About Pampano New York

Chef Richard Sandoval and Maestro Placido Domingo have partnered to create a Mexican escape in midtown Manhattan. Pampano’s breezy yet elegant, white on white decor showcases Chef Sandoval’s vibrant coastal Mexican cuisine. In the spring and summer, sip on handcrafted margaritas or one of Pampano's 100 tequilas on the outdoor terrace.



“Best New Restaurant in America” Esquire Magazine



“a clear sense of how competing flavors and textures can be orchestrated to create exciting results” New York Times – two stars



“Sandoval uses European techniques to bring the vivid flavors of Mexico to life” Michelin Guide

209 E. 49th St.
New York, NY 10017
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 11:30am - 3:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Dinner: Sunday 5-9:30pm;
Monday - Wednesday 5:00-10:30, Thursday - Saturday 5-11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 751-4545

Website:
http://www.richardsandoval.com/

Entertainment:
Enjoy Sunday Brunch from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Prix Fixe menu for $39 includes bottomless Food and Sangria for two hours. Kids 12 years old and younger dine for $15.

Happy Hour at Pampano's Bar Monday thru Friday 5:00 pm -7:00 pm. Special priced cocktails, wine and beer.

Catering:
Our event planner and chef are happy to tailor menus for off-premise events.

Parking Details:
There are public garages in the area.

Public Transit:
6 Train to 51st and Lexington

Executive Chef:
Richard Sandoval

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Loredana Mendoza at loredana@richardsandoval.com

Private Dining

This sophisticated, tropical restaurant provides dynamic seafood from the coasts of Mexico. It was born out of a partnership between Chef Richard Sandoval and Maestro Placido Domingo.

Pampano New York Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.5

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4.4

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4.1

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94% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (8)
Tapas (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Comfort Food (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
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Fun (3)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Very nice meal
Food was excellent and margaritas super.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food on Valentine's day, special menu, excellent Don Julio tequila flight enough for two. Very pleasant atmosphere and attentive staff. Will come back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food, expect to spend a good amount of money. Special occasion :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I’ve been coming to Pampano for many years but have never reviewed the restaurant. Hopefully the Chef will read this. The food is great. Tasty. Well executed. But it is getting boring. The menu hasn’t changed significantly in a long long time. The service is friendly but clumsy. For example, we were seated but nobody came to our table a at least 10 minutes. The wine list was omitted. Utensils from the previous course were left on the table. Steak knives only appeared after the meat arrived. Glasses were left I filled. A wine chiller appeared after half the bottle was gone. And the list goes on and on. For a restaurant trying to be more than a taco joint, this restaurant needs attention and the chef appears asleep at the wheel.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

"I love the relaxed feel of this place . I definitely would return to try more dishes. Service was well-timed and friendly, drinks were great and affordable."

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

excellent food and service, most seating and rest rooms are on the second floor. Will need to walk up about 20 plus steps to get there. Some of friends has knee problem may have problem to climb up these steps

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Very festive and bright atmosphere..... will definitely return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Lovely restaurant ..

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Lovely food, lovely service. Overall a relaxed place for conversation with a good friend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Very good nouvelle Mexican fare and the staff is friendly

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My birthday

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Delghtful, delicious but expensive. That's it, take it or leave it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We went there for Restaurant Week and as usual the food was great. Unfortunately, the restaurant was very packed so that we did not get to sit in the pretty dining room upstairs but in the much cozier back on the ground floor. A lot less picturesque but the same good food and a lot more quiet. Good for conversation. - We also had to wait a little longer than usual but the service was friendly and attentive. Would definitely go again, and recommend to others.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Bravissimo! Fantastic evening with friends. Great service, terrific drinks, wonderful food, and an extra dessert offered to us just because! Can't wait to return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Everything we tried was authentic, delicious and special.
Can’t wait to return

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 16, 2018

I love this restaurant - great food, service and an inviting atmosphere.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food was excellent, service was great. The restaurant was very cold. It was a particularly cold day in NYC, and it was just as cold inside. We were there for almost 3 hours and had to sit with our coats and hats on. The manager was kind enough to check on us, but regardless it was really cold in there.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had our new year dinner at Pampano. There is a parking garage just across the street which was very convenient as the temperatures that night were really cold. We had a very good time, the staff was friendly, there was a 4 course pre-set menu, with some options to choose from. The food was very good, the salad was great as well as the ribs. The huitlacoche risotto was a bit overcooked. Cayos de hacha (scallops) were a favorite for my wife. Desert were just OK (3-milks cake or chocolate musse). A mariachi band played for about 90 minutes (with some recess), until midnight, and that was fantastic. A glass of sparkling wine was included in the price. At $110 per person, the price was a bit high in my opinion ($90-$95 would have been fair).

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Carte un peu limitée pour un 24/12 au soir, rupture de paella a 7h30pm, j'ai moyennement apprécié.... Attention pas de menu enfant donc j'ai dû payer plein pot le plat pour ma fille qui n'a quasiment rien mangé car cuisine trop sophistiquée pour elle. Mon conjoint et moi même avons apprécié nos plats plutôt originaux.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Don't be fooled by the category. This elegant townhouse restaurant is a great place to dine with your special friends and guests. First of all, the ambiance. You feel you are invited to someone's house. Bright and just right, sophisticated decor. And then the food! I ordered a typical Anerican brunch dish, but it wasn't ordinary; every component was carefully crafted. It was over the top.
If anyone has tried extraordinary tacos at their taqueria outpost nearby (if not, I strongly recommend), you know what to expect to eat at this restaurant. But maybe not. You will be surprised still, pleasantly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Outstanding food and service! Awesome margaritas and food was delicious! Great service too!
Will definitely go back next trip to NYC.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We visit this restaurant eveyiine we travel to New York! Great food and service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was good but I would say way too expensive for the type of food served. Guacamole for $18, paella for $38. We were party of 4, all agreed that we liked the food we ordered, but the price.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Food was very good but the service felt rushed.... especially for a midweek night where they did not appear to be

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Highly attentive service combined with fresh tasty, nicely presented food, made for a great value lunch (choose from 3 course set lunch menu). Upstairs space is very bright and airy and on this lunchtime, was also very quiet.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Fantastic meal. Renaldo, our waiter, was excellent and provided great advice on all matters asked. His recommendations on drinks — margarita Pampano and mescal infused variations — were spot on. On a date night, the two of us split pizza-style corn meal with wild mushrooms and cheese, black bean soup, shrimp cerveche, filet mini tacos, and house risotto with corn and Manchego cheese. Too much food to have dessert, although the options were great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The prefixed lunch dished should also be prepared at the moment. The ceviche looked overcook. I also requested to put something on the side but they completely forgot.

Tags: Tapas, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Usually better

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

excellent upscale Mexican food, not the typical burrito and taco place. Great ceviche and wonderful sauces used in cooking.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere. Able to hear a conversation. I love this chef and I'm a fan of all his restaurants in NYC!!!! This one is much quieter than the others. It's a great find in Midtown.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Hidden next to McCormick & Schmick's, this hidden gem is a great find. From the moment you walk through the door to the moment you leave, you are greeted with a smile. Great service throughout the meal, and the food was outstanding. Ambiance, noise level, decor, all perfect.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Been a few years since I last ate here and forgot how excellent it is. Had a fantastic meal starting with super fresh guacamole. The shrimp dish I had was outstanding.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I love the feel of this place. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The Paella was amazing and the portions were large. We loved the appetizers . Service was well-timed and friendly, dinks were excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Healthy, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service was really good. Waiter understanding our tastes, made suggestions and very accommodating...Made the experience really enjoyable.....

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Little choice, main course not exceptional and very expensive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great food excellent service. drinks were delicious. been here multiple times and will continue to dine here

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Nice place for a business lunch. Nice calm spot during midtown lunchtime. Food is excellent.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Had a girlfriends brunch at Pampano. The food and drinks were amazing. Reynaldo our server was very attentive. We sat on the upstairs patio, it was a beautiful day. We will definitely be going back. The peach mango sangria was delicious.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Warm welcome, good selection of creative, original dishes, plus classics--including the best black bean soup I've ever tried.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We have been to Pampano several times. It is always very good. I love the inventive food and it has a pretty but fun and lively atmosphere. Our servers are always good. I always leave happy!

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