October 2011

Last seasons pants

October 18, 2011

Otto- Good Place to get Blotto

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1 Fifth Avenue (entrance is on 8th street, not 5th Ave)
212-995-9559
www.ottopizzeria.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Large front rooms with high tables for food or just drinks as you wait; dinging room is a little grim, but the usually packed house makes up for the lack of decor
  • sip: Wine wine wine from a glass, carafe or bottle
  • savor: Pizza
  • sit: With a girl friend to for a casual, wine fueled catch up; with another couple for a week night double date; with friends with kids or out of town relatives
  • stilettos: This ode to all things Italian doesn't necessitate Zanotti's or Fendi's; be prepared to stand and wait, so whatever you wear south of your knees make sure they are comfy
  • spend: $$
  • address: 1 Fifth Avenue (entrance is on 8th street, not 5th Ave)
  • phone number: 212-995-9559
  • website: www.ottopizzeria.com

pants picks

casualgood in the hoodItal

Otto is pretty much always insanely busy, which can be accredited to a few things: the Batali name, the NYU-ish location, and the reasonably friendly prices.  Notice that the popularity is not attributed the usual trifecta of food, service and decor. I am lucky enough to have Otto in my neighborhood, and I usually end […]

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October 17, 2011

Gramercy Tavern Front Room- Worth the Hype

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42 East 20th, between Broadway and Park Avenue South
212-477-0777
www.gramercytavern.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Cozy and airy at the same time, with dark wood floors, light walls, bright art and large scale flowers
  • sip: Speciality cocktails are offered, and they are more than happy to let you try any wine by the glass before you commit
  • savor: Bacon and cheddar biscuits; Pulled Pork sandwich
  • sit: With anyone really, but it needs to be people that are open to waiting for a table; good for co-workers, a date (if the date is a foodie), or even parents for an early bite
  • stilettos: The front room is pretty casual, but ends up getting a nice looking crowd; I say black Loubie pumps before over the knee Prada boots
  • spend: $$
  • address: 42 East 20th, between Broadway and Park Avenue South
  • phone number: 212-477-0777
  • website: www.gramercytavern.com

pants picks

cozygood in the hoodHyped Chefno reservations

I was once told in a food writing class that there is nothing more boring than someone going to a good restaurant and saying it is good. Duh. However, I was truly moved to write this glowing  review  of this highly celebrated place by two factors: the truly exceptional service that I encountered, and the […]

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October 17, 2011

SHO Shaun Hergatt- The Best SHO in Town

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40 Broad Street, 2nd Floor (Exchange Place)
212-809-3993
www.shoshaunhergatt.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Hong Kong in the Financial District; a rich, warm bar gives way to a hallway with glass enclosed wine cellars and private rooms on each side, which leads to the main dining room; best seats are the deuces against the wall of the glass enclosed kitchen, the action there is worth watching
  • sip: Sparkling Sake for dessert; champers, wine
  • savor: Lobster, Escolar, ANYTHING
  • sit: With anyone who appreciates a fine dining experience; for a special occasion; JUST GO
  • stilettos: Yes! This is the type of place that makes you feel like you are on vacation...the location in the heart of Wall Street is not the most fashionable, but you want to make a night out of a place like this...
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 40 Broad Street, 2nd Floor (Exchange Place)
  • phone number: 212-809-3993
  • website: www.shoshaunhergatt.com

pants picks

fancy pantsHyped Chefspecial occassion

SHO Shaun Hergatt is a true revelation.  I was blown away.  The atmosphere, attentive service, and first and foremost the food all make SHO a viable contender to be listed amongst the best in the city. This place can play with the Big Dogs for sure.  The whole evening is a transporting experience, due in […]

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October 12, 2011

Miss Lily’s- The only Jerk is in the chicken

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132 West Houston, between Sullivan and MacDougal
646-558-5375
www.misslilysnyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Feeling Irie...the front room looks like a counter service Jamaican joint in the outer-boroughs, but in a sexy cool way; there is a smaller back room with record covers on the wall, and there is also limited seating out front
  • sip: Sangria; Red Stripe
  • savor: Jerk Jerk Jerk
  • sit: With a fun group; good date place but not first date
  • stilettos: The casual surroundings belie a very hip underbelly, so even if you are casual, look cute; the servers are going to be the most attractive people in the place at any given time, so don't try too hard...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 132 West Houston, between Sullivan and MacDougal
  • phone number: 646-558-5375
  • website: www.misslilysnyc.com

pants picks

Jamaican us hungrysexy sexy

For some reason, the pants were tre’ intimidated by Miss Lily’s. All of the hype made it sound like an exclusive Cool People’s Club literally in Anna Wintour’s backyard. We finally grabbed our balls and called for a reservation, called an actual number listed places, not a secret number procured by sending in a headshot […]

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October 12, 2011

The Mark Firmly Hits Theirs

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The Mark Hotel, 25 East 77th Street, between 5th and Madison
212-606-3030
www.themarkrestaurantnyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Spaniards to the left of me, Germans to right, stuck in the middle with you; Dressed up visitors and UES residents alike sharing bottles of wine make this place feel very adult; tons of servers running around and managers creeping keep it sophistcated but not stuffy; there are several rooms but no Siberia that we noticed
  • sip: The Anniversary Cocktail, which is a belini with raspberry and lychee
  • savor: The menu changes seasonally, but the egg, the truffle pizza, and both cheeseburgers are staples that will never lead you astray
  • sit: Anyone who appreciates the Shmance; with out of town visitors or family; seems like a great place to eat prior to carrying on an illicit affair in a room upstairs, but UES cheaters might need to beware
  • stilettos: Yes! Feel free to invite Van Cleef, Hermes, Fendi, all the girls to the party
  • spend: $$$
  • address: The Mark Hotel, 25 East 77th Street, between 5th and Madison
  • phone number: 212-606-3030
  • website: www.themarkrestaurantnyc.com

pants picks

fancy pantsHyped Chefladies who lunchspecial occassion

It occurred to me as I sat to write this that Jean Georges really doesn’t get too creative with most of his restaurant names; Jean Georges, is well, his restaurant, Perry Street is located on Perry Street, Mercer Kitchen can be thought of as belonging to both the street and the hotel under which it […]

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