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February 28, 2017

Union Square Cafe-Guess Who’s Back?

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101 East 19th Street (entrance on Park)
212-243-4020
www.unionsquarecafe.com

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

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
  • stilettos: Union Square Cafe is very quintessential New York, so just about anything goes. A neat appearance seems appropriate, can't go wrong with a nice button down and stilettos
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 101 East 19th Street (entrance on Park)
  • phone number: 212-243-4020
  • website: www.unionsquarecafe.com

pants picks

ClassicEat at the BarPastaspecial occassion

As  (former) long time Union Square residents, Union Square Cafe holds a special place in the hearts of the Pants. Union Square Cafe and its iconic sign were synonymous with the neighborhood of its origin, it’s vibe so effortlessly low- key, that the exceptional service and high-quality food were a comforting surprise. The closure of Union Square Cafe […]

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April 23, 2014

Rotisserie Georgette- Uptown Girl

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14 East 60th Street (between Madison and Fifth)
(212)390-8060
www.rotisserieg.com

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

Rotisserie Georgette NYC

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...
  • stilettos: Manolo Blahniks and very Lily Van Der Woodsen-ish...no need to look fancy, just neat
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 14 East 60th Street (between Madison and Fifth)
  • phone number: (212)390-8060
  • website: www.rotisserieg.com

pants picks

chicken for twonear good shoppingspecial occassionUpper East Side ChicWorth the splurge

To anyone that doesn’t like Rotisserie Georgette’s chicken, I say “Cluck Off.”  This is one bird to flip for, and Georgette Farkas is the ultimate embodiment of what a Pants woman should be: chic, polished, gracious, and not afraid to eat until a button gets undone.  Naysayers will always gripe  that expensive chicken is silly, […]

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April 3, 2014

Ristorante Morini- White Makes Right

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1167 Madison Avenue
(212) 249-0444
www.ristorantemorini.com

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

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
  • stilettos: This place is just screaming for fellow Italians like Armani, Brioni, Ferragamo; Dolce Gabbana not as much
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 1167 Madison Avenue
  • phone number: (212) 249-0444
  • website: www.ristorantemorini.com

pants picks

Hyped ChefItalspecial occassionWorth the splurge

Ristorante Morini is the restaurant that we have been waiting for from Michael White, ever since our beloved Fiamma shuttered.  Not to take to away from the perfection of Marea, there is something about Ristorante Morini that just brings us back to those days at Fiamma, the first time that we fell in love with […]

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October 21, 2013

The Elm- Nothing Shady, Just Cool

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160 N 12th Street (off of Berry)
(718) 218-7500
www.theelmnyc.com

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

The Elm Brooklyn

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
  • stilettos: If you are here on the weekend or a special occasion, feel free to wear your AtWOODS to the Elm (get it)
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 160 N 12th Street (off of Berry)
  • phone number: (718) 218-7500
  • website: www.theelmnyc.com

pants picks

Brooklyn stand UPHyped Chefsexy sexyspecial occassion

Disclaimer: I messed up my pictures from this meal, grrrr In this age of everything being all down home and frankly messy, The Elm is refreshing in its neatly composed plates and and subtle details.  There is a delicateness in the dishes that I have not seen in a new restaurant in a while; this […]

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May 29, 2013

Craft-More than meets the Menu

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43 East 19th Street (between Broadway and Park)
(212) 780-0880
http://www.craftrestaurantsinc.com/craft-new-york/

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

Craft NYC

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
  • stilettos: Do it gurrrrrl...Collichio might not label his food, but feel free to wear yours
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 43 East 19th Street (between Broadway and Park)
  • phone number: (212) 780-0880
  • website: http://www.craftrestaurantsinc.com/craft-new-york/

pants picks

faveHyped Chefspecial occassionWorth the splurge

I have learned from Top Chef to not question Tom Collichio. However, I do I have one question that I would love to ask him; I have not done too much research, and the answer might be found on the world wide web, but I am just dying to ask ” Tommy, (I mean, as […]

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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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January 14, 2013

Ichimura at Brushstroke – Our Jiro!

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30 Hudson Street (at Duane Street)
(212) 513-7141
www.davidbouley.com

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

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
  • stilettos: Whoever is taking you deserves some extra loving, so throw on some heels - you are sitting at a counter all night anyway!
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 30 Hudson Street (at Duane Street)
  • phone number: (212) 513-7141
  • website: www.davidbouley.com

pants picks

Counter culturespecial occassionsushitough resTribecaTurning Japanese

The Pants visited Brushstroke over a year ago, and found that the bar area there was odd… great design, but the space didn’t attract a bar-menu type of crowd, nor would it be a place you’d go for a drink before dinner besides Brushstroke. I have no idea when, but sometime in the recent past, […]

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September 6, 2012

Blanca- White is the New Black, Even after Labor Day

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261 Moore Street (Between White and Bogrart)
(646) 703-2715
www.blancanyc.com

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

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
  • stilettos: Its BK, so anything goes, but we definitely recommend some stretchy pants
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 261 Moore Street (Between White and Bogrart)
  • phone number: (646) 703-2715
  • website: www.blancanyc.com

pants picks

BKCounter cultureFoodie Funspecial occassion

Fashion trends can be painstakingly obvious- ask anyone who currently has pink tips on the end of their hair where they once had feathers sewn in, or anyone who has used “color-blocking” in casual conversation. Food, like fashion, also has a cyclical pattern of trends- some things can be hot for a minute (fondue, heel-less […]

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July 17, 2012

Esca- Seaside ESCApade

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402 West 43rd Street (off of 10th Ave)
(212) 564-7272
www.esca-nyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Pseudo rustic Italian seaside in the Theater District with casual elegance; touristas and well-heeled NYC'ers who make the trek
  • sip: BBBBBBBBarola; BBBBBBarbaresco
  • savor: Baked clams; Pastas; Fresh Grilled Fish
  • sit: With anyone pre-theater; with Food Network aficionados who want to see what this Batali is all about; anyone who might have to drive back to NJ after dinner, it is close to the Lincoln Tunnel
  • stilettos: Pull it together, Pretty, there is real food being served here...not the most fashion-forward area of town, but it's still a nice joint
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 402 West 43rd Street (off of 10th Ave)
  • phone number: (212) 564-7272
  • website: www.esca-nyc.com

pants picks

Fish FaceItalspecial occassionTheater

Bradley, if you still work at a Esca and you are reading this, I think that you suck.  You are a mediocre manager, a “stiff” as my father would say, lacking in graciousness and any sense of service recovery.  When you serve someone cold salmon, and the waiter has acknowledged an unusual wait time between […]

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