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Carriefrances May 29, 2007 10:34 AM

I want to eat good French food and I have read reviews on both. Bathazar has much better reviews but Pastis looks good as well.

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    centrejack May 29, 2007 10:39 AM

    Balthazaar is my recommendation - but there are other good French Bistros around town that are not as much of a scene and are less expensive.

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      Carriefrances May 29, 2007 10:41 AM

      What do you suggest?

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      nokitsch May 29, 2007 11:22 AM

      Neither of them are good. They are not bad, but definitely overpriced for what you get. Not much of a scene either, both have been overrun by bridge and tunnel Paris Hilton wannabes. If you want a real scene, go to Cafe Gitane in NoLiTa. If you want good French food that won't burn the wallet go to Jean-Claude or Gavroche or Le Tableau.

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        Carriefrances May 29, 2007 12:07 PM

        Thank you very much!

      2. Toot May 29, 2007 12:56 PM

        I have never been to Pastis but the food at Balthazar is wonderful. I have been there many times and have always had a very pleasant experience. The steak and frites is great.

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          rorosity Jun 12, 2007 10:30 PM

          I love Balthazar. I have always had really great meals there. The Mac & Cheese is delicious. Also a great place to have a glass of wine and a bowl of French Onion soup at the bar.

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            MMRuth Jun 13, 2007 04:02 AM

            I much prefer Balthazar over Pastis - for slightly more money you get much better food. Yes, it's packed, but we like to go for a late lunch - around 2:30 - and I don't really care about the "nature of the crowd". I've always had great and courteous service. Favorite dishes - plateau de fruits de mer, steak tartare, steak frites, the frites, brandade de morue (sp?), profiteroles, decent wines by the carafe. I've also cooked a lot of things from their cookbook, that I've not eaten in the restaurant, and the dishes have all been wonderful.

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            LES Snob Jun 13, 2007 06:13 PM

            Better service at Bathazalar. Better looking people at Pastis. Food is relatively the same.

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