May, 2012


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Red Rooster- See what all the noise is about

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Bustling and cool; light and air with a lot of energy and swagger
  • sip: Custom cocktails; tons of beers on tap and reasonably priced wine
  • savor: Jerk Bacon and Egg; Mac and cheese
  • sit: With anyone fun; curious foodie types; great for a date if your date is up for anything and you want to try something new and far
  • spend: $$
  • address: 310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th Street)
  • phone number: (212) 792-9001
  • website:

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21 Club- A Love Letter to New York City

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Old school New York City at its finest
  • sip: This place just screams "martini" or whatever classic cocktail you desire; wine
  • savor: Burger; potatoes; chocolate souffle; chicken hash
  • sit: With people from out of town; clients you are entertaining; with your boyfriend or anyone you want to celebrate with
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 21 West 52nd Street (between 5th and 6th)
  • phone number: (212) 582-7200
  • website:

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Cafe Cluny- Good Looking, But No Match for George

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Cozy, cute and West Villagey by design
  • sip: Delicious original cocktails
  • savor: Cheese plate; tuna burger...
  • sit: With a group of friends that you haven't seen in a while; with anyone who actually lives nearby; on a date, but not a first one, its a little obvious in its contrived nonchalance
  • spend: $$
  • address: 284 West 12th Street (at West 4th)
  • phone number: (212) 255-6900
  • website:

Pants Rants: No Items For You!

The following scenario happens to us all of the time at Babbo, to the point where we just continue to subject ourselves to rejection: You sit down, you look at an extensive menu, offering delicious and tempting fare and you try to narrow down what you want to order. ┬áThen, somewhere yonder, you see a Tasting Menu, Chef’s tasting menu,...

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Marc Forgione-Forging Ahead

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Farmhouse chic in Tribeca; warm candlelight room with country touches
  • sip: Wine list is a little pricey, but there are good values to be had
  • savor: Chicken Chicken Chicken
  • sit: With a date; with your parents and your boyfriend; with your friends that live around the corner and only have the nanny for a few hours
  • spend: $$
  • address: 134 Reade Street (between Hudson and Greenwich)
  • phone number: (212) 941-9401
  • website: