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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June 23, 2014

Russ & Daughters Cafe – Nothing to Kvetch About

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127 Orchard Street, btw Rivington and Delancey
(212) 475-4881
http://www.russanddaughters.com

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

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pants at a glance

  • scene: Modern Diner meets old-school hospitality, with a crowd of loyals, foodies, and tourists alike
  • sip: Full-out soda fountain/bar in the front serving homemade soda blends, egg-creams, cream sodas, and tricked our Bloodies
  • savor: There's barely a way to go wrong… Smoked fish platters, Lower Sunny Side, SUPER HEEBSTER
  • sit: While the counter seats at the soda bar in the front of the restaurant caters well to both singles and duos, try to grab a high top or booth in the back with a bigger group
  • stilettos: No need to break out the besties for Russ & Daughters - wear comfortable flats so you can walk off your meal afterward!
  • spend: $$
  • address: 127 Orchard Street, btw Rivington and Delancey
  • phone number: (212) 475-4881
  • website: http://www.russanddaughters.com

pants picks

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We may have blonde hair and blonde eyes, but these two shiksa-looking babes grew up Jewish, and have been taking down bagels with lox since birth. Russ & Daughters has been catering the Pants breakfasts and also our family’s Break Fast during Yom Kippur for as long as we can remember, and has always held […]

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May 7, 2014

Barchetta- More Like Barchett-ehhhhhh

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461 West 23rd Street
(212) 255-7400
www.barchettanyc.com

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

Barchetta NYC

pants at a glance

  • scene: A little nautical, with white walls and light wood and leather; fun 70's and 60's soul playing...
  • sip: Anything! Specialty cocktails and wine, etc...
  • savor: Kingfish
  • sit: Hmmmm...friends from the neighborhood, date night, with a friend who likes to try the newest hottest places
  • stilettos: The room is polished fairly laid back, jeans and heels, cute spring dress and flat sandals, no need to go all Met Gala crazy
  • spend: $$
  • address: 461 West 23rd Street
  • phone number: (212) 255-7400
  • website: www.barchettanyc.com

pants picks

Fish Facegood in the hoodHyped Chef

I am not quite sure how to write up Barchetta, the newest place from Dave Pasternack from Esca and LDV Hospitaltiy. I know that this might sound like we should have known better, but we were just so excited to eat at Barchetta that we broke our rule (again) of giving a place time to […]

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September 30, 2013

ZZ’s Clam Bar-Greetings from Outer Space

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169 Thompson Street
(212) 254-3000
www.zzsclambar.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Tiny tiny tiny tiny space from space
  • sip: Specialty cocktails and glasses of white wine only
  • savor: Defintely order all of the toasts; they are the yummiest items and not a million dollars
  • sit: Anyone who doesn't mind very expensive meals and has an appreciation for the absurd; small groups are best for the small space
  • stilettos: Only if they go with your space suit
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 169 Thompson Street
  • phone number: (212) 254-3000
  • website: www.zzsclambar.com

pants picks

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I really don’t even know where to start with this restaurant; I guess I will start with the positive, the fact that the food was amazing. The food we were served at ZZ’s was without a doubt sophisticated, nuanced and pleasing to the palate. There, I said it. Now, I must confess that ZZ’s Clam […]

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September 18, 2012

FishTag- Ambitious and Delicious Fishes

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222 West 79th (between Amsterdam and B'way)
(212) 362-7470
www.fishtagrestaurant.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Simple and clean on the UWS; in the know locals and date nighters
  • sip: Wines in any size you would want (don't tell Bloomberg)
  • savor: Prawn bruschetta; octopus; salmon
  • sit: This is a good place to take your parents; friends on the UWS; People who like to share food
  • stilettos: Um...UWS...you need to look neat- more Equipment shirt than concert t-shirt
  • spend: $$
  • address: 222 West 79th (between Amsterdam and B'way)
  • phone number: (212) 362-7470
  • website: www.fishtagrestaurant.com

pants picks

Fish Facegood in the hoodHyped ChefWell Fed Med

Don’t get your khakis in a bunch, but the UWs side is pretty much the ‘burbs to us- residential, pretty, and slightly slower than the frenetic pace of the Big City.  Restaurants on the UWS seem to serve a purpose- to feed people- rather than excite and inspire them; a night out is built around […]

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July 28, 2012

Getting Extra Fancy in Williamsburg

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302 Metropolitan Ave (between Driggs Ave & Roebling St), Williamsburg (North Side)
(347) 422-0939
http://www.extrafancybklyn.com/

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

Extra Fancy Oyster Crackers

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  • scene: NOT Extra Fancy! Williamsburg locals and some recognizable NYC cool kids in the restaurant scene (the owners are from Employees Only & Macao Trading Company)
  • sip: Amazing sounding drink menu (esp the Baby, You're Driving cocktail), and tons of options for beer and wine by the glass.
  • savor: Oyster "Crackers", Fried Clam Belly Roll, Mussels, Clam Bake
  • sit: No reservations, so arrive early and be prepared to drink. Booths for two in the back were cozy, however the large bar in front had a great crowd when we left and would also be perfect to eat at
  • stilettos: Did I mention the restaurant is in Williamsburg? Leave your loubs at home for godssake...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 302 Metropolitan Ave (between Driggs Ave & Roebling St), Williamsburg (North Side)
  • phone number: (347) 422-0939
  • website: http://www.extrafancybklyn.com/

pants picks

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Summer Fridays… usually a term that relates to getting out of the city and on to the beach for an early start to the weekend, but for this sister, it means getting creative for Date Night. I was actually excited that we declined a summer share house this year, and this was justified by a […]

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July 17, 2012

Esca- Seaside ESCApade

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402 West 43rd Street (off of 10th Ave)
(212) 564-7272
www.esca-nyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Pseudo rustic Italian seaside in the Theater District with casual elegance; touristas and well-heeled NYC'ers who make the trek
  • sip: BBBBBBBBarola; BBBBBBarbaresco
  • savor: Baked clams; Pastas; Fresh Grilled Fish
  • sit: With anyone pre-theater; with Food Network aficionados who want to see what this Batali is all about; anyone who might have to drive back to NJ after dinner, it is close to the Lincoln Tunnel
  • stilettos: Pull it together, Pretty, there is real food being served here...not the most fashion-forward area of town, but it's still a nice joint
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 402 West 43rd Street (off of 10th Ave)
  • phone number: (212) 564-7272
  • website: www.esca-nyc.com

pants picks

Fish FaceItalspecial occassionTheater

Bradley, if you still work at a Esca and you are reading this, I think that you suck.  You are a mediocre manager, a “stiff” as my father would say, lacking in graciousness and any sense of service recovery.  When you serve someone cold salmon, and the waiter has acknowledged an unusual wait time between […]

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April 10, 2012

The John Dory Oyster Bar- Ace Spot

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1196 Broadway (at 29th Street)
(212) 792-9000
www.thejohndory.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Fishing in the flatiron; funky and light
  • sip: Lado Este; Sasha Petraske designed cocktails are available as well the usual boozy suspects
  • savor: Raw bar; crudo
  • sit: With friends for light bites; with a first date if you just want to pick at some dishes and not feel too heavy
  • stilettos: Feel free to let your freak flag fly, this place has an off-beat vibe; you can go high or low fashion, as long as you own it
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 1196 Broadway (at 29th Street)
  • phone number: (212) 792-9000
  • website: www.thejohndory.com

pants picks

casualFish FaceHyped Chefno reservations

The John Dory Oyster bar represents a decidely downtown sort of dining experience, in a decidely awkward part of town.  When the Ace Hotel opened on Broadway and 29th street a few years ago, it brought a one-stop shop for a night out for high-rise dwelling Chelseans, and of course the guests of the hotel, […]

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June 3, 2011

Drop Your Pants for: Joe’s Tuna Salad

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100 Collins Avenue
305-673-4611
www.joesstonecrab.com

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

April 22, 2011

Oceana- Under the Sea of Skyscrapers

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McGraw Hill Building 1221 Sixth Avenue, enter on 49th Street between 6th and 7th
212-759-5941
www.oceanarestaurant.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Gorgeous grown up dining room, in airy shades of blues and whites; less formal front room with prominent raw bar display and ample room to sidle up the bar
  • sip: Specialty cocktails and wine
  • savor: Raw bar; clam chowder; lobster cobb salad; anything simply grilled; Thai fish; brussel sprouts
  • sit: For lunch, its great for a business meeting or a special occasion get-together; the location lends itself to after-work cocktails, and similar Corporate people get togethers; there is a large menu features both seafood and meat, and I am fairly confident that any Finicky Fiona could find something yummy here
  • stilettos: More classic than edgy and located in midtown, this a grown up place that suggests a pulled together look; many of the men are suits and women in "kitten" heels, but...
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: McGraw Hill Building 1221 Sixth Avenue, enter on 49th Street between 6th and 7th
  • phone number: 212-759-5941
  • website: www.oceanarestaurant.com

pants picks

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I really hate when people ask me for a place to eat in Midtown. My mind goes blank and I end up offering obvious suggestions- Park Avenue Fill in the Season, Serafina, Casa Lever, etc. Thankfully, Ocean has relocated right in the midst of the midtown wasteland, its airy and attractive dining room providing some […]

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