July 2012

Last seasons pants

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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July 16, 2012

The NoMad- Happy to be in NoMad’s land

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1170 Broadway (at 28th Street)
(212) 796-1500
www.thenomadhotel.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Slightly funky old/new vibe; skylight keeps the dining room light, and the big dark wood bar in the bar is impressive; the library will be cozy in the winter but is a little dark now
  • sip: A list of 30 custom cocktails is offered; when we asked for some guidance we were met with slight attitude, but the bartender eventually came around; well-rounded wine list full of surprises
  • savor: Trout; Snap pea salad; Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
  • sit: With at least one other person to share the chicken; with your parents, foodie friends from out of town, friends who live in the neighborhood
  • stilettos: Since it is in a hotel, there is a little bit of everything but food like this deserves respect; Don't wear your 7 inchers though, the bathroom is a trek down some stairs
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 1170 Broadway (at 28th Street)
  • phone number: (212) 796-1500
  • website: www.thenomadhotel.com

pants picks

chicken for twocozyHyped Chefspecial occassion

Ladies and gentlemen, there is a new chicken king in town, and he is rich, tasty, and full of suprises.  Forget everything you know about chicken, because next to the chicken for two at The NoMad, every other fowl just looks foul. I love fanciness.  Slide me into some serious threadcount sheets at a five […]

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May 30, 2012

21 Club- A Love Letter to New York City

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21 West 52nd Street (between 5th and 6th)
(212) 582-7200
www.21club.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Old school New York City at its finest
  • sip: This place just screams "martini" or whatever classic cocktail you desire; wine
  • savor: Burger; potatoes; chocolate souffle; chicken hash
  • sit: With people from out of town; clients you are entertaining; with your boyfriend or anyone you want to celebrate with
  • stilettos: Yes Yes Yes...Play Jackie O and keep it classic chic
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 21 West 52nd Street (between 5th and 6th)
  • phone number: (212) 582-7200
  • website: www.21club.com

pants picks

burgersfancy pantsspecial occassion

Without doing it proper justice, the 21 Club is the sort of spot where you could picture Mr. Big sipping a martini and asking the bartender if he could light up a cigar.  Mr. Big, after all, represented some sort of ideal NYC man- good looking, charming, successful and with a little bit of a […]

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April 3, 2012

Best Fancy Sushi: Sushi of Gari

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

March 5, 2012

La Grenouille- Food Amongst the Flowers

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3 East 52nd Street (off 5th Ave)
212-752-1495
www.la-grenouille.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Beautifully lit, and full of the most gorgeous floral arrangements, the place oozes "special occasion", but nicely lacks any extreme stuffiness or opulence
  • sip: Champers, wine
  • savor: cheese puffs; endive salad; lobster ravioli; dover sole; souffle
  • sit: With anyone you know over the age of 70; with a date; with your family and your boyfriend's family
  • stilettos: Yes, everyone here is dressed up, whether it is a special occasion or just their Friday night spot...during lunch two girls were seated in track suits, and many regulars were rightly appalled...
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 3 East 52nd Street (off 5th Ave)
  • phone number: 212-752-1495
  • website: www.la-grenouille.com

pants picks

fancy pantsromanticalspecial occassion

The restaurant is in the 50’s, has been popular since the 80’s, and the average age of the diners is about 70, so that is the basic math of La Grenouille. As I sit to write this, I am amazed at the dichotomy of La Grenouille. It is an extremely  special place with an  old-school […]

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December 13, 2011

Daniel, Fancy Pants

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60 East 65th Street (between Madison and Park)
212-288-0033
www.danielnyc.com

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

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  • scene: This is the big leagues. Everything here is done in a slick uptown way, with generous details and a refined palette (atmosphere and food). The main dining room is nowhere as ornate as it used to be, which makes it a little less daunting. There is also a more casual front room option.
  • sip: I mean, do I have to spell it out? Fancy wines, champers, anything you would like
  • savor: Anything you eat is going to be fucking amazing, it is DANIEL; madeleines
  • sit: Hmmm...Daniel is a special occasion place for sure, but don't be intimidated! Without saying, this a place for your foodie friend from out of town, a nice place for your parents' anniversary, your anniversary, or just a place to treat yourself to a very memorable meal
  • stilettos: Do it up! I wore my 7 inch Loubs and stumbled a little with the stairs to the restroom, but luckily the ample staff just straightened me up like it happens all of the time
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 60 East 65th Street (between Madison and Park)
  • phone number: 212-288-0033
  • website: www.danielnyc.com

pants picks

Danielfancy pantsromanticalspecial occassion

To begin, I must disclose that the Sisterhood is somewhat fancy, and we have been lucky enough to dine at Daniel in all of its incarnations: the original at the Surrey Hotel, the fancy fancy dining room at the present location several times, and now at the newer model in the current spot. Going to […]

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November 30, 2011

Strip House- A Good Place to “Meat”

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13 East 12th Street (between University and 5th)
212-328-0000
www.striphouse.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Sexy red walls add a bordello type feel, with old fashioned masculine touches that keep it from being hokey; cozy and buzzy at the same time
  • sip: A dirty martini at a steakhouse necessity; slightly over-priced wines available by glass and bottle
  • savor: Steakhouse faves with decadent twists; garlic bread with gorgonzola fondue; truffle creamed spinach; 24 layer chocolate cake
  • sit: This place is really good for just about any carnivore gathering- dates, large groups, or Guy's Night Out; seats at the bar go fast, but the environment is far from stuffy, so it could be both a special occasion place or just your go-to steak joint
  • stilettos: Steak places are not usually high fashion (except Marble Lane) , so its more Ralph Lauren than Commes de Garcons; feel free to dress for your date... no hats on men are allowed in dining room
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 13 East 12th Street (between University and 5th)
  • phone number: 212-328-0000
  • website: www.striphouse.com

pants picks

MEATing Placeromanticalsexy sexyspecial occassion

The Strip House is charming in a way that is rare (ha ha) for a steakhouse- everything about it extremely well done (ha ha). The atmosphere is a not all boys clubby (Old Homestead), Old New York (The Palm) or trendy (STK, Marble Lane), but rather an intoxicating mix of bordello and masculinity.  I can […]

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October 17, 2011

SHO Shaun Hergatt- The Best SHO in Town

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40 Broad Street, 2nd Floor (Exchange Place)
212-809-3993
www.shoshaunhergatt.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Hong Kong in the Financial District; a rich, warm bar gives way to a hallway with glass enclosed wine cellars and private rooms on each side, which leads to the main dining room; best seats are the deuces against the wall of the glass enclosed kitchen, the action there is worth watching
  • sip: Sparkling Sake for dessert; champers, wine
  • savor: Lobster, Escolar, ANYTHING
  • sit: With anyone who appreciates a fine dining experience; for a special occasion; JUST GO
  • stilettos: Yes! This is the type of place that makes you feel like you are on vacation...the location in the heart of Wall Street is not the most fashionable, but you want to make a night out of a place like this...
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 40 Broad Street, 2nd Floor (Exchange Place)
  • phone number: 212-809-3993
  • website: www.shoshaunhergatt.com

pants picks

fancy pantsHyped Chefspecial occassion

SHO Shaun Hergatt is a true revelation.  I was blown away.  The atmosphere, attentive service, and first and foremost the food all make SHO a viable contender to be listed amongst the best in the city. This place can play with the Big Dogs for sure.  The whole evening is a transporting experience, due in […]

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October 12, 2011

The Mark Firmly Hits Theirs

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The Mark Hotel, 25 East 77th Street, between 5th and Madison
212-606-3030
www.themarkrestaurantnyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Spaniards to the left of me, Germans to right, stuck in the middle with you; Dressed up visitors and UES residents alike sharing bottles of wine make this place feel very adult; tons of servers running around and managers creeping keep it sophistcated but not stuffy; there are several rooms but no Siberia that we noticed
  • sip: The Anniversary Cocktail, which is a belini with raspberry and lychee
  • savor: The menu changes seasonally, but the egg, the truffle pizza, and both cheeseburgers are staples that will never lead you astray
  • sit: Anyone who appreciates the Shmance; with out of town visitors or family; seems like a great place to eat prior to carrying on an illicit affair in a room upstairs, but UES cheaters might need to beware
  • stilettos: Yes! Feel free to invite Van Cleef, Hermes, Fendi, all the girls to the party
  • spend: $$$
  • address: The Mark Hotel, 25 East 77th Street, between 5th and Madison
  • phone number: 212-606-3030
  • website: www.themarkrestaurantnyc.com

pants picks

fancy pantsHyped Chefladies who lunchspecial occassion

It occurred to me as I sat to write this that Jean Georges really doesn’t get too creative with most of his restaurant names; Jean Georges, is well, his restaurant, Perry Street is located on Perry Street, Mercer Kitchen can be thought of as belonging to both the street and the hotel under which it […]

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September 20, 2011

A Stroke of Genius at Brushstroke

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30 Hudson Street ( at Duane Street)
(212) 791-3771
www.davidbouley.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Sharp dressed crowd at a sharp styled restaurant
  • sip: Delicious artisanal cocktails depending on your poison of choice - each one we tried was unique but delicious
  • savor: Go hard or go home... if you are here, you may as well get all 10 courses!
  • sit: The bar has the best view of the impressive work the chefs put into each intricate dish; For groups, there are some larger tables in the dining area as well
  • stilettos: This meal is worth the risk of cobblestones and spike heels. Although business casual would work, why not try to impress the student chefs in the open kitchen - if not your date?
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 30 Hudson Street ( at Duane Street)
  • phone number: (212) 791-3771
  • website: www.davidbouley.com

pants picks

fancy pantsHyped Chefspecial occassionTribecaTurning Japanese

Until recently, Nobu was the predominant spot for Japanese food in Tribeca. Upon entering David Bouley’s Brushstroke, you immediately realize that this restaurant is nothing like the trendy sushi staple down the street. Apparently David Bouley worked for years on perfecting the menu here, and still considers it a work in progress. He partnered with […]

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