Pao
Pao

Pao

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.paonewyork.com/
  • Phone: 2123345464
  • 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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Pao reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
63% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (11)romantic (9)good for groups (8)fit for foodies (6)special occasion (6)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Love!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Awesomeness!! I need to come here again with my kids!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Portuguese place
    Filipehcleal
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This restaurant has a very good food quality and nice service. Will come back many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    Tony8
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great Portuguese Restaurant! The soup (Caldo Verde) is almost like mom makes :) Delicious! The service is friendly and prompt and a great place to bring a group of people for special occassions or every night for a home cooked meal. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice place to eat with friends
    marinfoodie
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    we liked the food, atmosphere, relatively low noise level, reasonable prices - but bring cash!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very authentic!
    Anabel
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I am 100% Portuguese and I go every summer. This place was great an ON THE MONEY! Most Portuguese places now a days Americanize their menus and this place has not. I LOVED all the food. I would def recommend this place. The people there were very nice. They were very attentive and very knowledgeable in food and wine. This place is a real gem. Just sorry it took me so long to get there. I will certainly be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE - CASH ONLY
    tpa0717
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Despite having decent food, Pao does not offer a good dining experience and I would not recommend to anyone. There is a very limited menu selection and even so, they can’t manage inventory correctly. There was no meat available, which forced our group to order seafood and not everyone wanted seafood. The real trouble started when the bill arrived. The owner very rudely told us that we had to pay cash or that he would “call the authorities”, even though they advertise that they accept credit cards. What kind of restaurant doesn’t accept credit cards in Tribeca?!?! Buyers beware…this restaurant does not believe in customer satisfaction or accommodation.
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  • Horrible Experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    DoNotEatAtPao
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Even though it has a great wine list and romantic but when I entered the restaurant I was not told it was a CASH ONLY restaurant until I gave the waiter who seemed to be the owner saw my credit card. Service was bad even though the owner was servicing us. The guy seemed so all over the place. Any place that has a cash only business is a shady!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Portuguese Gem
    Hering1975VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    While the menu is fairly limited, the fare is authentic and tasty. This is no frills, portoguese food with a heavy leaning on seafood selections. However, don't ignore the rabbit with hazelnuts (my favorite) or the steak in port wine sauce. The house wine is light and tasty and supremely affordable. For desert, a nice grappa and chocolate salami fit the bill.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what we expected
    Pitti
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Basically we did not have too much choice as the desired dishes were not avaialble. Maybe we were unlucky and it was not the good day... The food was good but we were expecting better from a Portuguese restaurant. The only good thing was the Alentejo wine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent experience
    foodlover
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The restaurant is small and quaint, great neighborhood place to eat and hangout. The food, and service was very good, plus it was not overpriced
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great but...
    Mucklo
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food was great, but the service was so bad. The restaurant was almost empty and the owner was not helpfull or friendly at all. We waited too long for the meat , and the side orders came 15 min before the meat.Pitty that a Restaurant like Pao cant show how good Portuguese food and service can be.
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  • Best Portuguese food in NYC
    Nelsonnyc
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Being a Portuguese person, that is high praise. Food is well prepared and excellently presented.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 103 reviews are from the Pao reviews archive.
  • FANTASTIC FIND!!
    DelishVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    LOVED everything about this Portuguese haven!! Friendly staff, delicious food, perfect ambiance on a summer evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great deal
    MayjiVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor!
    Kmot
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming neighborhood restaurant
    dogma505VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE
    Foodie2013VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The anti Ironbound Portuguese.
    RollyVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Dining Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cute neighborhood place
    JjnycVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Portuguese Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The atum (tuna) salad sandwich was amazing!!!! Cozy corner restaurant off the beaten path for exclusive dining with outdoor seating!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Portugese Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    A great place with great food. Only problem is that the menu is very limited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BuddyVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food just okay. Some good dishes and some not do goof
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice
    Traveler
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portuguese flavors in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Amazing Portuguese flavors without being in Portugal!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Legit
    Justin
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Delightful Experience
    chrisstewie
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    VillageEater
    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!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    ALSSVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming place; disappointing food
    Sharagano
    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.
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  • Lovely Portugese spot
    sshoff
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • would go again
    NewYorker
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great authentic healthy food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Great authentic healthy food, nice wines and wonderful service -- one of my favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Citilawyer
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All round great experience
    AndyUk
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute little Portuguese spot
    deliusfanVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A welcome environment
    NativeNYr
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best meal in years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Dinner here was outstanding. I've never had fish this delicious. The green wine was great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    Nediva18VIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.