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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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (6)
Romantic (6)
Tapas (6)
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Comfort Food (3)
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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.

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

I love this restaurant. It is very pretty, quite clean and the food is delicious! I ate lunch there with friends two Tuesdays in a row. My friends all loved the restaurant as well. Each visit we celebrated someone's birthday. I especially loved the gauzpacho. I cannot wait to go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

OMG my third time here. I'll keep coming back. Every time I bring a different friend, they love it and they return and bring a friend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (México)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We had their restaurant week menu and it was great quality!

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Horrible food and we showed up but they flagged us as no show on OpenTable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

This place is amazing!!!

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great ambience. Enjoyed the food and portion size.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

Food was great, service mostly good but did have to request certain items 2-3 times before they would arrive at table, e.g. Salsa or water...

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·Dined on August 1, 2017

The staff were friendly and welcoming and the food was quite good . The smoked swordfish appetizer was excellent as was the seafood paella. The wait staff was informed and professional; it's a good neighborhood place with a nice vibe.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2017

very nice decor - loved the rooftop seating overlooking 49th St. The staff was friendly and attentive. Taking advantage of restaurant week, I started with a refreshing glass of rose, then tried the ensalada quinoa salad which was a bit flavorless, the robalo placido was pretty tasty and ended with a nice pastel de elote. o

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The food was outstanding. Really enjoyed the corn chowder and the mariscada. They also have excellent sangrias. We sat on the terrace and it was great, but the interior of the restaurant is beautiful too. Hope to be back soon!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Spicy, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Food was good; however service was extremely slow and the price point were very high.

Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

I used to love this place. It's changed a lot.

I went to order the octopus and the waiter told me most people don't like it because it comes in a broth. Weird he told me that (in those words) but I appreciated his honesty. I asked for it the exact same way minus the broth. When it came out, it was one piece of octopus. When he put the plate in front of me, I asked, doesn't this come w chick peas and vegetables? And he said yes....ha, very confused. He apologies and brought out asparagus.

We had to chase the waiter down for drinks and I kept asking for margaritas w no salt and the rim was always salted. It's a pretty pricey place to literally have everything you order messed up.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

I have been to Pampano several times and each time has been a wonderful experience. The service is attentive and friendly without being obtrusive, and the food is always delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

The food and service at Pampano are always excellent. We went this time during restaurant week and were very happy with the menu choices. I loved the ceviche, it is particularly good here, but we enjoyed everything we ordered. The only down-side of going during restaurant week is that the place was crowded with a few large and very noisy groups. I'll go back again, but maybe on a quieter night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

This place was great! Waitstaff was very attentive, pleasant and funny but alway professional. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Awesome food from the guacamole to the shrimp quesadilla to the chile relleno pepper.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Really enjoyed the restaurant week menu and the margarita.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Very good and marvelous staff yet tables shouldn't be so close

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Went there for the restaurant week lunch - food was fair / good with a nice environment. One gotcha is that the guac w/ chips they offer turned out to be not free and obviously worth an extra $15... not a deal breaker but still a bit surprising

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The service was unbelievably slow. The ambience and place was nice, but I am shocked with the service. We had to ask them 10x to get anything done. I swear if we didn't ask for the check, we would still be sitting there. Friend asked for her dish to be prepared differently and they did the exact opposite of what she asked. Moreso I am just shocked how they function so slowly and NEVER checking in on our table or asking us if everything is OK. We had to get up and walk over to ask to have our order to be taken. We were there for 2 and a half hours for a regular brunch with 5 people. It seems as if the waiters who work there, don't know that they are waiters! Also, it was my friends birthday. I asked to have a desert brought over to us after our meal with a candle for her, and not to bring over desert menus. They came over with desert menus! And then never came back! I had to remind them that they agreed to a desert with a candle!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

A wonderful dinner as usual. Hugo was a great server and made the evening even more special. Ceviche was spectacular as was the warm corn cake dessert!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Nice and polite service. Ceviche was really good. Plaintains a bit dry, but in general, very good and delicious experience. I will come back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

We enjoyed this restaurant. The food was good. The entrance seemed a little muggy though. Like you were in a cave. Also there were a couple of flies in the dining area which didn’t seem to disappear. But overall the food was presented well. But I wouldn’t say we’d rush to return.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

This is a very quality place, and is one of the few locations in NYC where you can get non-Tex Mex Mexican food. The food here is very equivalent to what you might eat at a very good restaurant in Mexico City. I had the Red Snapper Veracruz which was very good. The staff tried to be very responsive, however, at least tonight, there was too little help. There appeared to be one waiter for all guests, and one assistant. As a result, even the chef was serving food tonight. For the very high prices Pampano charges, this was unacceptable. Kudos to the staff that tried, however. Management: make sure you are not under-staffed.

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

Very disappointed. They told me the only table of 4 was on the terrace. No imbrella. 95 degrees. Humid. You don't do that to customers. Why did I have a reservation.

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

Great place on all counts. Outside terrace is a special summer treat

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

Fine seafood with a Mexican twist. Good service adds to the meal. Convenient east mid town location. Worth the typical pricey NY cost.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Amazing!! The sangria and seafood dish with the cilantro rice was so good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

The food was very good. A little pricey but the service was excellent. Unfortunately there was a private party going on so we had to sit downstairs in the bar area. Next time I would like to sit in the regular dining area or out on the beautiful patio.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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