August, 2011


Button Open

The Fat Radish- Definitely Not Bad-ish

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: During the week, graphic designers and the women to listen to them; a downtown/Brooklyn crows, very chill and NYC looking, definitely no corporate types; during the weekend, the crowd is a little trendier, dressed to go out to all of the new spots on the LES
  • sip: For brunch there are vegetable and fruit blends that seem healthy and gross until you realize that you can add booze to the green gunk; the downtown types seemed to all be drinking some beer with a red label; the wine list is reasonably priced and pretty easy to navigate
  • savor: cheeseburger; grilled cheese; celery root pie; the hummus special
  • sit: with your vegetarian friend; with your friend that lives downtown; there was an Ugly Betty spotting, so feel free to bring your celeb friend
  • spend: $$
  • address: 17 Orchard Street (Canal & Hester)
  • phone number: 212-300-4053
  • website:

Buttons Bursting

Locanda Verde- Living La Vida LOCA

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: bustling; nicely lit and exposed brick space with big windows onto Tribeca; hidden outside courtyard area in the summer; walk-in friendly, which is convenient because getting a reservation here is as easy as getting an English speaking cabby...
  • sip: The Italian wine list has some nice affordable gems, such as the $60 Barbera d'Alba that I had
  • savor: meatball sliders; trofie with pesto; market bean salad with tuna dressing; chicken for two; branzino; cheese plate
  • sit: good for a catch up with some friends and a bottle of wine; nice date place, can head to Brandy Libray after for a cozy evening; also a good place to impress, because I am totally in awe when someone gets a reservation
  • spend: $$
  • address: Greenwich Hotel, 377 Greenwich Street (at North Moore)
  • phone number: 212-925-3797
  • website: