In New York City, where the national dishes of so many countries are available, Panamanians living here have been surprised at the scarcity of restaurants serving their cuisine. This challenge has inspired restaurateurs to fill that gap in recent years.“I wanted something that would transport me back to Panama,” said Ms. Cruz, 45, in Spanish.
Photographed for The New York Times, with words by Christina Morales.
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