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August 28, 2014

Washington Market Tavern- To Market To Market

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41 Murray Street
(646) 964- 4860
www.washingtonmarkettavern.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Large bar, communal tables, muted colors and understated decor; lots of well-dressed after-workers, either close to the office or their homes
  • sip: TAVERN- anything you want, including original cocktails, a well rounded wine list, etc
  • savor: Mushroom toast; Copper River Salmon (if available)' lobster; s'mores
  • sit: With a date; with your significant other's parents who are staying downtown; with your sister, obvsssssssss
  • stilettos: The food is uptown but the restaurant downtown, so just look neat and clean; You can definitely get dressed up and not feel out of place, but the neighborhood keeps it from being stuffy
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 41 Murray Street
  • phone number: (646) 964- 4860
  • website: www.washingtonmarkettavern.com

pants picks

farm to tablegood in the hoodTribeca

The journey from farm to table is an oft discussed trip, whether the farm is 150 steps or 150 miles from said table. I guess it is a trip that the animals and vegetables can only make once, but as diners we find ourselves at these tables with farm food over and over.  Washington Market […]

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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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January 9, 2012

Blaue Gans-We’re Fans

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139 Duane Street (between Church and West Broadway)
212-571-8880
www.kg-ny.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Charming neighborhood vibe with colorful movie posters on the walls; not much of a nod to anything Austrian, it look like a cute Euro bistro
  • sip: Austrian wines, beers
  • savor: Shnitzel of any kind
  • sit: With friends; with a date for a low-key night; alone...the menu actually offers a good mix of non-scary sounding dishes if people get freaked by schnitzel and sausage, so just about anyone should be able to find something to eat
  • stilettos: Do you know any Austrian shoe designers? No, neither do we...you don't need heels, Tribeca casual chic is fine, Baby Buggy optional...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 139 Duane Street (between Church and West Broadway)
  • phone number: 212-571-8880
  • website: www.kg-ny.com

pants picks

Austriangood in the hoodTribeca

Weiner Shnitzel just sounds funny, I don’t care how sophisticated you are.  However, once you get past that and embrace the weiner, you are in for a meaty treat. Shnitzel, for the unfamiliar, is an amazing invention consisting of meat (pork, veal) pounded  very thinly, breaded  and fried, similar to an Italian veal or chicken […]

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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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August 24, 2011

Locanda Verde- Living La Vida LOCA

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Greenwich Hotel, 377 Greenwich Street (at North Moore)
212-925-3797
www.locandaverdenyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: bustling; nicely lit and exposed brick space with big windows onto Tribeca; hidden outside courtyard area in the summer; walk-in friendly, which is convenient because getting a reservation here is as easy as getting an English speaking cabby...
  • sip: The Italian wine list has some nice affordable gems, such as the $60 Barbera d'Alba that I had
  • savor: meatball sliders; trofie with pesto; market bean salad with tuna dressing; chicken for two; branzino; cheese plate
  • sit: good for a catch up with some friends and a bottle of wine; nice date place, can head to Brandy Libray after for a cozy evening; also a good place to impress, because I am totally in awe when someone gets a reservation
  • stilettos: there are really two ways to go here: The "oh, yeah, I live around the corner in a loft with 4 nannies and don't dress up to roll in for a reservation at my local spot", or "this is a totally delicious and still buzzing joint that is worthy of me putting in a little effort." No Soulcycle shirts, Tribecos....
  • spend: $$
  • address: Greenwich Hotel, 377 Greenwich Street (at North Moore)
  • phone number: 212-925-3797
  • website: www.locandaverdenyc.com

pants picks

chicken for twogood in the hoodHyped ChefItalTribeca

In full disclosure this review has been revisited a few times. Although Locanda Verde is now one of my favorite restaurants in all of the NYC, I apparently must of had some off-night experience a few years ago that originally left me with a bad taste in my mouth (figuratively, because all of the actual […]

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April 11, 2011

The Odeon: Bright Lights, Small Appetite

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145 W Broadway (between Duane St & Thomas St)
(212) 233-0507
http://theodeonrestaurant.com

pants at a glance

  • scene: Tribeca families and people on dates
  • sip: Wine, specialty cocktails
  • savor: French fries...
  • sit: This is a place for locals really; it is not remarkable enough to bring out of towners, its better suited as a go-to when you can't decide where else to go and are not in the mood for any specific type of cuisine
  • stilettos: Not a fashion show here, but pretty much anything goes...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 145 W Broadway (between Duane St & Thomas St)
  • phone number: (212) 233-0507
  • website: http://theodeonrestaurant.com

pants picks

FriesGo-ToTribeca

Jay McInerney is my favorite author, and Bright Lights Big City of course made a massive impression on me.  The Odeon figures heavily in the book, as a late-night refuge in a still gritty Tribeca, where people met up and did lots of glamorous cocaine in the bathrooms.  The artwork on the copy of the […]

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