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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4.4

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4.3

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4.3

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3.9

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91% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2011

Interesting and creative food with a Latin influence, ceviches, etc.

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 (London)·Dined on March 18, 2011

Pampano is my favourite restarant in NYC. The margaritas are great and the seafood is fresh. I do feel the wuality has slight slipped in the last year, the sauces aren't as flavorful as they were. But still a great restaurant. Love the terrace!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2011

Great Food...Great attentive service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on March 13, 2011

Delicious mexican food - like no other we have tasted before.

Also, great margheritas!

Atmosphere was a little subdued but it was quite late (9 PM reservation) on a Sunday evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2011

Perfect dining experience. The five course a great deal. Would recommend Pampono without hesitation. Looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2011

I've been to this restaurants twice and enjoyed both experiences. It's a pretty restaurant. The food was good, service was good. Price is in the range of a good NYC restaurants. So, I will go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2011

What a wonderful experience. Our lunch was delicious: Chicken soup, Beet salad, Scallops and even the Burger were all fantastic. The desserts and lingering over a perfect cup of coffee just put smiles to our faces. Enjoy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2011

Pampano is a wonderful upscale Mexican restaurant that puts a new twist on old Mexican favorites. Definitely worth a visit. Service is super attentive. Servers are informative and extremely friendly. For a fine Mexican fare with some added finesse, try Pampano!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on March 3, 2011

Very nice dining experience, EXCEPT...extremely limited gluten free options. Not sure if the server really understood the issue. We were told that all but three entrees on the menu included gluten...including the paella....hmmmm. None of my recipes for paella add wheat or flour!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2011

Pampano was super. The space is appealing, the wait staff is attentive an unobtrusive and the food is tasty and creatively presented.

Started with the guacamole ($13) (can be spicy or not - ours was spicy) and it was delicious. The chips served with it were a bit different but warm and nice.

Had the prix fixe lunch ($28) with mixed seafood ceviche, skirt steak and chocolate flan. All were good, but the flan was at the same level as the rest of the dishes.

Would definitely dine here again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 2, 2011

We started with the spicy guacamole which was very good but not spicy. I had the braised short ribs which were extremely tender and flavorful in a tasty, mildly spicy broth. My girlfriend had the paella which she said was excellent. The portion was very large. Restaurant was a little loud, but not too loud to have a comfortible conversation. Overall it was a great meal. Would definitely go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 27, 2011

If you like seafood, this is the place. The ceviches are fantastic and great to share with a group. Each dish is uniquely flavored without over doing it on sauces. You can actually taste the quality of the fish. The beef dishes looked good, but our table stuck with the seafood. The octopus salad was tender and perfectly flavored. You won't be disappointed with the desserts as they made a great finish to an already great meal. Staff is friendly and very professional.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2011

Always a refreshing change to have seafood with mildly spicy flavors. We have never had a disappointing meal here. Definitely a stand-out in the Mid-town East area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2011

One of our favorite Mexican restaurants in NYC!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2011

My friends and I love Pampano...the service and food are consistenly good and the atmosphere always friendly!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 20, 2011

Best "high end" mexican in NYC. Blows Rosa out of the water

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2011

Guacomole dip might be best in NYC. Outstanding food and service. Can't wait until spring/summer with outdoor seating.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 16, 2011

Frankly, I was a little disappointed in the food this time - it didn't measure up to the other times I went. The 4 variety ceviches was unispiring: the shrimp was overcooked and it really wasn't a ceviche and the other three fish ceviches were overwhelmed by the sauces. Started out badly when the guacamole that we asked for to me "moderate hot" was way too hot with flecks of red pepper that could catch your throat and make you gag. They recommended a side dish of sauteed vegetables that we accepted but it turned out to be asparagus which was already the underlay for the black cod. the black cod, by the way, was excellent: perfectly cooked and suculent. I will give it another shot.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2011

I was at the restaurant and had a fantastic time. The food was awesome, and wait-staff extremely attentive and courteous, and their wine list was great!!! Will definitely be dining there again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2011

We were really surprised and impressed with the quality of service and food. Everything - from start to finish - was spectacular. The cod was incredible, and so was the paella. And they knew we were there for a happy occasion and sent over champagne. It was so thoughtful and nice. We can't wait to go back and try more things from the menu. It's kind of a random location, but it's an awesome restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on February 11, 2011

We'd just flown in a few hours before so felt like something light - we started with the passionfruit mojito and hibiscus margarita - both way too sweet. We shared guac & chips and then a selection of appetisers including lobster tacos and taster cerviches. It was all too sweet and didnt taste fresh enough. We were shocked by the bill when it came - for that menu you can have much better experiences in the city.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2011

As usual, this was a great dining experience. The food was outstanding, and the house margarita was great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2011

Pampano's menu is a creative approach to Mexican cuisine. The guacamole and smoked swordfish appetizers were popular and plentiful. The lobster and filet mignon tacos were tasty, but tiny for the costly price. The chicken and paella entrees were light and flavorful. The paella featured tiny clams,scallops & sausages were minced,sparse calamari.It was more like seafood flavored rice than paella.Desserts were the best feature,corncakes and chocolate cake recommended.If you want appetizers, drinks and dessert, Pampano is for you. Entrees were high priced and not impressive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2011

We always have a great time at Pampano. Thank you.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2011

The food was fine, but even with the discount we received via OpenTable, the meal cost much more than I feel it should have.There is delicious Mexican food to be had for less all over the city.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 28, 2011

as always, the steak was delicious! i ordered the pre-fix meal for $39.95 mixed grill, it was ok. good price for all the food. the food took a while to get to our table, but they were busy on sunday night. we also waited 15 minutes to be seated.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2011

Food was bad. Fish was stale and dry. Steak was tough. Guacamole was awesome though.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2011

Pampano was wonderful as usual...atmosphere, service and especially the food. We went for a Restaurant Week $35 prix fixe dinner, which did not disappoint in any way. We started with fantastic Tesoro margaritas and guacamole and chips a al carte. For the dinner we ordered empanadas, small but delicious, and fabulous paella, very moist and aromatic with a great blend of classic ingredients.Desserts were great too - a chocoflan or mellow coconut ice cream with a gentle lemon sorbet. What a great meal!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2011

We were there for a Winter Restaurant Week lunch. Because of terrible traffic we arrived at 230PM when they close for lunch, but they took pity on us and served us with full courtesy. All the dishes of our 3-course lunches were very good. Our only complaint was their overpriced wines -- $13 for a glass of passable red wine.. two glasses of wine cost more than the special lunch.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2011

We tried the Restaurant Week menu The food was excellent and the service was good too. The cocktails were absoultely superb! Am now a big fan of Richard Sandoval restaurants, having had two excellent meals before at Zengo and now at Pampamo. Can't wait to try Maya next. The standard of food and drinks at his restaurants are just outstanding! The setting is lovely in its simplicity and casual elegance. I would recommend Pampano to anyone who enjoys seafood.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2011

Food and service great. My daughter, who is a vegetarian was well catered to. No rush to get us out.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2011

Disappointing. Very expensive for what you get; Some interesting flavors, but the portions are small and the overall result is underwhelming. You will do much better for less at Rosa Mexicano.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2011

Pampano has very good and inventive Mexican cuisine and very friendly and efficient service. Add some good margaritas and you can't go wrong.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2011

Excellent guacamole and ceviche. Very attentive professional service. Have been here for both lunch and dinner and have yet to be disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2011

A lovely experience--interesting and flavorful food, warm ambience, great service and an overall pleasure! Would definitely recommend it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2011

One of a kind and delicious! Spacious and wonderful ambiance. Loved the black bean soup, paella and bass. Will definitely come again as menu has so many wonderful choices!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2011

Really enjoyed Pampano, the food was excellent, and it's a beautiful spot.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2011

At the level of restuarant we frequent, only Union Square Cafe rates as high or higher than Pampano.

A new find for us, thanks to the Spotlight feature of Open Table.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2011

We have been to Pampano a number of times and it is consistently good. We love the outdoor rooftop in the summer.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 15, 2011

Mexican seafood???? No way you say. It's amazing at Pampano. The things they do with fish are hard to describe. Don't miss the sword fish, the cod, the tenderloin tortilla and of course the guacamole. This is a "don't miss" restaurant.

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