December 2016

Last seasons pants

December 12, 2016

Leuca- Love at First Bite

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William Vale Hotel, 11 North 12th Street (BROOKLYN)
(718) 581-5900
www.leuca.com

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

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
  • stilettos: Not formal at all, but dress like you would for a cool place in downtown NYC; if on a date, you won't feel out of a place in a cute dress and boots
  • spend: $$$
  • address: William Vale Hotel, 11 North 12th Street (BROOKLYN)
  • phone number: (718) 581-5900
  • website: www.leuca.com

pants picks

BKchicken for twodate nightHyped ChefItalian

“Hey, honey, let’s go to a super-trendy hot spot in Brooklyn for a drink at the bar where we need a reservation and then to the new restaurant in the hotel,” is not usually the way to get my husband out of the house. “Andrew Carmelllini is the chef and there is a chicken on […]

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August 26, 2016

Le Coucou- La Vie en Daniel Rose

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138 Lafayette Street (near Howard)
(212) 271-4252
www.lecoucou.com

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

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
  • stilettos: This is the new hot place and the crowd the night I was there was chic chic chic; throw on a pencil skirt and pointy heels
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 138 Lafayette Street (near Howard)
  • phone number: (212) 271-4252
  • website: www.lecoucou.com

pants picks

fit for foodiesHot SpotHyped Chef

My dinner at Le Coucou made me giddily, grinningly  happy. It has been a long time since the atmosphere, food, and most importantly service, impressed me to the degree that Le Coucou did.   I am not saying that everything was perfect, and perhaps my standards for service have been lowered due to the dire situations […]

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May 5, 2016

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

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342 Lexington Avenue (between 39th and 40th)
(646) 201-5529
www.momosanramen.com

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

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...
  • stilettos: They give you a bib, 'nuff said
  • spend: $$
  • address: 342 Lexington Avenue (between 39th and 40th)
  • phone number: (646) 201-5529
  • website: www.momosanramen.com

pants picks

Counter cultureHyped ChefRamenTurning Japanese

Ramen has been an important part of the New York City food scene for quite some time, and although established chefs from within the ramen community have opened restaurants to great excitement, Morimoto is by far the most well-known chef to tackle ramen. The cult-like devotion of ramen fans, the mainstream fame of Chef Morimoto, and the […]

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September 25, 2015

Jams- A Little Jammed Up

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1414 Sixth Avenue at 58th Street
(212) 703 2007
the website is annoying and doesn't give much information; try googling it

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

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
  • stilettos: It is midtown so look neat, but it is California cuisine so casual works as well...
  • 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

pants picks

chickenHyped ChefMidtown

Barbuto is most likely leaving, and that sucks.  Jams has opened, and while it doesn’t suck, it is hardly a proper substitute.  Jams is the reinterpreted version of Jonathan Waxman’s first New York City restaurant of the same name. The original Jams was famous for its California cuisine, a concept that is now much more mainstream […]

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June 29, 2015

MP Taverna- M(V)P Taverna

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470 Driggs Avenue
929-250-2312
www.mpbrooklyn.com

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

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
  • stilettos: More Calypso than Cavalli, this is a beautiful place but no need to get too flashy...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 470 Driggs Avenue
  • phone number: 929-250-2312
  • website: www.mpbrooklyn.com

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BKGood for sharingHyped ChefWell Fed Med

If pictures of your friends’ summer adventures to the Greek Islands are giving you the (Aegean) blues, we have a cure for that: for the price of a  taxi or subway ride, you can too can sample some fresh, fantastic Greek food at MP Taverna, Michael Psilakis’ newest restaurant.  The space is bright and large, with […]

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February 3, 2015

Bar Primi – TGIF

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325 Bowery
(212) 220-9100
www.barprimi.com

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

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
  • stilettos: The place is jumping, but is pretty casual, so I would dress more Bowery Boho than Fifth Avenue Fancy
  • spend: $$
  • address: 325 Bowery
  • phone number: (212) 220-9100
  • website: www.barprimi.com

pants picks

Hyped ChefItalno reservations

For the first time in recent and not so recent memory, I found myself in NYC for a spell during the Holidays, as I was not leaving for my holiday until January 4th.  Because of when Christmas and New Year’s fell, the city was sleepy for a good ten days, making it a truly glorious place […]

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January 30, 2015

Shuko – Ohhhhh makase

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47 East 12th Street
(212) 228-6088
www.shukonyc.com

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

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
  • stilettos: Shuko is a dignified place with a hip hop twist; black jeans and boots is a safe bet
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 47 East 12th Street
  • phone number: (212) 228-6088
  • website: www.shukonyc.com

pants picks

Counter cultureHyped ChefTurning JapaneseWorth the splurge

Sushi in NYC has an element of six degrees of separation, with all of the top chefs at some point working for or with each other. Jimmy Lau and Nick Kim both trained under Masayoshi Takayama at Masa (still the standard bearer for expensive sushi situations , if anyone wants to take me),  went on to […]

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December 16, 2014

Cosme – Be-Cosme It’s Awesome

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35 East 21st St, btw Broadway and Park
(212) 913-9659
cosmenyc.com

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

Chilaquiles at Cosme NYC via Unbuttoningpants.com

pants at a glance

  • 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
  • stilettos: Si señora!
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 35 East 21st St, btw Broadway and Park
  • phone number: (212) 913-9659
  • website: cosmenyc.com

pants picks

hot hot hotHyped ChefMexicansexy sexyTequila!

I have had a pretty insane dining schedule this December, but I cannot complain – I have been the Christopher Columbus of Eater’s HeatMap, and while a beach vacation is in my near future, ’tis the season for eating. After Bowery Meat Company, Upland, Chef’s Club and before dinner at the relaunched Momofuku Ko, I […]

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December 8, 2014

Bowery Meat Company – The New Meating Place

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9 East 1st Street, right off Bowery
(212) 460-5255
http://www.bowerymeatcompany.com/

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

Bone-In Filet Mignon Au Poivre at Bowery Meat Company via unbuttoningpants.com

pants at a glance

  • scene: A downtown, trendy mix of business men, thirty-something women, and "hip" parents; I can foresee some bridge and tunnel on the weekends, but all around great vibe
  • sip: Decent cocktail list, but we prefer our meat with a dirty martini or glass of red
  • savor: Deviled Eggs, Spaghetti Aglio e Oilo, Bowery Steak, Cheeseburger
  • sit: Try to snag a cushy booth along the side of the room, or banquettes in back as they are defintely sexier than the tables in the middle of the hustle and bustle
  • stilettos: While you may be able to get away with flats during the week, you'll feel much better around the PR pretties if you break out a sexy boot
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 9 East 1st Street, right off Bowery
  • phone number: (212) 460-5255
  • website: http://www.bowerymeatcompany.com/

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FriesGroupsHyped ChefMEATing Placesexy sexy

When I heard the name Bowery Meat Company, I pictured a building similar to what used to exist in the Meatpacking District (before the short skirts & Loubs), and not a trendy, modern restaurant in a newer development on Bowery. Once I heard Josh Capon was the chef behind the project, I further realized that for the reigning King […]

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