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Meatpacking -- any good chow?

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I am not sure if I have ever eaten a meal in this 'hood after 6 years in the city.
But, I have visitors staying in the area this weekend and would like to take them to a nice dinner in the MPD.

Looking for a great meal, cozy/fun atmosphere, but not a crazy hipster scene.


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  1. Crispo is almost in the Meatpacking District.

    1. I enjoyed the new branch of Fig & Olive there a few weeks ago.

      1. Pastis is a good bet for good food. Spice Market is excellent. Nearly everything in the Meatpacking District is going to be a crazy hipster scene, though, and those two are no exceptions. I would have recommended Markt for low key dining, but they lost their liquor license a few weeks ago and closed.

        Fatty Crab is supposed to be great.

        1. The only place in MePa that I'd describe as "cozy" would be Le Paradou. Good French, although not revelatory. Better in the summer when you can eat outside.

          If you've got your heart set on cozy, you may want to head north to Chelsea or south to the West Village.

          1. For fun and (real) casual, try the Hog Pit for barbeque. Very decent food, not the best BBQ in the world, but certainly tasty and edible. The iceberg wedge with bleu cheese and bacon bits is scrumptious and the meats (platters and sandwiches) and perfectly fine...

            1. i vote fatty crab on the edge of west village/meatpacking!

              1. Don't know if it's fancy enough for your friends but Florent, 69 Gansevoort St, between Washington Street and Greenwich Street (212) 989-5779 is a pioneer in the MPD. They were there ages before the area got hot and trendy. Its atmosphere is like an older diner but the food is solid French bistro and standard American food-good salads, burgers, etc. Depending what time you go, you'll encounter different types of crowds since I recall it's open 24 hours.

                Pastis has settled into its location and is not as sceney as it used to be - again depending what time you go.

                Though I haven't gone personally, I've heard that Nicole's 202 in the Chelsea Food Market (around 15th Street & Ninth Avenue) a stone's throw from the MPD, is pretty good.

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                1. re: Flynn1

                  I second Florent. It is down to eath and comfy -- really great.

                2. Florent has very good food, but unless you go at off hours it's mobbed and noisy. Also, no credit cards. But the food makes up for it.