September 2016

Last seasons pants

September 26, 2016

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

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413 East 12th Street, between First and A
(646) 602-1300
www.zadiesoysterroom.com

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

pants picks

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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March 25, 2016

Lilia- Girl Power

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567 Union Avenue (corner of N. 10th and Union)
(718) 576-3095
www.lilianewyork.com

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

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
  • 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

pants picks

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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April 28, 2015

Javelina- Jave to Try

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119 East 18th Street (between Park and Irving Place)
(212) 539-0202
www. javelinatexmex.com

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

Javelina NYC Sisterhood of the Unbuttoning Pants

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
  • stilettos:
  • spend: $$
  • address: 119 East 18th Street (between Park and Irving Place)
  • phone number: (212) 539-0202
  • website: www. javelinatexmex.com

pants picks

casualgood in the hoodhot hot hotTex Mex

Tex Mex food is fun; there is no other way to say it.  It is naughty, it is messy, and goes well with tequila, which may explain the lowered inhibitions and raised voices of girls in a Tex Mex restaurant.  I don’t know what it is about tequila that makes girls screech, but it does, […]

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April 2, 2015

SRO- A Little “Pizza” Heaven

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334 Bowery (google Espoleta if you can't find the address for SRO)
211-466-3301
www.sropizza.com

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

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
  • stilettos: Although there is an Intermix down the block, casual chic is recommended, along with stretchy pants
  • spend: $
  • address: 334 Bowery (google Espoleta if you can't find the address for SRO)
  • phone number: 211-466-3301
  • website: www.sropizza.com

pants picks

casualGroupspizza

SRO sounds more complicated than it really is.  Forget secret doors, passwords, etc, and just focus on one word: PIZZA. SRO stands for Single Room Occupancy, a nod to its tiny, hidden space, but that concept of singularity can be also be applied to the menu, where pizza, in its many glorious forms, is the true star. […]

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November 26, 2014

Grand Central Oyster Bar- A Worthy Classic

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Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street
(212) 490-6650
www.oysterbarny.com

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

Grand Central Oyster Bar

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  • 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;
  • stilettos: Anything goes here, really, but no need to dress up, half the people walking around are catching a train somewhere
  • spend: $$
  • address: Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street
  • phone number: (212) 490-6650
  • website: www.oysterbarny.com

pants picks

casualClassicCounter culturefaveFish FaceMidtown

There is really no excuse, dear readers, for my negligence in seeking out this New York City gem sooner. The Grand Central Oyster Bar has a menu and atmosphere that is ambitious in scope, but not delivery.  Every element of the space is classic, and comforting, from the red and white checked table cloths to the waiters in […]

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October 29, 2014

Estela- Estellar

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47 East Houston Street
(212) 219-7693
www.estelanyc.com

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

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
  • stilettos: Estela is pretty hot right now, but still casual; rag and bone skinnies, a flannel shirt and moto boots would look right at home
  • spend: $$
  • address: 47 East Houston Street
  • phone number: (212) 219-7693
  • website: www.estelanyc.com

pants picks

buzzycasualGood for sharingromanticalSolid bet

Did you hear the one about the President whose card got declined at a trendy NYC eatery? Yeah, well we did too ( He should have used Cover, but I digress)… Presidential seal or not, Estela is worth a visit, but it takes a little patience. Estela is very small; Actually not really small as […]

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September 4, 2014

Dieci, A Ten

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228 East 10th Street (between First and Second Avenue)
(212)387-9545
www.dieciny.com

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

Dieci NY

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
  • stilettos: I mean a mix of Yoji Yamamoto and Prada would be right on theme, but this place keeps it casual...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 228 East 10th Street (between First and Second Avenue)
  • phone number: (212)387-9545
  • website: www.dieciny.com

pants picks

casualFoodie Funsleeper hitTurning Japanese

Dieci is a very interesting little spot, almost bashfully unassuming and perfect at executing what so many others have explicitly set out to do and failed.  Dieci is an intricate hybrid of Japanese and Italian sensibilities, serving small and large plates that are gimmick -free and seamlessly executed.   The food is ambitious but not pretentious, […]

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August 21, 2014

Root & Bone- South, Meet Mouth

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200 East 3rd Street
(646) 682-7080
www.rootnbone.com

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

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
  • stilettos: No need for YSL shoes in the land of ABC streets; jeans and flats will do ya just fine
  • spend: $$
  • address: 200 East 3rd Street
  • phone number: (646) 682-7080
  • website: www.rootnbone.com

pants picks

casualfried chickenHyped Chefno reservations

Bikini season is on its last legs, (and abs and ass), so there is no better time to treat yourself to some guilt-inducing, finger licking fried chicken. After interviewing Mr. Lee Schrager about his book “Fried and True”, a compilation of fried chicken recipes from around the country, I had bird on the brain and […]

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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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