October 2015

Last seasons pants

October 12, 2015

Del Frisco’s Grille- Rock Solid in Rock Center

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50 Rockefeller Plaza (51st street)
(212) 767-0371
www.delfriscosgrille.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Steakhouse-light in midtown; big windows, high quality finishes
  • sip: Hard root beer float
  • savor: Crab cakes; steakhouse salad; spinach supreme
  • sit: With anyone work related; with friends who work in the area; by yourself after a shopping spree at Saks
  • stilettos: Lots of corporate types and tourists alike, so just about anything goes, but the surroundings dictate a certain neatness
  • spend: $$
  • address: 50 Rockefeller Plaza (51st street)
  • phone number: (212) 767-0371
  • website: www.delfriscosgrille.com

pants picks

MEATing PlaceMidtownwork meal

Midtowners, listen up: Del Frisco’s Grille is here to provide a solution to any dining conundrum, delivering high quality food in a lively atmosphere, at a pace that will not drain your soul even more than working in midtown. I am filing this place as a midtown no-brainer: Need to meet clients for lunch?  Need […]

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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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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

pants picks

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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November 26, 2014

Grand Central Oyster Bar- A Worthy Classic

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Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street
(212) 490-6650
www.oysterbarny.com

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

Grand Central Oyster Bar

pants at a glance

  • scene: Under the sea, under Grand Central; Quintessential old New York
  • sip: There are some wild martinis available, as well more classic options like wine and beer
  • savor: Oysters (duh); Fried clams; Oyster Pan Roast, everything!
  • sit: By yourself; with your parents, from out of town or in town;
  • stilettos: Anything goes here, really, but no need to dress up, half the people walking around are catching a train somewhere
  • spend: $$
  • address: Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street
  • phone number: (212) 490-6650
  • website: www.oysterbarny.com

pants picks

casualClassicCounter culturefaveFish FaceMidtown

There is really no excuse, dear readers, for my negligence in seeking out this New York City gem sooner. The Grand Central Oyster Bar has a menu and atmosphere that is ambitious in scope, but not delivery.  Every element of the space is classic, and comforting, from the red and white checked table cloths to the waiters in […]

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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

pants picks

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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November 20, 2013

Villard Michel Richard- Glitzy Glammy Fun

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455 Madison Avenue (between 50th and 51st)
(212) 891-8100
www.villardmichelrichard.com

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

Villard Michel Richard

pants at a glance

  • scene: A setting fit for Marie Antoinette, and one of the most ornate opulent places to be seen in NYC
  • sip: Anything you like at the regal bar; the wine list is sort of huge and the sommelier a little snotty, but there are some gems to be found
  • savor: Crab cakes; cheese puff gougeres; lobster burger
  • sit: Date night here might be tricky- the decoration says " special occasion" but the rest of the vibe is not that formal, so make sure that your dining partner is a)informed and b) not waiting for the ring; business associates; parents from out of town
  • stilettos: This place has couture looks but RTW prices, so keep it midtown classy; can be an excuse to dress for dinner, as if you needed one
  • spend: $$
  • address: 455 Madison Avenue (between 50th and 51st)
  • phone number: (212) 891-8100
  • website: www.villardmichelrichard.com

pants picks

fancy pantsFriesMidtownSuits

I first heard of Villard Michele Richard on Eater, and I was immediately drawn in by the description of the interior: Opulent golds, over the top marbles, holograms…I was in!  I love anything over the top and indulgent,the more impractical, the more whimsical, the more ridiculous the better- especially when it has a bit of […]

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September 10, 2013

Quality Italian- Parm to Table Cuisine

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57 West 57th Street
(212) 390-1111
www.qualityitalian.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Kind of rustic/big box space
  • sip: Bellinis on tap; wine, limonciello
  • savor: Ricotta; chicken parm pizza; branzino
  • sit: With a group that likes to share; business associates; people staying in midtown
  • stilettos: This is the new spot in midtown, so I say wear your hottest pumps but beware of the stairs
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 57 West 57th Street
  • phone number: (212) 390-1111
  • website: www.qualityitalian.com

pants picks

ItalMidtown

I need to preface this review in that we all had a lot to drink over the course of this meal; partly due to natural inclinations and partly due to some mistakes on the part of Quality Italian. Sister and I try not to go to places when they first open, in order to allow […]

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January 23, 2013

Bill’s Thrills

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57 East 54th Street (between Mad and Park)
(212( 518-2727
www.bills54.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Dressed up ski-house chic in midtown; speakeasy and speak lowly
  • sip: Something adult; wine
  • savor: Meat of any kind; raw bar, pasta...
  • sit: Cute place for date night and you can always keep the buzz going downstairs; with parents or people staying in midtown
  • stilettos: This place is on many levels so make sure you can strut in your shoes; Restrained dressiness
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 57 East 54th Street (between Mad and Park)
  • phone number: (212( 518-2727
  • website: www.bills54.com

pants picks

cozyHyped ChefMEATing PlaceMidtown

Friday night in midtown, woo woo! Imagine my surprise when I decided to go to the hot new DeLucie place on a Friday night, and- wait for it- I was able to get a reservation! At a prime time! Take that, the Lion! I read about Bill’s on Eater, etc, but a lot of my […]

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November 7, 2012

Il Gattopardo – A Purrrrfect Midtown Date Spot

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33 W 54th St. (btw 5th Ave & Ave of the Americas)
(212) 246-0412
www.ilgattopardonyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Exudes coziness while remaining rather traditionally chic; More welcoming in style and attitude than your average midtown staple - meow to that!
  • sip: Italian vino is king on this spot's list
  • savor: Everything looked and sounded amazing, but we can vouch for the braised baby escarole, lasagna, and rigatoni with spicy anduja sausage
  • sit: Not a bad spot in the narrow dining room, but if you are feeling lucky, try to snag a table in the back garden room.
  • stilettos: Although the sparkly Loubs aren't necessary, take out your go-to stilettos for date night here - Midtown always needs some extra style!
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 33 W 54th St. (btw 5th Ave & Ave of the Americas)
  • phone number: (212) 246-0412
  • website: www.ilgattopardonyc.com

pants picks

cozyItalMidtownPre-theaterromanticalSuits

Feeling displaced during Hurricane Sandy, the Pants needed comfort food – which to us, means good ol’ Ital, and moreover, PASTA. After a hectic week, date night was also in order, so an expert midtowner referred us to Il Gattopardo. After creeping the menu/website, it was clear that this place was going to be the […]

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