Pastis

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$31 to $50
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French

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About

Pastis is a French bistro located in Manhattan's meatpacking district opened by Keith McNally. Executive Chef Pascal Le Seac'h prepares a menu that combines hearty Provençal dishes with moderately-priced bistro fare. The bar serves a range of house cocktails, wines by the glass, carafe or bottle, and several varieties of pastis, an anise-flavored aperitif from the south of France.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Continental
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Hours of operation
Pastis will be closed for renovations beginning in February 2014. We plan to reopen as soon as possible. In the meantime, we hope you'll enjoy one of our sister restaurants; Balthazar, Morandi, Minetta Tavern, Schiller's Liquor Bar and Lucky Strike.
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Phone number
(212) 929-4844
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Pascal le Seac’h
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Cross street
Little West 12th St.
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Parking details
Hudson & Jane Street is closest lot.
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Public transit
A,C,E,L to 14th street-walk two blocks west to Ninth Avenue & two blocks south to Little West 12th. 1,9,2,3 to 14th Street at Seventh Avenue, walk three blocks west to Ninth Avenue & two blocks south to Little West 12th.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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L
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2014
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I've been to Pastis before and I gotta say that we got disappointed with the food this last time. Calamari a were way too spicy and the wine list could be better as well.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great meal at one of my favorite spots in the city. Service was excellent despite the fact they were closing just a day later for over a year hiatus! You would've had no idea based on the great attitudes. Food was outstanding as usual. Can't wait for the re opening already!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2014
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

I loved the ambience and good services very much, but the food wasn't that great. It was an iconic place no matter what, so I'm happy to have visited before their closing anyway.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my daughter's 16th birthday at Pastis. The ambience and food were wonderful; the waitress was personable and very helpful with our selections. Pastis was recommended to me by a colleague in Europe. I would certainly recommend it to my friends and colleagues.

f
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Managed to make it to Pastis before it closed for work to be done on the building. Ambience and atmosphere was great - what you expect from a big, busy brunch venue on a sunny winter Sunday. I had heard about Pastis for years and when finally living in NYC, couldn't wait to go. Everything was definitely good but I must be honest that it probably didn't live up to the hype. A very good place for brunch though and I look forward to seeing what they do when they eventually reopen.

M
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was alright. I had high expectations going in because I have been to France and fell in love with the food and pastis did not meet was not as fabulous as I had hoped. It is also very loud and expensive.

E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I live in Vienna Austria, and this place feels kind of like eating at one of the bistros in my town.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place in a cozi ambient. It. was a great night with a very good food.

G
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were recommended this place by a friend who said we couldn't have our first trip to New York without experiencing this place! My god she was so right! This place is heavenly! Everything about it is fabulous, I could of sat for hours drinking coffee and soaking up the amazing atmosphere!
Food is glorious and service outstanding, our order came slightly late but the staff were onto it straight away and even gave us 2 free coffees which i thought was lovely!

I will be coming back to New York and this will be my first stop!!

C
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great brunch menu. Total buzz even at 11am and very welcoming!! Eggs Benedict awesome

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2014
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

As soon as we sat down for brunch our table had an issue in that it was not level and rocking. The service was not very attentive in that we had to wait for long periods without service. It took ages for us to order our food. There were plenty of staff but eye contact was not being made with customers.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and cute place. No complaints!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Was ok- pricey for what you get-very crowded and loud. We were seated with 4 inches on either side to other tables so awkward and hard not to overhear conversations

HB
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have always loved Pastis. The food is excellent and the atmosphere has always been so very chic. I am going to miss it when it closes in a few months... Always a great dining experience!

I
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For me, Pastis is part of the landsacpe of Manhattan. It's a must always you like enjoying a brunch! Even dinner and spend some time in Meatpacking and have some drinks later!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2014
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

the food was ok. not the best just mediocre.

OT
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I've eaten here a dozen times, yet this is the first time everything was not perfect. We had an early reservation and we were on time and had no problem getting our table. But, the wait time to order the amount of time it took to get the food and the quality of the food was all slightly below what I'm accustomed to at this amazing restaurant. It seems everybody knows that it's closing at the end of the month and there is an overall sadness in the air.

HF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my most favorite restaurant in my most favorite city for my birthday! Flew in for the Super Bowl, called and got the last reservation for Friday 1-31-14. Couldn't be better...sat at the same table, in the same chair as Richard Sherman had just vacated! BEST Food, Bonnie was an AWESOME server, a little bobble at the bar with an Old Fashion that wasn't quite what my dinner partner liked, but quickly was made up with a terrific substitution cocktail. steak tartare, scallops and steak bearnaise for the table! Everyone LOVED it! Topped it off with a delicious cup of coffee before heading out to the Upper East Side to Celebrate my birthday! (The ONLY thing better would have been a birthday confectionery to share for the table!) Wonderful Time!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2014
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

My husband and I enjoyed our night out.!the only thing is, we were surprised just how loud it was. We will go back when they reopen.

CA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place had have for years. My family goes there to celebrate, contemplate, mediate and just have good food and great fun!

FZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great location in Meatpacking. great food!

AO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2014
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Had another great dinner at Pastis. Always consistent. Service left a bit to be desired this time. Waiter was rushed, too busy and spoke way too fast! But had a great cod dish and steak. Very good. Would recommend you just get wine by the carafe. We were encouraged to go for a bottle but everyone around us was doing the carafe thing and it's a lot cheaper.

R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2014
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 2

Very noisy,table very closer,wine served in cup ,not glass wine,warm,maybe will be good for brunch ,not for dinner.

EM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The food is fine. Service however ... Not so much. The hostess tried to stick us at a table behind the wait station where one would always feel crowded and cramped. The room is perhaps the noisiest in NYC. Renovations should help.

RB
Atlanta
40 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, as well as service. Prices were extremely reasonable compared to other restaurants in the same neighborhood.

CJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I visited Pastis while in New York, having eaten at its sister restaurant Balthazar in London. I went by myself, and as a lone diner I found it very welcoming and relaxed. I had the fish special, which was outstanding. I'll definitely visit again when I'm next in New York.

SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little piece of France in the Meatpacking!

M
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the coffee, excellent service and the very nice Parisian Bistro style décor. I didn't like the Eggs Benedict. The eggs came undercooked with runny whites although I asked for medium and there wasn't any finesse to the sauce of the dish generally. I wouldn't order it here again. On the other hand my dining partner ordered a straightforward breakfast of fried eggs, home fried potatoes and a side of bacon and a side of sausage with toast. All delicious! Sides of meat were $6.00 each, a bit steep but very tasty. I will for sure go back to Pastis but order something else for breakfast next time.

BZ
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place, its casual, its comfortable, and yyou can alwasy count on a great experience. I travel to NYC for business and always make this a "must" - recommend the onion soup, just because its the best ever! But, really you can't go wrong with anything on menu. This last visit we had 5 at our table and there was a very large group in the same area, no problem! We felt like we were eating at someone's home, they take care of you like its home. Nice.

R
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely gem in the Meat Packing District of New York. It reminded me very much of French restaurants. We enjoyed a basket of pastries and 1 croque monsieur. It was more than enough for 2 diners. The place is bustling for breakfast. Make reservations early if you know you will be in NYC within a week.

B
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I had a nice time at Pastis. I received my order in a timely manner and I really enjoyed the macaroni and cheese. My waiter was friendly and attentive.

MH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My friend and I from Texas, looked forward to lunch at Pastis after our Saturday in Chelsea, looking at art. We were not disappointed! We'd seen our art in Chelsea, then we took in the High Line, another fun thing, then we found our way to Pastis. We were seated promptly, right at the time of our 3:00 PM reservation, and (though being very chronologically-gifted ladies) were treated very nicely by all the staff. It was so much fun to look around to see what was going on, who our fellow diners were, and how pleasant the atmosphere was. We ordered drinks and lunch, each enjoying steak-frites - much more than humans should consume, and concluded that we would love to come back to Pastis.

j
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great bread, caesar salad, ravioli, and floating island desert.

This place is a real favorite, go off hours to avoid noise.

NN
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pastis is the classic MPD scene, day or night and the food is always spot on. This time we met friends for lunch, have been for dinner, have been for drinks, have been for brunch. Inside or out this is after all these years (was the first "PLACE" in MPD) it's still a place to see, be seen and enjoy.

c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely perfect soupe a l'oignon and I know my onion soup.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2014
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

OK restaurant, but nothing special. Nice atmoshpere in general, but far too crowded and in my opinion, this place is too overrated. Prices were far too high for what you got. There are many more comfortable places with better food, at better prices.

MK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very nice restaurant, perfect for lunch and brunches. No for quite romantic session.
The personal where very kind and helpful. I tried the Mules frites su Pernod and it where perfect.

BL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you want to experience the feel of a french cafe in the US this is the spot. Great food and ambiance. Don't forget to take home a wheel of the homemade bread!!

D
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great dependable food and extremely competent staff. Never misses.

p
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A great New York find - cool, intimate and upbeat, well appointed interior and perfectly, flattering lighting. Servers were accommodating, food divinely, delectably French, wine list all you could desire & ba artender who demonstrated he knew his way around a martini*. Have already highly recommended Pastis to my pals. *Suggest sending this year's Bond, Daniel Craig, a special invitation to try the orgasmic Onion Soup Gratinee, Steak Frites and Vesper martini - Absolutely Brilliant!

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