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Last seasons pants

February 18, 2016

Acme- Third Time is Charming

buttons open

9 Great Jones Street
(212)203-2121
www.acmenyc.com

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

pants picks

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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March 6, 2014

Bodega Negra- Lights, Camera, ACTION

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Dream Downtown (355 West 16th Street)
(212) 299-2336
labodegranegra.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Trendy funky vibey Mexican, caliente and cool, figure that out
  • sip: What starts with "t" and ends with "a"? Tequila!
  • savor: Guac in a skull; tacos
  • sit: Trendy troublemakers and scenesters, so you know, your weekend crew
  • stilettos: Ay dios mio, girl you better work! The bathrooms are a hike, so make sure you can strut in your heels, so you are not Bodega Negra roadkill
  • spend: $$
  • address: Dream Downtown (355 West 16th Street)
  • phone number: (212) 299-2336
  • website: labodegranegra.com

pants picks

Chews before you boozeGroupsHot SpotMexicansexy sexy

Bodega Negra on a Saturday night is hot hot hot, and we are not talking about the salsa.  The main dish of the night is vibe, and La Bodegra Negra serves it up in heaping portions, from the “hidden” entrance in a juice shop in a hotel (much sanitized from the sex shop front of […]

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December 3, 2013

Tao Downtown- Turning it Up to 11

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Maritime Hotel, 92 9th Ave
(212) 888-2724
taorestaurant.com/downtown/‎

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Splashy flashy brashy Vegas style large- scale Asian joint
  • sip: Tao-tinis!! So pink, so 2000, so amazing
  • savor: Dim sum type appetizers; spicy tuna on crispy rice; crispy chicken
  • sit: With expense account people; with a large group to celebrate; with another couple out on the town
  • stilettos: Hell yeah; All the girls here are dressed and flaunting it- if you can't beat them join them- I wore leather pants and a black sweater
  • spend: $$$
  • address: Maritime Hotel, 92 9th Ave
  • phone number: (212) 888-2724
  • website: taorestaurant.com/downtown/‎

pants picks

Chews before you boozeGroupssexy sexyTao

After dinner one Saturday night I texted someone that Tao was “beyond.” Boyfriend was a little confused by my choice of desciprtor, but it was really the only word I could think of.  Tao Downtown is beyond big, beyond crowded, beyond beautiful, beyond just a little bit ridiculous, and yummy beyond my expectations. This place […]

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October 30, 2013

La Cenita- You Down with MPD?

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409 West 14th Street
(646) 289-3930
http://emmgrp.com/restaurants/la-cenita/

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Models and Bottles baby...this is meatpacking flash dash and cash- not too overdone or fancy, but its all about the vibe
  • sip: Custom cocktails, etc etc etc
  • savor: Quac; queso; S'mores empanada; the meat market on display
  • sit: With your girlfriends and your sugar daddy; with anyone who wants to celebrate their bday at a hot spot; with the underage and the underfed
  • stilettos: Girl, you better werq
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 409 West 14th Street
  • phone number: (646) 289-3930
  • website: http://emmgrp.com/restaurants/la-cenita/

pants picks

Chews before you boozesexy sexy

Perhaps in homage to the summer’s hottest video “Blurred Lines” , or perhaps a sly nod to the owners’ penchants for bedding models, La Cenita debuted a teaser ad campaign this summer of girls dressed in nothing more than boy shorts and  bandanas across their mouths.  Because nothing says ” we care about food” more […]

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March 18, 2013

Louro- Certainly Not a Bore-O

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142 West 10th Street
(212) 206-0606
www.louronyc.com

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

Louro Uni dish

pants at a glance

  • scene: Cool and sort of random; the lighting is good and the crowd is great looking, but the food weeds out any poseurs who got lost on the way to the MPD
  • sip: Sip Sip Sip, this is a place to have some fun
  • savor: Pork and uni; PriPri shirmp; truffle pasta
  • sit: With another couple for a sophisticated night out; with a date to show that you are on the top of trends but not a slave to them
  • stilettos: Sorry Prabal, this place just screams Alexander Wang to me; feel free to wear heels or motorcycle boots
  • spend: $$
  • address: 142 West 10th Street
  • phone number: (212) 206-0606
  • website: www.louronyc.com

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Chews before you boozeDifferent Menusexy sexy

I can’t think about Louro without thinking about Bar Blanc, a long ago restaurant that once occupied the same space. Bar Blanc also had a good vibe, great looking crowd of locals (we once had an SJP Andy Cohen sighting and now as Louro we saw Prabal Gurung), and serious foodie cred. As much as […]

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January 9, 2013

El Toro Blanco- No Bull

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257 Sixth Avenue (between Houston and Downing)
(212) 645 0193
www.eltoroblanconyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Downtown slick Mexican space, with just enough energy to pass as personality
  • sip: Tequila, in any form
  • savor: Take your shot...Guac, Cheese Crisp
  • sit: So typical, but with some girlfriends who like drink tequila
  • stilettos: Why not? It is the hot place of the moment, so why not pair some heels with your huitlachoche?
  • spend: $$
  • address: 257 Sixth Avenue (between Houston and Downing)
  • phone number: (212) 645 0193
  • website: www.eltoroblanconyc.com

pants picks

Chews before you boozeSouth of the Border

El Toro Blanco has an amazing menu. Everything on it sounds delicious and fresh, inventive and authentic. This can not be denied. My excitement for my meal El Toro Blanco manifested itself in my relentless dissecting of the online menu and the planning and re-working of my meal strategy. That menu- so many choices! However […]

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October 17, 2012

Acme- More Than Meets the Sign

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9 Great Jones Street (between Broadway and Bowery)
(201) 213-2121
www.acmenyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Sexiness and hipness pervade the atmosphere; IT spot that is aiming to make it for the long haul
  • sip: Specialty cocktails and lots of vino
  • savor: Chicken and Eggs; fries; sweet corn dessert
  • sit: With attractive friends before heading out for the night; with people who aren't afraid to step out of their comfort zone as far as food
  • stilettos: Yes- even though (new) Acme is almost a year old, it is still a fashion crowd favorite, and you might as well bring it
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 9 Great Jones Street (between Broadway and Bowery)
  • phone number: (201) 213-2121
  • website: www.acmenyc.com

pants picks

Chews before you boozeHyped Chefsexy sexySkandanavian

Acme, like the neighbohood in which it hangs its storied sign, has undergone a major makeover.  The outside remains virtually unchanged, giving no indication that this restaurant entered the cocoon as a divey cajun joint and emerged a sexy slick Skandinavian spot. The cover is blown upon entering, however, where a suited, ear-pieced bouncers stops […]

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January 23, 2012

Indochine- Ab Fab

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430 Lafayette Street (between Astor and 4th Street)
212-505-5111
www.indochinenyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: I'm too sexy for my food
  • sip: Speciality cocktails- mojito, lychee saketini, etc
  • savor: A taco from La Esquina before your meal
  • sit: With your fabulous friends; with your anorexic friends
  • stilettos: Girl, you better work
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 430 Lafayette Street (between Astor and 4th Street)
  • phone number: 212-505-5111
  • website: www.indochinenyc.com

pants picks

Chews before you boozesexy sexy

Indochine has achieved a legendary status of chicness, even releasing a book featuring all of the fabulous people who have “dined” there during its first 25 years of existence.  Everyone from Madonna to outrageous drag queens and strung out Club Kids grace the pages, and they all have one thing in common: there is no […]

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April 25, 2011

Dos Caminos Meatpacking- More Like Gross Caminos

Keep em zipped!

675 Hudson Street
212-699-2400
www.doscaminos.com

pants at a glance

  • scene: Prime Real Estate to watch the show that goes on every night in MPD; inside is brick walls, generic
  • sip: Tequila rocks; the sangria and margs are too sweet and clawing
  • savor: Guac...
  • sit: With friends who like chips and salsa and share an ironic jaded view of what goes on in MPD; possibly pervy dudes to like to watch girls strut by in Serena Van der Woodsen-sized dreses
  • stilettos: Ha...if you can't beat them, join them! I laugh at myself every time I totter around the cobblestones in my YSL's, but, everyone else is doing it...you can really wear anything...
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 675 Hudson Street
  • phone number: 212-699-2400
  • website: www.doscaminos.com

pants picks

Chews before you boozeYuck

I am writing this entry from a secure location, so that Steve Hanson’s obedient and fearful employees don’t come after me.  I have worked with these people, and from the top down they are INTENSE. Needless to say, this is not going to be a story with a happy ending.  I guess that the untimely […]

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