The food did not reflect the service....
I am young, 20 at the time of my visit to Pastis. I was sat in possibly the worst table in the dining room. The wait staff all came up to me and asked i needed help. it seems kind but it gets annoying. i ordered the braised beef with carrots, i expected the bistro to provide me with a economical cut of meat perfected. it was delicious, one of the best pieces of meat i have ever tried. but when my waiter came back after i ordered and asked me if knew it 22 dollars i felt disrespected.
The humble braised beef was about the only humble element of the restaurant, i like humble.
if you live in the city long enough, you will inevitably wind up at pastis in the dreaded mepa. pastis is just as over-hyped as balthazar. the braised beef is good, steak frites is better. skip the french onion soup. the service, while polite, can be a little slow. wine list is tiny but reasonably priced.
Had breakfast here with a group of friends. They were very accomodating as an additional 3 people turned up that we had not anticipated and they seated us quickly in light of how busy they were. The food was very basic but tasted great. Very crowded, but expected in this kind of environment.