December 2013

Last seasons pants

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

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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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January 27, 2012

Francisco’s Centro Vasco-Lalalalalala Lobster

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159 West 23rd Street (between 6th and 7th)
212-645-6224
www.franciscoscentrovasco.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: This place is a funny throwback; the walls are covered with an old if not pleasant mural of sunny seaside Spain; giant 20lb lobster claws dangle from the wall randomly, in case you forgot what the main attraction of this place is
  • sip: Red Sangria, aka Happy Juice
  • savor: Baked clams oreganato; lobster; shrimp with green sauce
  • sit: Bring anyone who can appreciate the novelty of this place, or wants a big lobster; definitely not a first date place, because you need to get down and dirty with some lobster and garlic to really understand what this place is about
  • stilettos: Fuck No
  • spend: $$
  • address: 159 West 23rd Street (between 6th and 7th)
  • phone number: 212-645-6224
  • website: www.franciscoscentrovasco.com

pants picks

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Francisco’s Centro Vasco is an old school throwback, where the  waiters are all dressed up and not much else is.  It is a precious rarity, a place that is so unpretentious and unhip that you can’t help but fall in love with it. The sign on 23rd Street feels iconic to me, and it is […]

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January 18, 2012

Degustation- Foodie Fun

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239 East 5th Street (off 2nd Ave)
212-979-1012
www.degustationnyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: it is all about the food here; all seats are situated on a wood bar around an open kitchen so that you can watch the chefs do their thang
  • sip: Spanish wines; cava
  • savor: croquettas; egg with pork belly
  • sit: I recommend going with only one other person, because unless you get corner seats, you sitting side by side, so it would be hard to chat with a group; this place is for serious foodies, so don't bring your picky or allergic friend
  • stilettos: Not needed; it is really nice looking, but the East Village after all; if you are on a date, feel free to look nice, you won't feel out of place, but by no means are heels required
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 239 East 5th Street (off 2nd Ave)
  • phone number: 212-979-1012
  • website: www.degustationnyc.com

pants picks

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Degustation is a real gem of a restaurant, a true shrine dedicated to foodie activities.  The food is definitely the focus, unfortunately to the detriment of the service.  Service is friendly, but not polished, far from being on-par with the exquisite edibles that are produced right before your eyes.  The vibe is East Village casual, […]

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