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Adventures in Shilling #034: Forge, Bedford & Berry, and a special Panca Return

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It's time for another edition of Adventures in Shilling, in which we fight shilling the best way we can, by shaming tasteless, unscrupulous shills into submission. Well, that's the plan, at least. Fight shills yourself by dropping offensive links to tips@eater.com

2008_06_pancashill.jpgFor an extra special Adventures in Shilling we have the return of Panca, the Peruvian restaurant to replace chicken-centric Pardos on 7th Ave South. From the Eater comments section it would seem that this is becoming quite the controversial restaurant, mainly because a large contingent dislikes the place while some shilly sounding opponents are enamored. More on that in a minute. First to Forge and B&B:

The following Eater comment about new Tribeca restaurant Forge is a tad breathless for a regular diner. However, there is the chance that it's just an aspiring food blogger: "We found the decor and atmosphere extremely inviting and conducive to relaxed conversation. The combination of glowing candles and warm, aged wood covered walls is just beautiful. We started off with drinks from the bar--Raspberry Lemonade or Cucumber Gin are refreshing and highly recommended. To whet the appetite you are started off with a tasty morsel of potato salad topped with caviar and soft, warm potato rolls--delicious! From what I can recall, our table orderd the softshell crab, chicken nuggets (don't cringe! they are excellent), and kampachi tartare...The staff was pleasant and attentive."
Shill Probability: 65%

Signs that you're reading a shill: 1. adjectives like "seductive" 2. obvious mispellings 3. name dropping of an obscure chef. All found in a Citysearch shill for newcomer Bedford & Berry: "Bedford and Berry just recently opened across the street from my apartment; I've been in three times this week. The atmosphere is seductive, 20s style industrial, with handselected antiques and beautiful lighting. The crowd is your typical young williamsburg "hipster" and the staff is the same. Great service, very chill; they made me completely forget how long I stayed just hanging out. But the most remarkable aspect of this new restaurant is the deliciously preparred food by rising chef Coby Farrow. The menu is absolutely remarkable, and the dishes don't dissapoint..."
Shill Probability: 86%

The West Village restaurant Panca (once Pardo's) already made the Adventures in shilling two weeks ago, but so many suspicious additions have been made, that we have to call them out once again. Here's a sample of the best:

Comment 11: "...As a Peruvian I love ceviche...It is even better cooked than in Peru. I feel so lucky to have a restaurant which such a quality gourmet food likes this one in Manhattan where I live now. However I feel so sad to read the comments above. I guess this restaurant is more for people with more culture and open mind than just people who are used to eat chicken...I hope Panca will stay there forever!!!!"

Comment 12: HIGH FIVE FOR THE PRIOR GUEST. YOU ARE RIGHT, PANCA IS FOR PEOPLE WITH GOOD TASTE THAT LIKE MIXTURES AND FUSIONS IN A GOURMET WAY NOT FOR PEOPLE THAT JUST WANT TO FILL IN THEIR STOMACH WITH A LOT OF FOOD AND CHEAP AND IT DOESNT MATTER THE QUALITY AND TASTE. I LOVED THE ARROZ CON PATO AND THE CEBICHE NORTENO, AMAZING!!!"

Comment 13: "I went to Panca last Sunday and was delighted with the food. Good ceviche is needed in NY and in Panca it is fresh and done at the moment, just like Peruvian ceviche...I highly recommend the Arroz con Pato, it was delicious. Please enjoy! Mario Testino, the famous photographer was there last week (he is Peruvian, you know) and loved the food. I can't wait to go back!"

Comment 26: "the previous comments sound like they come from a disgruntled ex pardo's employee...i tried panca and the food is both authentic peruvian and very fairly priced, by far the best peruvian in nyc!"
Shill Probability: 98%

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