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So next Tuesday I'm taking some Gullible Young Woman to see Karol Armitage at the Joyce.

 

For dinner after, I'm thinking of two places: Aldea and La Luncheonette.

 

Aldea, obviously, is one of the best and most interesting restaurants in New York. But maybe too interesting for a Gullible Young Woman?

 

La Luncheonette? To be honest, I haven't been in years -- and didn't think it was earth-shaking back in the day. But I liked it well enough (as I keep saying, this is my favorite kind of food). Is it still any good? Who knows? It has the advantage of being basic enough that the food won't scare my Young Female Friend. (Although there may be protests if they're serving brains as a special.) And it's always impressive to take someone to some desolate out-of-the-way corner and bring them into a place that, though unprepossessing on the outside, turns out to be cozy and even kind of romantic on the inside. But 10th Ave. in the high teens isn't as out-of-the-way as it used to be. Now it's perilously close to the Meatpacking District.

 

Which should I choose?

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So next Tuesday I'm taking some Gullible Young Woman to see Karol Armitage at the Joyce.

 

For dinner after, I'm thinking of two places: Aldea and La Luncheonette.

 

Aldea, obviously, is one of the best and most interesting restaurants in New York. But maybe too interesting for a Gullible Young Woman?

 

La Luncheonette? To be honest, I haven't been in years -- and didn't think it was earth-shaking back in the day. But I liked it well enough (as I keep saying, this is my favorite kind of food). Is it still any good? Who knows? It has the advantage of being basic enough that the food won't scare my Young Female Friend. (Although there may be protests if they're serving brains as a special.) And it's always impressive to take someone to some desolate out-of-the-way corner and bring them into a place that, though unprepossessing on the outside, turns out to be cozy and even kind of romantic on the inside. But 10th Ave. in the high teens isn't as out-of-the-way as it used to be. Now it's perilously close to the Meatpacking District.

 

Which should I choose?

for someone in the high teens, the red lobster or sizzler should be awesome enough for your purposes.

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Far too many people in their early 20s find even bourgeois French food alien and adventurous. Isn't there a place serving meatballs or salmon maki rolls to take her to?

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The number of my friends who consider themselves interested interested in food and don't have a passing familiarity with French cuisine is shockingly, depressingly high. I hesitate to even ask my friends who are not interested in food.

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Simple solution - Aldea for dinner. LL for dessert - it's a can't miss opportunity to impress.

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No no. Too much running around on a worknight. That would cut seriously into the post-prandial Display Of Gratitude time -- which, let's face it, is the whole point of this exercise. (Also, it's likely LL won't be seating people anymore by the time we finish dinner at Aldea.)

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I don't think Le Singe Vert is worth money. Trestle is too far a walk, considering the closer alternatives.

 

Gascogne: that's a thought.

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Scarpetta is close. I'm guessing no to Dell'anima, since you've been recently?

 

A bit further afield: Txikito takes reservations now (too interesting?).

 

What's LL?

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LL is La Luncheonette.

 

Dell'anima is way too far. I want a quick walk. Women put on heels and they get cranky. If we have to get into a cab, we could go anywhere. Del'anima also shares the problem with Txikito, below.

 

Txikito is no more "interesting" than Aldea. The problem is that it isn't nice enough. Young women don't go out with old guys so they can be taken to Txikito or dell'anima.

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Dell'anima is way too far. I want a quick walk. Women put on heels and they get cranky.

Google Maps always knows. Dell'anima is closer to the Joyce than Aldea is by 0.1 miles.

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