Jamie's Pick: L'Artusi
Address: 228 West 10th St., New York
Phone: (212) 255-5757
I thought the guy I’m dating was special when he secured seats at the chef counter for our second date. I didn’t know it at the time, but anyone can walk in and request those seats. It’s the perfect first or early in the game date because sitting next to each other on high stools is more comfortable and less formal than sitting across a table from one another. We didn’t feel rushed, and the menu is designed for sharing, which fast forwards the intimacy just enough. The range of food here is also key since you don’t want to box her into one specific type. Added bonus: there are a ton of bars nearby for before or after dinner.
Andrew's Pick: Sorella
Address: 95 Allen St., New York
Phone: (212) 274-9595
I love this Lower East Side Italian wine bar because you’re immediately going to drink, get tipsy, and get to know each other. It’s low-key, which is good for hanging out and taking your time. The mix of food is excellent, too. The only problem is that there can be a wait because it’s a little small, but by the time you get your table you might not even need to eat, if you get my drift. There’s really good music, too, so you'll hear a song you like and say to the woman you’re with, “Oh, my god, I love that song,” and she'll say, “Oh, my god, me too—let’s have sex.”
Chris' Pick: Perla
Address: 24 Minetta Ln., New York
Phone: (212) 933-1824
You go to this visually appealing, sexy restaurant and there’s no chance you'll have a boring meal. It’s a good room, filled with good people, with a good wine list, and good food options for everyone. There’s heavy and light stuff, with a wood burning oven to set the mood. It’s a little hard to find, so know where you’re going, walk your date in there, and look like a king.
Address: 26 Bond St., New York
Phone: (646) 329-5836
Jamie: My in-depth, hard-hitting foodie review of this quaint, below street level spot: so mellow, and so, so YUM.
Address: 34 8th Ave. # A, New York
Phone: (212) 518-2722
Jamie: I love this little neighborhood wine bar because the servers know their way arond every bottle, and though the food is not only easily shared, it is memorable.
Pure Food and Wine
Address: 54 Irving Place, New York
Phone: (212) 477-1010
Andrew: Take your woman here if she’s a raw foodie or vegan. Sex is on the menu, thanks to Sarma.
Address: 9575 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
Phone: (310) 277-0133
Chris: What David Chang did for Korean, this chef is doing for Peruvian.