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May 5, 2016

Momosan Ramen and Sake Bar- Iron Chef makes ramen gold…

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342 Lexington Avenue (between 39th and 40th)
(646) 201-5529
www.momosanramen.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: White and bright, they make the most of the space available
  • sip: Wine, beer, extensive sake list
  • savor: zuke don; gyoza; tonkotsu ramen; tan tan ramen
  • sit: By yourself at the bar or a counter seat ( still must see hostess) or with someone you feel comfortable slurping with. More people means more extras to share...
  • stilettos: They give you a bib, 'nuff said
  • spend: $$
  • address: 342 Lexington Avenue (between 39th and 40th)
  • phone number: (646) 201-5529
  • website: www.momosanramen.com

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Counter cultureHyped ChefRamenTurning Japanese

Ramen has been an important part of the New York City food scene for quite some time, and although established chefs from within the ramen community have opened restaurants to great excitement, Morimoto is by far the most well-known chef to tackle ramen. The cult-like devotion of ramen fans, the mainstream fame of Chef Morimoto, and the […]

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December 31, 2015

Kosaka-Coming in Strong

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220 West 13th Street
(212)727-1709
www.kosakanyc.com

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

Kosaka NYC

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  • scene: Quiet, elegant and casual, a premium sushi bar experience
  • sip: Sake to me
  • savor: Omakase
  • sit: With you fish loving friend; I don't recommend a group of more than 3 at the sushi bar because it is hard to talk to each other all in a row
  • stilettos: At these prices, wear what you want...
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 220 West 13th Street
  • phone number: (212)727-1709
  • website: www.kosakanyc.com

pants picks

Counter culturesushiTurning Japanese

The Pants eat a lot of sushi, as you know, and sitting at sushi bars is one of our favorite things to do together.  Some of the outstanding places we have been have not made it on to the site (Tanoshi, Cagen) simply because it is difficult to describe the nuances of every well cut […]

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January 30, 2015

Shuko – Ohhhhh makase

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47 East 12th Street
(212) 228-6088
www.shukonyc.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Large, light wood counter and brick walls that allow a view of some of the chef action; elegant, clean space but not stuffy or over the top; there is a small private room downstairs
  • sip: Sake, wine, beer, prices are not terrible
  • savor: Omakase or Kaiseki, decisions, decisions
  • sit: With your friend who is an adventurous eater; someone in from out of town that you want to impress
  • stilettos: Shuko is a dignified place with a hip hop twist; black jeans and boots is a safe bet
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 47 East 12th Street
  • phone number: (212) 228-6088
  • website: www.shukonyc.com

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Counter cultureHyped ChefTurning JapaneseWorth the splurge

Sushi in NYC has an element of six degrees of separation, with all of the top chefs at some point working for or with each other. Jimmy Lau and Nick Kim both trained under Masayoshi Takayama at Masa (still the standard bearer for expensive sushi situations , if anyone wants to take me),  went on to […]

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September 4, 2014

Dieci, A Ten

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228 East 10th Street (between First and Second Avenue)
(212)387-9545
www.dieciny.com

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

Dieci NY

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  • scene: Unassuming from the outside, small, and minimally decorated, it is no frills but cool
  • sip: Sake, beer, wine
  • savor: Egg, caviar, uni; pork buns; lamb bolognese ramen
  • sit: With a date you want to impress with foodie cred; with your adventurous girl friend
  • stilettos: I mean a mix of Yoji Yamamoto and Prada would be right on theme, but this place keeps it casual...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 228 East 10th Street (between First and Second Avenue)
  • phone number: (212)387-9545
  • website: www.dieciny.com

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casualFoodie Funsleeper hitTurning Japanese

Dieci is a very interesting little spot, almost bashfully unassuming and perfect at executing what so many others have explicitly set out to do and failed.  Dieci is an intricate hybrid of Japanese and Italian sensibilities, serving small and large plates that are gimmick -free and seamlessly executed.   The food is ambitious but not pretentious, […]

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December 12, 2013

Sushi Nakazawa- Pants Dream of Sushi

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23 Commerce Street
(212) 924-2212
www.sushinakazawa.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Lot's of foodies taking pictures and trying to engage the chef; sophisticated and sleek with a black and white color palette
  • sip: sake pairing; wine
  • savor: Omakase!!!
  • sit: With a friend, significant other or parent at the sushi bar
  • stilettos: Break out some expensive shoes because after this meal you might not be able to afford new ones for a while
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 23 Commerce Street
  • phone number: (212) 924-2212
  • website: www.sushinakazawa.com

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faveHyped ChefsushiTurning Japanese

Note: This review was delayed because I had a cold and was lazy; I did not read the Times Review before I wrote this in order to maintain the integrity of my thoughts from my brain. A reservation at Sushi Nakazawa to me is like the Birkin bags of reservations: a real status symbol. The […]

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November 8, 2013

Donguri- Obsessed

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309 East 83rd Street #2
(212) 737-5656
www.itoen.com/donguri‎

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Small spot with tables along one wall; brightly lit yet cozy and simple
  • sip: Sake to me
  • savor: Everything; sashimi; sweet corn fritters; SOUP
  • sit: With a date that you are not afraid to slurp with; with your parents for a casual dinner in the hood or a friend
  • stilettos: It's deep in the UES, so everyone looked pretty nice, but this place is definitely casual
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 309 East 83rd Street #2
  • phone number: (212) 737-5656
  • website: www.itoen.com/donguri‎

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favegood in the hoodSlurpTurning Japanese

Picture this: Union Square, Halloween evening, people everywhere, you can’t take two steps without a drunk super hero yelling in your face or seeing unnecesasrily exposed body parts.  Mayhem. Madness.  Now imagine the furthest thing from that, a little oasis of calm and quiet all the way on 83rd Street where you won’t pass anyone […]

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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

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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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November 26, 2012

Ippudo – Sometimes Having Nothing to Say Says it All

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65 4th Avenue (btw 9th St & 10th St)
(212) 388-0088
http://www.ippudony.com

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

pants at a glance

  • scene: Everyone from NYU students, to tourists, to Anne Hathaway comes here for their ramen fill. Nicer ambiance than your average East Village noodle spot.
  • sip: Mediocre wine, decent Japanese beer & sake by the glass and bottle
  • savor: RAMEN! Any kind will do, but the Miso Ramen is a personal Pants favorite
  • sit: Solo at the communal table, with a group at a cushy banquette, or if you are a lucky, one of few tables for 2.
  • stilettos: Not necessary - just bring your game face
  • spend: $$
  • address: 65 4th Avenue (btw 9th St & 10th St)
  • phone number: (212) 388-0088
  • website: http://www.ippudony.com

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Counter culturefavegood in the hoodno reservationsTurning Japanese

There is some food you just can’t comprehend how good it is are until you try it. To be honest, the Pants have been hearing about ramen forever, even ventured to a well known spot on St. Marks to give it a try, and just weren’t impressed. It wasn’t until a trip to Japan that […]

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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.