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

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

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4.1

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94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (18)
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Special Occasion (16)
Business Meals (15)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Romantic (8)
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)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Fun (3)
Spicy (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Cozy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

The party on the patio was very noisy and the staff kept opening the door, making our table difficult to enjoy. So we asked to be moved.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Came here for a friend's birthday. Drinks, ambiance, food and service were amazing all around. I walk by this restaurant everyday and finally got to eat there. What a hidden treat. Definitely coming back!

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2017

This was my first time at Pampano. Overall it was great. Portions of food might have been a little smaller than expected but was delicious, and we really wish that happy hour was not just at the bar. But it's all good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

After giving us only the options of 7:15 or 7:45, not 7:30 as we wanted. When we arrived for our 7:15 reservation they kept us waiting half an hour. Although they were apologetic, they did not offer us a free after dinner coffee or any other sort of tangible apology. That kind of service does not encourage a return visit. The rest of the service was good, other than the waiter trying to suggest the Dom Perignon Champagne for $350 (he didn't tell us the price).

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 12, 2017

This beautiful restaurant is a must if you are in New York City! Our experience, friends from Florida and Missouri together for a lovely evening. The staff is outstanding, the food is excellent and dining outside is a must, weather permitting! Thank you Pampano!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Puebla)·Dined on June 10, 2017

You know you are in a good, authentic place when the food literally transports you to your grandmother's house when you were a child. The black bean soup had this fantastic combination of ingredients that I have not found anywhere but in my grandma's kitchen. That soup, by itself, was worth the trip.
The sword fish appetizer was very good and the pisco sour was fantastic (I know, pisco sour is not Mexican, but in any case, it was very refreshing and perfectly mixed).
Price wise, well you are in NYC ... 'nough said.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Pampano Is always excellent. Delicious and creative Mexican seafood in midtown Manhattan, One of my favorite dishes is the shrimp quesadilla--served open face with light salad, amazing sauce and perfectly cooked. It is the perfect choice for lunch. Homemade guacamole and chips, prepared however you desire is fantastic. I enjoy taking business partners here since they are always pleased with their meals. Consistency makes the difference. On nice days, consider sitting outside on the deck--you won't be sorry.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 5, 2017

I went to Pámpanos for the day of my graduation! I‎t was perfect and the staff was very attentive to us! Thank you! Food was also amazing!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Had a business luncheon and selected the course menu which was $31 per person. The food was very tasty and the value for the food was very reasonable. Recommend the restaurant.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Pampano is excellent for upscale Mexican food. The outdoor dining is terrific on a warm (not hot) afternoon with a margarita. We went pre-theatre - 10 minute walk from Times Square.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Very good! Service great & atmosphere. Nice outside patio. Loved the Snapper Vera Cruz!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Attentive and kind staff. Delicious food. Enjoyable evening out.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

I came here with friends for a bottonless brunch. I had some research and found this spot had the most potential. I was very pleased with the service and overall quality. I will definitely come back for brunch and more.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

My guy and I love eating here, especially when we can sit on the patio and sip Micheladas and margeritas. The food is delicious, authentic and creative. Ceviches and sangria change daily in summer. Service is attentive and respectful.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Spicy, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Excellent guacamole and very tasty fish. Sitting outdoors on a hot summer night is also very enjoyable. The food is first rate, but the service is not that good. we waited a long time for the guacamole - by then we had already had 2 drinks each. T
hen the guacamole came and the main course in less than 5 minutes.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 11, 2017

The chips and guacamole was incredible. And authentically Mexican. Tasty.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Tapas, Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Seated at cramped table in very noisy bar with bad service. First and only visit.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 9, 2017

This is my second time at Pampano. The staff and service are excellent, super professional attentive without being intrusive or overwhelming. The ingredients are definitely fresh and qualitative. the dishes are tasty and there is some definite creativity to these authentic Mexican recipes. Lunch or Dinner I definitely recommend !

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Overall the place was very nice, and clean/pretty decor, it was a little bit warm regarding the temperature of the space. Even though our meals were tasty, I just felt as if me and my guest were being rushed out of the restaurant. The staff just kept staring at us as we sat and asked if we were done. Even when we arrived, there was a look of hesitation in seating us (probably because of the way we were dressed).

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Really great tacos! They're small, but super tasty. Sangria was good too.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Good midtown location for lunch w/ outdoor patio if the weather is nice. Menu is unique and service was excellent - extremely friendly and attentive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 30, 2017

At a restaurant like this you have high expectations so when things don't go well it's disappointing. Out of four dishes three were very good to excellent, the last a skirt steak substitution on the fliet mignon should never have left the kitchen. It was served luke warm and tough as shoe leather. The mole sauce and spices were very good. At times it was also difficult to find our waiter. The restaurant did not charge us for the one meal and provided a nice after dinner drink. I liked the dinning room and will put this on the list to try another time, maybe the brunch.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

This was my first time to Pampano and I must say it was fantastic. Though I arrived 30minutes late they were very accommodating and sat us at the upstairs terrace which we appreciated for it was a beautiful Spring evening. The guacamole was fresh and delicious. The quinoa salad was divine and enough for a party of 3. We ordered the huaraches, grilled octopus and rock shrimp appetizers. We shared the rice and beans plus the plantains. Overall the food was superb our waiter Hugo was fantastic as was Frank.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Enjoyed Happy Hour and then off to our table for a very nice meal. Service was perfect, and our group was able to sit outside on the terrace for dinner. It is a place to return to, and we all plan to do exactly that.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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vip
 (London)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Table not ready when we arrived, but others seated before us. Eventually offered a seat at the bar, then offered a table in the bar rather than the restaurant. Food good, but won't be using you again for a business lunch. 20 minute wait for a booked table not good enough.

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