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August 2, 2017

The Grill- Nipped, Tucked and Ready For its Close-Up

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

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June 27, 2017

Fusco- A Must Go

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

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  • scene: Sophistication without stuffiness
  • sip: You can have whatever you like...
  • savor: Stromboli; short rib; pomodoro; duck agnolotti
  • sit: On a date; with parents; alone at the bar
  • stilettos: More Manolo than Marant; perfect place for that "day to night" dress you bought...
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 43 East 20th Street (between Park and Broadway)
  • phone number: (212) 777-5314
  • website: www.fusconewyork.com

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date nightHyped ChefPasta

I am going to stand strong behind my glowing recommendation for Fusco, but I will note that Daryl’s experience was less stellar than mine. I found everything about Fusco to be above par, including the decor, the service and of course the food, and have been aggressively recommending it ever since I dined there. I […]

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Industrial yet cozy, low key neighborhood spot
  • sip: Lots of wine, craft cocktails
  • savor: Any of the fresh, local salads; braided ravioli; sandwiches (lunch), fried chicken (dinner)
  • sit: With a date for the weeknight bite; with a friend to catch up and carb up for breakfast or lunch
  • stilettos: No need to spend a lot of bread on your outfit to eat this bread; think Rag and Bone and fun sneakers
  • spend: $$
  • address: 285 Third Avenue; Brooklyn, NY 11215
  • phone number: 718-576-3360
  • website: http://www.runnerandstone.com/

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bakeryBKBrooklyn stand UPbrunchcozyfried chickengood in the hoodGowanusGroups

There have been a lot of great restaurant openings in the Gownaus area, as the industrial buildings are being snapped up and the area that surrounds a once radioactive canal is actually becoming quite hip. While it’s not a huge neighborhood, there is fun (Royal Palms Shuffle Board), plenty of alfresco hanging (Lavender Lake, Pig Beach), and […]

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February 28, 2017

Union Square Cafe-Guess Who’s Back?

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Classic upscale tavern that feels both informal professional
  • sip: Small pours of wine, cocktails, etc
  • savor: Cauliflower Sformato; any pasta; USC burger
  • sit: With your parents for a special dinner; with friends from out of town; by yourself at the bar
  • stilettos: Union Square Cafe is very quintessential New York, so just about anything goes. A neat appearance seems appropriate, can't go wrong with a nice button down and stilettos
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 101 East 19th Street (entrance on Park)
  • phone number: 212-243-4020
  • website: www.unionsquarecafe.com

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ClassicEat at the BarPastaspecial occassion

As  (former) long time Union Square residents, Union Square Cafe holds a special place in the hearts of the Pants. Union Square Cafe and its iconic sign were synonymous with the neighborhood of its origin, it’s vibe so effortlessly low- key, that the exceptional service and high-quality food were a comforting surprise. The closure of Union Square Cafe […]

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December 12, 2016

Leuca- Love at First Bite

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Simultaneously light and cozy, with the smells from the wood burning oven filling the room
  • sip: Cocktails and beers and wine oh my!
  • savor: Whipped ricotta; burrata pasta, chicken for two
  • sit: Date-worthy; with a small group for a lovely night out; with your parents to show them Brooklyn isn't so bad
  • stilettos: Not formal at all, but dress like you would for a cool place in downtown NYC; if on a date, you won't feel out of a place in a cute dress and boots
  • spend: $$$
  • address: William Vale Hotel, 11 North 12th Street (BROOKLYN)
  • phone number: (718) 581-5900
  • website: www.leuca.com

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BKchicken for twodate nightHyped ChefItalian

“Hey, honey, let’s go to a super-trendy hot spot in Brooklyn for a drink at the bar where we need a reservation and then to the new restaurant in the hotel,” is not usually the way to get my husband out of the house. “Andrew Carmelllini is the chef and there is a chicken on […]

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November 28, 2016

Augustine and Be Scene

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Blink and you are in Paris
  • sip: Any crafted cocktail, wine, etc...
  • savor: Cheese soufflé; crab salad; burger, uni spaghetti
  • sit: With a date you want to impress; with another fun couple; with a girl friend for some quality time over wine and fries
  • stilettos: This place is hot hot hot, so do it up, French chic; Isabel Marant, YSL, but make sure you can strut in your shoes because the bathroom is really far
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 5 Beekman Street
  • phone number: 212-375-0010
  • website: http://www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/the-beekman

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bistroburgerFrenchHot SpotHotel dining

It’s been a while since I have been out and about with the beautiful people on a Monday night, and to be honest it felt fantastic.  I air-kissed and smiled my way through several unexpected run ins with old friends at the Beekman, and I enjoyed every minute it.  The Beekman is one of the […]

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October 14, 2016

Hail Mary- Hail Yes

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Hip retro diner that is not trying too hard
  • sip: Fun, soda counter inspired cocktails with a kick; BOOZY EGG CREAM; also beer wine, etc
  • savor: Fried burrata; turkey club; fried chicken; burger
  • sit: With a group for a night out; with a friend at the bar for drinks and bites after work; by yourself at the bar to cure all that ails you
  • stilettos: Ride the retro theme in some Chuck Taylors, no need to get fancy
  • spend: $$
  • address: 68 Greenpoint Avenue (BK)
  • phone number: (347)422-0645
  • website: hailmarybk.com

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BKcausaldinerGood for groups

To quote Crazy Stupid Love, Hail Mary is the “perfect combination of sexy and cute.” It is located in Greepoint (cute), run by Ham and Sohla, a husband and wife team who met in culinary school (sexy), has a laid-back retro diner vibe (cute) and features homemade ingredients (sexy sexy.) Hail Mary is also both a destination and […]

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September 26, 2016

Zadie’s Oyster Room- One Shell of a Great Place

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Casual old -time charm with lots of high top tables and a good bar
  • sip: Beer and rosé pair especially well with oysters
  • savor: Oysters in all forms; raw, baked, fried, steamed...
  • sit: Date night done right!
  • stilettos: Nautical stripes are always a good idea when eating oysters, but jeans and sneakers are fine, unless you are on a date, then a dress and flats
  • spend: $$
  • address: 413 East 12th Street, between First and A
  • phone number: (646) 602-1300
  • website: www.zadiesoysterroom.com

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casualdate nightEat at the BarOysters

Zadie’s Oyster Room gives its namesake bivalves the royal treatment. The beauty of oysters lies in their simplicity; they are often eaten completely on their own, fresh out of the water, bursting with briney goodness, with only a simple mignonette sauce or a squeeze of lemon. Zadie’s honors oysters in not only their most natural form, but […]

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August 26, 2016

Le Coucou- La Vie en Daniel Rose

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: A soft mix of sexy and classic in an unconventional dining room; Large windows in the front but cozier near the open kitchen in the back; feels very French
  • sip: The No 2; any carefully crafted cocktail
  • savor: Ouef Norvégien; fried quail; chocolate mousse
  • sit: With your lover for a top-notch date night; with a breakfast meeting you are trying to impress; with your foodie friend from out of town
  • stilettos: This is the new hot place and the crowd the night I was there was chic chic chic; throw on a pencil skirt and pointy heels
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 138 Lafayette Street (near Howard)
  • phone number: (212) 271-4252
  • website: www.lecoucou.com

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fit for foodiesHot SpotHyped Chef

My dinner at Le Coucou made me giddily, grinningly  happy. It has been a long time since the atmosphere, food, and most importantly service, impressed me to the degree that Le Coucou did.   I am not saying that everything was perfect, and perhaps my standards for service have been lowered due to the dire situations […]

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Small stall as part of a micro outdoor food court; only four seats available at the counter, sort of reminds you of eating in Southeast Asia
  • sip: H20
  • savor: Sushi omakase, in 30 minutes
  • sit: By yourself or with your friend; possibly a date but only once you have vetted their sushi style
  • stilettos: Please no
  • spend: $
  • address: 56 Great Jones Street between Bowery and Lafayette
  • phone number:
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Ready, Set…Sushi! Our beloved Chef David Bouhadana, unceremoniously ousted from Sushi Dojo after embarking on a well-intentioned if not exactly well-received campaign against the New York City Health department, has returned to work his magic on fish- sort of.  Sushi on Jones is part of the small Bowery Market, and it is a unique sushi experience […]

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