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May 29, 2007 10:34 AM

Bathazar or Pastis

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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  1. 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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    1. 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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      1. 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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        1. re: Toot

          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.

          1. re: Toot

            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.

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