Peruvian cuisine is well worth the detour!

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45 out of 91 people found this review helpful.

worst peruvian food

By rebecaetarantino on 10/16/2010

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

Panca is the worst peruvian food I ever tried I w'll nevr come back again

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36 out of 77 people found this review helpful.

It just goes to show you......

By Alejo on 10/23/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

that people's perceptions and opinions about any restaurant very greatly. Some will love a particular place and some will hate it, depending of course on their own individual experience. This certainly seems to be the case with "Panca".....it is so hard sometimes to make up your mine because of these different opinions, the only thing I will say to those thinking about visiting "Panca" (or any other restaurant for that matter) is, always listen to the majority of good reviews (versus the minority of bad ones) and most of the time you will be correct, I know I will. Bon Appetite!!

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74 out of 142 people found this review helpful.

My favorite Peruvian in Manhattan

By bibendum on 6/18/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

My favorite Peruvian in Manhattan - been there 3 times now. The ceviches/tiraditos have always been excellent (of the 6-7 I've tried). Had a couple of their soups this evening for the first time (one was the Chupe de Camarones) and both were delicious. By comparison: Some (but not all) of the food I had during my one week of food adventures in Lima was better, but not by much. My only semi-disappointment there was the Arroz con Pato (Rice/duck) which was a great balance of interesting spices and rich duck meat, but slightly on the dry side.

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67 out of 128 people found this review helpful.

NEED TO IMPROVE

By chris00 on 5/29/2009

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

I went to panca last nigh with my friends and I regret to recommend it. The food was tasteless.... and the service very slow.

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79 out of 143 people found this review helpful.

Delicious!!!!!!!!!!!

By chamin27 on 2/15/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I went to panca for the first time last year and i was really impressed, the taste and presentation of every single dish we tried was totally amaizing i will recommend the tiradito trio, the conchitas a la parmesana, the causa, and pretty much every single plate, my wife and 4 years old daugther love the place, verry cozy and great service every time we can we take the 45 min ride to enjoy the good peruvian food that makes me feel back home. It's a must go place , try the tapas, and the maracuya sour. AAAA++++++ to the Chef and Crew.

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59 out of 115 people found this review helpful.

Very slow service

By Miaaaa on 1/18/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

We went to this restaurant on a Sunday, there were only four tables and it took them an hour just to bring the appetizers... The Entrés were OK, one was good, the other one the sauce was to salted, we couldn't eat. I am not going back.

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62 out of 129 people found this review helpful.

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