February 2016

Last seasons pants

February 18, 2016

Acme- Third Time is Charming

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9 Great Jones Street
(212)203-2121
www.acmenyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Model off duty- sexy but approachable; warm lighting, large bar area
  • sip: Well designed specialty cocktails wine, etc
  • savor: Veggie and flavor-heavy dishes including artichokes with lemon ricotta and kale caesar salad; pastas
  • sit: With a group on a weekend night before heading out; with a girlfriend for a sexy night out
  • stilettos: During the weekend, do it up; during the week, city casual- leather leggings, motorcycle boots
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 9 Great Jones Street
  • phone number: (212)203-2121
  • website: www.acmenyc.com

pants picks

Chews before you boozeItalian/Frenchsexy sexyShmancy cocktails

What do a cajun joint, “new Nordic” cuisine, and a French/ Italian restaurant all have in common? The same orange and blue sign, at 9 Great Jones,  bearing the name “Acme,” hanging outside.  While the cuisine served at Acme has literally been all over the place, the location and the sign have stayed the same, […]

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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/

pants picks

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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July 29, 2014

Cherche Midi-Love the One You’re With

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282 Bowery (at Houston)
(212) 226-3055
www.cherchemidiny.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: White tiles, red banquettes and a beautifully lit (and stocked bar)...Welcome to the Left Bank
  • sip: Rosè, wine, anything
  • savor: Beet salad; burger; fries
  • sit: With a girlfriend for some wine and whining; with your lover
  • stilettos: It's a cool new place downtown, so feel free to bring the Frenchies- Louboutin, Dior, Lanvin...Cherche is causal chic, but by no means dressy
  • spend: $$
  • address: 282 Bowery (at Houston)
  • phone number: (212) 226-3055
  • website: www.cherchemidiny.com

pants picks

burgerschicFrenchFriessexy sexy

Walking into Cherche Midi I literally had a case of deja vu and thought that I saw the bar at Pastis.  The recently shuttered Pastis had such a beautiful, authentic French bar, and I never expected to be hit with the same love when walking into Cherche.  I miss Pastis almost daily, for its consistently […]

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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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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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March 6, 2014

Bodega Negra- Lights, Camera, ACTION

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Dream Downtown (355 West 16th Street)
(212) 299-2336
labodegranegra.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Trendy funky vibey Mexican, caliente and cool, figure that out
  • sip: What starts with "t" and ends with "a"? Tequila!
  • savor: Guac in a skull; tacos
  • sit: Trendy troublemakers and scenesters, so you know, your weekend crew
  • stilettos: Ay dios mio, girl you better work! The bathrooms are a hike, so make sure you can strut in your heels, so you are not Bodega Negra roadkill
  • spend: $$
  • address: Dream Downtown (355 West 16th Street)
  • phone number: (212) 299-2336
  • website: labodegranegra.com

pants picks

Chews before you boozeGroupsHot SpotMexicansexy sexy

Bodega Negra on a Saturday night is hot hot hot, and we are not talking about the salsa.  The main dish of the night is vibe, and La Bodegra Negra serves it up in heaping portions, from the “hidden” entrance in a juice shop in a hotel (much sanitized from the sex shop front of […]

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: A mix of fancy and faff, in one of the most gorgeous rooms in New York City
  • sip: Cocktails like the Mother of Pearl or Proud Mary were delicious, but you can always opt for a good ol' Greyhound - Or go the opposite direction and order $550 bottles of Vodka and Champers
  • savor: Smoked Salmon Tart, Burger with Fries, Foie Gras French Toast
  • sit: The banquettes are super tight for larger groups, but perfect for 2-6 with a breathtaking view
  • stilettos: When in Boom Boom….
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 848 Washington St (at 13th)
  • phone number: (212) 645-7600
  • website: http://standardhotels.com/high-line/food-drink/the-top-of-the-standard

pants picks

brunchfancy pantsGroupsroom with a viewsexy sexy

When I read that the Top of the Standard (I still prefer to say Boom Boom Room, not sure why that changed) was starting to do a Sunday brunch, I immediately checked the calendar to see when my and Husband’s schedules would allow us a Sunday Funday. What could be better than a brunch party […]

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December 31, 2013

Toro – No Bull

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85 10th Avenue (entrance on 15th Street, right at 11th Ave)
(212) 691-2360
www.toro-nyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: The hottest table in NYC right now, so prepare to fight your way to the bar and shout to your friends; High ceilings and big windows, but warm wood softens the industrial-style space
  • sip: House cocktails are offered (various concoctions with port, madeira, sherry, and gin - apparently it's popular now in Barcelona), but opt for sangria on tap or a Spanish Red from the fairly reasonable wine list
  • savor: Erizos Con Caviar, Setas, Ensalada Cortada, Lobster & Black Truffle Paella
  • sit: A table away from the bar is ideal for your eardrums, and a seat with a view of the open kitchen in back is even better
  • stilettos: A place this cool you don't want to look like you are trying too hard… stick to jeans and a hot pair of heels
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 85 10th Avenue (entrance on 15th Street, right at 11th Ave)
  • phone number: (212) 691-2360
  • website: www.toro-nyc.com

pants picks

Chef's TableGroupshot hot hotHyped Chefsexy sexySpanish

I caught wind about Toro extremely early, as it’s co-owned by a close friend of mine from Cornell, who also owns Willow Road. Although I have never rooted for anything Boston (along with most other New York sports fans), the concept, space, and talent behind Toro justified the buzz and I couldn’t wait to be […]

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December 3, 2013

Tao Downtown- Turning it Up to 11

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Maritime Hotel, 92 9th Ave
(212) 888-2724
taorestaurant.com/downtown/‎

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Splashy flashy brashy Vegas style large- scale Asian joint
  • sip: Tao-tinis!! So pink, so 2000, so amazing
  • savor: Dim sum type appetizers; spicy tuna on crispy rice; crispy chicken
  • sit: With expense account people; with a large group to celebrate; with another couple out on the town
  • stilettos: Hell yeah; All the girls here are dressed and flaunting it- if you can't beat them join them- I wore leather pants and a black sweater
  • spend: $$$
  • address: Maritime Hotel, 92 9th Ave
  • phone number: (212) 888-2724
  • website: taorestaurant.com/downtown/‎

pants picks

Chews before you boozeGroupssexy sexyTao

After dinner one Saturday night I texted someone that Tao was “beyond.” Boyfriend was a little confused by my choice of desciprtor, but it was really the only word I could think of.  Tao Downtown is beyond big, beyond crowded, beyond beautiful, beyond just a little bit ridiculous, and yummy beyond my expectations. This place […]

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