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9 Ninth Ave., New York, NY, 10014
at Little W. 12th St.
By christinah on 12/31/2008
I've gone for several special occasions and while the staff can be a bit curt the food and atmosphere are unbeatable
By superhero on 10/16/2005
that will be waiters and waitresses forever but believe they are brad pitt and julia roberts. the food is bland and you will be surrounded by 1983 new jersey tanktop wearing billionaires. gag me
By JoanMcEniff on 11/17/2007
Four Irish girls on third trip to NY in as many years hoping to eat in one of NY's leading restaurants. What a let down. Decor is very good but tables a bit close and nice buzz but surely food should be a priority. Clearly style is more important in pastis. Evidently its production line stuff as a request for a small variation was turned down but even conveyor belt re-heated food can be done well. This wasn't. My steak was the grisliest I have ever had. The flambe pancakes were cold, the middle of the choc fondant was frozen and worst of all the maitre d' didn't seem to give a s--t. No repeat business from out of towners I suppose.
Lengthy delay for a table
By MariaW on 11/12/2003
Although our table was booked for 8pm, we had to wait at the bar which was ok as we expected to be seated within 20mins and the restaurant was very busy. However, after 35mins had past, I asked the 2 staff who were seating guests, how much longer we would have to wait. I was told 5 mins, but we were not seated til over an hour had past and we had politely asked 3 times when we would be seated. A pity as the food, waiters and bar staff were all very good.
Over-rated food - you can do better
By djhel on 10/3/2010
There's absolutely nothing special about this place: the food is mediocre, the service alternates between "OK" and "poor", and the atmosphere is loud and full of unpleasant types. We went for brunch, and were disappointed in the coffee, oatmeal and French toast: it was certainly nothing special and might well have been served in any diner. I don't know where they get their bread from, but other places (Bar Tartine in San Francisco) tend to make it on-site; Pastis, it would seem, goes to none of that effort. Service was particularly interesting: one waitress tells me not to take photos in the restaurant just as I snap a shot of my wife. I quiz her about this: it's certainly not posted, but I let it slide. Instead, I approach another waitress to take a photo of the two of us, which she happily goes about. As to the crowd, there's a difference between "bustling" and crowded. Don't dress it up: the place is packed with people more interested in being seen than in good food or company.
Over-rated, no really, over-rated!
By Mercy on 4/17/2011
I will keep this short: Steak, eggs, potatoes....meh....steak was bland...not even a little tasty. Bloody Maries, as they like to call them, were decent....waiter had little personality. Won't back...$75 for brunch you don't enjoy doesn't seem worth it to me. The shrimp cocktail was decent....don't bother with that mayo sauce- stick to the cocktail sauce! Been to much better places and so can you!
By melba on 8/18/2004
It's amazing how hype words, like "star-studded" and "Paris-like" can draw a crowd. Out-of-town friends said this was a "must-go" restaurant--but they must equate noise with pleasure, because noise is the keyword to Pastis. We were very disappointed. On Sunday at 2:30P.M., it was so noisy it was impossible to speak to each other without actually shouting. We asked if there was a "garden" and were told there was--and the host proceeded to seat us at a tiny table on the sidewalk. The metal chairs were so wobbly, one actually had to "hold on" for fear of the chair falling apart. Seatings were extremely close, and the sidewalk tables listed very badly. A totally loud, unpleasant experience overall. I would not recommend Pastis to anyone.
By sebrunn on 4/21/2005
i had bad service, the worst ever. loved the atmosphere and food. plus, a celebrity hang out
By ctiger14 on 10/24/2005
I went on a Sunday morning for brunch and had reservations that apparently don't mean much because our party had to wait as long as if we had shown up and put our name on the list. That type of service starts everything off on the wrong foot. If you go, I'd suggest you brush up on your French because a lot of the menu uses French words or terms that asking the service staff what they mean can get you some snooty responses. Sunday morning is a good time to do some celebrity spotting though as more than one was spotted in my time dining here recently. The food was decent, but nothing more than you might get at a bistro though. A good place to take someone from out of town to "show off" a little maybe, but not some place worth making a regular spot to eat in my opinion.
Service not there
By h_germain on 11/12/2006
Nice bistro decor. Great ambiance. Beautiful people. Great French Onion Soup. OK steak frite. Really not a cool place to sit down at the bar and chat with bar staff...they are there to fill your glass and ensure your bill is up to date in the small glass in front of you. Too bad.
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