We went to Pastis last night for dinner with a group of out of town friends (I'd recently posted for suggestions.) I was looking forward to it since Balthazar remains one of my favorite restaurants for consistently good food but I'd never been to Pastis. Wow was I ever disappointed. The specialty cocktails didn't draw me in and the one I got was cloyingly sweet. My daughter's french onion soup was too thick, the cheeseburger and fries were nothing to write home about. But most importantly, my tuna nicoise was terrible. Gristly raw tuna (I ordered it rare, but it was hardly even seared on the outside) and totally lacking in flavor. I was so surprised at how badly it measured up to its sister restaurant that I did a little research when I got home and found out (too late, alas and alack) that it is closing in January. So my question is, did it always not hold a candle to Balthazar or has it gone downhill? Or did the head chef get another job and they have the bus staff cooking until they shutter the place? I've heard great things about this place over the years, I'm curious.