May 2016

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May 5, 2016

Momosan Ramen and Sake Bar- Iron Chef makes ramen gold…

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342 Lexington Avenue (between 39th and 40th)
(646) 201-5529
www.momosanramen.com

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

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  • scene: White and bright, they make the most of the space available
  • sip: Wine, beer, extensive sake list
  • savor: zuke don; gyoza; tonkotsu ramen; tan tan ramen
  • sit: By yourself at the bar or a counter seat ( still must see hostess) or with someone you feel comfortable slurping with. More people means more extras to share...
  • stilettos: They give you a bib, 'nuff said
  • spend: $$
  • address: 342 Lexington Avenue (between 39th and 40th)
  • phone number: (646) 201-5529
  • website: www.momosanramen.com

pants picks

Counter cultureHyped ChefRamenTurning Japanese

Ramen has been an important part of the New York City food scene for quite some time, and although established chefs from within the ramen community have opened restaurants to great excitement, Morimoto is by far the most well-known chef to tackle ramen. The cult-like devotion of ramen fans, the mainstream fame of Chef Morimoto, and the […]

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December 31, 2015

Kosaka-Coming in Strong

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220 West 13th Street
(212)727-1709
www.kosakanyc.com

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

Kosaka NYC

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  • scene: Quiet, elegant and casual, a premium sushi bar experience
  • sip: Sake to me
  • savor: Omakase
  • sit: With you fish loving friend; I don't recommend a group of more than 3 at the sushi bar because it is hard to talk to each other all in a row
  • stilettos: At these prices, wear what you want...
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 220 West 13th Street
  • phone number: (212)727-1709
  • website: www.kosakanyc.com

pants picks

Counter culturesushiTurning Japanese

The Pants eat a lot of sushi, as you know, and sitting at sushi bars is one of our favorite things to do together.  Some of the outstanding places we have been have not made it on to the site (Tanoshi, Cagen) simply because it is difficult to describe the nuances of every well cut […]

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March 30, 2015

Spigolo- Uptown Funk

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1471 Second Avenue (between 76th and 77th)
(212) 744-1100
www.spigolonyc.com

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Unbuttoning Pants Spigolo NYC

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  • scene: Dark wood, large bar, candlelight; neighborhood Italian place with class and comfort
  • sip: Fully revamped cocktail list
  • savor: Picolo Piatti menu, especially the gnocchi, porchetta sandwich and the branzino
  • sit: With a date; with a friend from the neighborhood; by yourself at the bar
  • stilettos: Uptown neat- jeans are okay, but maybe leave the gold Nikes at home and slip on some Chloe flats...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 1471 Second Avenue (between 76th and 77th)
  • phone number: (212) 744-1100
  • website: www.spigolonyc.com

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Counter culturegood in the hoodItalnoteworthy cocktails

Very few people would think that 76th Street is “downtown” from much, but Spigolo just moved from its original location in the  80’s to their new home on second Avenue and 76th Street, and man are things different down in this neck of the woods. In order to reach a more casual clientele without sacrifcing the […]

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March 23, 2015

Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer- Tap it Back

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529 Broome Street (between Thompson and Sullivan)
(917) 639-3089
www.blacktapnyc.com

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

Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer

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  • 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
  • stilettos: Um, no
  • spend: $
  • address: 529 Broome Street (between Thompson and Sullivan)
  • phone number: (917) 639-3089
  • website: www.blacktapnyc.com

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beerburgersCounter culture

Burgers are not a trend, FYI.  We live in America, burgers are practically our national mascot, because last I checked you can’t eat a bald eagle. Yes, maybe highbrow burgers in unexpected places with wild and contrived ingredeints might have been a passing trend, but there is nothing more classic American than sitting at a counter, […]

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January 30, 2015

Shuko – Ohhhhh makase

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47 East 12th Street
(212) 228-6088
www.shukonyc.com

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

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  • scene: Large, light wood counter and brick walls that allow a view of some of the chef action; elegant, clean space but not stuffy or over the top; there is a small private room downstairs
  • sip: Sake, wine, beer, prices are not terrible
  • savor: Omakase or Kaiseki, decisions, decisions
  • sit: With your friend who is an adventurous eater; someone in from out of town that you want to impress
  • stilettos: Shuko is a dignified place with a hip hop twist; black jeans and boots is a safe bet
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 47 East 12th Street
  • phone number: (212) 228-6088
  • website: www.shukonyc.com

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Counter cultureHyped ChefTurning JapaneseWorth the splurge

Sushi in NYC has an element of six degrees of separation, with all of the top chefs at some point working for or with each other. Jimmy Lau and Nick Kim both trained under Masayoshi Takayama at Masa (still the standard bearer for expensive sushi situations , if anyone wants to take me),  went on to […]

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January 14, 2015

Ramen Lab- Get Schooled

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70 Kenmare Street
(646) 613-7522
www.ramen-lab.com

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Ramen Lab NYC

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  • scene: A blink if you miss space, with an open kitchen, blond wood bar with stools, and that's it
  • sip: cold teas, beer, possibly some sake
  • savor: RAMEN, RAMEN, Gyoza
  • sit: Who cares? Just get your face into that bowl and don't pull it out until you are finished; your guests will understand
  • stilettos: Um, no
  • spend: $
  • address: 70 Kenmare Street
  • phone number: (646) 613-7522
  • website: www.ramen-lab.com

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Counter cultureRamenSlurp

At this point everyone thinks they know ramen, and thinks they know good ramen, but they actually don’t know jack- Jack Nakamura that is.  Jack is  ramen god of Nakamura Ya in Kanagawa Japan,  who also happens to  create the noodles served at many of the most popular ramen joints in NYC, but behind the scenes.  As […]

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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

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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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November 13, 2014

Alder- Alder- CaDaBra!

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157 Second Avenue
(212) 539-1900
www.aldernyc.com

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

Alder NYC

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  • scene: Minimal and downtown, Alder is intrinsically cool without any special effort
  • sip: Fancy cocktails, some of which have umbrellas; wine, beer, etc
  • savor: Pigs in a blanket; shrimps on shrimp; I imagine the rye pasta with pastrami
  • sit: Definitely a place to chat with a friend and casually nibble and discuss how good the food is in between catching up
  • stilettos: Black jeans, moto boots or designer sneakers and you are good to go
  • spend: $$
  • address: 157 Second Avenue
  • phone number: (212) 539-1900
  • website: www.aldernyc.com

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Counter cultureGood for sharingHyped ChefSomething different

Wylie Dusfrene is the Willy Wonka of cuisine, injecting (some times literally) every dish with a bit of wizardry and tricks of taste and texture. As I read the Alder menu, and not  having not had Dusfrene’s food in quite some time, my mind was going double time, imagining all of the wild ways that the dishes would […]

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September 24, 2014

Marta- First Lady

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29 East 29th Street (Martha Washington Hotel)
(212) 689-1900
www.martamanhattan.com

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

Marta NYC

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  • scene: NoMad professionals against a backdrop of soaring white, with some wood details
  • sip: Whatever goes well with pizza (ps all the espressos are doubles)
  • savor: Pasta meatballs; pizza pizza pizza
  • sit: With your friend or date at the counter if you can; business lunch, inlaws, anyone who eats carbs
  • stilettos: No dress code, but I recommend leggings, or something easily unbuttoned; you might want to eat like a slob but its never okay to look like one
  • spend: $$
  • address: 29 East 29th Street (Martha Washington Hotel)
  • phone number: (212) 689-1900
  • website: www.martamanhattan.com

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Counter culturegood in the hoodHyped ChefItalpizza

The weight of infinite amounts of hype and expectations are resting on some very thin crusts, and boy can they take it. Marta is the newest outpost from Danny Meyer, helmed by Maialino alum Nick Anderer, and is as hot as a wood burning oven as far as restaurant openings. Marta made me so happy, I […]

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July 8, 2014

I Sodi, You Sodi, We All Sodi

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105 Christopher Street
(212) 514-5774
www.isodinyc.com

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

I Sodi NYC

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  • scene: Small room with a large bar and nondescript decor
  • sip: Speciality cocktails, wines, anything
  • savor: Tono e fagioli (if they have it); cacio e pepe; bolognese; rabbit
  • sit: With a date; with another couple if you make a reservation and with a friend if you sit at the bar
  • stilettos: This is a neighborhood place, so when in doubt wear black; Rag and Bone is across the street, so of course that works...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 105 Christopher Street
  • phone number: (212) 514-5774
  • website: www.isodinyc.com

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Counter culturecozyfavegood in the hoodItal

I Sodi is the definition of a “neighborhood gem.” The neighborhood is the West Village, and the staff is very clearly devoted to making the restaurant accessible to regulars and locals, some times aggressively so, but the food and charm are on another level from anything in that neighborhood or beyond.  Tucked away on Christopher […]

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