9 9th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.739627 -74.006383
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
This is where I went for my anniversary, my birthday, mother's day and probably father's day. I love it here and it doesn't even matter that there's an ugly awning outside right now. This rustic french bistro, set in the Meatpacking District, has a mouth watering menu and a fresh atmosphere. Prosecco and Oysters while eating outside makes me oh-so-happy I could scream!
Pastis is Balthazar's Meatpacking cousin, and while it has the same classic brasserie menu as its sister, the vibe and feel is completely different. Where Balthazar is all noise and excitement, Pasis, even when busy (and it gets really busy) is leisurely and low key. A perennial brunch favorite, it's also great for late night dinners.
Consistent Delicious Brunch and Fantastic People Watching – Salmon and Avocado Benedict was fantastic! Are you in the mood to shop after a few bloody mary's or a glass of wine? Always beautiful people ready to dine and enjoy a delicious brunch!
Food, decent... Customer Relations, poor – So, I finally went to Pastis yesterday morning for the first time. Everything was fine until we got the bill. $13 for a mediocre mimosa.
I wrote the following note to the manager and the owner's reply follows:
Dear Mr. Pinto,
I wanted to write to express my disappointment upon receiving my bill. I had ordered a mimosa. It was a decent mimosa but nothing special.
I was disappointed that it cost $13. The price seemed out of line with the rest of the menu and other drinks ($9 vodka cocktail). It was not on the menu and I should have asked but didn't. Had I known its cost, I would have ordered something else.
Upon letting my server know how I felt, the hostess, not the manager, came over to say she was sorry, that she'd pass along my comments, but that's all she could do.
This was my first time dining at Pastis and the situation or the way it was handled have not left me a fan.
I await your response. I didn't expect the cost of the item to be removed... A simple gesture like a discount or complimentary coffee or dessert would have made the situation better. I will wait to post my review on yelp/Facebook/Twitter until I receive your response.
Reply from Keith McNally:
Dear Mr. M, Although I very much sympathize with whatever complaints I occasionally receive at my restaurants I'm less inclined to sympathize with yours simply because of the implied threat in the last paragraph: "I will wait to post my review on yelp/Facebook/Twitter until I receive your response". Do you really think you can expect an apology, much less compensation, when you write something as odious and as threatening as this in your complaint? I would move Heaven and Earth to make my customers happy. I reimburse each and every one of them when they are unhappy with absolutely anything they've eaten on the menu. However, when I receive a complaint with such a despicable last line as yours I begin to think that I'm truly in the wrong business. Despite this, I will lower the price of a Mimosa at both Pastis and Balthazar. And if I receive an apology from you for the implied threat I will even offer you a Mimosa on the house the next time you happen to visit Pastis. Sincerely, Keith McNally.
So... I wrote back to explain what I meant. I wanted to give them an opportunity to explain why things happened the way they did. Again, his reply: "Since that day (1980 when he opened his first restaurant) I've received a number of complaints. Not one has ever carried such an obnoxious threat as yours has done. Without that idiotic and juvenile last line I would have reimbursed your entire cheque.
You have cut your nose to spite your face, as the saying goes. Let's hope you learn from this."
Needless to say, I was appalled by his response and am hoping that anyone who thinks about going here considers his response before patronizing his business. If he is willing to lower the price, why didn't a manager do anything or even come by? If you decide not to go here because of this, I hope you let them know why.
Snooty Attitude – Our beautiful and balmy night out in Manhattan's meat-packing district was marred by the peculiarly unpleasant case of "attitude" from the powers that be at Pastis. When we ordered a side of French Fries my wife asked if she could have them cooked extra well done--not pale, but brown in color. "No problem" was our waiter's reply. (Which leads me to wonder if the term "No problem" could be banished from the vocabulary of waiters and sales personnel. Why not, "Of course," "Naturally," or even "Our pleasure?") Anyway, they were served a few minutes later, piping hot, but pale. After a few bites, my wife reluctantly asked the waiter if he would mind taking them back because they weren't well done enough. "No problem," he said. A few moments the raven black clothed manager came to our table, gently leaned over and softly stated, "It's about the French Fries." Uh-oh," I thought.,"We've just reached restaurant red alert." Yes, we said. It was. "That's the way we prepare them." Silence. "You mean you can't leave them in the cooker a few minutes longer?" came my modest proposal. "That's the way we prepare them," quoth the Raven, nevermore. That was our feeling at the end of the meal, too. We shall be going to Pastis "Nevermore."
very average – always have a good time here when sitting outside, limited menu and pricey but somehow always seem to come back here. Bar area not worth the wait at all... full of working girls friday and saturday, enjoy
Good food - Bad service – It wasn't even that full - We had a party of 6 and kept having to call over the waitress. I'd like enjoy my meal and not have to worry about being after the waitress
Don't waste your money – The service was slow, the waiter never cam eto check on us and trying to get his attention was quite a feat.
The food was really not very good. My steak tartare was smeared in mayonnaise and nearly had more onion than beef - that's just an example.
The prices are about 4 times to high.
Undeniable Draw – This place is great. I can't help but feel a charmed New York girl when I have lunch or dinner here. It's a bit easier to get a reservation lately (which I love) but sometimes there's a long wait even when you've made a reservation.
Chic dining in the Meat Packing District – If you want to celebrity spot in a relaxed environment with delicious food, Pastis is the place to go.
Great Brunch – Came here last weekend for brunch and it wasn't half bad. Friendly staff, prompt seating, and a lively atmosphere. I ordered the french toast. At first glance I didn't think I would get full but I ended up being stuffed! It came with fresh fruit on the side. It was on the pricey side for just french toast, sausage, and orange juice but hey, this is NYC's Meatpacking district. I will return.
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