The Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Restaurant: Spicy & Tasty
Cuisine: Szechuan (Chinese)
Neighborhood: Flushing, Queens
Address: 39-07 Prince St.
Wesbite: spicyandtasty.com

You could go the easy route with your sprite and take her to some beloved Williamsburg tavern. Pass flame-licked meats and spine-and-all sardines back and forth over a wooden table at St. Anselm; oysters at Marlow & Sons; pizza at Roberta's, then stick around for Tiki Disco.

But if she's really manic, and truly a dream girl, then she might be game for an outer-borough adventure. Can she handle the Thai heat at Spicy & Tasty in Flushing? How does she fare in the face of al pastor tacos at Tortilleria Nixtamal (10405 47th Ave., Corona)? And doesn't she look fetching perched in a wood-carved throne, nursing a lassi at Kebab King (7301 37th Rd.) in Jackson Heights?