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Pastis

9 Ninth Ave., New York, NY, 10014
at Little W. 12th St.
212-929-4844

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7
Food: 8
Service: 6
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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78% would go back.

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fab frites

By metro_gal on 7/30/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

drinks: bloody mary, espresso martini food: steak frites, moules frite, anything frites! Pastis has always been the standard for bistro fare and is an anchor in the meat-packing district. It's recently fallen victim to the B&T crowd since all of the locals have fled the city in the summer but am waiting it out and hoping the regulars will return.

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214 out of 437 people found this review helpful.

ITS A WAIT WORTH WAITING

By adsong on 6/27/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

One of my favorite places to lunch.Excellent French Food.Make a reservation, if you can,for there is the long wait.As my friend Howie says "Get a gang and ask for the big table in the middle".Steak Frites and Moules recommended.Noisy. Trendy.A "look at me",and "Look Who's Over There" place.There are Pre-set 3 and 4 course Dinners.Here's the 3 course for $47.50 Per Person: Belgian Endive and Organic Red Chard Salad, Candied Walnuts, Pears, Roquefort, Hazelnut Vinaigrette or Gratin of  P.E.I. Mussels with Herb Butter, Piperade of Sweet Bell Pepper and Mussel Velouté,Pan Seared Halibut, Pommes Sarladaises, Haricots Vert with Pine Nuts, Grainy Mustard Butter Sauce orRoasted Half-Chicken, Fresh Corn, Leek and Wild MushroomRâgout, Lemon Thyme Potato Gnocchi, Pan Jus,orGrilled  New York Steak, Pommes Frites, Haricots Vert Port-Glazed  Roasted Shallots, Béarnaise Sauce.DESSERT:Trio of Crème Brulée: Pistachio, White Chocolate, Orange,or Half-baked Valrhona Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream.orClassic Lemon Tart, Vanilla Chantilly, Caramelized Honey Sauce.VOILA!!

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243 out of 459 people found this review helpful.

Fun and feels like Paris

By zeecee on 3/16/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Pastis is one of the flagship restaurants of the newly reconceived "Meatpacking District", packing them in nighly for the feel of a large Paris bistro, the incredible fries, the buzz. The bar is always crowded and the large, communal table generally filled. It's not always easy to book a table, because Pastis is the slightly lower-priced, younger sibling of Balthazar, so has the panache, similar type food and promises a fun evening. For us the only downside is the noise level. Their steak tartare is nicely done, the steak-frites also terrific. I'm a fan of the roast lobster with garlic and generally have a glass of sancerre with it. The wine isn't cheap, and feels more like ordinary French table wine - served in rustic glasses. We've had a nice Sunday brunch there also, enjoying the salad lardons (with chunks of bacon over frisee and a poached egg). It's a youth place and kids would be fine there for brunch or if they like this sort of restaurant.

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187 out of 384 people found this review helpful.

Best French Onion Soup

By LisaGrrl on 1/28/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

You no longer need to fly to Paris for the best French Onion Soup. Pastis and it's sister restaurant Balthazar have perfected the concoction. And at $8 a serving, it's a bargain that even the unemployed can afford. It's so good that I go back regularly, despite the restaurant's spotty service and over-crowded noisiness.

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277 out of 507 people found this review helpful.

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