special occassion

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Union Square Cafe-Guess Who’s Back?

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Classic upscale tavern that feels both informal professional
  • sip: Small pours of wine, cocktails, etc
  • savor: Cauliflower Sformato; any pasta; USC burger
  • sit: With your parents for a special dinner; with friends from out of town; by yourself at the bar
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 101 East 19th Street (entrance on Park) and multiple locations
  • phone number: 212-243-4020
  • website: www.unionsquarecafe.com

The Pants 2015 Wrap-Up- The Ghosts of Meals Past

We started the Sisterhood of the Unbuttoning Pants because people were always asking us “where should we eat?” Our background, education, work experience and general swagger all contribute to our unique yet informed point of view that we apply when evaluating a dining experience. ┬áIn the constant pursuit of answering the question “where should eat?” we present our round-up of...
Rotisserie Georgette NYC
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Rotisserie Georgette- Uptown Girl

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: French country chic meets Madison Avenue mamas
  • sip: All cocktails and wines available; everything seems to pair well with chicken...
  • savor: Gnoochi; chicken chicken chicken; fries
  • sit: With another couple; with someone's parents in from out of town and staying in a posh Midtown hotel; With your mom after a day of hitting up the B's...Barney's, Bergdorf and a Bar...
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 14 East 60th Street (between Madison and Fifth)
  • phone number: (212)390-8060
  • website: www.rotisserieg.com
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Ristorante Morini- White Makes Right

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
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 1167 Madison Avenue
  • phone number: (212) 249-0444
  • website: www.ristorantemorini.com
The Elm Brooklyn
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The Elm- Nothing Shady, Just Cool

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Sophisticated mix of metals and wood; airy and well-lit, gets you excited to eat
  • sip: Mixology list; wine
  • savor: Foie gras; burger; short ribs
  • sit: With a date, with a group of couples
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 160 N 12th Street (off of Berry)
  • phone number: (718) 218-7500
  • website: www.theelmnyc.com
Craft NYC
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Craft-More than meets the Menu

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Sophisticated rustic/industrial decoration of a high-ceiling space; sparse and warm at the same time, and the tunes are rock n roll
  • sip: Persian cocktail; also a spicy tequila drink with a witty name
  • savor: Just about everything is delicious, take your shot, its like menu roulette if you don't get any explanations; donuts
  • sit: This is a pretty adult place- with family for a special occasion, with your significant other for a date night
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 43 East 19th Street (between Broadway and Park)
  • phone number: (212) 780-0880
  • website: http://www.craftrestaurantsinc.com/craft-new-york/
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Annisa – Getting Lo

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!
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 13 Barrow Street
  • phone number: (212) 741-6699
  • website: www.annisarestaurant.com
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Ichimura at Brushstroke – Our Jiro!

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Enter Brushstroke, and turn right behind a curtain to find eight Sushi-philes seated at Mr. Ichimura's bleached wood sushi bar
  • sip: Brushstroke's creative cocktails can be ordered (ahem, the Hommage), or else a wonderful sake selection served in glass teapots, wine, and Japanese beer (including Coedo, which we were THRILLED to see)
  • savor: Omakase only, bitches
  • sit: There's only 8 seats, and Mr. Ichimura is so meticulous he makes sure the staff spaces them appropriately
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 30 Hudson Street (at Duane Street)
  • phone number: (212) 513-7141
  • website: www.davidbouley.com
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Blanca- White is the New Black, Even after Labor Day

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Communal table that faces the open kitchen in a modern setting; A sense of foodie adventure and bonding all around
  • sip: The paired beverages
  • savor: The whole menu
  • sit: With someone who will appreciate the coolness of the whole experience; only groups of up to 6 are allowed, there are only 20 seats in total
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 261 Moore Street (Between White and Bogrart)
  • phone number: (646) 703-2715
  • website: www.blancanyc.com