Meatpacking -- any good chow?
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.
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.
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.
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...