The BAR at the New PASTIS
I stopped by tee friends and family party at Pastis the other night, and I'm happy to say, the genius that he is, Keith McNally has done a great at recreating his famed French Bistro Pastis on Gansevoort Street in New York's Meatpacking District, a neighborhood that McNally is most responsible for sparking the boom of the high-voltage neighborhood with his opening of the original Pastis Bistro back in 1999.
Before McNally opened Pastis on 9th Avenue in the Meatpacking district of NY, there were just two restaurants there, Florent which opened in 1986 and Maccerleria (2002). There were no hotels, no Apple Store, no high priced clothing boutiques. Some of the namesake business of the meatpacking district, the wholesale butchers who supply New York restaurants and meat markets with meat were still there, and some had bolted to Jersey City, like now famed butcher Pat LaFreida. Once McNally opened his French Bistro Pastis, the neighborhood exploded, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney opened boutiques in the neighborhood, night clubs opened, and slick boutique hotels were built. We now have an Apple, Soho House, The Standard Hotel and The Gansevoort, and in early June 2019 Keith McNally is reopening his beloved Bistro Pastis. Beloved that is by New Yorker's, tourist, high powered high rollers, and celebrities like; Sir Richard Branson, Bono, Sarah Jessica Parker, and many more.
I sat there with my glass of Beaujolais, happy in the fact that it was once again open, Keith's old subway tiles (in storage) were back, as was the tile floor, Zinc Bar, and all the fixtures and feel that made Pastis, well Pastis. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Keith is a Genius, and he always gets it right. He is now partnered with famed Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr who it seems should be a good fit, considering the fact that Keith is getting a bit older and recovering from a recent illness, but the man is back, and we all wish him and Pastis well.
Besides his many famous New York City restaurants Keith McNally's restaurants are famous for having by-far The Best Fries in Town (Pomme Frites). The McNally Empire's famed French Fries were first introduced by the Late / Great Chef Patrick Clarke at The ODEON restaurant (Keith's 1st) back in 1982.
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The New PASTIS
52 Gansevoort Street
Night of Friends / Family Party
June 4, 2019
New York, NY
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by Daniel Bellino Zwicke Oct. 3 , 2012