March, 2015

Unbuttoning Pants Spigolo NYC

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Spigolo- Uptown Funk

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Dark wood, large bar, candlelight; neighborhood Italian place with class and comfort
  • sip: Fully revamped cocktail list
  • savor: Picolo Piatti menu, especially the gnocchi, porchetta sandwich and the branzino
  • sit: With a date; with a friend from the neighborhood; by yourself at the bar
  • spend: $$
  • address: 1471 Second Avenue (between 76th and 77th)
  • phone number: (212) 744-1100
  • website:
Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer

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Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer- Tap it Back

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Old-school luncheonette with a hip twist; counter-seating only, a tv and lots of beers
  • sip: Any number of beers; sochu and sake
  • savor: Burgers burgers burgers! Try a Classic and the Spicy Mexican, for the full range of burger-bilities
  • sit: Totally okay to go by yourself for a lunch time bite; but more fun to grab a friend to share and have some brews
  • spend: $
  • address: 529 Broome Street (between Thompson and Sullivan)
  • phone number: (917) 639-3089
  • website:
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