Pastis

Address: 9 Ninth Avenue, New York City, 10014, United States
Telephone: 212-929-4844

- Expensive

4.1

This iconic Meatpacking District bistro is still going strong.

I tend to avoid the Meatpacking District because of the slew of fashionistas and frat boys that get drunk and fall on the cobblestone streets. Still, I can't help but return to Pastis time and again. Since 1999, locals and tourists alike have flocked to this high-end French bistro as much for its dependable food as to see and be seen. The great drinks don't hurt either. 

Food and drink
4.4
90%
Service
3.9
90%
Food and drink
4.4
90%
Value for money
3.8
90%
Ambience
4
90%
Location
3
90%

Food and drink

The food is standard French bistro fare with a few Italian and American staples thrown in; it's fresh and artfully prepared. The drinks are some of the best in the West Village, especially the signature bellinis.

Recommended dishes

Start with the steak tartare and if you're in the mood for more steak, try the steak frites with bernaise sauce. The mussels in Pernod are popular as well. The gratin dauphinois (sliced potatoes baked with gruyere cheese) is my favorite side. I can't help but order it every time I visit the restaurant.

Ambience

It's a stylish bistro with bright lights, large mirrors and an energetic crowd. The back dining room is more formal than the front. The front area surrounds a boisterous bar at which stylish patrons sip modern cocktails.

Service

Service is efficient but feels a bit factory-ish (the servers try to get you in and out quickly).

Location

On the corner of 9th Avenue in the heart of the Meatpacking District. 

Price advice

It can get expensive, even without wine or drinks. Dinner for two will cost about $90. Brunch is less expensive and just as fun but that can get pricey as well when you factor in bellinis, mimosas or other champagne cocktails.

Tables to book

When the weather is fine, head to the sidewalk tables. 

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Singles
  • Trendiness

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