Long a mainstay in the Meatpacking District, Pastis looks like it was shipped in, tile by nicotine-stained tile, from Paris's Pigalle neighborhood. French favorites are front and center, including toothsome steak frites with béarnaise, mussels steamed in Pernod, and a tasty apple tartlet with phyllo crust. The people-watching is stellar, and there's a still a good chance you'll see a local celebrity or two. Tables outside in nice weather are prime real estate. Locals
and visitors are still drawn to this neighborhood mainstay so it gets busy at mealtimes.