I had the pleasure of going to Florent last night - my favorite place to eat in the Meatpacking District (okay, the only place that I eat at in that area). At the end of our meal - me, saffron cream mussels with fries and Tim, mac and cheese, our waiter told us that Florent was closing. I was bewildered for a second, as Florent is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week, but he meant that they were closing for good come March 31st.
What? They have such great affordable food and they've been there since 1985. Why? They couldn't renew their lease and a Starbucks was looking to move in. As if there aren't enough of those already. As if there are enough good French diners with incredible mussels, mac and cheese, burgers, steaks, etc. around.
So, go while you still can! They may be able to renew their lease until the end of June, but it's still uncertain.
69 Gansevoort St.
New York, NY 10014
UPDATE: 3/12/08 I went to Florent again last night and they said that they are going to be open until the end of June. Yay! Also! If you can call ahead to make a reservation, it's in your best interest. We had to wait 45 minutes for a table, and it was a Tuesday night!