April 2011

Last seasons pants

April 25, 2011

Dos Caminos Meatpacking- More Like Gross Caminos

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675 Hudson Street
212-699-2400
www.doscaminos.com

pants at a glance

  • scene: Prime Real Estate to watch the show that goes on every night in MPD; inside is brick walls, generic
  • sip: Tequila rocks; the sangria and margs are too sweet and clawing
  • savor: Guac...
  • sit: With friends who like chips and salsa and share an ironic jaded view of what goes on in MPD; possibly pervy dudes to like to watch girls strut by in Serena Van der Woodsen-sized dreses
  • stilettos: Ha...if you can't beat them, join them! I laugh at myself every time I totter around the cobblestones in my YSL's, but, everyone else is doing it...you can really wear anything...
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 675 Hudson Street
  • phone number: 212-699-2400
  • website: www.doscaminos.com

pants picks

Chews before you boozeYuck

I am writing this entry from a secure location, so that Steve Hanson’s obedient and fearful employees don’t come after me.  I have worked with these people, and from the top down they are INTENSE. Needless to say, this is not going to be a story with a happy ending.  I guess that the untimely […]

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April 23, 2011

Ciano

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45 East 22nd Street (btw Park and Broadway)
(212) 982-8422 ‎
www.cianonyc.com

The highest Pants praise! You'll head home to stretchy-pants bliss.

pants at a glance

  • scene: Mix of people from the hood, and people who sought it out; On this particular Sunday, there happened to be lots of great looking families
  • sip: Lemonata Menta - enough said! Also extensive wine list via fancy sommelier
  • savor: All the pastas sound amazing, and there wasn't one salad (I know, I know) that I wouldn't choose; Chicken for two in a clay pot, striped bass
  • sit: There really isn't a bad seat in the back dining room; If you are lucky, you can sit by the "fireplace"
  • stilettos: Anything goes... Thursday through Saturday, I'd opt for at least a kitten heel to stand out in a sea of scenesters
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 45 East 22nd Street (btw Park and Broadway)
  • phone number: (212) 982-8422 ‎
  • website: www.cianonyc.com

pants picks

cozygood in the hoodItal

Upon hearing the news that Beppe was closing and making way for Ciano, I was both excited and apprehensive to try this new restaurant. First off,  Shea Gallente was named chef which excited me because the Pants never made it to Cru (despite it being a staple in our neighborhood for years). But on the […]

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April 22, 2011

The Stanton Social- The United Nations in my Belly

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99 Stanton Street (between Ludlow and Orchard)
212-995-0099
www.thestantonsocial.com

Good. But you'll still be able to go dancing after your meal.

pants at a glance

  • scene: noisy noisy bi-level space that features bar/lounge seating upstairs; vibe is lively and usually full of large tables, because the food is so conducive to sharing; look is slightly industrial
  • sip: they have a number of specialty cocktails, The Strawberry Fields is amazing, as is the Cucumber Vanilla Cosmopolitan and the Pink Grapefruit Mint Martini
  • savor: French Onion Soup dumplings; everything from the Brunch Menu- especially bacon egg and cheese sliders, the baby benedict and the huevos Rancheros soft tacos
  • sit: groups are best, lots to share; I have been here on a date, and it was not a bad choice, but the soup dumplings are awkward to eat if you don't the person well or want to appear dainty; the best stuff here, like most places, is not good for you, so I suggest going with guests that you are not afraid to eat in front of; it is also one of the most established and biggest restaurants on the LES, so it is a good spot to take people who might not be so familiar with that area- it just gets very LOUD
  • stilettos: For brunch, feel free to come in flats and hangover outfits, as long as they are not sweats (I do not endorse wearing sweats out, if you haven't noticed); dinner is a little more buzzy, cool beats cleavage at this spot...
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 99 Stanton Street (between Ludlow and Orchard)
  • phone number: 212-995-0099
  • website: www.thestantonsocial.com

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Chews before you boozeGroupsStanton Social

IF only all cultures could get along as well as they do in my stomach after a meal at Stanton Social. Where else will you find Russians, Mexicans, Italians and Chinese getting along so well?  You see, the binding culinary philosophy at Stanton social is small plates, and that genre is not limited to cuisine […]

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April 22, 2011

Oceana- Under the Sea of Skyscrapers

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McGraw Hill Building 1221 Sixth Avenue, enter on 49th Street between 6th and 7th
212-759-5941
www.oceanarestaurant.com

Excellent. You'll consume more than your skinny jeans will allow.

pants at a glance

  • scene: Gorgeous grown up dining room, in airy shades of blues and whites; less formal front room with prominent raw bar display and ample room to sidle up the bar
  • sip: Specialty cocktails and wine
  • savor: Raw bar; clam chowder; lobster cobb salad; anything simply grilled; Thai fish; brussel sprouts
  • sit: For lunch, its great for a business meeting or a special occasion get-together; the location lends itself to after-work cocktails, and similar Corporate people get togethers; there is a large menu features both seafood and meat, and I am fairly confident that any Finicky Fiona could find something yummy here
  • stilettos: More classic than edgy and located in midtown, this a grown up place that suggests a pulled together look; many of the men are suits and women in "kitten" heels, but...
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: McGraw Hill Building 1221 Sixth Avenue, enter on 49th Street between 6th and 7th
  • phone number: 212-759-5941
  • website: www.oceanarestaurant.com

pants picks

Fish FaceSuits

I really hate when people ask me for a place to eat in Midtown. My mind goes blank and I end up offering obvious suggestions- Park Avenue Fill in the Season, Serafina, Casa Lever, etc. Thankfully, Ocean has relocated right in the midst of the midtown wasteland, its airy and attractive dining room providing some […]

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April 22, 2011

The Grey Dog- “Fetching” Eats

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90 University Place (multiple locations)
212-414-4739
www.thegreydog.com

Excellent. You'll consume more than your skinny jeans will allow.

pants at a glance

  • scene: dark wood and random artwork and signage; long lines waiting to order/sit, made up of everything from angsty NYU students, women in Lulu lemons and families
  • sip: Coffee; also wine and beer
  • savor: Nachos; the country salad; tuna melt; any egg dish that comes with the hasbrowns
  • sit: By yourself! with the guy that slept over the night before, a girl-friend, anyone
  • stilettos: No. I would almost be afraid of being mocked in heels, but if you are coming from work it is fine
  • spend: $$
  • address: 90 University Place (multiple locations)
  • phone number: 212-414-4739
  • website: www.thegreydog.com

pants picks

casual

The Grey Dog reminds me of a place that would have been in my college town, or in Singles-era Seattle, a place where people drink lots of coffee and brood.  They project the no drama, we are loving hippiesters laid back vibe, as does their democratic seating policy. In short, it seems like the kind […]

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April 20, 2011

Chin Chin- Fine China

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216 East 49th (right off of 3rd)
212-888-4555
www.chinchinny.com

The highest Pants praise! You'll head home to stretchy-pants bliss.

pants at a glance

  • scene: Hmmm...large open dining room and smaller rooms off the main entrance; lightly colored walls showcase sepia tinged family photos
  • sip: full bar available; bartenders are happy to put on NY sports and remember when you like a team...
  • savor: pan-fried pork dumplings; peking duck; hot and sour soup; spare ribs; shredded garlic chicken; Grand Marnier Shrimp; softshell crabs when in season
  • sit: with your family; with your friend who doesn't buy into "fancy" Chinese food; anyone who wants Chinese on a Sunday night
  • stilettos: not necessary at all; this is a neighborhood place, even if the waiters are in tuxes
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 216 East 49th (right off of 3rd)
  • phone number: 212-888-4555
  • website: www.chinchinny.com

pants picks

Chinesefave

Chin Chin is by far my favorite Chinese food ever.  I have been going there for what seems like forever and  I have never been disappointed.  Jimmy the owner is a true class act, and has a way of making everyone feel welcome and special, regardless if you are a regular or just happend to […]

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April 11, 2011

The Odeon: Bright Lights, Small Appetite

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145 W Broadway (between Duane St & Thomas St)
(212) 233-0507
http://theodeonrestaurant.com

pants at a glance

  • scene: Tribeca families and people on dates
  • sip: Wine, specialty cocktails
  • savor: French fries...
  • sit: This is a place for locals really; it is not remarkable enough to bring out of towners, its better suited as a go-to when you can't decide where else to go and are not in the mood for any specific type of cuisine
  • stilettos: Not a fashion show here, but pretty much anything goes...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 145 W Broadway (between Duane St & Thomas St)
  • phone number: (212) 233-0507
  • website: http://theodeonrestaurant.com

pants picks

FriesGo-ToTribeca

Jay McInerney is my favorite author, and Bright Lights Big City of course made a massive impression on me.  The Odeon figures heavily in the book, as a late-night refuge in a still gritty Tribeca, where people met up and did lots of glamorous cocaine in the bathrooms.  The artwork on the copy of the […]

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