Pampano New York

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2015 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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
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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

JM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is simply outstanding! I have eaten in Mexico’s top restaurants over the past 30 years, and Pampano compares nicely. I try to order something new each time I dine there, and this time it was the shrimp tacos and the carnitas special. Both were standouts. I am already looking forward to my next visit.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, attentive service, but it’s a shame they ditched the tablecloths. Now it feels just ordinary.

F
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful! Very special place for a very special evening. Terrace was fabulous!

i
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. Try the paella and the coconut shrimp. Several great gluten free options. You won’t be disappointed! My favorite NYC restaurant!

SK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I've been to Pampano several times and they used to be much better. The guacamole used to be made at your table, and this time, they bought it out pre-made. The food was not as good as before, but still decent.

C
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Pampano has a great atmosphere and excellent service. The plates are presented beautifully and the server was great at timing the meal. The issue we had was that the price point was not reflected in the quality of the flavors of the meal. Based on the taste of the food I feel like we overpaid for our meal. I think the atmosphere is great and the restaurant staff is excellent. A bit more time may need to be put into the seasonings of the food. We started with the guacamole (medium heat) and it was very delicious with what seemed like homemade tortilla chips. I got the black bean soup. It was okay, but not unlike other black bean soups I’ve had before. My husband ordered the “Filete Pompano” and he says the steak was cooked perfectly on the inside, but the outside tasted like burnt grill. The risotto that came with his was the best part of the meal, but the sauce was comparable to a spicy creamy ketchup. We think the food could be improved upon, especially considering we did order one of the most expensive plates the restaurant offered.

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around. Would definitely dine again.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Booked this to celebrate mine and my dads birthdays and have heard great things so we were very excited.

Unfortunately, the was horrendously slow and we had multiple waiters and bus boys who didn’t seem to communicate and took forever to bring us food, drinks and the check. And our reservation was 6:30pm on a Tuesday so it’s not like the place was packed.

Food was okay, I ordered the tuna and it was really dry and over cooked. Guacamole was good. Waiter made up for it by putting candles in the desserts and gave us a complimentary after dinner drink which was nice.

Glad I experienced but not sure if I’d go again.

AB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pampano never disappoints. Was able to eat outside and it was terrific. Tacos are some of the best in town and dessert just rocks it!

C
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I used to frequent Pampano very often until moving biz and home location. Well back to the neighborhood and we were thrilled to return. Same great food and beverages with great outdoor space. The only thing less than par from the old days was the service. With a light crowd, it wasn’t from being over worked and understaffed. That said, when we were attended to, each staffer was very cordial and accommodating. They just have to be more aware of the time spent away from the table.

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing ceviche, beautiful atmosphere.

B
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

I recommended Pampano for a biz dinner and told everyone about the lobster tacos (which I get any time I travel to NY) and the corn and dumpling soup to learn that the new chef took both off the menu. What a shocker! Any time I have suggested clients go there this is what they get so I would think that would be a big disappointment for many customers.

I’ve been a huge fan of this restaurant but this time I was not impressed with the menu changes. The soup and lobster tacos were something I’ve never seen on other menus which was a big reason I went to Pompano in the past.

I hope the restaurant will reconsider. Why fix something if it isn’t broken? Make menu changes but don’t take off the items many loyal customers loved and differentiated you from the other million places to eat in NY.

All That said, our waiter was wonderful and apologetic about our disappointment.

R
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Place was below par when compared to a year ago. It was a hot night and the door to the patio was left open. We had to ask them to shut it so that the A/C could do its job. The guacamole portion was half the size we enjoyed in the past. The wine selection was weak and after tasting 3 different whites which were not good we decided on beer. The service was extremely slow and we were told it was because there was a big table needing attention. We shouldn't be penalized for that, rather they needed more waitstaff. The entrees arrived and we were surprised at how small the striped bass portion was, compared to the past. In short, we always look forward to eating at Pampano but based on our experience last week we will not be back.

b
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I just love this place. I had the striped bass and my friends had he octopu and taco platter. All amazing. Skip the overpriced guacomole - they push it on you - just say no. Go for ceviche instead

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

I have been to Pampano over the years and usually dine there at least 2 times a year. The food is always good but we were completely shocked at the extremely poor level of service. Our server could not remember anything we ordered, they were trying to take away our appetizers before we even finished without even asking us if we were finished. Honestly the most shockingly bad service I have had which is unfortunate as I have enjoyed the food.

SG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. I had the sea bass and my friend had the salmon. Both were delicious. Our waiter, Arturo and the rest of the staff were very attentive.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Restaurant week food was fine, but the order of guacamole and chips was overpriced ($15).

JC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Pompano. Everything about it is the best. Food is excellent, service is impeccable, drinks always right on! Thank you for making this a great dining experience

b
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Great food, great service and do pretty. Have another rez nrxt weekend

YS
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very tasty. Nice atmosphere and good service.

GG
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely outdoor seating area. Fresh and delicious food. Will return!

RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, there is a smoked Margarita that is to die for! refreshing and spicy. My sister loves the smoked fish appetizer and we will go back anytime we are in the area... This was qualified by us as our Top Mexican Restaurant so far in the city!! :)

SC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious!!! Too pricy for common dishes. They don't provide complimentary bread or nachos either.

P
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were five and the five of us will come back

s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu choices for NYC Restaurant Week for lunch. Would have enjoyed it more if they could do something to absorb the noise level.

VN
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is very nice as well as the decor. The food is very good and I loved them as I am a vegetarian and they had a separate menu for it. I think it's slight on an expensive end but considering the location and service, I think it's worth it.

A would definitely recommend it for a date night too.. ;)

RR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable dinner at Pampano and will definitely return.

ML
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was amazing, the wait staff awesome and we loved the space!

CP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cocktails were great...very unique! My beet salad was fantastic. Striped bass was delicious, as were the pork tacos. Food was beautifully presented, and the service was exceptional!

n
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Our tacos and the pineapple margaritas were pretty outstanding and I would maybe go there again for them. However, our service was really slow and rude. It was frustrating to see the change in service when it was older male versus younger female. Overall though it wasn't really worth dealing with the service.

CP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places for Mexican food ever! Simple as that !!!

BP
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Super loud, horrible service, food just ok and very overpriced. I’ll never go back and would never recommend this to anyone

PC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit, and I couldn't have been more pleased! Bravo to the bartender -- the Hibiscus Margaritas were stupendous! And the entire meal, from the traditional guacamole, the marinated fish appetizer, the chicken with mole sauce, and the (absolutely heavenly!) choco-flan, could not have been better. Same for the service, which was attentive without being hovering, and the ambiance, which was bright, comfortable, and inviting on a hot, humid NY summer day. My friend and I had a superb time!

Muchas gracias, and I will definitely be back -- next time with a party of six!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

all three of us ordered salads. the salad greens were soggy, the beets weren't even cut evenly, no dressing and the chicken, which we asked for it to be grilled, wasn't cooked to our liking. the service was subpar, we had to continuously request for water. it's not like there was anyone. I used to frequent and recommend this place a lot but I feel like the quality and consistency are deteriorating. not going back for a while.

AS
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went with an old friend for a catch up dinner. Sangria was good, had a mix of appetizers all tasty. Portions are modest, but the quality is high.

CS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My office has come here for lunch several times and are never disappointed. We sat outside this time - it was lovely. The lunch special is perfect, and I recommend the chile rellenos - fresh and delicious. We shared desserts - cocoa flan, tres leches, helados, sorbet - all of it was great.

RI
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place! Food is wonderful and the Margaritas are exceptional REALLY! Just find a way to keep it cooler upstairs please! I’ve been there almost 10 times in just 2 months!

KF
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Over priced for what it is.
Too much ice in the cocktails.
The food was good but very small portions.
Service was slow.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 2

I used to go to Pampano often and loved the atmosphere and food. I have not been for a while but my friend was coming in town so I decided to take him there. Not sure if that was a bad day, but we were seated in the small space in the back of the bar. Air conditioning was not working in the bar

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