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Posted by Lee on 07/22/2009
Restaurant Week. Nice seat on the terrace on Sunday night, and that was the only good part of the evening. The server munbled unintelligibly, made several errors, and seemed totally uninterested in customer satisfaction. The food was pleasant, and that's it, nothing to go back for for sure. Being outside was the only really good part of the evening. Oh, the margaritas didn't seem to have any tequila at all!
Posted by dtwes7 on 06/08/2009
Had a 9 PM reservation Friday, 6/5. We liked the upstairs dining space but that's about the only positive we could take from the meal. Generally, we are relatively easy to please; however, Pampano was thoroughly disappointing. We ordered a house margarita and glass of sangria to start, to go along with guacamole/chips appetizer. We proceed to order our entrees - my girlfriend ordered the filet mignon, I ordered the miso black cod. No more than 6, 7 minutes later are our entrees already brought out. At this point, we had barely started eating the guac/chips appetizer. Now I'm annoyed and feeling rushed. The entrees were tiny, nowhere near what you'd expect when paying $34 for a filet mignon entree and $30 for a fish entree. In all seriousness, the piece of cod I received was ridiculously small and was only served over 3 pieces of grilled asparagus, no carb whatsoever on the plate. Both still hungry, we go back to snacking on our guacamole and chips. At this point, it's literally 9:20 and we are done with our main course. 20 minutes! We ask to take the remainder of the guac/chips home. The waiter comes over to ask us if we want dessert, all but throwing the menu at us. Clearly, the waitstaff was looking to go home shortly thereafter. We decide to order the corn cake/coconut ice cream/hibiscus sauce dessert simply to delay going home (we live around the corner) - again, our dessert is brought out 2 minutes after we order! We finish the dessert, they clear the plate, and drop the check off at the table about 30 seconds later. Now I'm furious. It's 9:35 and we're discussing the bill - $155 (with tip) for chips/guac, 2 house margaritas, 1 glass of sangria, two tiny entrees and a shared dessert. To top it all off, our waiter never even brought us back our guac/chips to take home (we had already left quite upset by the time we realized). Would never go back. Haven't been this disappointed by a dining experience in quite some time.
Posted by MexChefNYC on 01/29/2009
First off, I'm a chef in the city and before you base your opinion on some of these people's posts, please take my review with the upmost consideration. Just like any restaurant, quality grows with time. Depending upon the chef, management, service, food-quality, etc., the prestige of a restaurant usually increases with time. Pampano is an excellent example of a growing, prestigious restaurant. It hasn't reached its pinnacle yet only because of lacking menu variety, which is mostly seafood. I'm a seafood lover, so this doesn't bother me but if you're not, then your only two choices are chicken with mole sauce or filet mignon. However, the service is outstanding and the food is well-seasoned, hot, abundant, and authentic. The decor is beautiful painted stone but isn't tacky with its choice of colors. The lighting is just right also; not too dark, not too bright. I've studied true mexican cuisine and Pampano comes very close. It does modernize the cuisine a bit, but the basic flavors are still there. If you want great food, go to Pampano, but beware, it is pricey! $320 including tip for 5 people.
Posted by FoodFan on 12/11/2008
I always look forward the guacamole. I've been here twice, once was quite a while ago, and I believe they've changed the menu since then. I do remember that the lobster tacos, shrimp empanadas, and snapper quesadillas were delicious. I had the Ensalada De Espinaca this time, because the funky combination of ingredients caught my eye, and it was good, although it seemed that there was too little of everything to form a cohesive taste. The salmon is excellent, although all of the seafood looks incredible. You MUST try the Chocoflan - it's creamy, rich, well-balanced and... sublime.
Posted by Sadly Disappointed on 04/30/2008
In March 2008, had a perfect celebratory dinner there and decided to go back but we were sadly disappointed. We made a reservation 3 weeks in advance for my mother's 70th Birthday dinner and were seated downstairs in their cocktail area right next to the crowded and very loud bar with very intoxicated patrons standing over us. We asked to be seated upstairs in their dining room the hostess REFUSED and said "This is what we have". When my husband asked for the manager, he was not available and the hostess again refused to reseat us because they were overbooked, even though we had reservations in advance. It was shame, the food is excellent, small portions but quality and inventive fine Mexican dining. I am willing to pay the price for a fine meal but the atmosphere was unbearable. The management and hostess needs to attend to their customers and rethink their seating arrangements. Leave the downstairs dining for walk-ins. It ruined my mother's birthday celebration because this was not the experience we had expected. For the price we paid and the service we received I would not go back nor could I recommended Pampano.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/25/2008
I'll start with the positive: The atmosphere in the upstairs room is quite charming. The guacamole was delcious. Now on to the negative: Small portions Anemic Service Average food High price Who they think they are, I'm not quite sure. Plenty of places to go in the area. Let the free market take care of the rest.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/13/2008
I am beginning to wonder who gets paid to write all these excellent reviews. Certainly, someone should have paid ME for the meal and experience I had at Pompano last night! We walked in and were seated in what felt like a hallway. Evidently, you have to request the more rustic and appealing upstairs section and were relegated to the stark and drab downstairs section. The waiter was fine however the food timing was off and it seemed as if they were trying to rush us appetizers came before drinks, dinner before we were finsihed apps. My shrimp empanada was not good. The sauce was too sweet and there weren't enough shrimp to balance the overpowering sauce. The crust was overfried, limp and oily. My boyfriend had the guacamole which was the one highlight of the meal however, you can get good guac at your local tacquiera, so why go to a fine dining establishment for it? Next, the meal was disappointing. I had the mariscada. I can say that the fish was fresh, juicy and tender however, the preparation completely underwhelmed the quality of the fish. Again, the dish was incredibly oily and the sauce too sweet. My boyfriend enjoyed his lambchops, but said that they were "nothing special". I expected a special meal at Pompano, based on all the hype. Evidently, I am just a lemming...