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Fusco- A Must Go

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Sophistication without stuffiness
  • sip: You can have whatever you like...
  • savor: Stromboli; short rib; pomodoro; duck agnolotti
  • sit: On a date; with parents; alone at the bar
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 43 East 20th Street (between Park and Broadway)
  • phone number: (212) 777-5314
  • website: www.fusconewyork.com

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Leuca- Love at First Bite

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Simultaneously light and cozy, with the smells from the wood burning oven filling the room
  • sip: Cocktails and beers and wine oh my!
  • savor: Whipped ricotta; burrata pasta, chicken for two
  • sit: Date-worthy; with a small group for a lovely night out; with your parents to show them Brooklyn isn't so bad
  • spend: $$$
  • address: William Vale Hotel, 11 North 12th Street (BROOKLYN)
  • phone number: (718) 581-5900
  • website: www.leuca.com

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Le Coucou- La Vie en Daniel Rose

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: A soft mix of sexy and classic in an unconventional dining room; Large windows in the front but cozier near the open kitchen in the back; feels very French
  • sip: The No 2; any carefully crafted cocktail
  • savor: Ouef Norvégien; fried quail; chocolate mousse
  • sit: With your lover for a top-notch date night; with a breakfast meeting you are trying to impress; with your foodie friend from out of town
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 138 Lafayette Street (near Howard)
  • phone number: (212) 271-4252
  • website: www.lecoucou.com

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

Pants at a Glance
  • 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...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 342 Lexington Avenue (between 39th and 40th)
  • phone number: (646) 201-5529
  • website: www.momosanramen.com

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Jams- A Little Jammed Up

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: high ceilinged, loft like space with lots of windows; noisy and a little bland
  • sip: Whatever gets you jamming
  • savor: Smoked salmon and caviar pancake; kale salad; chicken (with a side); dessert
  • sit: For a work dinner, wit hpeople visiting and staying in midtown, or with a friend for an after work bite
  • spend: $$
  • address: 1414 Sixth Avenue at 58th Street
  • phone number: (212) 703 2007
  • website: the website is annoying and doesn't give much information; try googling it

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MP Taverna- M(V)P Taverna

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Large windows, nice washed wood, Mykonos near Manhattan
  • sip: There is a quite a large wine list and a unique portioning system
  • savor: Dips; octopus; branzino; thrice cooked smashed potatoes
  • sit: With a group for a fun night out-OPA! Or with a friend for a causal night in the hood
  • spend: $$
  • address: 470 Driggs Avenue
  • phone number: 929-250-2312
  • website: www.mpbrooklyn.com

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Bar Primi – TGIF

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Bi-level space with a white washed farmhouse, wood floors and candlelight vibe
  • sip: speciality cocktails, reasonably priced wine
  • savor: meatballs; "the sandwich", pasta
  • sit: With your honey; with a group to share lots of dishes; with your parents for an early dinner
  • spend: $$
  • address: 325 Bowery
  • phone number: (212) 220-9100
  • website: www.barprimi.com

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Shuko – Ohhhhh makase

Pants at a Glance
  • 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
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 47 East 12th Street
  • phone number: (212) 228-6088
  • website: www.shukonyc.com
Chilaquiles at Cosme NYC via Unbuttoningpants.com

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Cosme – Be-Cosme It’s Awesome

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  • scene: Muy Caliente! This is THE place to see and be seen...
  • sip: The Anti Histamine, Paloma, or your favorite type of tequila on the rocks with a side of "sangrita"
  • savor: Everything you possibly can! Do not miss the Chilaquiles, Smoked Salmon Tostada, or Quesadillas
  • sit: Beat the rush and snag a seat in the front bar room, or if you are lucky enough, a table in the back
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 35 East 21st St, btw Broadway and Park
  • phone number: (212) 913-9659
  • website: cosmenyc.com