By Lisa Amand
how many times you've watched darkness fall over the cobblestoned meatpacking
district, it remains one of the city's most alluring and romantic neighborhoods.
Florent has been lighting up the night for 16 years, long before trendy
Pastis and Rhone and Chingalle came to keep it company. But the Formica-countered
Florent is still humming with brash energy and a cast of Off-Off-Broadway
characters. And its food is still gently priced. The $29 prix fixe on
Valentine's Day won't break the bank, nor will the regular menu, also
available that night, of boudin noir ($13.95), steak frite ($16.50)
and grilled tuna with miso-ginger vinaigrette ($14.95). On weekends,
when Florent is open 24 hours, it can be more crowded at 3 a.m. than
at 6 p.m. Gotta love a city that never sleeps.