March 2016

Last seasons pants

March 25, 2016

Lilia- Girl Power

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567 Union Avenue (corner of N. 10th and Union)
(718) 576-3095
www.lilianewyork.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: The front room is light and airy, and reminds you of the best restaurant you went to in another city
  • sip: Aperol Spritz; vino
  • savor: Fritelle; squash;Rigatoni Diavola; Malfadini; Black Bass; Soft Serve
  • sit: With another couple for sharing; with anyone who will go to Brooklyn
  • stilettos: The vibe is casual, but this food deserves a little respect, so brush your hair hipsters
  • spend: $$
  • address: 567 Union Avenue (corner of N. 10th and Union)
  • phone number: (718) 576-3095
  • website: www.lilianewyork.com

pants picks

BKcasualItalWoman in the Kitchen

The Sisterhood loves nothing more than the chance to sing the praises of a woman chef, and we know that we will not be alone in singing the song of Missy Robbins once more people get their asses to Lilia. We have long been fans of Missy Robbins, especially her wonderful pastas, but for no particular […]

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September 2, 2015

Sessanta- Shockingly Solid

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60 Thompson Street, (in the Sixty Thompson Hotel)
212-219-8119
www.sessantanyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Downtown chic combined with a little bit of Soho touristas; loud music and cool decor
  • sip: All the usual suspects
  • savor: Sausage meatballs; Sorghum "risotto"; branzino
  • sit: Good for a large group; has a fun vibe, so maybe girls night out, woohoo; could be a date place, and then head up to a room if it goes well...
  • stilettos: Yes, feel free to take a lot of time to look effortlessly cool; place is not formal, but it is new,(ish) so you can wear something new(ish) as well
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 60 Thompson Street, (in the Sixty Thompson Hotel)
  • phone number: 212-219-8119
  • website: www.sessantanyc.com

pants picks

in a hotelItalsohotrendy

Sessanta, for whatever reason, seemed a little contrived to me, based on what I read about it. The combination of the  too cool location, too cool operators, too vague Italian provenance as the inspiration for the menu just didn’t read authentic for some reason. My impression was that Sessanta was a bunch of guys who wanted to […]

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July 27, 2015

Alta Linea- Walk the Line

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180 10th Avenue (inside the Highline Hotel courtyard)
(212) 929-3888
www.altalineanyc.com

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

The Sisterhood of the Unbuttoning Pants

pants at a glance

  • scene: Summer scensters looking to take in the great outdoors and great Italian food
  • sip: Well -crafted cocktails; wine
  • savor: Mushroom bruschetta; grilled cheese; artichokes
  • sit: With a girlfriend to catch up and share some bites; with a date after a romantic stroll on the Highline
  • stilettos: Downtown cool and girls in their summer clothes, anything goes
  • spend: $$
  • address: 180 10th Avenue (inside the Highline Hotel courtyard)
  • phone number: (212) 929-3888
  • website: www.altalineanyc.com

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Great DateItalnoteworthy cocktailsoutdoor

Alta Linea, in the Highline Hotel, is is the newest restaurant from the Epicurean Group, our restaurant group crush. There are two important things to know: Alta Linea has doesn’t have a roof, and doesn’t have pasta.  Just wanted to get all of that out there. Summer is for supping, sunning and scene-ing, and this […]

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July 9, 2015

Amata- You just Gotta

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209 East 56th Street (3rd and 2nd Ave)
(212) 308-0830
www.amatanyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Welcoming and subdued, there are white table-cloths, good lighting and a great bar to sit at
  • sip: Classic drinks or wine
  • savor: baked clams; octopus; lasagna on Sundays; chicken parm
  • sit: With a group from work; with your parents and your significant other; on a date; by yourself at the bar
  • stilettos: Manolos are the way to go, this is Midtown East
  • spend: $$
  • address: 209 East 56th Street (3rd and 2nd Ave)
  • phone number: (212) 308-0830
  • website: www.amatanyc.com

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Good for groupsItalMidtownParm

When you think of Amata, you should think red, and here is why: The sign is red. The sauce is red. Owner Chris Dorrian is part of the Dorrian’s Red Hand family. The gentleman who greets you, Al, used to work at the Palm, which serves red meat.  You will want to be his friend, […]

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June 15, 2015

Mamo- Mamo Mia

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323 West Broadway
(646) 964-4641
www.mamonyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: All Euro, no trash; Simple decor evocative of the South of France; tourists and locals alike ( It's Soho)
  • sip: Rosé all day
  • savor: Calamari; truffle pizza; raviolini; affogato with strawberries
  • sit: You could bring a date here and then maybe over to Sixty for a drink; small group of couples, or of course your sister
  • stilettos: Well as long as we are celebrating all things Italian and French, why not throw on some YSL shoes or Chloe shorts?
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 323 West Broadway
  • phone number: (646) 964-4641
  • website: www.mamonyc.com

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After shopping treatItalromantical

Mamo has a very European vibe, serves ( mostly) Italian food, and is located on West Broadway in Soho- sound familiar?  Thankfully, Mamo has more soul and charm than Cipriani Downtown, and lower prices.  Originating in the South of France, Mamo is the type of place you want to sit for hours with friends, nibbling […]

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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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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

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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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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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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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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

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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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