November 2014

Last seasons pants

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

pants at a glance

  • 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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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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December 12, 2013

Sushi Nakazawa- Pants Dream of Sushi

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23 Commerce Street
(212) 924-2212
www.sushinakazawa.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Lot's of foodies taking pictures and trying to engage the chef; sophisticated and sleek with a black and white color palette
  • sip: sake pairing; wine
  • savor: Omakase!!!
  • sit: With a friend, significant other or parent at the sushi bar
  • stilettos: Break out some expensive shoes because after this meal you might not be able to afford new ones for a while
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 23 Commerce Street
  • phone number: (212) 924-2212
  • website: www.sushinakazawa.com

pants picks

faveHyped ChefsushiTurning Japanese

Note: This review was delayed because I had a cold and was lazy; I did not read the Times Review before I wrote this in order to maintain the integrity of my thoughts from my brain. A reservation at Sushi Nakazawa to me is like the Birkin bags of reservations: a real status symbol. The […]

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November 8, 2013

Donguri- Obsessed

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309 East 83rd Street #2
(212) 737-5656
www.itoen.com/donguri‎

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Small spot with tables along one wall; brightly lit yet cozy and simple
  • sip: Sake to me
  • savor: Everything; sashimi; sweet corn fritters; SOUP
  • sit: With a date that you are not afraid to slurp with; with your parents for a casual dinner in the hood or a friend
  • stilettos: It's deep in the UES, so everyone looked pretty nice, but this place is definitely casual
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 309 East 83rd Street #2
  • phone number: (212) 737-5656
  • website: www.itoen.com/donguri‎

pants picks

favegood in the hoodSlurpTurning Japanese

Picture this: Union Square, Halloween evening, people everywhere, you can’t take two steps without a drunk super hero yelling in your face or seeing unnecesasrily exposed body parts.  Mayhem. Madness.  Now imagine the furthest thing from that, a little oasis of calm and quiet all the way on 83rd Street where you won’t pass anyone […]

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May 29, 2013

Craft-More than meets the Menu

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43 East 19th Street (between Broadway and Park)
(212) 780-0880
http://www.craftrestaurantsinc.com/craft-new-york/

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

Craft NYC

pants at a glance

  • scene: Sophisticated rustic/industrial decoration of a high-ceiling space; sparse and warm at the same time, and the tunes are rock n roll
  • sip: Persian cocktail; also a spicy tequila drink with a witty name
  • savor: Just about everything is delicious, take your shot, its like menu roulette if you don't get any explanations; donuts
  • sit: This is a pretty adult place- with family for a special occasion, with your significant other for a date night
  • stilettos: Do it gurrrrrl...Collichio might not label his food, but feel free to wear yours
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 43 East 19th Street (between Broadway and Park)
  • phone number: (212) 780-0880
  • website: http://www.craftrestaurantsinc.com/craft-new-york/

pants picks

faveHyped Chefspecial occassionWorth the splurge

I have learned from Top Chef to not question Tom Collichio. However, I do I have one question that I would love to ask him; I have not done too much research, and the answer might be found on the world wide web, but I am just dying to ask ” Tommy, (I mean, as […]

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April 2, 2013

Pants Stance Parm: Joint that triumphed over hype

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248 Mulberry Street
(212)993-7189

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Modern day soda shop with a long counter as well as table seating; great music and laid back but trained servers
  • sip: Full bar
  • savor: ANYTHING! Parm Parm Parm, turkey, baked ziti
  • sit: Not with a large group; with a friend who appreciates "Jersey Ital" and is hungry
  • stilettos: Space is tight and you need to be able to maneuver and shove past the hungry hordes; downtown cool and hungry hipster will work too
  • spend: $
  • address: 248 Mulberry Street
  • phone number: (212)993-7189
  • website:

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casualCounter culturefaveItal

You have heard the story already: Torissi Italian Specialties opened on the border of Little Italy in 2010; its authentic, no-nonsense Italian food in an area of town more known for shtick than sauce quickly gained a large following and outgrew its original space. Parm was spawned to provide Torrisi’s customers with the Italian sandwiches […]

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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

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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 26, 2012

Ippudo – Sometimes Having Nothing to Say Says it All

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65 4th Avenue (btw 9th St & 10th St)
(212) 388-0088
http://www.ippudony.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Everyone from NYU students, to tourists, to Anne Hathaway comes here for their ramen fill. Nicer ambiance than your average East Village noodle spot.
  • sip: Mediocre wine, decent Japanese beer & sake by the glass and bottle
  • savor: RAMEN! Any kind will do, but the Miso Ramen is a personal Pants favorite
  • sit: Solo at the communal table, with a group at a cushy banquette, or if you are a lucky, one of few tables for 2.
  • stilettos: Not necessary - just bring your game face
  • spend: $$
  • address: 65 4th Avenue (btw 9th St & 10th St)
  • phone number: (212) 388-0088
  • website: http://www.ippudony.com

pants picks

Counter culturefavegood in the hoodno reservationsTurning Japanese

There is some food you just can’t comprehend how good it is are until you try it. To be honest, the Pants have been hearing about ramen forever, even ventured to a well known spot on St. Marks to give it a try, and just weren’t impressed. It wasn’t until a trip to Japan that […]

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October 10, 2012

Giorgione-Like Your Favorite Pair of Jeans

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307 Spring Street (between Hudson and Greenwich)
(212) 352-2269
www.giorgionenyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Modern and chill; white and steel in an inviting way; bar big enough to eat at, small outside seating area...and a fireplace!
  • sip: Anything you want
  • savor: Pizza Pizza
  • sit: With your honey and maybe even another couple; With your married friends who live in Tribeca and only have the sitter for a few hours but want to have some wine and laughs
  • stilettos: Downtown chic will do it; Cute flats and some luxurious cashmere thing if you want to fit in
  • spend: $$
  • address: 307 Spring Street (between Hudson and Greenwich)
  • phone number: (212) 352-2269
  • website: www.giorgionenyc.com

pants picks

favegood in the hoodItal

I was not aware of the ignorance I was living in never having been to Giorgione, until about 10 months ago.  Although it is not a new place, (actually its been around for over ten years), all at once it seemed like everyone I spoke to was obsessed with Giorgione.  I simply had to see […]

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February 12, 2012

Chin Chin- Fine China

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216 East 49th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Aves)
212-888-4555
www.chinchinny.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Hmmm...large open dining room and smaller rooms in the back and off the main entrance; lightly colored walls showcase sepia tinged family photographs
  • sip: Full bar available
  • savor: Pan fried pork dumplings; hot and sour soup; spare ribs; shredded garlic chicken; Grand Marnier Shrimp; soft-shell crabs when in season
  • sit: With family; with your friend who doesn't buy into fancy Chinese food; anyone who wants Chinese on a Sunday night
  • stilettos: Not necessary at all; this is a neighborhood place, even if the waiters are in tuxes
  • spend: $$
  • address: 216 East 49th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Aves)
  • phone number: 212-888-4555
  • website: www.chinchinny.com

pants picks

Chinesefave

Chin Chin is my favorite Chinese food ever.  It might not be as good as what can be found at truly authentic holes in the walls in Chinatown, but I really don’t care. I have been going there for what seems like forever, and I have never been disappointed.  Jimmy, the owner is a true […]

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