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9 Ninth Ave., New York, NY, 10014
at Little W. 12th St.
Best French Onion Soup
By LisaGrrl on 1/28/2003
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.
Fun and feels like Paris
By zeecee on 3/16/2003
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.
ITS A WAIT WORTH WAITING
By adsong on 6/27/2003
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!!
By metro_gal on 7/30/2003
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.
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.
By miglets on 1/4/2004
this place always has a wait, but for good reason, the food rocks and the place is alive. one of my top ten places to go.
By emily1 on 3/28/2004
Pastis is perfect for the late night venture into a French bistro. The oysters are delectable but pricey, the wine list is simple but moderately priced. Take a date and sit in the back, it's like a small slice of Paris, until you get the bill and a parking ticket.
What A Treat!
By cretanathena on 7/12/2004
Coming into the city, this was a must have and never, never disappointed!!! Something for everyone!
Hipster Ground Zero
By battousai on 7/20/2004
Be lucky enough to sit amongst all the pretty young things and what you'll experience is a pretty enjoyable Provencal feast supported by its inventive seasonal specials. You may have a hard time getting the attention from their daydreaming waitstaff, but all in all, they pull through and what you'll end up with is very good Provencal-style dining match with an even better people watching scene.
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.
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