Aug 6 2014

Pampano

Midtown East

209 E 49th St
New York, NY 10017
(212) 751-4545

An upscale Mexican restaurant, in the company of

Better suited as a neighborhood restaurant. Their Zengo in DC is better

When I first arrived in New York, Mexicans were busboys. Then I saw more were waiting, and gradually more managed the restaurants. Now, there are more and more up scale Mexican restaurants. Rosa Mexicano at Lincoln Center

 

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(another one at Flatiron?) and Besito Mexican Restaurant in Roslyn NY, just to name a few.

Pampano is pleasant, housed in a brown stone. The entrance is rather discrete (especially compares to its greenish neighbor to the west). The alcove by the door is inviting. The main dining hall is on the second floor, with a terrace overlooking the 49th Street. The out door space is also in the shadow of Wollensky and its light smoke coming out of a fan (exhaust). The owner/restaurateur Richard Sandoval was a tennis pro but found more calling in the court of culinary than tennis. This one is partner with opera great Plácido Domingo.

We dined on a wonderful weekday night. The terrace is packed. Talking is rather difficult. Our waitress is a sweet slim young woman who wants to please. The food is fine with nice presentations. Guacamole cost $14. The grilled octopus (PULPO A LA PARRILLA 烤章鱼) is to my liking but salmon – way too sweet. The sangria glass, as well as the tableware and utensils are well chosen (except one of the forks was wrong. Oh, also greeted by a fly in their bar lounge).

My review on Yelp