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Posted by Anonymous on 07/30/2010
I have the great pleasure of family from Portugal so of course when I found out about PAO I had to try it. Nestled one block from the Hudson River two seconds literally from TriBeCa and SOHO and the Village it's a prime blessed location. Everything is beyond what I ever expected! Everyone is like family to each other. The atmosphere is warm/friendly and cozy. The locals are high profile celebrities/directors/producers/publicist and models. They nestle them selves humbly next to the average with out notice and all enjoy great music and company and break bread like one big family. The outdoor seating provides the most amazing sunsets and the synergy is to much to explain. If you love the European vibe and traveling you will appreciate all that PAO has to offer. The owner is always on hand offering a warm smile and outstanding service. Saying hello and making everyone feel at home. All you have to do is ask and it shall be done at PAO. PAO IS A MUST..
Posted by anonymous on 06/20/2010
we had reservations and the dinner took four hours still! the waiting staff was nice, but we sat for about an hour before anyone brought us bread. the watercress salad was undressed and i agree, tasted like grass, the octopus was served cold, but the scallops and shellfish pudding were quite tasty. the restaurant has a nice ambience aside from the fact that there's a teen punk bar across the street. mid-way through dinner, a street fight broke out and glass was thrown at us.
Posted by Walter on 09/09/2009
To start with, our waitress/bartender was very surly and rude. I figured Ok, no biggie as long as the food is good. It wasn't. Steak tasted bad and the potatoes were soggy and undercooked. Terrible place!
Posted by Sharon on 11/02/2008
I didn't think that a Portuguese restaurant in Manhattan would be good, but I was pleasantly surprised. The food was amazing. The Caldo Verde was as good as my grandma used to make. The service was wonderful, too. I recommend this place to everyone.
Posted by carolina on 10/12/2008
Best Portuguese food in the city! The bacalhau a bras is to die for - better than I've ever had in Portugal. The acorda com gambas is also outstanding. I try to take as many of my friends there as possible, and they are always impressed. Great selection of Portuguese wines too. Try it out - you won't regret it.
Posted by Dane on 07/01/2008
Walked in on a whim on a Saturday night, and was seated promptly outdoors. The duck, plum & endive salad was nice, although the duck was a little overcooked. A special entree that evening was a very tasty suckling pig. The chips were done just right, with only a few soggy pieces. The broccoli mousse, on the other hand - forget it. One bite of that side dish was one too many for me. It's a nice place, very dark in the dining room. Serving bread in little flower pots? Cute. Presenting the menu in a picture frame? Tacky. If you're in the area, it's a nice place to try some different flavors.
Posted by Kate Z on 05/18/2008
The ambiance was nice: music, candles, open to outside. However, the food was not good. They forgot to bing us bread (thats fine) Portugesa , or whatever the name was, salad felt like I am eating dry grass off my front yard (no, I never tried that). Cold squid appetizer tasted like cold squid as is, and again a lot of dry grass...Shel fish pudding was not too bad surprisingly, but shrimps had their shells on and it didn't feel like a complete tasty dish, cause I had to spit out shells. Desserts were mediocre (I took few cause I was still hungry) and even coffee was so watery...they should be ashamed of it.