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209 E. 49th St., New York, NY, 10017
nr. Third Ave.
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.
Will NEVER return
By chavtastic on 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, and there are just too many good restaurants without thie "Pampano Pompous" attitude...
Good Food, Extremely Poor Service
By jaeger on 4/29/2013
This is a review for having a larger party (12+ people) meal at Pampano. || THE GOOD: 1) Food and drinks were nice 2) They brought a dessert for the person whose birthday it was. || THE NOT SO GOOD: 1) I appreciate they accommodated our group, but if you have a choice, NEVER BOOK THE "SEMI PRIVATE ROOM." Dark, drab decor, worst table in the house. Disappointing given the nice sunlit main dining area. 2) Food portions are small, just be aware. || THE EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTINGLY BAD: 1) THE **SERVICE** THE **SERVICE** THE **SERVICE** 2) No attention given to our table (table was on 1st floor while main dining area on 2nd floor), waitstaff never checked on us, had to run out to the entrance of the restaurant multiple times to get the hostess to find people to help us, 3) LONG waits for all drink and food orders, multiple mistakes on the food despite having emailed our selections to the manager the day before as the restaurant requested for our group, waitstaff tried to blame the customer for their mistakes. || I as the organizer of the meal is embarrassed by all the bad service despite having coordinated in advance with their manager, the person who suggested that we go here is embarrassed she made this suggestion. We brought $800+ (before tip) of business, and the level of service we received was shameful. I will not be sending any further groups or clients here. Ever.
A Go To Place
By brittanycarcova on 8/16/2010
Whenever I have family from out of town or friends need a recommendation, Pampano is a go to. The atmosphere is a delight and the fresh-airy interior reckons a Spanish seaside resort. The food is delicious and fresh and indeed the Red Snapper Quesadilla is everything it is hyped to be... heaven and cheese. Some dishes however are better then others. The salad is always wonderful with grilled cheeses and seeds garnished atop. For main entrees the Chilean Sea Bass and the Tuna are both superb, but the Paella falls short. Drinks are mixed well and overall the place is just right.
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.
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!
Excellent Food and Outdoor Seating
By RayJB on 5/27/2011
Great restaurant with beaatiful food. I ordered the tasting menu when I was there to try out everything that they had and not one dish dissappointed. The service was a bit slow as we had to get the waitor's attention just to give us menus but the outside seating is perfect in the 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!
A great discovery in the neigborhood !
By midtownfoodie on 5/28/2005
I have lived in the neighborhood for a while and have seen this spot open and close its doors before, so it took me a while before I got myself to try this Mexican place. I am terribly sorry I waited so long!! I've been missing out on one of the best Mexican restaurants in town if not the best. The atmosphere is wonderful, the downstairs bar always with a buzz, and the upstairs dinning room a perfect place to enjoy the wonderful food. Mainly seafood, this restaurant is a showcase of what modern mexican food really is.Go on a date, a business meeting or to celabrate an important occasion, you won't regret it. Service is friendly and accomodating.
Sublime dining experience
By msbstam on 1/26/2008
I love this restaurant. Our dinner was wonderfully light, flavorful, beautifully served, and just plain civilized. From the greeting downstairs, to the courtly and friendly waiter...all was just wonderful. The guacomole was the best. The triple seviche wonderful, the fish soup lively with flavor and crunch, and the scallops were sweet and prepared perfectly. I've eaten here about four times....and every meal is a treat. I would love to move through the menu....item by item....What a treat.
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