It’s not often you can find somewhere in Manhattan to eat that is a) trendy, b) kid-friendly, c) guaranteed not to have a wait, d) guaranteed to have a parking spot DIRECTLY in front of the restaurant. We have struck gold!
One of our favorite Sunday morning activities is to drive downtown to Pastis to eat a delicious and quick breakfast right at 9AM. Located in the heart of the meatpacking district, Pastis is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. At one point, it was super trendy and truly the place to be. Although now less of a hot destination, Pastis continues to serve delicious French bistro food, and is great for an early morning treat with the family. And because it is no longer the “it” place, you can wear pajamas or workout clothes and not feel like a complete dork. Like I do. Check out the menu here.
Because the meatpacking district is all about clubs on Saturday night, the streets are empty on Sunday morning. Guaranteed parking right in front of the restaurant -> nice. Scaffolding -> not so nice.
The only car on the block (almost).
Extremely family friendly. And workout clothes friendly, too.
Don't look too closely at my face. Not awake yet. Where is my coffee?
THERE IT IS! Thank goodness!
View of the classic French bistro. We were lucky and got a nice table with open space for all our junk. We never travel lightly....whether it is two blocks or two miles or across the country. We come (overly) prepared. You name it, we have it in our green bag.
Ken, wearing a visor, in deep thought. Yes, he is about to have breakfast. No, he is not about to play golf.
One of the extra perks of the restaurant is that they give kids crayons which gives us an extra 5 minutes of silence to gobble down our food. Of course, with Cruzzie, it means that *I* am the artist and I draw what *he* wants. Which as you can see, tends to be any mode of transportation. In this case, I was instructed to draw a fire engine, a garbage truck, and a sailboat.
Ken's breakfast. Nothing better than smoked salmon, poached eggs, and potatoes. Yellow, orange and white!
My breakfast. Of course, with greens. I need greens in every meal. Except for my three-dessert-a-day-habit.....that is pure sugar. No greens in chocolate.
Book for Cruzzie. "Goodnight Ipad." Books, cars, cereal, and crayons keep the monkey occupied.
Midbite. Eggs Florentine and coffee. Yum. And coffee. And orange juice.
Family outing success! Lots of kisses all around for a breakfast out with no whining, crying, or issues! HIP HIP HOORAY!
So if you want a delicious (and decadent) breakfast without a wait (if you are early birds like us), head on over to Pastis! (If you are a night owl, they also open till 3 am on Friday and Saturday night). You can sit along with the European tourists and chomp on delicious food. And hurry now, because there are rumors that this restaurant might shut down after 13 years! So get there sooner rather than later! Have a nice weekend!