November, 2012


Buttons Bursting

Ippudo – Sometimes Having Nothing to Say Says it All

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Everyone from NYU students, to tourists, to Anne Hathaway comes here for their ramen fill. Nicer ambiance than your average East Village noodle spot.
  • sip: Mediocre wine, decent Japanese beer & sake by the glass and bottle
  • savor: RAMEN! Any kind will do, but the Miso Ramen is a personal Pants favorite
  • sit: Solo at the communal table, with a group at a cushy banquette, or if you are a lucky, one of few tables for 2.
  • spend: $$
  • address: 65 4th Avenue (btw 9th St & 10th St)
  • phone number: (212) 388-0088
  • website:

Buttons Undone

Nom Wah Tea Parlor- Dim Sum and then Some

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Old school soda fountain place with lots of character and not a lot of frills; red and white check table cloths begging to get dirty with dumpling juice
  • sip: Lots of different types of tea; beer, soda...
  • savor: Every single thing you can fit in your face
  • sit: With a large group so you can share a lot of food; with your significant other or sibling after a long night out to soak up your sauced sins
  • spend: $
  • address: 13 Doyers Street (At Bowery)
  • phone number: (212) 962-6047
  • website:

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Il Gattopardo – A Purrrrfect Midtown Date Spot

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Exudes coziness while remaining rather traditionally chic; More welcoming in style and attitude than your average midtown staple - meow to that!
  • sip: Italian vino is king on this spot's list
  • savor: Everything looked and sounded amazing, but we can vouch for the braised baby escarole, lasagna, and rigatoni with spicy anduja sausage
  • sit: Not a bad spot in the narrow dining room, but if you are feeling lucky, try to snag a table in the back garden room.
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 33 W 54th St. (btw 5th Ave & Ave of the Americas)
  • phone number: (212) 246-0412
  • website: