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May 4, 2009 07:58 AM

Authentic Panama Cuisine in NY

Ceviche, Plantanos Rellenos, Carimanola ... I want to get the closest to authentic that I can in NYC. Any suggestions? I need to know what this stuff really tastes like in order to replicate it!!! Ideas for restaurants that serves authentic Panamanian Cuisine? Recipes?

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  1. Haven't tried it, but you may want to google for info on Kelso's in Crown Heights:

    wow - they actually have a website:

    648 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

    6 Replies
    1. re: lambretta76

      Noticed another Panamanian restaurant recently over on Nostrand, called Patria. It's at 759 Nostrand, between St John's and Lincoln. Anyone tried it yet?

      1. re: lambretta76

        Patria is smaller and less formal than Kelso, and I haven't sampled the frituras, but what I did try was good:

        1. re: DaveCook

          Kelso was as informal as it gets when I was there 2 years ago. Have they changed since?

          1. re: Joe MacBu

            On my visit, Kelso had an "everybody knows your name" vibe, albeit in Spanish, with a long curvy counter, 10-12 tables, and a rendezvous point for the waitresses, counterfolk, and cashier toward the back. Patria is much more snug and homely: Steam table to the right; Telemundo on the TV, straight back; counter and several seats, a coffee station heavily stocked with Celestial Seasonings, and a refrigerator for drinks at left; couple of tables by the window.

            1. re: DaveCook

              Appreciate the reports. What's good to eat at either of these places?

              759 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

              1. re: squid kun

                I've visited Kelso and Patria just once each, and all I ate made in into my brief blog posts. It's time for someone to do some follow-up reporting!