December 2015

Last seasons pants

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

pants picks

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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October 29, 2014

Estela- Estellar

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47 East Houston Street
(212) 219-7693
www.estelanyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Cramped chic; cozy yet bustling with exposed brick and candles
  • sip: Anything if you can get the bartender's attention
  • savor: Mussels Escabeche; Burrata; Arroz; Ricotta Dumplings
  • sit: With foodie friends from out of town; With another couple before you go out for some drinks; date night
  • stilettos: Estela is pretty hot right now, but still casual; rag and bone skinnies, a flannel shirt and moto boots would look right at home
  • spend: $$
  • address: 47 East Houston Street
  • phone number: (212) 219-7693
  • website: www.estelanyc.com

pants picks

buzzycasualGood for sharingromanticalSolid bet

Did you hear the one about the President whose card got declined at a trendy NYC eatery? Yeah, well we did too ( He should have used Cover, but I digress)… Presidential seal or not, Estela is worth a visit, but it takes a little patience. Estela is very small; Actually not really small as […]

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August 29, 2013

Antica Pesa- We Have a Crush

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115 Berry Street (Brooklyn)
(347) 763-2635
anticapesa.com

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

Antica Pesa NYC

pants at a glance

  • scene: Warm, cozy, and clean; large bar that would be suitable to eat at, and a cute little couch area for a pre/post drink
  • sip: A selection of cocktails; well-rounded wine list, from the well-priced to the celebration libations
  • savor: Yum...Proscuitto and mozz in phyllo; Cacio e Pepe; Amatriciana
  • sit: With a date; with a friend or your family
  • stilettos: The vibe is not fussy or trendy, but it is a great place to wear some Isabel Marant or ALC...I wore short leather shorts with a button down and flats, very Alexa Chung for Williamsburg
  • spend: $$
  • address: 115 Berry Street (Brooklyn)
  • phone number: (347) 763-2635
  • website: anticapesa.com

pants picks

Brooklyn stand UPcasualcozyItalromantical

I am not sure if it is due to a PR push or what, but Antica Pesa has been the “twerking” of the restaurant world this summer- something I had never heard of before that was suddenly everywhere. Madonna and other celebs have dined there, the critics have all been through, and apparently everyone else. […]

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June 13, 2013

Station- All Aboard

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412 Montauk Highway, East Quogue
631-996-4050
www.stationeq.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: White wood, pops of blue and soft lighting; beachy and chill with a neat and clean edge
  • sip: custom cocktail; wine in cute stem-less glasses
  • savor: ceviche; pork milanesa
  • sit: With your significant other; with any of your friends in Quogue
  • stilettos: Quogue is more red pants than red soles; wear your beachy chic best
  • spend: $$
  • address: 412 Montauk Highway, East Quogue
  • phone number: 631-996-4050
  • website: www.stationeq.com

pants picks

casualGroupsHamptonsromantical

All of the hype about “new openings in the Hamptons” usually rolls right over the sleepy little town of Quogue like a locomotive. With “the Hamptons” so generalized, it is hard for an ambitious but not pretentious place to get some love when mentioned in the same breath as Southampton restaurants that offer sky-diving bottle […]

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January 28, 2013

La Mangeoire- J’Adore

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1008 Second Avenue (between 53rd and 54th)
212-759-7086
www.lamangeore.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Rustic French country charm- lots of couples, warm candlelight
  • sip: Vin
  • savor: Chicken Chicken Chicken
  • sit: With your lovah; with another couple, with a friend from out of town staying in midtown
  • stilettos: St Laurent, Lanvin...not necessary, but French chic is the right call
  • spend: $$
  • address: 1008 Second Avenue (between 53rd and 54th)
  • phone number: 212-759-7086
  • website: www.lamangeore.com

pants picks

chicken for twocozyFrenchgood in the hoodromantical

Bonsoir! There is a little piece of Provence on Second Avenue- all the charm, culinary skills and attention to detail that you can expect from the French without the passport, jet-lag or superior attitude. La Mangeoire is charming, cozy and according to an actual French person seated next to me serves “real food from the […]

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January 21, 2013

Annisa – Getting Lo

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13 Barrow Street
(212) 741-6699
www.annisarestaurant.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Chic and lucky locals dining for a special occasion or business dinner
  • sip: Wine and Sake list, along with a full bar and some inspired cocktails
  • savor: You cannot go here without getting the Miso Marinated Sable or the Foie Gras Soup Dumplings, but everything on the menu is pretty fab
  • sit: It's a teeny tiny dining room, so you can't really go wrong!
  • stilettos: You'll want to flash some toe cleavage after you take your first bite to show you are thankful to be here, but tights and Spanx aren't necessary...
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 13 Barrow Street
  • phone number: (212) 741-6699
  • website: www.annisarestaurant.com

pants picks

cozyfaveHyped Chefromanticalspecial occassion

When you talk about the best restaurants in Manhattan, it’s rare to find someone who would say Annisa right off the bat. I would say that this is unfortunate, but at the same time, if someone did mention it, it would thoroughly impress me – which doesn’t happen too often! Hiding in a small space […]

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December 20, 2012

The Redhead- Better off Red

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349 East 14th Street (off of 1st Avenue)
212-533-6212
theredheadnyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: An unassuming neighborhood bar with a seating area; traditional dark wood, brick walls, cozy vibe
  • sip: Anything you want
  • savor: Potato chips with onion dip; fried chicken; shrimp and grits
  • sit: With your significant other or newly-minted crush; with your sister for some comfort food and a catch-up
  • stilettos: No, its the East Village, no need to fluff your feathers to eat fried chicken
  • spend: $$
  • address: 349 East 14th Street (off of 1st Avenue)
  • phone number: 212-533-6212
  • website: theredheadnyc.com

pants picks

fried chickenpants faveromantical

The Redhead is a real gem, so perfect that it seems like a cliche; a small bar in the East Village that serves outstanding food. Thankfully there is no hidden sign or gimmick to get a reservation or we would be gagging too. It is straight-forward and friendly in concept, food and atmosphere, which makes […]

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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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May 11, 2012

Cafe Cluny- Good Looking, But No Match for George

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284 West 12th Street (at West 4th)
(212) 255-6900
www.cafecluny.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Cozy, cute and West Villagey by design
  • sip: Delicious original cocktails
  • savor: Cheese plate; tuna burger...
  • sit: With a group of friends that you haven't seen in a while; with anyone who actually lives nearby; on a date, but not a first one, its a little obvious in its contrived nonchalance
  • stilettos: Be careful of those cobblestones! Since this is actually a little bit more than a true neighborhood joint, I suggest West Village cool, but not too comfy
  • spend: $$
  • address: 284 West 12th Street (at West 4th)
  • phone number: (212) 255-6900
  • website: www.cafecluny.com

pants picks

cozygood in the hoodromantical

Cafe Cluny is so cozy and West Villagey,  it almost looks like a movie set or a Match.com commercial. This place, serving all three meals, practically begs to be called “local neighborhood joint”, but it is definitely more of a carefully orchestrated insistence rather than an organic bestowing of the title. With the soft lighting, […]

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