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209 E. 49th St., New York, NY, 10017
nr. Third Ave.
Wonderful Tacos and Tortas
By truly_sweet on 3/14/2005
Try the carne asada tacos and tortas. Also great fresh juices and lemonade.
By Paul on 5/27/2004
Perhaps I took a wrong turn and arrived at another restaurant named Pampano. That's the only reason I can explain the disparity between multiple reviews and the following comments: very good margaritas in a rather cozy bar, then seated in an outdoor patio(not requested) where the wind, noise, muddled menu, so so service, and very disappointing food (all four persons were unanimous) conspired to make a very unpleasant evening. Perhaps the chef was taking his 8PM siesta! Even a free margarita wouldn't lure me back.
Wonderful...but not during the winter.....
By iwatkins on 1/12/2004
First, let me say the quality of the food was excellent. Perfectly spiced and expertly prepared. Margarita's mixed to die for. However, the main upstairs dining room was very cold and drafty. The wonderful french doors leading to the outside patio must make for a great experience in the summer. But they need serious weather stipping for something - the icy draft from between the large cracks between the doors was suprising and unaccceptable. We watched as the host continually tried seating people along the windows and every single one wound up complaining and moving. I can't image they cannot do something about this, because it made what would have been a divine dinner somewhat miserable. I won't be back until summer!
First Rate Dining!
By MTdiners on 9/24/2003
We rarely rate a restaurant so highly, but PAMPANO earned our praise. The beautifully appointed bar and equally well executed upstairs dining room combined with perfect Spanish background music provided a very comfortable setting for the terrific food and attentive service. Pampano has, without question, the best Margaritas in the city. DON'T miss this great new restaurant!
By DiningDemon on 9/20/2003
... the temperature in the stunning second floor dining room is as arctic feeling as the stark white decor is polar invoking (yes, I get the nod to the tropics, but it still looks as if it has been designed for a zoo's polar bear habitat!). Twice I was almost unbearably cold. If weather permits, the terrace can be sublime... but inside or out the food doesn't live up to the hype, nor the menu descriptions which make it all sound so tempting. A good thing since most of the waiters, while solicitous enough, are virtually impossible to understand unless you have more than a passing command of Spanish. Watery seviches all taste alike, despite widely divergent ingredients, and walk on the weet side. Still on the first try the pastry for the empanadas was enough to lure us back, but was a major disappoiintment on the second - chilly - visit. Fish, even the restaurant's namesake, was dry and bland. Don't even think about ordering the lamb, which granted in a coastal Mexican seafood restaurant you probably shouldn't... but still no excuse for it being that bad. So much promise, so little delivery - excpet lots of cold air.
Terrific New Spot
By benski on 5/7/2003
Pampano is outstanding at every turn...the food was inventive, delicious and bountiful. The staff was attentive, without being cloying, and very helpful in navigating a very unique menu. The newly renovated space is light, airy and fresh. Dining upstairs under the skylight is beautiful. The price is very, very reasonable for the quality of food. A definite A++ to Pampano!
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