Monday, July 16, 2012

Brunch: Pastis

Yes, one of my favorite brunch places in the city is Pastis.  I just can't get enough!  I know I's in the Meatpacking district, has this pretentious reputation, and is always super packed, but I have yet to have anything less than a stellar experience there (plus the Sephora next door is phenomenal).  If you haven't given Pastis a go yet, definitely go for brunch!

Concerned about a wait?  No worries - you can usually score a reservation even a couple days before or just walk-in on the earlier side.  Even better if you can snag one of the great tables outside - great for people watching and brunching in your fabulous sunglasses!  Hopefully the scaffolding is gone by now...

Outside brunching is the best here (sadly it's been covered by scaffolding lately)
If you grab a table inside, that's not a bad deal either.  You just can't help but enjoy the energetic Parisian brasserie-ish energy inside!  And the hostesses have never been anything but gracious (I've showed up super late and super early for reservations and they've been accommodating on both occasions).

Great energy inside Pastis!
When you take a look at the menu, you'll notice that brunch items are a touch pricier than the norm.  Ok so its a bit overpriced here but I have yet to have a dish that I didn't enjoy!

Brunch menu (with my tasty iced tea!)
From my various brunch trips, here are some of the usual suspects to grace my table:
Le Panier - assortment of breakfast breads and pastries from Balthazaar Bakery.  Comes at a price but I can't get enough and there's more than enough to go around
Eggs Benedict/Norwegian/Florentine - always perfectly made and served with their amazing potatoes
Croque Madame - this is monstrously huge and ridiculously delicious.  Who doesn't love a toasty ham and cheese sandwich covered in melty Bechamel cheese and topped with an egg? 
Eggs Any Style - a classic choice that gives you a little of everything
A must at my brunch table: perfectly crispy side of bacon!!!!
Side of Home Fries - let me tell you, at $8 a side I thought it was ridiculous but after a bite of my brunch buddy's potatoes I didn't even hesitate to order my own order.  And continued to wolf down these perfectly crispy yet soooo tasty breakfast potatoes.  Must have!

After looking at all these pictures, I'm making my next reservation for brunch at Pastis pronto.  If you are looking for a fun, energetic, classic NYC brunch experience then you'll love Pastis as much as I do.  Enjoy!

Piggy says Yes!

9 Ninth Ave (across from Gansevoort Hotel)

Thanks for reading - Piggy KK

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