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May 17, 2016

Impero Caffè- Great Scott

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

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  • scene: Grey and white subterranean space
  • sip: Anything you want; the sommelier is very helpful and friendly
  • savor: stromboli; burrata; spaghetti pomodoro; cavatelli with duck
  • sit: with co-workers ; with the parents/in-laws; date night
  • stilettos: The location is not far from FIT so feel free to WERK it...
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 132 West 27th Street (inside the Melia hotel)
  • phone number: 917-409-5171
  • website: www.imperorestaurants.com

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Scott Conant is back in the New York groove, and I could not be more excited.  Impero Caffè serves Italian food that you want to eat all the time- fresh, simple and properly constructed.  And of course there is THAT pomodoro… To be honest, this is not a sexy location, but it is convenient. Descending […]

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

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  • scene: White and bright, they make the most of the space available
  • sip: Wine, beer, extensive sake list
  • savor: zuke don; gyoza; tonkotsu ramen; tan tan ramen
  • sit: By yourself at the bar or a counter seat ( still must see hostess) or with someone you feel comfortable slurping with. More people means more extras to share...
  • stilettos: They give you a bib, 'nuff said
  • spend: $$
  • address: 342 Lexington Avenue (between 39th and 40th)
  • phone number: (646) 201-5529
  • website: www.momosanramen.com

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Counter cultureHyped ChefRamenTurning Japanese

Ramen has been an important part of the New York City food scene for quite some time, and although established chefs from within the ramen community have opened restaurants to great excitement, Morimoto is by far the most well-known chef to tackle ramen. The cult-like devotion of ramen fans, the mainstream fame of Chef Morimoto, and the […]

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March 25, 2016

Lilia- Girl Power

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

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  • scene: The front room is light and airy, and reminds you of the best restaurant you went to in another city
  • sip: Aperol Spritz; vino
  • savor: Fritelle; squash;Rigatoni Diavola; Malfadini; Black Bass; Soft Serve
  • sit: With another couple for sharing; with anyone who will go to Brooklyn
  • stilettos: The vibe is casual, but this food deserves a little respect, so brush your hair hipsters
  • spend: $$
  • address: 567 Union Avenue (corner of N. 10th and Union)
  • phone number: (718) 576-3095
  • website: www.lilianewyork.com

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BKcasualItalWoman in the Kitchen

The Sisterhood loves nothing more than the chance to sing the praises of a woman chef, and we know that we will not be alone in singing the song of Missy Robbins once more people get their asses to Lilia. We have long been fans of Missy Robbins, especially her wonderful pastas, but for no particular […]

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February 29, 2016

Recette-Your New Brunch Buddy

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Quintessential West Village charmer
  • sip: Bloddy Mary with very un-kosher garnishes
  • savor: Bacon Egg and Cheese on a biscuit; Pain Perdue;
  • sit: Brunch crew so either with your girls, with your guy, or even with your parents (hangover optional)
  • stilettos: Even god rests one day, so no need for heels on a Sunday...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 328 West 12th Street
  • phone number: (212) 414 3000
  • website: www.recetteny.com

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brunchGood for sharingWest Village

Recette is my new favorite place for brunch. I do not identify as a bruncher. I love meals where it is acceptable to drink during the day, but since that is every meal for me, I feel no need to validate this activity under the guise of brunch.  My sister is a bruncher- in Sex […]

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February 18, 2016

Acme- Third Time is Charming

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Model off duty- sexy but approachable; warm lighting, large bar area
  • sip: Well designed specialty cocktails wine, etc
  • savor: Veggie and flavor-heavy dishes including artichokes with lemon ricotta and kale caesar salad; pastas
  • sit: With a group on a weekend night before heading out; with a girlfriend for a sexy night out
  • stilettos: During the weekend, do it up; during the week, city casual- leather leggings, motorcycle boots
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 9 Great Jones Street
  • phone number: (212)203-2121
  • website: www.acmenyc.com

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Chews before you boozeItalian/Frenchsexy sexyShmancy cocktails

What do a cajun joint, “new Nordic” cuisine, and a French/ Italian restaurant all have in common? The same orange and blue sign, at 9 Great Jones,  bearing the name “Acme,” hanging outside.  While the cuisine served at Acme has literally been all over the place, the location and the sign have stayed the same, […]

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December 31, 2015

Kosaka-Coming in Strong

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

Kosaka NYC

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  • scene: Quiet, elegant and casual, a premium sushi bar experience
  • sip: Sake to me
  • savor: Omakase
  • sit: With you fish loving friend; I don't recommend a group of more than 3 at the sushi bar because it is hard to talk to each other all in a row
  • stilettos: At these prices, wear what you want...
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 220 West 13th Street
  • phone number: (212)727-1709
  • website: www.kosakanyc.com

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Counter culturesushiTurning Japanese

The Pants eat a lot of sushi, as you know, and sitting at sushi bars is one of our favorite things to do together.  Some of the outstanding places we have been have not made it on to the site (Tanoshi, Cagen) simply because it is difficult to describe the nuances of every well cut […]

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

Unbuttoning Pants

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  • scene: Bi-level, high decibel place with brick walls, and a bagel kitchen in the middle; limited take-out area roped off in the front
  • sip: Anything you would like, for a price
  • savor: Bagels; smoked salad; tuna salad; sticky buns
  • sit: With trendy friends for a weekend brunch; with a friend or by yourself for lunch during the week
  • stilettos: Not necessary but the brunches are all done up but trying to look like they are not; Adidas or Isabel Marant, your call...
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 463 West Broadway
  • phone number: (212) 254-3000
  • website: www.sadelles.com

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Bagelsbrunchloudtrendy

Get it? If I wrote this review after my first or second visit to Sadelle’s it would have been a laudatory salute to the best new lunch restaurant in New York City.  Unfortunately, I had a third visit, and the reality of Sadelle’s started to sink in a little.  Saddelle’s in a lot of ways […]

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October 12, 2015

Del Frisco’s Grille- Rock Solid in Rock Center

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Steakhouse-light in midtown; big windows, high quality finishes
  • sip: Hard root beer float
  • savor: Crab cakes; steakhouse salad; spinach supreme
  • sit: With anyone work related; with friends who work in the area; by yourself after a shopping spree at Saks
  • stilettos: Lots of corporate types and tourists alike, so just about anything goes, but the surroundings dictate a certain neatness
  • spend: $$
  • address: 50 Rockefeller Plaza (51st street)
  • phone number: (212) 767-0371
  • website: www.delfriscosgrille.com

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MEATing PlaceMidtownwork meal

Midtowners, listen up: Del Frisco’s Grille is here to provide a solution to any dining conundrum, delivering high quality food in a lively atmosphere, at a pace that will not drain your soul even more than working in midtown. I am filing this place as a midtown no-brainer: Need to meet clients for lunch?  Need […]

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September 25, 2015

Jams- A Little Jammed Up

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: high ceilinged, loft like space with lots of windows; noisy and a little bland
  • sip: Whatever gets you jamming
  • savor: Smoked salmon and caviar pancake; kale salad; chicken (with a side); dessert
  • sit: For a work dinner, wit hpeople visiting and staying in midtown, or with a friend for an after work bite
  • stilettos: It is midtown so look neat, but it is California cuisine so casual works as well...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 1414 Sixth Avenue at 58th Street
  • phone number: (212) 703 2007
  • website: the website is annoying and doesn't give much information; try googling it

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chickenHyped ChefMidtown

Barbuto is most likely leaving, and that sucks.  Jams has opened, and while it doesn’t suck, it is hardly a proper substitute.  Jams is the reinterpreted version of Jonathan Waxman’s first New York City restaurant of the same name. The original Jams was famous for its California cuisine, a concept that is now much more mainstream […]

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September 2, 2015

Sessanta- Shockingly Solid

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Downtown chic combined with a little bit of Soho touristas; loud music and cool decor
  • sip: All the usual suspects
  • savor: Sausage meatballs; Sorghum "risotto"; branzino
  • sit: Good for a large group; has a fun vibe, so maybe girls night out, woohoo; could be a date place, and then head up to a room if it goes well...
  • stilettos: Yes, feel free to take a lot of time to look effortlessly cool; place is not formal, but it is new,(ish) so you can wear something new(ish) as well
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 60 Thompson Street, (in the Sixty Thompson Hotel)
  • phone number: 212-219-8119
  • website: www.sessantanyc.com

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in a hotelItalsohotrendy

Sessanta, for whatever reason, seemed a little contrived to me, based on what I read about it. The combination of the  too cool location, too cool operators, too vague Italian provenance as the inspiration for the menu just didn’t read authentic for some reason. My impression was that Sessanta was a bunch of guys who wanted to […]

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