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May 20, 2021
Dear Hannah: A Restaurant Advice Column
All of your hyper-specific NYC dining questions, answered.

All my life, I have been pegged as a “soft skills” person. Which is a polite way of identifying that I’m not proficient in trigonometry or swimming away from sharks. The truth is, my skills extend no further than matters of the heart and the stomach - romance, friendship, choosing a restaurant, eating, and roasting the occasional chicken. This can be credited in part to years of watching Flavor Of Love, Room Raiders, and NEXT, working at The Infatuation, and simply being a child of divorce.

But now that dating, eating, drinking, and pretty much everything else happens under specific pandemic conditions, I’m here to fuse my emotional intelligence with tailored restaurant recommendations, all in hopes of helping you navigate New York City’s dining conundrums. Whether you want to order takeout for your roommate who’s moving out because she hates you, celebrate a birthday with your precocious 8-year-old son, or just get your hands on a f*cking prosciutto sandwich, I’m here to assist.

It’s hot enough in NYC to officially declare we’ve made it to summer. And everyone is, well, horny for socialization in one way or another. This month, reader question topics trended toward big group hangs. Read on for birthday party planning strategies, where to take your family for a graduation dinner outside, and more.

If you have a hyper-specific question you want to ask in regards to your 7,000 other dining-based anxieties, go ahead. Email nyc@theinfatuation.com. You might appear in our next NYC dining advice column.

Reader questions may be edited.

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“Where Can I Celebrate My Birthday Right Now?”

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“Where Can I Book A Graduation Dinner For 10 People?”

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April

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“How Do I Seem Like A ‘Chill Gal’ On A First Date?”

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“Where Do I Take My Boyfriend’s Parents Who Only Like American Chain Restaurants?”

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“How Do I Ask Out The Stranger I’ve Been DMing For Years?”

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March

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“Taking The LIRR Into The City For A Date Near Penn Station. Help?”

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“Where Can I Eat Outside With My New Puppy?”

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February

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“I Started Seeing Someone Right Before Valentine’s Day, How Do We Celebrate?”

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“I’m Pregnant And All I’ve Been Dreaming Of Is Cured Meat”

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“We’re Pandemic Newlyweds Who Can’t Break Out Of Our Vegan Takeout Routine”

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“The Restaurant We’ve Been Going To For 8 Years Closed, What’s An Alternative That’s A Little Fancy But Not Eleven Madison Park-Fancy?”

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