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Pampano Taqueria – This ain’t Taco Bell

Posted in Restaurant on June 3, 2010 by Bright Lights

Well folks, the cat (meeeeeowwww) is out of the bag.  About 7 years ago, a co-worker of mine brought me to Pampano Taqueria (The Taqueria).  They had a wonderful deal at the time.  3 Tacos + Rice & Beans + Soda for $8.  Considering that the Taqueria is a subset of the high-end mexican creation from Richard Sandoval (Pampano), that was a real steal.   Note that if you got that meal today, it costs about $14.50. 

The Taqueria’s specialty was always its fish tacos, using grilled fish instead of fried.  Further, the Taqueria would change the type of fish it used depending on what the chef felt was freshest.   I’m sad to report that the Taqueria recently switched to fried fish and the fish tacos are not what they used to be. 

Steak Alambre, Shrimp, Pulled Pork Tacos

Over the years, I have brought many a friend and co-worker to the Taqueria.  One of my favorite challenges is to bring someone from California (with standards for Mexican cuisine) and get their stamp of approval.  In recent years, Pampano Taqueria has been discovered and re-discovered by the lunch crowd of midtown east.  If you go, expect a line and a 10 minute wait for your food.  But it certainly is worth it.  I almost forgot to mention this, but they have a make your own salsa bar.  How cool is that? 

Salsa Bar (courtesy of


Toppings (courtesy of


 My go-to meal is

1 fish taco (fried king fish, napa cabbage, chipotle sauce)

 1 Camaron (shrimp with black bean and avacado puree)

1 Chicken Alambre (chicken with poblano rajas and manchego cheese)

In conclusion, Pampano Taqueria has had a profound impact on my life.  Its been like an old friend who I can rely on when I am having a bad day.  Through thick and thin, the Taqueria’s food has always put a smile on my face.  Despite my selfish intentions to keep the line as short as possible, I am now sharing this place with you, my loyal readers.

Someday I may not work in Midtown East.  When that day comes, pour some salsa out for me.

Pampano Taqueria is located at in the basement foodcourt at 805 3rd Ave, New York NY10022

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