Nostalgia reigns supreme when one steps inside the newly re-opened Pastis. When you enter the space, you’re immediately brought back to the first incarnation of the revered restaurant that was initially down the street. The vintage fixtures, the lighting, the feeling like you could be transported to a bustling corner brasserie in Paris with its effortlessly chic clientele. Keith McNally, the original visionary is back, this time with Stephen Starr as a partner, bringing his vast expertise to the table. It was always an iconic spot but less of a scene than its meatpacking neighbors. Now the waits for tables are long, but the atmosphere is just as lively and the menu includes all the classics with some new welcome additions. So, get yourself a table (if you can), order up a Croque Madame with a side of escargots and slyly people watch as you listen to: Cymande’s “Brothers on the Slide,” Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins’ “I Want To Be Happy,” Talking Heads’ “Big Country,” The Mar-Keys’ “Cleo’s Back,” and Francoise Hardy’s “Fleur de Lune.