The original Pastis opened in 1999, when the Meatpacking District didn’t have a Standard Hotel, a Whitney museum, a Tory Burch store, or even a Lululemon. Now, after having been closed for several years, Pastis is back, in a bigger space just a block from where it used to be. It feels a little more touristy than the original, and it doesn’t quite recapture the same woke-up-at-1pm-then-put-on-some-Louboutins feel - but it looks pretty much the same, with dim lighting, tiled walls, and red leather banquettes. The menu consists of standard French bistro items that range from $24 to $36, and the steak frites is especially good. If you enjoy butter and garlic, you should also have the escargot on your table. Even if it doesn’t have the same magic as the original, this is still one of your best dining options in the Meatpacking District.
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We like this tiny French restaurant on the Lower East Side so much we almost didn’t want to tell you about it.
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