stopped in for a quick bite at Pampa (97th and Amsterdam) last night. Place is decent...gotta admit i didn't take the time to really go over the menu, and in doing so I missed ordering the grilled sweetbreads (d'oh!).
But started out with the mixed cheese and meat antipast platter. the meats were run of the mill salami, bologna and some kind of cured beef. came with a goat cheese, blue cheese, a swiss and provolone. also had some nice pickled veggies. it all would have been fine, had the bread basket not totally SUCKED. blah stale bread.
had a simply grilled skirt steak for entree, no sides..perfectly cooked medium rare. Beautifully juicy and red, and had great beefy flavor, albeit a bit oversalted, but i've come to expect that of my meats when i go to a south american beef place. these guys do a skirt right, and it's probably one of the most flavorful cuts.
kicked back a few glasses of Malbec ($7/glass), which was fine and was extrememly drinkable with the red meat. They have a few other really reasonably priced Argentinian reds by the glass (all $6-$7/glass)..didn't take time to peruse the bottle list.
my dining companion had one of their specials...it was a grilled chicken breast stuffed with asparagus and something else in a cream sauce..i had a bite and chicken was a bit dry. overall a little bland.
Stick with the red meats!
FYI...this place is cash only.