Desserts are homemade, too, and one can only marvel at how much the kitchen crew manages to produce from such a modest space. Tarte tartin ($5.00) was exemplary, with thin puff pastry dough and soft chunks of warm, caramelized apples. Two other tarts were also scrumptious, one filled with creamy chocolate ganache, the other with custard and fresh raspberries. Both featured classically crisp, buttery crusts of pâte sucrée.
I loved just about everything about Cafe Pastis. The food was wonderful, the ambiance enjoyable, service both personable and astute, and prices fair. Still, upon exiting the restaurant, I couldn't help but notice the birds in the trees were suspiciously silent.