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Lilia- Girl Power

Pants at a Glance
  • 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
  • spend: $$
  • address: 567 Union Avenue (corner of N. 10th and Union)
  • phone number: (718) 576-3095
  • website: www.lilianewyork.com
Javelina NYC Sisterhood of the Unbuttoning Pants
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Javelina- Jave to Try

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Lot's of "wooh" girls out on the town; casual tex mex vibe without a lot of kitsch
  • sip: Margaritas, tequila, Mexican beer,
  • savor: Queso, Fajitas, Enchiladas
  • sit: With a group of girls if you must; with another couple
  • spend: $$
  • address: 119 East 18th Street (between Park and Irving Place)
  • phone number: (212) 539-0202
  • website: www. javelinatexmex.com
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SRO- A Little “Pizza” Heaven

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Small, hidden space entered by walking into Espoleta; funky and lively
  • sip: Wine
  • savor: Egglplant; fried pizza; nutella pizza; pizza pizza
  • sit: With a friend, with a date, with a group of people
  • spend: $
  • address: 334 Bowery (google Espoleta if you can't find the address for SRO)
  • phone number: 211-466-3301
  • website: www.sropizza.com
Grand Central Oyster Bar
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Grand Central Oyster Bar- A Worthy Classic

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Under the sea, under Grand Central; Quintessential old New York
  • sip: There are some wild martinis available, as well more classic options like wine and beer
  • savor: Oysters (duh); Fried clams; Oyster Pan Roast, everything!
  • sit: By yourself; with your parents, from out of town or in town;
  • spend: $$
  • address: Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street
  • phone number: (212) 490-6650
  • website: www.oysterbarny.com
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Estela- Estellar

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Cramped chic; cozy yet bustling with exposed brick and candles
  • sip: Anything if you can get the bartender's attention
  • savor: Mussels Escabeche; Burrata; Arroz; Ricotta Dumplings
  • sit: With foodie friends from out of town; With another couple before you go out for some drinks; date night
  • spend: $$
  • address: 47 East Houston Street
  • phone number: (212) 219-7693
  • website: www.estelanyc.com
Dieci NY
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Dieci, A Ten

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Unassuming from the outside, small, and minimally decorated, it is no frills but cool
  • sip: Sake, beer, wine
  • savor: Egg, caviar, uni; pork buns; lamb bolognese ramen
  • sit: With a date you want to impress with foodie cred; with your adventurous girl friend
  • spend: $$
  • address: 228 East 10th Street (between First and Second Avenue)
  • phone number: (212)387-9545
  • website: www.dieciny.com
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Root & Bone- South, Meet Mouth

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Southern Charm meets Alphabet City; just cooly hip, not hipster
  • sip: Bourbon baby, this is Southern food; full list of cocktails and wines as well
  • savor: Fried chicken; biscuits; mac and cheese
  • sit: On a double date; with a fried chicken fiend
  • spend: $$
  • address: 200 East 3rd Street
  • phone number: (646) 682-7080
  • website: www.rootnbone.com
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Sweet Chick LES- How Sweet It Is

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
  • spend: $$
  • address: 178 Ludlow Street (between Houston and Stanton)
  • phone number: (646) 657-0233
  • website: www.sweetchicknyc.com