209 E. 49th St., New York, NY, 10017
nr. Third Ave.
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
By truly_sweet on 3/14/2005
Try the carne asada tacos and tortas. Also great fresh juices and lemonade.
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.
By lacatarina on 5/31/2005
I don’t usually recommend places for lunch, but I had a nice experience at Pampano last week. We were sat at the terrace, with such beautiful weather it was just perfect. We had a ceviche sampler, which was a really nice choice for the beginning of the summer, then I had the seafood salad, and my colleague had a steamed fish with vegetables, they were both good choices to keep the diet low in fat. Service was very friendly, I had to ask for an aspirin and they were very helpful. It is an excellent place for lunch meetings, this was my first time there, but I will be going many more.
By tdmale on 6/24/2007
Without any comparions, simply the most original, flavorfull and tasteful restuarant in NYC. The coastal Latin cuisne is light and packed with amazing texture and contarsting flavors. I started with the Hybiscus Margarita which was pure heaven. My wife and I shared the cerviche which was amazing then the Pescado Azteca with Huitlacoche it6 had an incredible earthy flavor and finished with the chocoflan not big enough for me but everybight was incredilble, the service was incredibly freindly and the terrace was beuatiful, it was exoensive compared to most Mexican restaurants but what you get is miles above. Cant wait to try Maya next.
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...