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Pampano

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209 E 49th St (at 3rd Avenue)
New York, NY 10017
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(212) 751-4545
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Pampano - New York, NY
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Best

Hidden jewel in midtown. Love this place. I get the same thing every time...the Paella Mariscada. I love to bring groups and out-of-towners here especially during the summer wh...

Worst

Guac was OK, $14 and small. Entrees were approx $30, amazingly good but small. Service was so-so. Drinks were $12-14. Ambiance is not cozy nor charming. Definitely overrated.

Muy Delicioso!!!! 8/26/2010

I have been to this restaurant twice. The first time was for a restaurant week man, many moons ago. I went again a few weeks ago for an department lunch. I had the EMPANADAS DE CAMAR?N for appetizer and they were delish. As for my meal I had the lobster enchilladas and they were heavely! I am a sucker for cocktails so, I must admit that the MOJITO MARACUY? (passion fruit rum / puree of jicama / mint / lime) was amazing! Service was great and they even made a little something, something for our resident vegetarian who was pleased! One con is pricing, it's a little expensive but if you are out for a company dinner or lunch a definite MUST GO! more

Go nuts for the coconut paella 10/19/2009

Hidden jewel in midtown. Love this place. I get the same thing every time...the Paella Mariscada. I love to bring groups and out-of-towners here especially during the summer when the out-door seating area is open. No fajitas or quesadillas here! Above par Mexican. Pros: Food, atmosphere, quick service more

amazing food...but that's it 7/10/2009

Guac was OK, $14 and small. Entrees were approx $30, amazingly good but small. Service was so-so. Drinks were $12-14. Ambiance is not cozy nor charming. Definitely overrated. more

Terrible dining experience 6/7/2009

Had a 9 PM reservation Friday, 6/5. We liked the upstairs dining space but that's about the only positive we could take from the meal. Generally, we are relatively easy to please; however, Pampano was thoroughly disappointing. We ordered a house margarita and glass of sangria to start, to go along with guacamole/chips appetizer. We proceed to order our entrees - my girlfriend ordered the filet mignon, I ordered the miso black cod. No more than 6, 7 minutes later are our entrees already brought out. At this point, we had barely started eating the guac/chips appetizer. Now I'm annoyed and feeling rushed. The entrees were tiny, nowhere near what you'd expect when paying $34 for a filet mignon entree and $30 for a fish entree. In all seriousness, the piece of cod I received was ridiculously small and was only served over 3 pieces of grilled asparagus, no carb whatsoever on the plate. Both still hungry, we go back to snacking on our guacamole and chips. At this point, it's literally 9:20 and we are done with our main course. 20 minutes! We ask to take the remainder of the guac/chips home. The waiter comes over to ask us if we want dessert, all but throwing the menu at us. Clearly, the waitstaff was looking to go home shortly thereafter. We decide to order the corn cake/coconut ice cream/hibiscus sauce dessert simply to delay going home (we live around the corner) - again, our dessert is brought out 2 minutes after we order! We finish the dessert, they clear the plate, and drop the check off at the table about 30 seconds later. Now I'm furious. It's 9:35 and we're discussing the bill - $155 (with tip) for chips/guac, 2 house margaritas, 1 glass of sangria, two tiny entrees and a shared dessert. To top it all off, our waiter never even brought us back our guac/chips to take home (we had already left quite upset by the time we realized). Would never go back. Haven't been this disappointed by a dining experience in quite some time. more

Food Exquisite, Service Bad 3/18/2009

9P meal, 10P kitchen closing. Waitstaff did everything to hurry us out before ordering: no welcome, no suggestions, no clearing of plates, multiple requests for beverage refills ignored, no dessert or coffee offering. Pros: Ceviches were excellent Cons: Waitstaff just wanted to leave more

es no bueno 12/12/2008

i can think of 10 other mexican restaurants I prefer. There is a very nice upstairs dining area/terrace though. The food just stinks. more

A little overrated. 11/10/2008

I took my boss here for lunch and my boss quite enjoyed it. I thought the food was decent but nothing extraordinary compared to what i've read/heard. I don't think I can find a reason to return-- not delicious enough to frequent and not special enough for special occasions. more

Pretty place, but the help there ruins the whole place! 7/21/2008

Went with 4 girlfriends last week for a 6:45pm reservation. We had requested outdoor dining specifically. We were NOT told it was ""first come first serve"" until we got there. They told us it would be a 45 min. wait so we told them it was not a problem and had a drink at the bar. After PATIENTLY and POLITELY waiting until 8:30pm we were still not seated!!!!!!! The hostess was supremely unaccommodating. The manager did absolutely nothing to compensate for the fact that we were misled first on the phone and secondly about the length of the wait. You would think they would have at least offered a complimentary drink or something along those lines! Instead they were rude and indifferent. With so many other restaurants in the area you'd think they would value their customers. Needless to say we left and went to Dos Caminos. more

Unlike any other Mexican I've tasted 1/14/2008

I made reservations at Pampano after reading cuozzo's review of mexican restaurants in the post. The food really is unlike any Mexican I've had before - the flavors are familiar but presented in a beautiful and unexpected style. I would highly recommend Pampano to anyone looking for an upscale mexican experience. Pros: Ive never had mexican seafood before - it was great more

Best of??? 1/12/2008

I am beginning to wonder who gets paid to write all these excellent reviews. Certainly, someone should have paid ME for the meal and experience I had at Pompano last night! We walked in and were seated in what felt like a hallway. Evidently, you have to request the more rustic and appealing upstairs section and were relegated to the stark and drab downstairs section. The waiter was fine; however the food timing was off and it seemed as if they were trying to rush us -- appetizers came before drinks, dinner before we were finshed apps. For appetizers, I had the shrimp empanadas. The sauce was too sweet and there weren't enough shrimp to balance the overpowering sauce. The crust was overfried, limp and oily. My boyfriend had the guacamole, which was the one highlight of the meal; however, you can get good guac at your local tacquiera, so why go to a fine dining establishment for it? Next, the meal was disappointing. I had the mariscada. I can say that the fish was fresh, juicy and tender; however, the preparation completely underwhelmed the quality of the fish. Again, the dish was incredibly oily and the sauce too sweet. My boyfriend enjoyed his lambchops, but said that they were ""nothing special"". I expected a special meal at Pompano, based on the ""BEST"" designation on this website. Evidently, I am just a lemming... Pros: Not much Cons: Everything else more

Aviod at all Costs 12/2/2007

I was celebrating my birthday with a group of friends in Pampano this past Friday, and I was really disappointed. The atmosphere is nice the food looks pretty, but the food tastes horrible. I ordered the pechuga mole (in English that is chicken breast seasoned with chocolate sauce) and it was literally unseasoned chicken breast because the chocolate sauce was brushed on it after it was taken out of the oven. My party was rushed out. The waiter ordered me a flan con chocolate although I didn't ask for it, which was nice until he dropped off the check once I finished eating it. I only had the chance to order one drink. The kitchen closes at 10:30 pm. How does this restaurant make money if a person only stays long enough to order one drink? Save your money from another modern Mexican restaurant in town. There are many other modern Mexican restaurants in New York City that are much better. more

YUMMY lobster tacos!!! 10/16/2007

I love this place-try to Mahi Mahi Cevhiche and the tacos de langosta?.well worth the trip. I recently took a crowd who were in from out of town and they all loved the place as well. Great for groups but I prefer the upstairs dining area over the downstairs mixed seating and bar area. more

Good food, terrible service and obnoxious staff 10/1/2007

went there sat night for a ""light dinner"" asked for shrimp to be added into my salad, and the waitress (who was barely available, we saw her three times the entire night) was very accomadating, but she failed to mention that instead of my $11 salad, i would be charged for a full entree. when the bill arrived i questioned it, the manager came over with the most condescending attitude and told me that their ""expensive shrimp"" were worth the $4 each, esp since the chef had to go through the extra trouble of making the salad to my specifications. i am sorry, but adding 4 shrimp to a salad you have, and when you have the shrimp for other dishes is ridic. i was told it was similar to another entree, which it was not since the accoutrements were of better quality. he argues with me and spoke to me as if i had never been out to dinner before. I will never go back. the food was tasty but incredibly overpriced. Pros: tasty food Cons: overpriced, horrible service, obnoxious staff more

you cannot compare this to a "regular" mexican joint - th... 7/30/2007

you cannot compare this to a "regular" mexican joint - this is the modern mexican. try their lobster... more

you cannot compare this to a "regular" mexican joint - th... 7/30/2007

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you cannot compare this to a "regular" mexican joint - this is the modern mexican. try their lobster tortilla as the appetizer...MM!!!!! i can just... more

The seafood stuffed pepper was delcious but a bit spicy! ... 6/12/2007

The seafood stuffed pepper was delcious but a bit spicy! The real draw seems to be the Ceviches, although I... more

Best Mexican in nyc! 10/21/2006

This place quite frankly rules... The ambiance and decor (particularly the upstairs dining room) is top notch. The presentation of food excellent. And each course: guac, ceviche, whole snapper, swordfish, and then the corn pudding for dessert were all delicious and innovative. This chef is a Mexican food purist, a little like Chicago's Rick Bayliss, but he tweaks each menu item, which is mostly seafood, with clever innovations. This is the best mexican in nyc more

Great Tacos 9/19/2006

Everything tastes so homemade! A coworker told me about this place. I was really happy she did because I am getting tired of the lunch options near my job. I go to the Taqueria twice a week and the guys already know my order. Its great everyone should try this you'll be hooked like I am. Pros: The Food Cons: The Long Line, but if you want good food you got to wait. more

MY NEW FAVORTIE LUNCHTIME GEM 9/17/2006

The food is what makes this lunch time treat so special and will keep me coming back for more. People watching and price aside (both of which are great at Pampano Taqueria located in the Crystal Pavillion Food Court on 3rd Avenue between 49th and 50th), I am very picky about fish tacos and these were some of the best I ever had -- and I mean EVER -- on both the east and west coasts. (They are also the bargain of the century at $2.75) The vegetarian torta ($7.50) had excatly the right amount of veggies to hold up to the bread and I'l be darned if my fresh fruit agua fresca didn't take me mentally onto the shores of sunny Mexicio (if only for a little while). Salsa's come in a variety of different heat intensities and colors (green or red) and another fave is the pulled pork quesadilla ($7.00). I can't weait to eat my way through the entire menu ... Pros: food, price more

Good food, atmosphere, and service 8/7/2006

Sunday night around 9pm walked in unknowing about this place. We sat upstairs, which during this day/time was not a problem with seating. It was bright enough to see all, but cozy enough to be romantic. The food, mostly fish/seafood, tasted as good as it looked. The wait staff was attentive, from explaining the meal's content, due to my date's allergies to food, to always replacing the candles on the table and water refills. It was way too hot that night, but they did have outdoor seating on the 2nd floor deck, which I would like to try once it cools off. I would go back again, truly an enjoyable experience. Pros: warm environment, good service more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    The white-washed interior of the bi-level space feels like an exclusive beachside hacienda, especially in the second-floor dining room, which always seems filled with light....

  • 6/13/2007 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:15pm, 5pm-11pm Sat-Sun 5pm-11pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown East (Turtle Bay), Midtown East, Midtown

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