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9 Ninth Ave., at Little W. 12th St. (Meatpacking District)
New York, NY
(1) 212-929-4844 | www.pastisny.com
HOURSMon.-Wed.: 8:00am-11:30am, 12:00pm-1:00am; Thurs.: 8:00am-11:30am, 12:00am-2:00am; Fri.: 8:00am-11:30am, 12:00pm-3:00am; Sat.: 9:00am-4:30pm, 6:00pm-3:00am; Sun.: 9:00am-4:30pm, 6:00pm-1:00am
BEST FORBreakfast; brunch; lunch; dinner
RESERVATIONSHighly recommended for tables; not accepted for outdoor seating
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)USD 12-16; USD 18-37
FAMOUS PLATESTuna nicoise; steak-frites
DRINKS AND WINEFull bar
# OF SEATS175
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
METRO14th St.-8th Ave. (A, C, E, L); 14th St.-7th Ave. (1, 2, 3)
Built to echo a Parisian brasserie from the '30s, this hotspot comes with an appropriately “lived in” look. It’s crowded, but no amount of cramped quarters could dissuade us from taking part in this lively social scene, where celebs and hipsters sit elbow-to-elbow, supping on French plates and quaffing signature Pastis cocktails. In the summer, outdoor seating allows for more breathing room (and choice people watching to boot).
A mix of beautiful people, European expats, savvy tourists, Meatpacking District revelers, and the occasional celeb (Jude Law, Sienna Miller, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Gerard Butler have all been spotted here).
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Stylish casual; go with jeans, a flattering top, a blazer, chic bag, and statement heels
GO HERE WITH
Friends; groups; a date
WHY WE LIKE IT
A great spot for a bite among the in crowd. The Meatpacking District location makes this an ideal choice for starting (or finishing) a night on the town or a shopping afternoon. The extended hours (it’s open until 1:00am and sometimes until 2:00am or 3:00am) make this a solid spot for a late night bite.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The social scene is nice, but the cramped space is not.
GOOD TO KNOW
Pastis is the creation of restaurateur Keith McNally, who also has a hand in The Odeon (Tribeca), Balthazar (SoHo), and Schiller’s Liquor Bar (Lower East Side). (Pastis is supposed to be a spin-off of Balthazar.) If you want an outdoor seat, reserve for the dining room and try to “trade up” when you arrive (no reservations accepted for outdoor tables). There is a hopping bar scene (no reservations required), if that’s your bag.
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