All my life, I have been pegged as a “soft skills” person. Which is a polite way of identifying that I’m not proficient in trigonometry or swimming away from sharks. The truth is, my skills extend no further than matters of the heart and the stomach - romance, friendship, choosing a restaurant, eating, and roasting the occasional chicken. This can be credited in part to years of watching Flavor Of Love, Room Raiders, and NEXT, working at The Infatuation, and simply being a child of divorce.
But now that dating, eating, drinking, and pretty much everything else happens under very specific pandemic conditions, I’m here to fuse my emotional intelligence with tailored restaurant recommendations, all in hopes of helping you navigate New York City’s dining conundrums. Whether you want to order takeout for your roommate who’s moving out because she hates you, celebrate a birthday with your precocious 8-year-old son, or just get your hands on a f*cking prosciutto sandwich, I’m here to assist.
It’s April. Any New Yorker above the age of 16 is eligible for a COVID vaccine, the temperature occasionally surpasses 60 degrees, and everyone is, well, horny for socialization in one way or another. At least that’s what I gathered from the questions this month. Read on for first-date strategies, how to ask a stranger out, and where to take a couple of picky parents visiting NYC.
If you have a hyper-specific question you want to ask in regards to your 7,000 other dining-based anxieties, go ahead. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. You might appear in our next NYC dining advice column.
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