December 2016

Last seasons pants

December 12, 2016

Leuca- Love at First Bite

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William Vale Hotel, 11 North 12th Street (BROOKLYN)
(718) 581-5900
www.leuca.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Simultaneously light and cozy, with the smells from the wood burning oven filling the room
  • sip: Cocktails and beers and wine oh my!
  • savor: Whipped ricotta; burrata pasta, chicken for two
  • sit: Date-worthy; with a small group for a lovely night out; with your parents to show them Brooklyn isn't so bad
  • stilettos: Not formal at all, but dress like you would for a cool place in downtown NYC; if on a date, you won't feel out of a place in a cute dress and boots
  • spend: $$$
  • address: William Vale Hotel, 11 North 12th Street (BROOKLYN)
  • phone number: (718) 581-5900
  • website: www.leuca.com

pants picks

BKchicken for twodate nightHyped ChefItalian

“Hey, honey, let’s go to a super-trendy hot spot in Brooklyn for a drink at the bar where we need a reservation and then to the new restaurant in the hotel,” is not usually the way to get my husband out of the house. “Andrew Carmelllini is the chef and there is a chicken on […]

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September 18, 2014

Dirty French- Talk Dirty to Me

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180 Ludlow Street (Between Houston and Stanton)
(212) 254-3000
dirtyfrench.com

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

Dirty French NYC

pants at a glance

  • scene: Dark wood and neon and pops of color throughout make the space very cool; more explicitly hip than their other spots
  • sip: Whatever you want, si vous plait
  • savor: Grilled oysters; tuna tartare; black bass en papillote; mushrooms
  • sit: On a date for major coolness points as long as you don't order like a wimp; with a few couples; with your foodie friend
  • stilettos: Oui Oui to Isabel Marant and non non to Christian Dior, this is a hot hot hot spot on the LES, so break out the expensive not trying too hard clothes...
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 180 Ludlow Street (Between Houston and Stanton)
  • phone number: (212) 254-3000
  • website: dirtyfrench.com

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chicken for twoFrenchPlace of the moment

Bonjour mes amours, its time to get the last of that summer sand out of your hair and shake off your fashion week hangover ( drinking is always in fashion, FYI) and get back on that hamster wheel that is the restaurant scene in New York City.  Riding high on the success of, well everything […]

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April 23, 2014

Rotisserie Georgette- Uptown Girl

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14 East 60th Street (between Madison and Fifth)
(212)390-8060
www.rotisserieg.com

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

Rotisserie Georgette NYC

pants at a glance

  • scene: French country chic meets Madison Avenue mamas
  • sip: All cocktails and wines available; everything seems to pair well with chicken...
  • savor: Gnoochi; chicken chicken chicken; fries
  • sit: With another couple; with someone's parents in from out of town and staying in a posh Midtown hotel; With your mom after a day of hitting up the B's...Barney's, Bergdorf and a Bar...
  • stilettos: Manolo Blahniks and very Lily Van Der Woodsen-ish...no need to look fancy, just neat
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 14 East 60th Street (between Madison and Fifth)
  • phone number: (212)390-8060
  • website: www.rotisserieg.com

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chicken for twonear good shoppingspecial occassionUpper East Side ChicWorth the splurge

To anyone that doesn’t like Rotisserie Georgette’s chicken, I say “Cluck Off.”  This is one bird to flip for, and Georgette Farkas is the ultimate embodiment of what a Pants woman should be: chic, polished, gracious, and not afraid to eat until a button gets undone.  Naysayers will always gripe  that expensive chicken is silly, […]

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January 28, 2013

La Mangeoire- J’Adore

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1008 Second Avenue (between 53rd and 54th)
212-759-7086
www.lamangeore.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Rustic French country charm- lots of couples, warm candlelight
  • sip: Vin
  • savor: Chicken Chicken Chicken
  • sit: With your lovah; with another couple, with a friend from out of town staying in midtown
  • stilettos: St Laurent, Lanvin...not necessary, but French chic is the right call
  • spend: $$
  • address: 1008 Second Avenue (between 53rd and 54th)
  • phone number: 212-759-7086
  • website: www.lamangeore.com

pants picks

chicken for twocozyFrenchgood in the hoodromantical

Bonsoir! There is a little piece of Provence on Second Avenue- all the charm, culinary skills and attention to detail that you can expect from the French without the passport, jet-lag or superior attitude. La Mangeoire is charming, cozy and according to an actual French person seated next to me serves “real food from the […]

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July 16, 2012

The NoMad- Happy to be in NoMad’s land

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1170 Broadway (at 28th Street)
(212) 796-1500
www.thenomadhotel.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Slightly funky old/new vibe; skylight keeps the dining room light, and the big dark wood bar in the bar is impressive; the library will be cozy in the winter but is a little dark now
  • sip: A list of 30 custom cocktails is offered; when we asked for some guidance we were met with slight attitude, but the bartender eventually came around; well-rounded wine list full of surprises
  • savor: Trout; Snap pea salad; Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
  • sit: With at least one other person to share the chicken; with your parents, foodie friends from out of town, friends who live in the neighborhood
  • stilettos: Since it is in a hotel, there is a little bit of everything but food like this deserves respect; Don't wear your 7 inchers though, the bathroom is a trek down some stairs
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 1170 Broadway (at 28th Street)
  • phone number: (212) 796-1500
  • website: www.thenomadhotel.com

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chicken for twocozyHyped Chefspecial occassion

Ladies and gentlemen, there is a new chicken king in town, and he is rich, tasty, and full of suprises.  Forget everything you know about chicken, because next to the chicken for two at The NoMad, every other fowl just looks foul. I love fanciness.  Slide me into some serious threadcount sheets at a five […]

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May 2, 2012

Marc Forgione-Forging Ahead

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134 Reade Street (between Hudson and Greenwich)
(212) 941-9401
www.marcforgione.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Farmhouse chic in Tribeca; warm candlelight room with country touches
  • sip: Wine list is a little pricey, but there are good values to be had
  • savor: Chicken Chicken Chicken
  • sit: With a date; with your parents and your boyfriend; with your friends that live around the corner and only have the nanny for a few hours
  • stilettos: This is isn't downtown dressing, its Tribeca, a whole different animal-feel free to look polished and nice, don't have to worry about being hip; during the week you can definitely wear flats
  • spend: $$
  • address: 134 Reade Street (between Hudson and Greenwich)
  • phone number: (212) 941-9401
  • website: www.marcforgione.com

pants picks

chicken for twocozygood in the hoodromantical

If  Restaurant Marc Forgione were a movie, it would be a romantic comedy, but a really clever one,  by Woody Allen or John Hughes.  On the surface, you could think- oh, I have seen this before, I know how this will end.  There is a big star involved, thanks to chef Marc Forgione’s win on […]

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August 24, 2011

Locanda Verde- Living La Vida LOCA

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Greenwich Hotel, 377 Greenwich Street (at North Moore)
212-925-3797
www.locandaverdenyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: bustling; nicely lit and exposed brick space with big windows onto Tribeca; hidden outside courtyard area in the summer; walk-in friendly, which is convenient because getting a reservation here is as easy as getting an English speaking cabby...
  • sip: The Italian wine list has some nice affordable gems, such as the $60 Barbera d'Alba that I had
  • savor: meatball sliders; trofie with pesto; market bean salad with tuna dressing; chicken for two; branzino; cheese plate
  • sit: good for a catch up with some friends and a bottle of wine; nice date place, can head to Brandy Libray after for a cozy evening; also a good place to impress, because I am totally in awe when someone gets a reservation
  • stilettos: there are really two ways to go here: The "oh, yeah, I live around the corner in a loft with 4 nannies and don't dress up to roll in for a reservation at my local spot", or "this is a totally delicious and still buzzing joint that is worthy of me putting in a little effort." No Soulcycle shirts, Tribecos....
  • spend: $$
  • address: Greenwich Hotel, 377 Greenwich Street (at North Moore)
  • phone number: 212-925-3797
  • website: www.locandaverdenyc.com

pants picks

chicken for twogood in the hoodHyped ChefItalTribeca

In full disclosure this review has been revisited a few times. Although Locanda Verde is now one of my favorite restaurants in all of the NYC, I apparently must of had some off-night experience a few years ago that originally left me with a bad taste in my mouth (figuratively, because all of the actual […]

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