Spot Check: MePa Alive and Well at 10 p.m.

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From left, Spice Market, Bagatelle, Pastis
From left, Spice Market, Bagatelle, Pastis Photo: Joshua David Stein

Armed with a Canon G10, we headed into the sweltering/crisp Meatpacking district to assess the pulsing lifebeat of New York City nightlife. Oh, it pulses. It pulses real good.

From left, Spice Market, Bagatelle, Pastis
From left, Spice Market, Bagatelle, Pastis Photo: Joshua David Stein

10:15 p.m., Bagatelle: Two pink-shirted outfit twins occupy the window seats, each presiding over competing harems of dyed-blonde women. All tables taken; bar area crowded with men, who outnumber women three to one.

10:17 p.m., Spice Market: Inside tables mostly empty, save for a few groupings of older men. Outside tables are taken by couples on platonic dates.

10:24 p.m., Pastis: Crowd spilling out onto the street, inside and outside packed with European families and good-looking tan people smoking.