January, 2013

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La Mangeoire- J’Adore

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
  • spend: $$
  • address: 1008 Second Avenue (between 53rd and 54th)
  • phone number: 212-759-7086
  • website: www.lamangeore.com
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Bill’s Thrills

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
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 57 East 54th Street (between Mad and Park)
  • phone number: (212( 518-2727
  • website: www.bills54.com
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Annisa – Getting Lo

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!
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 13 Barrow Street
  • phone number: (212) 741-6699
  • website: www.annisarestaurant.com
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Scarpetta: Best Solo and Scene

Bars serve an essential function in my life, and that is that they are something I need to approach in order to get wine in my body as fast as possible. Recently, I have started to expand my love of the bar to recognize it as an option for eating; bar seats are less formal than sitting at a table,...
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Ichimura at Brushstroke – Our Jiro!

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
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 30 Hudson Street (at Duane Street)
  • phone number: (212) 513-7141
  • website: www.davidbouley.com
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El Toro Blanco- No Bull

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
  • spend: $$
  • address: 257 Sixth Avenue (between Houston and Downing)
  • phone number: (212) 645 0193
  • website: www.eltoroblanconyc.com
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Donohue’s Steak House- Where Everybody Knows Your Name

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"
  • spend: $$
  • address: 845 Lexington Avenue (between 64th and 65th)
  • phone number: (212) 744-0938