New York City-Lower West Manhattan
May 11, 2018
Panca, a colourful Peruvian bar and restaurant in the West Village, is a temple to all things Pisco. The south American spirit is celebrated here. The classic Sour is present and correct a deceptive little drink topped with a cloud of egg white – but they also offer a number of creative variations on the traditional Peruvian tipple including the Maracuya Sour, a mix of pisco, passion fruit puree, syrup, and egg white, and the Quinoa Sour, which replace the pisco with fair trade quinoa vodka, blending it with fresh orange and lime juice. That other Peruvian favourite, the Chilcano is also available, blending pisco with fresh lime juice, ginger ale and angostura bitters, and they do a Peruvian twist on the Cosmo, a mix of pisco, cranberry juice, passion fruit, and triple sec. The food menu offers a wide range of Peruvian dishes including the obligatory ceviches, zingy with tiger milk, various soups and salads and less familiar offerings creatively blending Peruvian ingredients with European and Asian influences their Arroz con Pato is a case in point, putting a classic French twist on a south American dish. The interior is bright and light and there’s a pavement terrace for dining on warmer evenings.