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Pao
Pao

Pao Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.paonewyork.com
  • Phone: (212) 334-5464
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch:

    Sunday: 1:00pm - 4:30pm


    Lunch:

    Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm


    Dinner:

    Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Portuguese
  • Executive Chef: Jose Anguisaca
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Cod Cakes

    Shrimp Turnovers

    Meat Croquettes

    Chicken Empanadas

    Crab & Shrimp in Pastry Shell

    Breaded Green Beans w/ Tomato Sauce

    Black Olive Paste w/ Mussel on Toast

    Serra Cheese & Tomato on Toast

    Cheese Bread

    Selection of Cold Cuts Platter

    Selection of Cheeses Platter
  • Entertainment: Pao has Fado Music every Wednesday @ 8pm

    Jazz Music on Sunday Brunches @ 2pm

    And Brasil Mondays @ 8pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Greenwich Street
  • Public Transit: Take the E or C (Blue Line) to Spring Street, or 1 (Red Line) to Canal Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Pao
PÃO! is not just a Portuguese restaurant, it's a cultural mission according to The New York Times.
PÃO! offers a pleasing overview of Portuguese regional cooking and a splendid all-Portuguese Wine list.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Being a Portuguese person, that is high praise. Food is well prepared and excellently presented."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "LOVED everything about this Portuguese haven!! Friendly staff, delicious food, perfect ambiance on a summer evening"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I got a Groupon to this restaurant so was very excited to try it out with my bf. I was not disappointed. The house white wine was very good and so was the meal. Would definitely come back even without a groupon!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I went there and there was a private party going on. Manager stated there was a computer glitch. I was not buying it. He told me to write my name down so we could have free drinks next visit. I declined and it did not matter to him one bit."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I found this place by accident and have been there 3 times in the last month. Good menu with excellent food and the service is attentive! I will be a regular here. It started with a Groupon and now I am hooked!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We loved the food and neighborhood feel of Pao. It is very small so you will want to make a reservation in advance. We loved everything that was served...killer linguicia, talapia with creamy truffled mashed potatoes and the rabbit was outstanding. We went on a groupon and they were most accomdating. Would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Closed due to Health Inspection and we arrived to find restaurant closed. We were visiting NY and looking for Portugese cuisine so this was a real let down"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Amazing Portuguese flavors without being in Portugal!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "If you've ever dined at one of the oh so mediocre Portuguese restaurants you understand the frustration of eating food that is hardly "Luso" centric. Not so so with Pao. This small restaurant has some very authentic dishes that sing like fado. The service can be quirky but worth the hassle."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "fab service - they are so personable. really interesting dishes - food was really good, but portugeuse wine list is why i'm giving this 3 stars. I love portuguese wines, but theirs weren't the best. would totally go back though."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "The atum (tuna) salad sandwich was amazing!!!! Cozy corner restaurant off the beaten path for exclusive dining with outdoor seating!! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We arrived at our reservation time. We were celebrating 45 years of marriage. We were met by John who sat us at our table. Within five minutes we felt as we knew the staff like family. The food, drinks, desserts, were great. We chose this restaurant because it reminded us of those small restaurants in Lisboa's Fado district. We were not disappointed. We would recommend this restaurant to those who enjoy Portuguese food and drink. Great job John, Maria, and Maria. Will surely see you in the near feature. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food just okay. Some good dishes and some not do goof"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "A great place with great food. Only problem is that the menu is very limited."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "House wine is fantastic. Food was good. Not great, but good. Very small. Quiet if you go early, noisy as the night goes on. Overall very nice. Will go back just not in a rush to get there. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Coming from a Portuguese native and food lover... This place was quaint and had amazing food. Great for an entire family or couple looking for that original portuguese cuisine and hometown feel. Definitely going back"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Everything was delectable (I had the special steak, my girlfriend ordered the rabbit) and all of the staff were nothing short of gracious. It's a very small, quiet, intimate sort of space. I went here for my birthday with a couple of friends and was pleasantly surprised that we were actually able to hear one another across the table. Can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We went here for a sort-of anniversary dinner and it was perfect. Unpretentious and cozy, good neighborhood feel, noise level manageable for two 50 year olds. The service was excellent. We went all-seafood and liked everything we ate, including a cold sardine special appetizer. The wine list is modestly priced, we enjoyed a very drinkable white Douro recommended by our waitress. We shared the egg-white based dessert with a glass of excellent port (go for the expensive!)."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I went back to this restaurant after quite a long time (8+ years) and again it was really nice: Tasty menu, impecable service and great atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food and service were both disappointing the other night. Went there with three other people. The only dish that was really good was the fried cod fish cakes appetizer. It was excellent. The rabbit, which had been highly recommended, was utterly forgettable, even poor. The sauce was thin and flavorless. The side salad was undressed (!). Other dishes we had included a duck appetizer, a warm squid appetizer, a salad, and a tiger shrimp entree. They were all mediocre. Service was slow initially; it got better. The atmosphere is wonderful. I did express my dissatisfaction with the rabbit to the manager. He seemed genuinely disconcerted, so perhaps they'll improve that dish in the future. Management was very nice."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was a lovely and delicious authentic portuguese restaurant. The green wine is fantastic! We were in a bit of a hurry to get to a fashion show so unfortunately we didn't get to finish the bottle but wished we could have taken it home it was so good! We came here on a living social deal two apps, two entrees, two desserts. I had the tiger shrimp over bread pudding and he had the steak. We both LOVED our dishes. Portions are small as you would expect from finer dining, but we were satisfied at the end of the three course meal and didn't feel too full. The chocolate mousse was also spectacular. The service was great, the place was empty at 6 but by the time we left it was almost completely full. Would recommend for sure."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Great authentic healthy food, nice wines and wonderful service -- one of my favorites!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Although I went there with a coupon, the food was good, portion was good, people were friendly. Since the restaurant was crowded with customers with coupons like us, the service was little under the weather. But I would definitely go back and try their other wonderful dishes."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Great Portuguese food and excellent service. Used a living social coupon and was able to order anything off the menu. Great wine too and a complimentary glass of port at the end of the evening. Would go back without a coupon."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "My wife and I were given a dining voucher to Pao's by some friends. My first impression was of a cosy but romantic place which I knew I'd enjoy eating at. The food was excellent - nicely presented, full of flavor with good attention to detail. Also, I never expect much from house wine but their house red (which was a part of our meal voucher) was very smooth and rich in flavor which was a nice surprise. This was a truly amazing gift by some thoughtful friends and we will go again without doubt."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The dining room was tiny, so it didn't matter that we were running late; there were no tables to be had for a while, anyway! The scallops we had were resplendent; soft and buttery with a lightly crisp exterior, and in a typical diced tomato sauce. The grappa-seared linguica was flamed table side, and had a lovely flavor and aroma. We opted for rabbit and the lamb shank; these were fine, but have had better renditions elsewhere. The show stopper was egg white pudding, a super-soft meringue drizzled in caramel. Heavenly. Add in the Portuguese wines and it's a nice trip abroad without spending too much!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Food is consistently good and service is helpful and friendly. We came back with good friends bc we knew they'd enjoy it as much as we did, and we had a great time. We relaxed and had an animated conversation over good food and wine, without being rushed. The scallop app, and fish w truffle mashed are outstanding; watercress and orange salad a simple but refreshing palate cleanser. Ambiance is cozy - the place is small."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Dinner here was outstanding. I've never had fish this delicious. The green wine was great too."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I found this on a living social deal and what a deal! Great food service and ambience! Who Could ask for more? I highly recommend this is venue!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "I got together with a group of friends on NYE, and we had a great time at Pao. The food is delicious, and the service is great. We especially loved the shrimp turnovers and a white Portugese wine!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Restaurant layout is cramped, more so than the usual NYC restaurant. The owners' children or relatives' children were running around making noise and causing distractions to the staff which was annoying. Food was good for the most part but nothing super impressive except for the snapper dish and the chocolate salami."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. There were plenty of dishes to choose from, and there were no restrictions with our voucher. We enjoyed everything we ordered. The staff was friendly and our waitstaff was attentive."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "I love seafood from this restaurant, this restaurant is a little far away from the center of Manhattan but it worth the walk. Food is special and good tasting. Servers were friendly and attentive. Restaurant is very small, 3 large tables & 2 couple tables that's all."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Unfortunately it was not what we expected but this was the only Portuguese restaurant in NYC"
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "I recently bought a LivingSocial deal for Pao and took the time to look it up and decide that it would be a good purchase to make. I went ahead and booked reservations through OpenTable and had good expectations for the entire dining experience. Our reservation was for 8:30 which we arrived on time and the owner explained that the OpenTable and reservations made via over the phone got mixed so we waited until 10 to get seated. In the meantime the owner expressed his apologies and gave us free drinks and a appetizer. The food, once we sat, was very good. The wine was delicious. And we both left very full and exhausted from a long dinner date that was not expected."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I found the restaurant because of Living Social which had a great deal. I've never had Portuguese food before but it was great! My boyfriend enjoyed himself thoroughly and we would definitely go again. It was my first dining experience in the city and it will be hard to top."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Excellent time with good friends. This was my first time. I had reserved dinner for 6 for a birthday celebration. The food was amazing! The service was awesome. The owner hung out with us and we had a blast! Couldn't have had a better time."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "I got a deal on living social and since it got some many good reviews I decided to go and I am so happy I did,! Everything was delish! For appetizer my favorite was the crab cake which was highly recommended, for dinner we had the steak and the cod and egg dish both of which were so tasty! We had the green wine which complimented the meal and for dessert we had the pound cake thing which was great, we also got this other chocolate thing which we didn't love but it was good. All in all I highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "exquisite food, divine wine list, great atmosphere and music, the service was perfect. the owner is a gentleman. it was a wonderful experience. I strongly recommend this place."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Classic Portuguese dishes are tasty, hearty, and often healthy treat to begin with. The folks at Pao have not only managed to master these classics but also added a tasteful twist of genius to each plate. Portioning is careful but plentiful compared to the excessive generosity found in many Newark, NJ establishments. The ingredients seemed fresh and of good quality. But the twist can be found in creatively replacing the cuisine's age old mashed potatoes with a whipped potatoes made with a touch of white truffle oil to accompany an expertly prepared snapper. The creation was excellent."
    Dined on 10/23/2013