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Pazo in Trouble?

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Pazo in Trouble?

JGS | May 2, 2003 10:06 AM

I love the food at Pazo (and the decor, and the gracious service) and have been several times. On all previous occasions, the place has been packed and lively. I haven't been back in several months, though, until yesterday, when I went there for dinner post-theater at 10:15. To my shock, the place was virtually empty when we arrived, and by 10:45 we were literally the only ones in the restaurant. They tried to tell us that they had a lot of early reservations that evening, but eventually they acknowledged that business has dropped off considerably. They said that business started drying up around the time the war began, and has yet to pick up. They're also experimenting with the menu, apparently in an effort to bring in more business -- they now serve tapas and pasta, in addition to their regular fare.

I truly hope people will support this place. Pazo is a fantastic restaurant (the food was still delicious last night, even though the menu has changed considerably), and I'm afraid it's about to suffer the fate of Sono, another fave that was in the same space, served terrific food, and closed because it was always empty. The location (57th and Park) admittedly isn't great for a restaurant that seems geared to a more downtown sensibility, plus the entrance is literally difficult to see from the street, so they probably don't get too many walk-ins, but I still can't understand how this is happening again. If Pazo closes, restaurateurs should stay miles away from that space.

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