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Planning Your Next Date

September 14, 2010

Urban Daddy’s post last week on “Better Dating Through Sonar,” featured a new app that may be the future of online dating.

According to Urban Daddy:  Introducing StreetSpark, a brand-new dating app that scans your immediate surroundings for… romantic opportunities—and sets off a vibration every time one enters striking distance… Should someone resembling Your Perfect Match (even just semi-pro volleyball players) appear nearby, your phone will engage DEFCON 1 protocols and arm the warheads of love. You’ll casually peruse their profile and pic (and see their Facebook “likes”) and then choose whether to “ignite” this particular spark and send a message to the person, or to “extinguish” it and nip the bloom of romance in mid-blossom. Of course, the other person also has the option to ignite or extinguish you. Luckily you are highly flammable.

But what happened to good old-fashioned dating?!  Remember the days when you went on a date with someone that you didn’t know much about and had not seen a picture of yet, but your friend thought you two would be “perfect” together?  Do you really want to know everything about a person before you meet them?   

Instead, plan a perfect date at a cozy restaurant without preconceived notions and enjoy the company and the food –- no checking out his/her Facebook/Twitter/Google search page or scanning the menu first.  Just take a chance.

Perilla

 9 Jones St. nr. W. 4th St. NYC

Grab a quiet corner table in the back and order the duck meatballs.  Sitting near the kitchen, you may get a chance to see/meet the owner/chef, Harold Dieterle, Top Chef‘s inaugural winner.

 

Blue Ribbon Brasserie

97 Sullivan St nr. Spring St. NYC

Go early, sit at the bar, share a dozen oysters and try the martinis while you wait for a table (no reservations). Start with the platter of honey BBQ-glazed ribs and chicken wings.  The lobster and fried chicken for dinner will not disappoint. Take your time and enjoy a bottle of wine.  Don’t want to wait for a table?  Then head over to Blue Ribbon Sushi a few doors down. 

 

Frank

88 Second Ave. nr. 5th St. NYC

Are you on a budget or not sure if you want to spend dough on your date?  Check out this budget-friendly Italian joint in the East Village and order Grandma Carmela’s slow-cooked ragu.

 

Braeburn

117 Perry St. at Greenwich St. NYC

This restaurant reminds me of Nantucket meets a Vermont ski lodge.  The menu items are seasonal and fresh and the ambiance is cozy but not crowded.  Ask about the daily specials.  On Sunday, they feature a roasted chicken dinner for two.  You can also use this as your fallback plan if the wait at the Spotted Pig is too long.

 

Dieci

228 E. 10th St. nr. First Ave. 

This tiny 25-seat subterranean restaurant features Japanese Italian tapas. Yes, you read that correctly. The Japanese chef creates some amazing combinations of flavors and presents them in small portions so they are perfect for dates. Order a bunch of plates and share. You won’t want to miss the Spicy Yellowtail Tartar Crostini, Homemade Meatball, Saikyo Miso Marinated Black Cod and the duck. The menu changes so go back again.

 

 

Bon Appétit!

Governors Island Jazz-Age Lawn Party

September 9, 2010
The blogosphere was abuzz in late August about the Governors Island Jazz-Age Lawn Party

Image from The Satorialist

Governors Island is a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor and only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan. For almost two centuries, Governors Island was a military base. In 2003 the federal government sold 150 acres of Island to the people of New York and 22 acres were declared the Governors Island National Monument (source).  

Image from Hither & Thither

Locals gathered “under a shady grove of centuries-old trees, caressed by fresh sea air” and picnicked on “a sprawling green surrounded by historic officers’ quarters and 18th century naval ramparts” (Source: Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra).  The Satorialist has some gorgeous shots (of course) but so do other blogger faves – Hither & Thither , Lovely Little Things, etc.

Image from A Cup of Joe

It isn’t often that we get to throw theme parties, but this made me pine a bit. Check out the fabulous details:

Signature drinks  – A delightful variety of refreshing cocktails will be served by St-Germain Elderflower Liquer and beer provided by Brooklyn Brewery.

Entertainment –  Authenitc ’78 records from the 1920s played on a phonograph provided by WFMU’s Antique Phonograph Music Program; Charleston lessons by dance legend Roddy Caravella

Activities – 1920s Motorcar Exhibition, vintage clothing dealers and boutique milliners, Tug O’ War, Parade Of Hats and Pie Recipe Contest

Image from So About What I Said