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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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  1. 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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    1. re: H Manning

      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

    2. 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

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

        1. 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. 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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            1. re: Motosport

              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

            2. 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...

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              1. re: RGR

                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.

                1. re: City Kid

                  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

                  1. re: City Kid

                    "...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.

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