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Posted by Matthew E on 01/24/2015
I have eaten at Pastai at least a half-dozen times in the past year, and each meal has been a memorable experience! I live right in the neighborhood, so I know first-hand how Chelsea has been overrun with unremarkable or "scene" establishments. Pastai, on the other hand, stands out - the atmosphere is vibrant without being overwhelming, the staff is very attentive and helpful, and the food is consistently excellent. There is a wide selection of appetizers and pasta dishes, as well as daily specials, and each is unique. I can't wait to go back!
Posted by NY FOODIE on 12/23/2014
We had dinner at the bar at this very nice and cozy restaurant. Service was quite good. We shared a generous salad and had torchio con salsiccia and reginette con polpettine. Both were excellent and not the usual red sauce. Shared a nice bottle of wine from their reasonably priced selection. Looking forward to our next visit
Posted by aroundjenn on 07/03/2013
...and it's not the attitude. I stumbled upon Pastai on sheer chance and now looking back, worth every morsel. The dining room is a rustic, cozy interior with high bar tables in the front and standard dining room tables towards the back. I was skeptical at first, but once the appetizer arrived I was anticipating the entree. My friend and I ordered octopus which was perfectly good, soft, delicately crispy on a bed of orzo and arugula. My pasta was the highlight of the meal. A perfectly portioned gemmelli pasta with zucchini, peas, and asparagus. Cooked al dente, perfectly portioned and savory with every bite. My friend ordered a pan sauteed chicken breast crusted in bread-crumbs and parmesean which he raved about with every bite. The dessert was an unexpected spicy chocolate gelato. The service was great, nothing grand, nothing lack-luster. The food is definitely worth coming back for.