February, 2012

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L’Artusi…L’ove it

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: cozy and vibrant at the same time; dark walls with contrasting white bar seating that literally highlights the food show; quite noisy, nosey, so don't creep your neighbors' convo
  • sip: White Lambrusco; huge, slightly intimidatingly sized wine list, but plenty of delicious offerings for decent prices; staff is knowledgable and happy to assist with a selection;
  • savor: mushrooms with fried egg; spaghetti with chiles, ramps, and breadcrumbs; brussel sprouts; olive oil cake
  • sit: with someone who likes to share food; a date; not recommended for anyone who will dishing up a side of gossip, the tables are pretty close together
  • spend: $$
  • address: 228 West 10th Street (between Bleecker and Hudson)
  • phone number: (212) 255-5757
  • website: www.lartusi.com
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Chin Chin- Fine China

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Hmmm...large open dining room and smaller rooms in the back and off the main entrance; lightly colored walls showcase sepia tinged family photographs
  • sip: Full bar available
  • savor: Pan fried pork dumplings; hot and sour soup; spare ribs; shredded garlic chicken; Grand Marnier Shrimp; soft-shell crabs when in season
  • sit: With family; with your friend who doesn't buy into fancy Chinese food; anyone who wants Chinese on a Sunday night
  • spend: $$
  • address: 216 East 49th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Aves)
  • phone number: 212-888-4555
  • website: www.chinchinny.com