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xbones Apr 7, 2011 01:45 PM

I've eaten at Toloache and it was good - small dishes, pricy but food was good.
Has anyone eaten at Pampano? I'm considering another mexican place for dinner - any recommendations would be appreciated.

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Toloache
251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

Pampano
209 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

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    H Manning Apr 7, 2011 02:01 PM

    If you liked Toloache, you might enjoy Empellon. I haven't tried Pampano yet.

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    Toloache
    251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

    Pampano
    209 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

    Empellon Taqueria
    230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

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      xbones Apr 7, 2011 02:13 PM

      I just looked Empellon up - very new. It looks good - hopefully not as pricy as Toloache. But Pampano is pricy also................

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      Toloache
      251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

      Pampano
      209 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

      Empellon Taqueria
      230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

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      small h Apr 7, 2011 02:20 PM

      You might like Heche en Dumbo. I don't think the food's quite up to Toloache's level, but it's good nonetheless.

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      Hecho en Dumbo
      354 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

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        comiendosiempre Apr 7, 2011 07:56 PM

        Pompano is great. Great seafood dishes, ceviche, grilled fish, etc. Pretty white room.

        1. JungMann Apr 8, 2011 06:45 AM

          I've only been to Pampano for lunch which I thought was fairly priced for a business crowd. The predominance of seafood sets their menu apart from other Mexican restaurants in the city and I think they do a really fine job at highlighting an otherwise underrepresented part of Mexican cookery.

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          Pampano
          209 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

          1. Motosport Apr 8, 2011 07:13 AM

            We've always liked El Parador for authentic Mexican and some of the best mole' sauce I have had in NYC.

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            El Parador
            325 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016

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              xbones Apr 8, 2011 08:06 AM

              I just checked out El Parador and it looks really good -just booked reservations - thanks for posting!

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              El Parador
              325 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016

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              RGR Apr 8, 2011 08:18 AM

              We also liked Toloache a lot.

              I would choose Pampano over El Parador in a heartbeat. While it's true their styles of Mexican cuisine are entirely different, I was extremely disappointed with the food at El Parador, which I found mediocre while the food we've had at Pamapno has always been well-prepared and delicious. Pampano's interior space is very attractive. Plus, if the weather is conducive (it has to warm up sometime!), there's a lovely second-floor outoor terrace.

              Pampano photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

              http://the wizardoforz.wordpress.com

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                City Kid Apr 8, 2011 08:55 AM

                I totally agree with RGR about El Parador, don't know how it has survived as long as it has. I found the food there less than mediorcre, including stale chips and salsa that tasted like it was out of the jar. Sort of old timie NYC Mexican, not in a good way. A total contrast to the fresh and tasty Mexican at Pampano. The decor is also lovely, not at El Parador.

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                  xbones Apr 8, 2011 09:34 AM

                  Interesting, the reviews I just read which were as recent as last month were pretty good - maybe I should rethink this - my problem with Toloache (& wondered if Pampano was the same) it was so expensive - yes good, but our bill for 2 (only one drink, 2 entrees, one dessert was $98.00) I found that a tad pricy for mexican food.

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                  Toloache
                  251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

                  Pampano
                  209 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

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                    RGR Apr 8, 2011 10:00 AM

                    "...old timie NYC Mexican, not in a good way."

                    You've described the food at El Parador perfectly, City Kid. And I agree that the decor there is not very pleasing.

                    xbones,

                    You can decide if Pampano's prices fit your budget by checking them on the menus on the website.

                    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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