My buddy Mike just sent this my way. What do you say? Do you agree with Mr. Critic? Is this *definitely* a date??
From today’s Hey, Mr. Critic!
My friend wants to take me out for a birthday dinner. However, I want to make sure that: a) It’s inexpensive; b) in the right location (she works downtown on the west side, I work midtown on the east side, she lives in Jersey City and I live in Brooklyn); c) it’s really good; and d) I can eat there — I have a gluten allergy. Can you recommend a fantastic restaurant that would fulfill all of these stipulations? I just want to be told where to go.
This would be an easy question to answer, but for this gluten issue, which appears to affect roughly 62 percent of my correspondents. Maybe go to Babycakes in the East Village, get a bunch of gluten-free, vegan sweets, buy a bottle of rum and get hammered on the street, somewhere close to the PATH? Seriously. That could be a fun date. (Because, let me tell you: This is a date.) If you want gluten-free food-food, there’s Risotteria on Bleecker Street — not a gluten in the place, never has been. I’m not going to tell you to go there, though. You ought to ask around in your gluten-free community. For myself, I’m going to go in another direction entirely and suggest that you two have a salad at the excellent Blaue Gans, root around in the menu a little, see what you can find that fits your dietary needs. Relationships are about compromise.
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