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June 7, 2017

Runner & Stone, Baking Up Deliciousness in Brooklyn

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285 Third Avenue; Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-576-3360
http://www.runnerandstone.com/

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/

pants picks

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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 29, 2016

Recette-Your New Brunch Buddy

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328 West 12th Street
(212) 414 3000
www.recetteny.com

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

pants picks

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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November 13, 2015

Sadelle’s – A “Hole” New Kind of Bagel Place?

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463 West Broadway
(212) 254-3000
www.sadelles.com

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

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pants at a glance

  • 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

pants picks

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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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July 15, 2014

Sweet Chick LES- How Sweet It Is

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178 Ludlow Street (between Houston and Stanton)
(646) 657-0233
www.sweetchicknyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Down -home and downtown
  • sip: Blood Mary's; signature cocktails, etc
  • savor: Fried chicken and waffles; biscuits with sausage gravy; kale BLT
  • sit: With anyone - there were a fair amount of families when we visited, and food this good is meant for sharing in large groups
  • stilettos: Drive slow homey, no need rooster around to eat this fried bird...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 178 Ludlow Street (between Houston and Stanton)
  • phone number: (646) 657-0233
  • website: www.sweetchicknyc.com

pants picks

brunchcasualfried chickenno reservationsSouthern

Since I recently ate my way through Nashville, I am clearly an expert on Southern food, no? My time down south taught me  a few things about a few things, and this knowledge empowered me upon my recent visit to check out the weekday brunch at Sweet Chick LES.  You don’t need to be an […]

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June 23, 2014

Russ & Daughters Cafe – Nothing to Kvetch About

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127 Orchard Street, btw Rivington and Delancey
(212) 475-4881
http://www.russanddaughters.com

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

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pants at a glance

  • scene: Modern Diner meets old-school hospitality, with a crowd of loyals, foodies, and tourists alike
  • sip: Full-out soda fountain/bar in the front serving homemade soda blends, egg-creams, cream sodas, and tricked our Bloodies
  • savor: There's barely a way to go wrong… Smoked fish platters, Lower Sunny Side, SUPER HEEBSTER
  • sit: While the counter seats at the soda bar in the front of the restaurant caters well to both singles and duos, try to grab a high top or booth in the back with a bigger group
  • stilettos: No need to break out the besties for Russ & Daughters - wear comfortable flats so you can walk off your meal afterward!
  • spend: $$
  • address: 127 Orchard Street, btw Rivington and Delancey
  • phone number: (212) 475-4881
  • website: http://www.russanddaughters.com

pants picks

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We may have blonde hair and blonde eyes, but these two shiksa-looking babes grew up Jewish, and have been taking down bagels with lox since birth. Russ & Daughters has been catering the Pants breakfasts and also our family’s Break Fast during Yom Kippur for as long as we can remember, and has always held […]

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: A mix of fancy and faff, in one of the most gorgeous rooms in New York City
  • sip: Cocktails like the Mother of Pearl or Proud Mary were delicious, but you can always opt for a good ol' Greyhound - Or go the opposite direction and order $550 bottles of Vodka and Champers
  • savor: Smoked Salmon Tart, Burger with Fries, Foie Gras French Toast
  • sit: The banquettes are super tight for larger groups, but perfect for 2-6 with a breathtaking view
  • stilettos: When in Boom Boom….
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 848 Washington St (at 13th)
  • phone number: (212) 645-7600
  • website: http://standardhotels.com/high-line/food-drink/the-top-of-the-standard

pants picks

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When I read that the Top of the Standard (I still prefer to say Boom Boom Room, not sure why that changed) was starting to do a Sunday brunch, I immediately checked the calendar to see when my and Husband’s schedules would allow us a Sunday Funday. What could be better than a brunch party […]

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July 18, 2012

Westville… A Gem of the West Vill (along with East Vill, and now Chelsea)

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Multiple - 210 W 10th St, off of Bleeker
(212) 741-7971
www.westvillenyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: If you are lucky enough to grab a table, you will be surrounded by your West Village neighbors and students
  • sip: No booze, but wine and beer are offered
  • savor: Daily Veggies, Turkey Chili, Greek Salad
  • sit: With budget-conscious friends, a casual date
  • stilettos: Not necessary - the casual, tight digs don't leave much room to strut your stuff
  • spend: $
  • address: Multiple - 210 W 10th St, off of Bleeker
  • phone number: (212) 741-7971
  • website: www.westvillenyc.com

pants picks

brunchcasualdeliveryGo-Togood in the hoodhealthyladies who lunchMultiple locationsNo Res

Upon walking up to Westville, it is hard to tell that this is actually a dining establishment and not a coffee shop..It’s right off Bleeker, on a sleepy street in the West Village. A lot of people I know get delivery from there, but I have been wanting to go for a while. I hadn’t […]

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May 10, 2011

Prune – The Waiting (is not) the Hardest Part

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54 East 1st St., btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
(212) 677-6221
www.prunerestaurant.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Survival of the fittest... or hungriest. Find small groups and weekend couples galore!
  • sip: Did I mention the Bloody Mary menu with 10 variations?
  • savor: Not one thing, even the macerated fruit with mint, sounds bad to me. The Monte Cristo can change your life, and they hand old Alka Seltzer at the door for a reason...
  • sit: Apparently there's a downstairs room with a communal table, but the group that went down there right before had the highest pitched voices ever. The upstairs room is tiny, and the seats at the front are key on a nice day.
  • stilettos: Roll out of bed after a rager and slip on your most comfortable shoes - You don't want the rats I always happen to see on 1st Street to trip you in a pair of heels! Besides, it's brunch anyway...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 54 East 1st St., btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
  • phone number: (212) 677-6221
  • website: www.prunerestaurant.com

pants picks

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Tom Petty once said that “the waiting is the hardest part.” When it comes to brunch at Prune, I beg to differ. On a beautiful May Saturday, I was up way too early (thanks to a food event where I blacked out early the night before) and BF and I decided to head somewhere for […]

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May 4, 2011

The Essex… All You Can Brunch for $18

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120 Essex Street (at Rivington)
(212) 533-9616
www.essexnyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Mixed groups of students, downtown wannabe hipsters, and out-of-towners
  • sip: There is a full service bar; brunch comes with 3 bloody mary's, mimosas, or screwdrivers
  • savor: Baked Eggs w/ crispy ham, mushrooms, roasted peppers, and jack cheese; The Aristocrat; Mexican Matzoh Brei
  • sit: With the your sunday funday crew, a girls brunch to discuss the night before, a big birthday group
  • stilettos: This far on the LES, you are better off in cowboy boots than heels, but some of the decked out girls with big groups can be found in high heels
  • spend: $
  • address: 120 Essex Street (at Rivington)
  • phone number: (212) 533-9616
  • website: www.essexnyc.com

pants picks

brunchcasualEssexGroupsSunday Funday

I have heard plenty about brunch at The Essex – mainly because brunch is its thing, as it is MY thing, and they have a deal where you can have 3 breakfast drinks (Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Screwdrivers) along with any brunch item for $18. I tried to plan my own boozy birthday brunch there a […]

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