I’m a bit of a murder/drama fanatic. And if there’s a show or movie set in New York, you can believe I’m going to see it. There’s bound to be a Law and Order marathon somewhere on the television and then there’s CSI: NY and Blue Bloods. Man, I’m lucky!
Besides being set in New York I noticed all three shows have been filmed in front of Pastis. That means I had to check it out. Pastis is such a cool backdrop at night when it’s all lit up. The episodes shot in front of the eatery are truly fictitious so I’m not bothered at all that Pastis is at the scene of the crimes. Don’t let the picture below throw you. Perhaps the eatery is being prepared for better weather. During the warm months you can dine outdoors which is tre` cool. The place, in and out is filled with fun people.
I haven’t delved much into French faire except maybe Quiche or French toast so I was looking forward to trying something new. I walked in without a reservation for lunch, and while it was a bit busy I was seated immediately. My table was for two, snugly between two other small tables where couples sat. Dining solo, I decided to read my online daily version of The New York Post.
Because I didn’t know if the menu would be written in French or something, I checked out the menu the night before so I had an idea of what to order. If there is calamari on any restaurant’s menu I’m bound to order it and it was there. I thought that was what I’d get but after another quick peek at the menu when I actually at Pastis I changed my mind and selected the seared tuna Nicoise and a glass of Sancerre. Yummy!!! I wanted another glass of wine but seeing it was noon I stuck with having just one. Oh wait, I did have another but decided against a third. Yummy!!!
Not only was my dining experience enjoyable but so were the conversations around me. To my left was a young couple obviously newly engaged. The man in the relationship relished in talking about their upcoming nuptials. He was a little too giddy for my taste. After visiting the bathroom he dashed back to his table trying to convince his fiancée to take a walk as well because there was someone ‘famous’ along the way. To be honest I attempted to hear who the ‘famous’ person was but I couldn’t make out a name for all of the background noise. His companion brushed the idea off but he was serious. He saw an opportunity to make it big and wanted to pounce. The wedding then being famous were his topics of conversation for the duration.
On the other side of me was a middle-age guy with perhaps his great-aunt. He kept discussing how he shouldn’t eat the bread the server brought to their table. This continued one little bite of bread at a time. He and his lunch date did share the dishes they ordered and had enough for a to-go bag for each of them. Of course they had leftovers. He filled up on bread and drink and the lady ate like a bird. As I was leaving he mentioned the bread one more time. I hadn’t said anything throughout my entire meal as I was occupied by The Post but I could not longer hold my tongue. I simply shared a South Beach Diet tip which included slathering a bit of butter on the bread so his body would concentrate on breaking down the condiment and not the bread. I left him with the key word of the day: moderation.
On my way out I was stared down by two black womenwho were dining with two white gentlemen . The men had to turn around to glance at me. Perhaps I was a little tart after all, I had walked for miles. Perhaps I was cute. I did have freshly flat ironed hair and I was wearing makeup for a change. I’m in the middle of reading Fifty Shades of Grey so one can only imagine what else was going through my mind. Who knows. No one at their table bothered to utter a word so off to the subway I went.
Getting back to the real subject at hand. Pastis is just one of numerous other restaurants opened by Keith McNally. It seems he’s the king of restaurants in New York City. If French cuisine isn’t your cup of tea I would definitely check out the links listed below for other haunts of McNally’s to consider. This guy is a genius! There is bound to be the right food and atmosphere at one of his restaurants. Enjoy!!!
- Great location in the Meatpacking district
- Menu with a variety of outstanding dishes
- Prices don’t break the bank
- Cool atmosphere
Check out what’s in store before you go at http://www.pastisny.com/.
All about French visit Balthazar at http://balthazarny.com/.
If it’s Italian for you visit Morandi at http://www.morandiny.com/.
Perhaps you’re into continental fare in a low-key atmosphere definitely head to Schiller’s Liquor Bar at http://www.schillersny.com/.
Either way, I hope you enjoy!!!