December 2014

Last seasons pants

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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November 13, 2014

Alder- Alder- CaDaBra!

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157 Second Avenue
(212) 539-1900
www.aldernyc.com

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

Alder NYC

pants at a glance

  • scene: Minimal and downtown, Alder is intrinsically cool without any special effort
  • sip: Fancy cocktails, some of which have umbrellas; wine, beer, etc
  • savor: Pigs in a blanket; shrimps on shrimp; I imagine the rye pasta with pastrami
  • sit: Definitely a place to chat with a friend and casually nibble and discuss how good the food is in between catching up
  • stilettos: Black jeans, moto boots or designer sneakers and you are good to go
  • spend: $$
  • address: 157 Second Avenue
  • phone number: (212) 539-1900
  • website: www.aldernyc.com

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Counter cultureGood for sharingHyped ChefSomething different

Wylie Dusfrene is the Willy Wonka of cuisine, injecting (some times literally) every dish with a bit of wizardry and tricks of taste and texture. As I read the Alder menu, and not  having not had Dusfrene’s food in quite some time, my mind was going double time, imagining all of the wild ways that the dishes would […]

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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 21, 2014

Root & Bone- South, Meet Mouth

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200 East 3rd Street
(646) 682-7080
www.rootnbone.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Southern Charm meets Alphabet City; just cooly hip, not hipster
  • sip: Bourbon baby, this is Southern food; full list of cocktails and wines as well
  • savor: Fried chicken; biscuits; mac and cheese
  • sit: On a double date; with a fried chicken fiend
  • stilettos: No need for YSL shoes in the land of ABC streets; jeans and flats will do ya just fine
  • spend: $$
  • address: 200 East 3rd Street
  • phone number: (646) 682-7080
  • website: www.rootnbone.com

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casualfried chickenHyped Chefno reservations

Bikini season is on its last legs, (and abs and ass), so there is no better time to treat yourself to some guilt-inducing, finger licking fried chicken. After interviewing Mr. Lee Schrager about his book “Fried and True”, a compilation of fried chicken recipes from around the country, I had bird on the brain and […]

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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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April 14, 2014

Gato- Almost Purrrrr-fect

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324 Lafayette Street
(212) 334-6400
www.gatonyc.com

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

Gato NYC Bobby Flay

pants at a glance

  • scene: Industrial brick and wood, with warm, cool light fixtures of various materials and heights
  • sip: Specialty cocktails and full wine, you know the drill
  • savor: Octopus; potatoes with egg; tarte tartin
  • sit: Actually a pretty good date spot, if you are both into food; great for groups to share a lot of small plates, good spot for a chat fest with a friend
  • stilettos: The crowd was pretty turned out in a downtown way; since it is new and hot, feel free to look the same...
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 324 Lafayette Street
  • phone number: (212) 334-6400
  • website: www.gatonyc.com

pants picks

GroupsHyped Chefsexy sexyWell Fed Med

Meow! Hello Pretty Kitties, there is a new feline in town, curled up on Lafayette Street, and she belongs to Bobby Flay.  I originally thought that Gato was going to be a replacement for the recently shuttered Mesa Grill or the not as recently shuttered Bolo, but Gato has a Meditrreanean identity all of her […]

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April 3, 2014

Ristorante Morini- White Makes Right

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1167 Madison Avenue
(212) 249-0444
www.ristorantemorini.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Nips and tucked in shirts on the ground floor; slightly younger crowd upstairs, but this is an adult place with the air of a special occasion
  • sip: Whimsical list of cocktails; wine
  • savor: Duck pasta; sea urchin pasta; ragu pasta; ANYTHING
  • sit: With your parents or beau's parents; with another couple; with expense accounters, or friends from out of town
  • stilettos: This place is just screaming for fellow Italians like Armani, Brioni, Ferragamo; Dolce Gabbana not as much
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 1167 Madison Avenue
  • phone number: (212) 249-0444
  • website: www.ristorantemorini.com

pants picks

Hyped ChefItalspecial occassionWorth the splurge

Ristorante Morini is the restaurant that we have been waiting for from Michael White, ever since our beloved Fiamma shuttered.  Not to take to away from the perfection of Marea, there is something about Ristorante Morini that just brings us back to those days at Fiamma, the first time that we fell in love with […]

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March 18, 2014

American Cut – A Cut Above

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363 Greenwich Street
(212) 226-4736
www.americancutsteakhouse.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Dark and sexy, packed bar and dining room with TriBeCa's best dressed
  • sip: A creative cocktail menu (inclusive of an Espresso Martini, watch out), along with extensive wine list with some great reds to compliment red meat
  • savor: The Everything Bagel Biscuits, Chili Lobster, Cesar Salad, Filet, Twice Baked Potatoes with Chedder and Truffle
  • sit: In a cushy banquette for girls night, guys night, or double date night
  • stilettos: Why not put on some heels and strut through the Cut? All the other girls are doing it....
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 363 Greenwich Street
  • phone number: (212) 226-4736
  • website: www.americancutsteakhouse.com

pants picks

GroupsHyped ChefMEATing Placesexy sexy

Who says steakhouses are only for guys night out? Not the Pants! In fact, we organized a dinner with our favorite girls, and it wasn’t for us all to shout over rabbit food and cosmos… these chicks wanted dirty martinis and red meat, with a good scene on the side, so we headed out to […]

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January 29, 2014

Kingside- Not a Joker

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124 West 57th Street (between 6th and 7th, in the Viceroy, but separate entrance)
(212) 707-8000
www.kingside-restaurant.com

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

Kingside NYC

pants at a glance

  • scene: Midtown mish-mosh of after-workers, meet for drinkers and out of towners; front room for drinks and bites is always pretty packed, back rooms have warmer, bistro-like feel
  • sip: speciality cocktails, wines, anything
  • savor: crispy artichokes; grilled casear; take your shot
  • sit: For a business dinner; for a catch up with a friend who lives in another part of town; with people visiting and staying in midtown
  • stilettos: It's midtown, so formality is always accepted but not necessary; Also, its a Viceroy so WWKWD? What would Kelly Wearstler do?
  • spend: $$
  • address: 124 West 57th Street (between 6th and 7th, in the Viceroy, but separate entrance)
  • phone number: (212) 707-8000
  • website: www.kingside-restaurant.com

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After-workHotel diningHyped ChefMidtown

“Get ready for me, I am feeling feisty.” That was the disclaimer my friend texted me when she was up the block from Kingside one recent sub-zero night, and I have to say, we had a really pleasant evening.  My expectations were kind of neutral and a lunch at Han Dynasty  left me borderline impaired, […]

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January 21, 2014

All’onda Our Expectations

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22 East 13th Street
(212) 231-2236
www.allondanyc.com

Allonda nyc

pants at a glance

  • scene: Well dressed groups of youngish people with good hearing
  • sip: Lambrusco was quite lovely
  • savor: Um....
  • sit: With anyone who enjoys a good laugh and can tolerate shitty service; people who can hear well and don't mind shouting
  • stilettos: Nikes preferable, to run in the opposite direction
  • spend: $$
  • address: 22 East 13th Street
  • phone number: (212) 231-2236
  • website: www.allondanyc.com

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dumb dumb dumbHyped Chef

If a knife falls in a restaurant and no one comes to replace it, is it really dirty?  This was one of the silly questions that  we were forced to ask ourselves while desperately trying to get someone’s attention during dinner at All’onda.  Now it might seem like I am going a little hard on […]

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