Pampano New York

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$31 to $50
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Mexican
High-end Mexican coastal cuisine served in an elegant, terrace-equipped townhouse.
“Best New Restaurant in America” Esquire Magazine
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VR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service - Antonio does a great job!
In general the entire staff are doing great

LM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great business meal but hard to talk. Food was great. Will return.

RR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I have visited Pampano several times. This time my friend and I had to seat in the area around the bar because we couldn't go upstairs (personal reasons). Unfortunately, the Service downstairs lack everything I had been used as to upstairs. I have to ask for salt for my guacamole a couple of times. Once the salt came, it was this tiny container that barely had any salt, those used in Hotel rooms, which is fine.. if it had enough salt. Then we were not even offered fresh pepper, just the same tiny pepper container.. very sad. Once we started our meal, we needed to ask for ice water many times. It is like our table was not in a convenient place for them. If that is the case, please let us know that we will receive less than optimal service, after all, we go there for both: Good food and good service. The food, as usual, was delicious, no complaints there but the experience loses its magic when the Service isn't good. Then when paying our bill, the server did not want us to separate our bill, even though I have done this many times. We have to take our own calculator and figure out each other's consumption. I guess it was on our part. Last time I visited, Ii was not given a glass of water at the bar area either. I wonder if the bar area is managed by someone else and that is why it works so differently from upstairs. My friend was from out of town and love Mexican food. I was very disappointed since I wanted to give a good impression of a good Mexican place that can be found in the City. She was only visiting for one day. I guess next time if I go there, I will seat upstairs.. and request better service.. than the one I had this time..

NA
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food quality was good/excellent but portion sizes were small for the price.

TT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The waiter was

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is my birthday month. When I made the reservations it said any special occasion and I put down birthday. Too my surprise I was brought a delicious little cake with a candle and a big square frame with a birthday hat and a happy birthday written on the bottom of the frame. I put my face through it and the waiters sang happy birthday while my friend took the picture. It was a total surprise and will be something I will not forget. Pampano is a five star restaurant. The food, drinks, service and ambiance is not to be missed. It is a must try. Take it from someone who has been their many, many times and will continue to do so.

L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I will be back to try this again but something has definitely changed: New owner and/or new chef? While the food was ok, the plating was bland and lost all of the ambiance that it used to have. And sorry, but the sangria tasted watered down. Pity. Bring back some of the creativity of the “old” Pampano please!

TN
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a great meal and fun time

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

JM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is simply outstanding! I have eaten in Mexico’s top restaurants over the past 30 years, and Pampano compares nicely. I try to order something new each time I dine there, and this time it was the shrimp tacos and the carnitas special. Both were standouts. I am already looking forward to my next visit.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, attentive service, but it’s a shame they ditched the tablecloths. Now it feels just ordinary.

F
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful! Very special place for a very special evening. Terrace was fabulous!

i
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Try the paella and the coconut shrimp. Several great gluten free options. You won’t be disappointed! My favorite NYC restaurant!

SK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I've been to Pampano several times and they used to be much better. The guacamole used to be made at your table, and this time, they bought it out pre-made. The food was not as good as before, but still decent.

C
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Pampano has a great atmosphere and excellent service. The plates are presented beautifully and the server was great at timing the meal. The issue we had was that the price point was not reflected in the quality of the flavors of the meal. Based on the taste of the food I feel like we overpaid for our meal. I think the atmosphere is great and the restaurant staff is excellent. A bit more time may need to be put into the seasonings of the food. We started with the guacamole (medium heat) and it was very delicious with what seemed like homemade tortilla chips. I got the black bean soup. It was okay, but not unlike other black bean soups I’ve had before. My husband ordered the “Filete Pompano” and he says the steak was cooked perfectly on the inside, but the outside tasted like burnt grill. The risotto that came with his was the best part of the meal, but the sauce was comparable to a spicy creamy ketchup. We think the food could be improved upon, especially considering we did order one of the most expensive plates the restaurant offered.

OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Would definitely dine again.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Booked this to celebrate mine and my dads birthdays and have heard great things so we were very excited.

Unfortunately, the was horrendously slow and we had multiple waiters and bus boys who didn’t seem to communicate and took forever to bring us food, drinks and the check. And our reservation was 6:30pm on a Tuesday so it’s not like the place was packed.

Food was okay, I ordered the tuna and it was really dry and over cooked. Guacamole was good. Waiter made up for it by putting candles in the desserts and gave us a complimentary after dinner drink which was nice.

Glad I experienced but not sure if I’d go again.

AB
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pampano never disappoints. Was able to eat outside and it was terrific. Tacos are some of the best in town and dessert just rocks it!

C
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I used to frequent Pampano very often until moving biz and home location. Well back to the neighborhood and we were thrilled to return. Same great food and beverages with great outdoor space. The only thing less than par from the old days was the service. With a light crowd, it wasn’t from being over worked and understaffed. That said, when we were attended to, each staffer was very cordial and accommodating. They just have to be more aware of the time spent away from the table.

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing ceviche, beautiful atmosphere.

B
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

I recommended Pampano for a biz dinner and told everyone about the lobster tacos (which I get any time I travel to NY) and the corn and dumpling soup to learn that the new chef took both off the menu. What a shocker! Any time I have suggested clients go there this is what they get so I would think that would be a big disappointment for many customers.

I’ve been a huge fan of this restaurant but this time I was not impressed with the menu changes. The soup and lobster tacos were something I’ve never seen on other menus which was a big reason I went to Pompano in the past.

I hope the restaurant will reconsider. Why fix something if it isn’t broken? Make menu changes but don’t take off the items many loyal customers loved and differentiated you from the other million places to eat in NY.

All That said, our waiter was wonderful and apologetic about our disappointment.

R
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Place was below par when compared to a year ago. It was a hot night and the door to the patio was left open. We had to ask them to shut it so that the A/C could do its job. The guacamole portion was half the size we enjoyed in the past. The wine selection was weak and after tasting 3 different whites which were not good we decided on beer. The service was extremely slow and we were told it was because there was a big table needing attention. We shouldn't be penalized for that, rather they needed more waitstaff. The entrees arrived and we were surprised at how small the striped bass portion was, compared to the past. In short, we always look forward to eating at Pampano but based on our experience last week we will not be back.

b
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I just love this place. I had the striped bass and my friends had he octopu and taco platter. All amazing. Skip the overpriced guacomole - they push it on you - just say no. Go for ceviche instead

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I have been to Pampano over the years and usually dine there at least 2 times a year. The food is always good but we were completely shocked at the extremely poor level of service. Our server could not remember anything we ordered, they were trying to take away our appetizers before we even finished without even asking us if we were finished. Honestly the most shockingly bad service I have had which is unfortunate as I have enjoyed the food.

SG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. I had the sea bass and my friend had the salmon. Both were delicious. Our waiter, Arturo and the rest of the staff were very attentive.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Restaurant week food was fine, but the order of guacamole and chips was overpriced ($15).

JC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Pompano. Everything about it is the best. Food is excellent, service is impeccable, drinks always right on! Thank you for making this a great dining experience

b
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Great food, great service and do pretty. Have another rez nrxt weekend

YS
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very tasty. Nice atmosphere and good service.

GG
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating area. Fresh and delicious food. Will return!

RR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, there is a smoked Margarita that is to die for! refreshing and spicy. My sister loves the smoked fish appetizer and we will go back anytime we are in the area... This was qualified by us as our Top Mexican Restaurant so far in the city!! :)

SC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!!! Too pricy for common dishes. They don't provide complimentary bread or nachos either.

P
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were five and the five of us will come back

s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu choices for NYC Restaurant Week for lunch. Would have enjoyed it more if they could do something to absorb the noise level.

VN
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is very nice as well as the decor. The food is very good and I loved them as I am a vegetarian and they had a separate menu for it. I think it's slight on an expensive end but considering the location and service, I think it's worth it.

A would definitely recommend it for a date night too.. ;)

RR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable dinner at Pampano and will definitely return.

ML
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was amazing, the wait staff awesome and we loved the space!

CP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cocktails were great...very unique! My beet salad was fantastic. Striped bass was delicious, as were the pork tacos. Food was beautifully presented, and the service was exceptional!

n
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Our tacos and the pineapple margaritas were pretty outstanding and I would maybe go there again for them. However, our service was really slow and rude. It was frustrating to see the change in service when it was older male versus younger female. Overall though it wasn't really worth dealing with the service.

CP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places for Mexican food ever! Simple as that !!!