The intimate spot with only 24 seats offers exclusive dishes signed by the best chefs in the world, as well as winners of the Best New Chefs Award from Food & Wine. With a seasonal menu, the open kitchen provides a privileged view of the chefs’ work. On select nights it is possible to taste creations by superstars Hélène Darroze or Jowett Yu.
With clients such as singer Carla Bruni and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, David Mallett is known to be one of the greatest hairdressers in the world. He recently opened his first salon outside of Paris in the Soho multi-brand boutique, The Webster. David promises his New York salon to be an extension of the original one, which opened in 2003 at the Ritz Paris in the heart of the French capital and was considered one of the most important beauty addresses in the City of Light. The 1,600 square-foot was fashioned by renowned French architect Charles Zana to be a very intimate and exclusive space, combining the grandeur of old-world high-standing with original architectural details of historic New York. Customers are served by the prestigious hands of hairdressers and senior colorists from Mallett’s French team, as well as David himself, who has crossed the ocean to pay special attention to his new space of beauty.
David Mallett is widely considered one of the best hairdressers in the world. To his clients, he is undoubtedly the most trusted one. At the age of 4, in suburban Australia, David Mallett had already decided to become a hairstylist. He has, in his own words, always been “quietly obsessed with hair”. It is an obsession that has been suitably recognized in the world of fashion and beauty. Over the course of his career, Mallett has been on call to many leading fashion executives, supermodels, stylists, and designers. His creative vision and technical innovation have contributed to some of the most iconic images in fashion advertising in the past two decades.
For instance, Karl Lagerfeld chose David to style Christy Turlington for Chanel; and he has also worked on flagship campaigns for Lancel, Dior, L’Oréal, Sonia Rykiel, Givenchy, Pirelli, and La Perla, to name a few. And he has built a trusted relationship with prominent photographers; including Bettina Rheims, David LaChapelle, Ellen Von Unwerth, Paolo Roversi, Peter Lindberg, Patrick de Demarchelier, and Peter Beard.
When the restaurateur Keith Mcnally decided to open Pastis in 1999, there was no Highline, no boutique stores, and almost nothing in the way of tourist attractions for visitors in Chelsea. McNally cleverly realized that, in such a setting, there would be little competition for a great restaurant. His creation would help boost the culinary and cultural scene of the formerly anemic neighborhood, as he pioneered a landmark restaurant on ninth ave and Little Street.
Born in London, McNally moved to New York in 1975, where he worked in dozens of restaurants. In the mid-‘80s, McNally opened his first venture, The Odeon. He hasn’t stopped expanding his business since, with staggeringly successful restaurants like Nell, Balthazar, and Pastis, among others, totaling 39 restaurants in all.
Entering the new Pastis location is something akin to having déjà vu. Located only a few feet away from the original address in the hippest part of the Meatpacking District, the new restaurant has been reborn through the partnership of McNally and restaurateur Stephen Starr. The opening celebrates the return of McNally, who spent three years away from the business while dealing with health issues.
The yellowish light, the stainless steel doors, the tiled floors and antique mirrors with plates of the day written on them – all of these details reference the first Pastis (including the telephone number, which remains the same despite the former closure.) The improvements, however, make a significant difference.
The new menu features classic dishes that made the locale one of the most sought after gastronomic destinations in the city. Nonetheless, the owners saw fit to institute a few changes. The steak (the restaurant’s signature dish) now comes with a side of fries, and the Au Poivre can be ordered in three sizes, with prices ranging from $32 to $48.
As for appetizers, the French classics are a hit, such as a tuna in ravigote sauce, escargot à la bourguignonne, herring with roasted potatoes, and the famous salad niçoise, accompanied by a red wine vinaigrette. The steak sandwich makes a return to the menu with onion and gruyère cheese, in addition to other delectable plates such as the cheeseburger à l’Américaine, roast duck with olives, and the mustard skate.
The breakfast menu also features traditional French dishes such as ham, egg, and gruyere crepes and Florentine quiche. Classic American dishes are also available, such as avocado toast and eggs Benedict with Parisian ham and hollandaise sauce. Buttermilk pancakes make a triumphant return, as well as Croque monsieur and organic-egg omelets with fries. For desserts, bet on handcrafted ice creams like Coupe de Cerises made with pistachios, among other French innovations.
If your idea is to go to Pastis for just one drink, you would do well to remember that each drink has been carefully selected. You can’t go wrong with Champagne, beer, and of course, the classic Pastis house drink. The highlight, however, is the French wine list, which has a collection of red, white, rosé and sparkling varieties, all coming directly from renowned French wineries.
The wine selection was carefully crafted to transport each customer from New York to a true Parisian bistro. Guests can experience a kind of taste-bud wine tour of France without leaving New York. Pastis has 180 indoor seats and an outdoor patio with seating for 30 people. Reservations can be made through Resy.