In New York, it’s easy to be disappointed by restaurants… especially restaurants in the Meatpacking District. It’s a trendy, almost silly neighborhood, completely overexposed, and full of beautiful restaurants where $18 cocktails and $42 entrees are de rigeur. I never go here, unless it’s some fashion event where my cocktails are free.
That said, last Sunday when I was on my bike tour of Manhattan, my boyfriend and I found ourselves outside Pastis, hungry, wanting a civilized lunch but not wanting to wait for an al fresco table. Turned off both by the 40 minute wait for an al fresco table and the french-manicured, canal st. knockoff bag crowd that had invaded this particular day, I looked around for an alternative.
5 Ninth stood quietly across the street. I had been there over the winter and remembered that I had had a rich, delicious, cozy meal there last winter. I remember being shocked that the restaurant was in the Meatpacking. And with a shrug, I decided to give it a go.
We were sat immediately in the pretty covered patio, light filtering in, a laid-back crowd and even a baby. They had decided to extend their restaurant week menu for another week, so we went with a three-course prix-fixe for $24.07. Our lunch, as you can see from the photos, was absolutely lovely, more lovely than anything I could have imagined at Pastis, and a perfect way to spend a couple of lazy hours with someone I love. Was it the best meal I ever had? No, absolutely not. But it was exactly what I wanted, nothing more and nothing less, at a price that made me feel like for once, I wasn’t being robbed.
5 Ninth, www.5ninth.com