The Sisterhood of the Unbuttoning Pants

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Emily- Our new BFF

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Straight- forward and not fussy; early dinner times will be a lot of parents feeding kids and prime dinner times brings larger groups of BK locals and foodies who know what's up
  • sip: Seasonal signature cocktails, beer; wine by the quartino ( do it)
  • savor: The Emmy burger; PIZZA
  • sit: On a double date or with a group of friends who like eat and share
  • spend: $$
  • address: 919 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
  • phone number: (347) 884- 9588
  • website: www.pizzalovesemily.com
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: www.blacktapnyc.com

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Cherche Midi-Love the One You’re With

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: White tiles, red banquettes and a beautifully lit (and stocked bar)...Welcome to the Left Bank
  • sip: Rosè, wine, anything
  • savor: Beet salad; burger; fries
  • sit: With a girlfriend for some wine and whining; with your lover
  • spend: $$
  • address: 282 Bowery (at Houston)
  • phone number: (212) 226-3055
  • website: www.cherchemidiny.com

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East Pole- Movin’ on Up, to the East Side

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Minimalist decor that is not severe
  • sip: Summer in Avignon; shmancy cocktails, anything else
  • savor: Scotch egg; burger
  • sit: People who are not hard of hearing; with a date; with a group of couples who live on UES
  • spend: $$
  • address: 133 East 65th Street (between Park and Lex)
  • phone number: (212) 249-2222
  • website: www.theeastpolenyc.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

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21 Club- A Love Letter to New York City

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Old school New York City at its finest
  • sip: This place just screams "martini" or whatever classic cocktail you desire; wine
  • savor: Burger; potatoes; chocolate souffle; chicken hash
  • sit: With people from out of town; clients you are entertaining; with your boyfriend or anyone you want to celebrate with
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 21 West 52nd Street (between 5th and 6th)
  • phone number: (212) 582-7200
  • website: www.21club.com

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Burger and Barrel- Mystery on Houston

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Man-caveish and warmly lit; lots of wood and casual/cool touches- not kitschy but not completely organic
  • sip: Beer; wine; cocktail list left a little to be desired
  • savor: Classic Burger; Fries
  • sit: With patient people; small groups of people that like to share and try things; vegetarians are welcome, the veggie burger seems to be a hit
  • spend: $$
  • address: 25 West Houston (between Greene and Mercer)
  • phone number: (212)334-7320
  • website: www.burgerandbarrel.com