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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May 12, 2015

Cafe Clover- Stuff White Girls Like

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10 Downing Street (at Sixth Avenue)
(212) 675-4350
www.cafeclovernyc.com

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

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pants at a glance

  • scene: Hip downtowners in a sunny, guilt- free environment
  • sip: The Two Hungry Blondes cocktail, obviously!
  • savor: Kale; octopus; chicken breast ( I know, I don't believe what I am saying either)
  • sit: With girlfriends; this is the idea spot for a ladies brunch or dinner, workout plans optional
  • stilettos: It seems better suited for the Lulu set, but this is hot- spot so wear your best earth-friendly Stella McCartney
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 10 Downing Street (at Sixth Avenue)
  • phone number: (212) 675-4350
  • website: www.cafeclovernyc.com

pants picks

Girls Night Outgood in the hoodhealthyishHot Spot

Remember when going to the newest David Rabin hotspot meant you were in for a long night of VIP partying that would inevitably lead to a long day of bacon and egg cheese sandwiches and soul searching? Gaining access is still a struggle for those not in the know, but you are more likely to […]

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April 28, 2015

Javelina- Jave to Try

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119 East 18th Street (between Park and Irving Place)
(212) 539-0202
www. javelinatexmex.com

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

Javelina NYC Sisterhood of the Unbuttoning Pants

pants at a glance

  • scene: Lot's of "wooh" girls out on the town; casual tex mex vibe without a lot of kitsch
  • sip: Margaritas, tequila, Mexican beer,
  • savor: Queso, Fajitas, Enchiladas
  • sit: With a group of girls if you must; with another couple
  • stilettos:
  • spend: $$
  • address: 119 East 18th Street (between Park and Irving Place)
  • phone number: (212) 539-0202
  • website: www. javelinatexmex.com

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casualgood in the hoodhot hot hotTex Mex

Tex Mex food is fun; there is no other way to say it.  It is naughty, it is messy, and goes well with tequila, which may explain the lowered inhibitions and raised voices of girls in a Tex Mex restaurant.  I don’t know what it is about tequila that makes girls screech, but it does, […]

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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

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

Unbuttoning Pants Spigolo NYC

pants at a glance

  • 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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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

pants at a glance

  • 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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August 28, 2014

Washington Market Tavern- To Market To Market

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41 Murray Street
(646) 964- 4860
www.washingtonmarkettavern.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Large bar, communal tables, muted colors and understated decor; lots of well-dressed after-workers, either close to the office or their homes
  • sip: TAVERN- anything you want, including original cocktails, a well rounded wine list, etc
  • savor: Mushroom toast; Copper River Salmon (if available)' lobster; s'mores
  • sit: With a date; with your significant other's parents who are staying downtown; with your sister, obvsssssssss
  • stilettos: The food is uptown but the restaurant downtown, so just look neat and clean; You can definitely get dressed up and not feel out of place, but the neighborhood keeps it from being stuffy
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 41 Murray Street
  • phone number: (646) 964- 4860
  • website: www.washingtonmarkettavern.com

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farm to tablegood in the hoodTribeca

The journey from farm to table is an oft discussed trip, whether the farm is 150 steps or 150 miles from said table. I guess it is a trip that the animals and vegetables can only make once, but as diners we find ourselves at these tables with farm food over and over.  Washington Market […]

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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

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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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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

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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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February 17, 2014

Sushi Seki Chelsea- Close to Sek-tacular, but not definitely not Sushi Sucki

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208 West 23rd Street (between 7th and 8th)
(212) 255-2988
www.sushisekinyc.com

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

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pants at a glance

  • scene: Light wood sushi bar, small bar in the entrance for waiting people and tables throughout. Nicely done, not a lot of vibe, just a big fish over the sushi bar
  • sip: Sake to me!!
  • savor: Omakase!!!
  • sit: By yourself; with fish-loving friends, expense account a plus
  • stilettos: Not a particularly fashionable area
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 208 West 23rd Street (between 7th and 8th)
  • phone number: (212) 255-2988
  • website: www.sushisekinyc.com

pants picks

good in the hoodsushiWorth the splurge

Sushi Seki’s original UESish location is very close to Boyfriend’s place, which is awesome except that Boyfriend doesn’t eat sushi.  I eat sushi; I  eat sushi quite frequently. I enjoy eating sushi solo sometimes (say that ten times fast), but often don’t feel like making too much of a trek for a dinner alone (lunch […]

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February 10, 2014

Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room – Yea You Right

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6 West 24th Street (btw 5th and 6th)
(212) 234-2373
bosrestaurant.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Flatiron cool mixed with post-work cocktailing and pre-gaming groups having a fun (and loud) dinner
  • sip: Plenty of craft cocktails, and a "Pick Your Poison Pickle Program" to customize your martini; Reasonable wine list also available
  • savor: It's really hard to go wrong here! Monkey Bread, Roasted Oysters, Low Country Ham; Shrimp Fra Diavolo, Pork Chop
  • sit: While both the bar and the dining room are loud, the big banquettes in the back are the tables to snag
  • stilettos: With this winter, heels have been impossible! You can go either way here, but you definitely won't feel uncomfortable in flats
  • spend: $$
  • address: 6 West 24th Street (btw 5th and 6th)
  • phone number: (212) 234-2373
  • website: bosrestaurant.com

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Good Bar Scenegood in the hoodGroupshot hot hotRagin' Cajun

After a reader recently attacked us for judging a restaurant after eating there once (a disclaimer we gave at the beginning of our review, nonetheless, but he seemed to be the only person offended by it), I decided I’d wait until after my second visit to Bo’s to give it the props it deserves. In […]

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