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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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Special Occasion (18)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Romantic (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Fun (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Tapas (7)
Casual (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Spicy (5)
Cozy (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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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·Dined on November 18, 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 11, 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 8, 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 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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·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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 (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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·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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 (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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 (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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·Dined on September 29, 2017

I love this place for special occasions. The Mexican food is so good

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We have been to Pompano many times for dinner and always enjoyed the meal and the ambiance. This time we went for Brunch and sat out on the terrace. It was a great event in celebration of 2 birthdays.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

The special of shrimp over avacado polenta on top of beet purée was simply OUTSTANDING! Our best meal in NYC on this trip! Thank you so very much!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints. Food is always excellent and the waiter Jack has been there since the restaurant opened. His recommendations are always the best.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Pampano is a great find @ 49th and Lexington. We sat outdoors on the 2nd floor patio for a lovely evening. Heidi the hostess and Claudia our server were professional, gracious, friendly and attentive. Food was outstanding (the sopas are perfect as well); the margaritas (de oro, especially) made with care. We always think of Pampano when seeking authentic Mexican food in Manhattan!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fun, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 6, 2017

The atmosphere was upscale yet comfortable! The service was superb and the food wasnt short of fabulous. I'll definitely be returning!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food was interesting, not exactly Mexican. But if this is what is called up-scale then so be it.

However, the coat check lady gave away my expensive umbrella to another customer which left a sour taste in our mouths after an otherwise pleasant evening.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Smoked swordfish appetizer is out of this word. Had black cod which was cooked to perfection and delicious. Loved eating on the outside terrace (though that option will be short-lived with cooler weather approaching. Definitely recommend!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

A very pleasant lunch was enhanced by our having a table on the spacious first-floor terrace.

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (London)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Nice restaurant, Mexican dishes that are not standard, and that canning be found in most places. But, definitely not a "top 10 Mexican" as stated in Zagat.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Not friendly for those that can't walk stairs. Service started good and then they forgot us. Wedding group overtook bar area and made it less nice for our dinner table close by.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Food is hand crafted with love. Tasted delicious and beautifully presented.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The MARISCADA (shrimp / calamari / bay scallops / cilantro rice / achiote-coconut sauce / pineapple) was just amazing. I love calamari so I took a chance on this entree but this is so much more than just calamari with other stuff! It's just the perfect blend of tastes, slightly spicey but partially sweet. I would come back to Pampano just to have this dish again. Plus it's filling without being overly so.

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Pampano is a beautiful restaurant that takes you away with its authentic atmosphere. There's a lovely outside veranda area as well. Guacamole- we ordered it medium with extra cilantro- was absolutely delicious. Food is extremely good and artfully presented. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Excellent dining experience. Food fresh and super quality. I highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Good food, attentive service, nice décor, acceptable noise levels

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

As usual did not disappoint. Wonderful atmosphere and good food.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The food was terrible. The gazpacho tasteless, as was the marinated chicken. The ceviche was probably the best item along with sorbet. The salsa was unsalted tomatoes that accompanied a tasteless chicken. Better enchiladas are available in food trucks at way lower prices. The guacamole was mashed avocado. So all in all a 100$ disastrous lunch.

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Refreshing lunch on the terrace area.. Food was delicious.. Left me wanting more!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Was disappointed in the guacamole, was not fresh to order as well as no tomatoes only onions, avocado and a very small portion for the price. Aside from that the food is delicious, the corn soup, will be back for that, and the grilled pineapple mojito.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

I took my friend here for her birthday -- we had a terrific time. The staff was very attentive. I would come back!!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Fabulous food and service. The ceviche was amongst the best I've ever had.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

My wife an myself went here in the Restaurant week. The food was excellent, in particular Beef was very tender. We are very satisfied.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Pre-fix Restaurant Week menu was a complete failure for us.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

4 of us went for Restaurant Week lunch. There was a nice set of food options and the food was very good. Unfortunately, the service was incredibly slow. Although it was busy (1PM lunch on a Wednesday), given that we ordered from the special menu I would have expected lunch to take less than 90 minutes.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Pampano never disappoints- from the warm greeting and attractive décor to the delicious, imaginative and beautifully presented food. It's one of my all-time favorites in New York.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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