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Stan, Larry, if you're reading, here are our suggestions for where to take Martha Stewart on a successful first date.
Restaurant: ABC Cocina
Reason to go: This just-opened venture from Jean-Georges is one of the hottest tickets in town, so scoring a reservation will take high-level skill, which we're guessing is a trait Ms. Stewart might like. The space is sure to be right up her alley too, with chandeliers handpicked from the store, and the Latin-leaning menu with small plates is perfect for flirty sharing.
Potential to impress: High, just by getting in
Restaurant: Pearl & Ash
Reason to go: Open just a few months, it has a buzzy, hip vibe and its tiny, stylish space is ripe for romance. Add to that a serious wine list and exciting share plates, and you have a recipe for date success.
Potential to impress: Middle to high. If Stan or Larry know their wine, they're golden.
Reason to go: A charming, under-the-radar choice, this East Village French bistro would most likely be a surprise to Martha, who probably doesn't spend a lot of time in the neighborhood. But its carefully sourced ingredients and rustic farmhouse style are sure to make her feel right at home.
Potential to impress: Midrange.
Restaurant: Le Bernardin
Reason to go: OK, so it's not a subtle choice, but Eric Ripert's French seafooder is our top rated NYC restaurant for a reason; the pristine dishes, expert service and soothing surrounds guarantee a memorable meal.
Potential to impress: High, unless conversation is awkward, in which case the tasting-menu meal will seem interminable. We suggest more wine.
Restaurant: Burger Joint (the new Greenwich Village branch)
Reason to go: Let's be honest; Martha has probably been to restaurants like Eleven Madison Park, Blue Hill and the NoMad plenty of times. So why not relax, dress down and get all the boring first-date questions out of the way over burgers and beers?
Potential to impress: It all depends on conversation, so this one's on you Stan and Larry.