June 2017

Last seasons pants

June 7, 2017

Runner & Stone, Baking Up Deliciousness in Brooklyn

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285 Third Avenue; Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-576-3360
http://www.runnerandstone.com/

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Industrial yet cozy, low key neighborhood spot
  • sip: Lots of wine, craft cocktails
  • savor: Any of the fresh, local salads; braided ravioli; sandwiches (lunch), fried chicken (dinner)
  • sit: With a date for the weeknight bite; with a friend to catch up and carb up for breakfast or lunch
  • stilettos: No need to spend a lot of bread on your outfit to eat this bread; think Rag and Bone and fun sneakers
  • spend: $$
  • address: 285 Third Avenue; Brooklyn, NY 11215
  • phone number: 718-576-3360
  • website: http://www.runnerandstone.com/

pants picks

bakeryBKBrooklyn stand UPbrunchcozyfried chickengood in the hoodGowanusGroups

There have been a lot of great restaurant openings in the Gownaus area, as the industrial buildings are being snapped up and the area that surrounds a once radioactive canal is actually becoming quite hip. While it’s not a huge neighborhood, there is fun (Royal Palms Shuffle Board), plenty of alfresco hanging (Lavender Lake, Pig Beach), and […]

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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

pants at a glance

  • 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

pants picks

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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September 18, 2013

Ruburisoa- Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor…

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235 Mulberry Street (between Prince and Spring)
(212)965-0500
www.rubirosanyc.com

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

Rubirosa nyc

pants at a glance

  • scene: Casual, candle lit and cute
  • sip: Nice cold beer from a tap or bottle; full bar and reasonably priced wines by the glass
  • savor: Rice balls, baked clams, pizza, spaghetti alls chitarra
  • sit: On a date or with a girlfriend to catch up; with a large group
  • stilettos: Casual and chic- think Rag and Bone...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 235 Mulberry Street (between Prince and Spring)
  • phone number: (212)965-0500
  • website: www.rubirosanyc.com

pants picks

casualcozyItalpizza

What the hell took me so long to get here?! That was all I could think after eating at Rubirosa during a monsoon that coincided with the San Genaro Festival, for two reasons: the first reason, the literal interpretation of the question, had an obvious answer because street closures complicated by pounding buckets of rain […]

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August 29, 2013

Antica Pesa- We Have a Crush

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115 Berry Street (Brooklyn)
(347) 763-2635
anticapesa.com

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

Antica Pesa NYC

pants at a glance

  • scene: Warm, cozy, and clean; large bar that would be suitable to eat at, and a cute little couch area for a pre/post drink
  • sip: A selection of cocktails; well-rounded wine list, from the well-priced to the celebration libations
  • savor: Yum...Proscuitto and mozz in phyllo; Cacio e Pepe; Amatriciana
  • sit: With a date; with a friend or your family
  • stilettos: The vibe is not fussy or trendy, but it is a great place to wear some Isabel Marant or ALC...I wore short leather shorts with a button down and flats, very Alexa Chung for Williamsburg
  • spend: $$
  • address: 115 Berry Street (Brooklyn)
  • phone number: (347) 763-2635
  • website: anticapesa.com

pants picks

Brooklyn stand UPcasualcozyItalromantical

I am not sure if it is due to a PR push or what, but Antica Pesa has been the “twerking” of the restaurant world this summer- something I had never heard of before that was suddenly everywhere. Madonna and other celebs have dined there, the critics have all been through, and apparently everyone else. […]

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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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January 23, 2013

Bill’s Thrills

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57 East 54th Street (between Mad and Park)
(212( 518-2727
www.bills54.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Dressed up ski-house chic in midtown; speakeasy and speak lowly
  • sip: Something adult; wine
  • savor: Meat of any kind; raw bar, pasta...
  • sit: Cute place for date night and you can always keep the buzz going downstairs; with parents or people staying in midtown
  • stilettos: This place is on many levels so make sure you can strut in your shoes; Restrained dressiness
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 57 East 54th Street (between Mad and Park)
  • phone number: (212( 518-2727
  • website: www.bills54.com

pants picks

cozyHyped ChefMEATing PlaceMidtown

Friday night in midtown, woo woo! Imagine my surprise when I decided to go to the hot new DeLucie place on a Friday night, and- wait for it- I was able to get a reservation! At a prime time! Take that, the Lion! I read about Bill’s on Eater, etc, but a lot of my […]

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January 21, 2013

Annisa – Getting Lo

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13 Barrow Street
(212) 741-6699
www.annisarestaurant.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Chic and lucky locals dining for a special occasion or business dinner
  • sip: Wine and Sake list, along with a full bar and some inspired cocktails
  • savor: You cannot go here without getting the Miso Marinated Sable or the Foie Gras Soup Dumplings, but everything on the menu is pretty fab
  • sit: It's a teeny tiny dining room, so you can't really go wrong!
  • stilettos: You'll want to flash some toe cleavage after you take your first bite to show you are thankful to be here, but tights and Spanx aren't necessary...
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 13 Barrow Street
  • phone number: (212) 741-6699
  • website: www.annisarestaurant.com

pants picks

cozyfaveHyped Chefromanticalspecial occassion

When you talk about the best restaurants in Manhattan, it’s rare to find someone who would say Annisa right off the bat. I would say that this is unfortunate, but at the same time, if someone did mention it, it would thoroughly impress me – which doesn’t happen too often! Hiding in a small space […]

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November 7, 2012

Il Gattopardo – A Purrrrfect Midtown Date Spot

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33 W 54th St. (btw 5th Ave & Ave of the Americas)
(212) 246-0412
www.ilgattopardonyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Exudes coziness while remaining rather traditionally chic; More welcoming in style and attitude than your average midtown staple - meow to that!
  • sip: Italian vino is king on this spot's list
  • savor: Everything looked and sounded amazing, but we can vouch for the braised baby escarole, lasagna, and rigatoni with spicy anduja sausage
  • sit: Not a bad spot in the narrow dining room, but if you are feeling lucky, try to snag a table in the back garden room.
  • stilettos: Although the sparkly Loubs aren't necessary, take out your go-to stilettos for date night here - Midtown always needs some extra style!
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 33 W 54th St. (btw 5th Ave & Ave of the Americas)
  • phone number: (212) 246-0412
  • website: www.ilgattopardonyc.com

pants picks

cozyItalMidtownPre-theaterromanticalSuits

Feeling displaced during Hurricane Sandy, the Pants needed comfort food – which to us, means good ol’ Ital, and moreover, PASTA. After a hectic week, date night was also in order, so an expert midtowner referred us to Il Gattopardo. After creeping the menu/website, it was clear that this place was going to be the […]

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August 30, 2012

Dinner at Novita, Always a Treat-a

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102 East 22nd Street (right off of Park Avenue South)
(212) 677-2222
www.novitanyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Lowkey but looking good Gramcery locals, some suits, lots of families
  • sip: Vino Blanco while dining al fresco on a Summer night, Vino Rosso while tucked into a banquet in the Winter
  • savor: Funghi Misti, Baby Artichoke Salad, any of the pastas (Strozzapreti al Pesto, anything with truffles, Linguine with Baby Clams, Zucchini Flowers, Veal Milanese
  • sit: Outside if the weather permits, or else you don't have much of a choice of where you'll be squeezed into the dining room, but the side booths are great for groups of 4 or 5...
  • stilettos: Stroll over in your flats, but jeans with stilettos can work if you are looking to get cozy after...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 102 East 22nd Street (right off of Park Avenue South)
  • phone number: (212) 677-2222
  • website: www.novitanyc.com

pants picks

casualcozygood in the hoodItalNovita

If you find yourself walking through Gramercy, Novita may seem like your average local spot; a few cafe tables on the outside on the sidewalk, a dining room with tables packed right on top of one another, and generally busiest in the earlier dinner hours. It wasn’t until Sam Sifton gave this local spot 2 […]

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