Legendary French bistro Pastis will reopen in the West Village in May
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Keith McNally’s Pastis was an iconic fixture of the New York dining scene since it opened in 1999, known for serving steak frites to an A-list celebrity crowd including regulars Anna Wintour, Martha Stewart, and Sarah Jessica Parker (it also made regular appearances on “Sex and the City”). Replicating the vibe of an early 20-century French brasserie in the middle of the industrial Meatpacking District, the influential spot was credited with transforming the neighborhood into one of the city’s top dining destinations. Since it shuttered its doors in 2014, McNally has been resolved to reopen and now the anticipated arrival of Pastis 2.0 is almost here. Referred to as “the biggest comeback in NYC dining in years,” Pastis is set to open at its new West Village location, 52 Gansevoort Street, in just one month, Eater reports.
McNally, who is behind some of the city’s most iconic restaurants, including Balthazar and Minetta Tavern, has been working on this for years. As Eater notes, McNally has never brought in major outside partners to run his restaurants, but after suffering a stroke a few years ago and losing his investors, he decided to partner with fellow James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Stephen Starr, of Le Coucou and Upland. Though equal partners, McNally will helm the design while Starr’s restaurant group will handle the menu and day-to-day operations at the new Pastis.
Details of the design haven’t been released yet, though Mcnally has said it will be different from the original, taking on a more modern approach in line with the new vanguard of French bistros, like Frenchette. “I wouldn’t be interested in reproducing the old Pastis,” he said back in 2016, adding that “this is a very different time.”