January 2013

Last seasons pants

January 28, 2013

La Mangeoire- J’Adore

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1008 Second Avenue (between 53rd and 54th)
212-759-7086
www.lamangeore.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Rustic French country charm- lots of couples, warm candlelight
  • sip: Vin
  • savor: Chicken Chicken Chicken
  • sit: With your lovah; with another couple, with a friend from out of town staying in midtown
  • stilettos: St Laurent, Lanvin...not necessary, but French chic is the right call
  • spend: $$
  • address: 1008 Second Avenue (between 53rd and 54th)
  • phone number: 212-759-7086
  • website: www.lamangeore.com

pants picks

chicken for twocozyFrenchgood in the hoodromantical

Bonsoir! There is a little piece of Provence on Second Avenue- all the charm, culinary skills and attention to detail that you can expect from the French without the passport, jet-lag or superior attitude. La Mangeoire is charming, cozy and according to an actual French person seated next to me serves “real food from the […]

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January 23, 2013

Bill’s Thrills

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57 East 54th Street (between Mad and Park)
(212( 518-2727
www.bills54.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Dressed up ski-house chic in midtown; speakeasy and speak lowly
  • sip: Something adult; wine
  • savor: Meat of any kind; raw bar, pasta...
  • sit: Cute place for date night and you can always keep the buzz going downstairs; with parents or people staying in midtown
  • stilettos: This place is on many levels so make sure you can strut in your shoes; Restrained dressiness
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 57 East 54th Street (between Mad and Park)
  • phone number: (212( 518-2727
  • website: www.bills54.com

pants picks

cozyHyped ChefMEATing PlaceMidtown

Friday night in midtown, woo woo! Imagine my surprise when I decided to go to the hot new DeLucie place on a Friday night, and- wait for it- I was able to get a reservation! At a prime time! Take that, the Lion! I read about Bill’s on Eater, etc, but a lot of my […]

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January 21, 2013

Annisa – Getting Lo

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13 Barrow Street
(212) 741-6699
www.annisarestaurant.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Chic and lucky locals dining for a special occasion or business dinner
  • sip: Wine and Sake list, along with a full bar and some inspired cocktails
  • savor: You cannot go here without getting the Miso Marinated Sable or the Foie Gras Soup Dumplings, but everything on the menu is pretty fab
  • sit: It's a teeny tiny dining room, so you can't really go wrong!
  • stilettos: You'll want to flash some toe cleavage after you take your first bite to show you are thankful to be here, but tights and Spanx aren't necessary...
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 13 Barrow Street
  • phone number: (212) 741-6699
  • website: www.annisarestaurant.com

pants picks

cozyfaveHyped Chefromanticalspecial occassion

When you talk about the best restaurants in Manhattan, it’s rare to find someone who would say Annisa right off the bat. I would say that this is unfortunate, but at the same time, if someone did mention it, it would thoroughly impress me – which doesn’t happen too often! Hiding in a small space […]

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January 18, 2013

Scarpetta: Best Solo and Scene

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

January 14, 2013

Ichimura at Brushstroke – Our Jiro!

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30 Hudson Street (at Duane Street)
(212) 513-7141
www.davidbouley.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Enter Brushstroke, and turn right behind a curtain to find eight Sushi-philes seated at Mr. Ichimura's bleached wood sushi bar
  • sip: Brushstroke's creative cocktails can be ordered (ahem, the Hommage), or else a wonderful sake selection served in glass teapots, wine, and Japanese beer (including Coedo, which we were THRILLED to see)
  • savor: Omakase only, bitches
  • sit: There's only 8 seats, and Mr. Ichimura is so meticulous he makes sure the staff spaces them appropriately
  • stilettos: Whoever is taking you deserves some extra loving, so throw on some heels - you are sitting at a counter all night anyway!
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 30 Hudson Street (at Duane Street)
  • phone number: (212) 513-7141
  • website: www.davidbouley.com

pants picks

Counter culturespecial occassionsushitough resTribecaTurning Japanese

The Pants visited Brushstroke over a year ago, and found that the bar area there was odd… great design, but the space didn’t attract a bar-menu type of crowd, nor would it be a place you’d go for a drink before dinner besides Brushstroke. I have no idea when, but sometime in the recent past, […]

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January 9, 2013

El Toro Blanco- No Bull

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257 Sixth Avenue (between Houston and Downing)
(212) 645 0193
www.eltoroblanconyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Downtown slick Mexican space, with just enough energy to pass as personality
  • sip: Tequila, in any form
  • savor: Take your shot...Guac, Cheese Crisp
  • sit: So typical, but with some girlfriends who like drink tequila
  • stilettos: Why not? It is the hot place of the moment, so why not pair some heels with your huitlachoche?
  • spend: $$
  • address: 257 Sixth Avenue (between Houston and Downing)
  • phone number: (212) 645 0193
  • website: www.eltoroblanconyc.com

pants picks

Chews before you boozeSouth of the Border

El Toro Blanco has an amazing menu. Everything on it sounds delicious and fresh, inventive and authentic. This can not be denied. My excitement for my meal El Toro Blanco manifested itself in my relentless dissecting of the online menu and the planning and re-working of my meal strategy. That menu- so many choices! However […]

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January 8, 2013

Donohue’s Steak House- Where Everybody Knows Your Name

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845 Lexington Avenue (between 64th and 65th)
(212) 744-0938

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Cheers for NYC; a long, dark wood bar, vinyl booths, old time servers
  • sip: A real cocktail- martini, old-fashioned...or beer, wine...Don't embarrass yourself by requesting anything to be muddled
  • savor: Cheeseburger; Turkey
  • sit: At the bar with your love for a low key, classic date night; with any picky relatives who are not into the "hustle and bustle of NYC and all its fancy food"
  • stilettos: Nah...This is a step back in time, and you don't want to trip
  • spend: $$
  • address: 845 Lexington Avenue (between 64th and 65th)
  • phone number: (212) 744-0938
  • website:

pants picks

burgerscasualEat at the Barno reservations

Donohue’s Steak House is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. It is old school and transporting, charming but not time-warped. It is a real no frills sort of joint, serving solid, no-nonsense food with a side of hospitality and local flavor. The best way to experience Donahue’s is to sidle up the dark wood […]

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