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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Pastis

It seems everyone likes the ambiance of a French bistro - certainly enough to keep Pastis highly popular. Restaurateur and meat-packing district pioneer Keith McNally has started many of the city's trendiest restaurants, including Lucky Strike, Pravda, and Balthazar. The furnishings are all French, giving Pastis one of the most exquisite authentic looks in town - zinc topped bars, brass railings, light globes etc. These photos were taken quickly - I was prevented from taking photographs inside - many restaurants are sensitive about this. However, there are three virtual tours on the Pastis site. The place is typically packed with those seeking to see and be seen. Not everyone has been charmed - see this 2000 article from the New York Times. I think it is difficult, however, to meet service expectations when a place becomes this popular and crowded. Without a reservation for dinner, this place is virtually impossible. If you are interested in trying it out, perhaps lunch or brunch ...

4 comments:

luggi said...

Sounds really tiresome. Twenty-something tiresome.

santy said...

I thought it was one picture only! silly me...

Anyway, I hate it when it's too crowded. But it looks like a very nice place, no wonder it's so popular.

Brian said...

Many New Yorkers, expecially young people who need to go trendy places, seem to like crowded places and are undeterred. Perhaps part of it is the tolerance for crowds that one develops just living in a city. For me, I seek a quieter place.
Brian

Nathalie said...

Sticking these two photos together works brilliantly, I first thought it was a twin set of double doors. My French heart goest to Pastis of course, even though I don't like the drink...