How To Take Your Significant Other Out To A Proper Birthday Dinner

Once a year, the boyfriends and girlfriends of the world are faced with one of the most daunting tasks — effortlessly, awe-inspiringly, and miraculously impressing your significant other on his or her birthday.

If you’re lucky like me, your boyfriend is a complete foodie, so the best way to accomplish this goal is to surround him with amazing food and thematic foodie gifts.

Based on my own recent experience, here is a simple guide on how to take your boyfriend or girlfriend out for a proper birthday dinner.

 

Step 1: Secretively manage to make a reservation at one of the city’s most earth-shattering fooderies.

Think about Babe’s favorite cuisines, and search Yelp for somewhere with high reviews and an intimate atmosphere. Continue to hide information from them until arrival.

TIP: If you aren’t sure about his or her favorite cuisine, consider a tapas restaurant where you can try a bunch of different options.

 

AS7X2lZt8RMWjPcCyJQYRDte24QKRkA9Pux7aEhi5ss

 

If you’re good like me, you’ll pick a restaurant that looks even more secretive once you’ve arrived. Enter ‘The Lion,’ located in an 1800’s townhouse in the West Village of New York. The sensuous black lacquered doors with ivy exterior leads into a stylishly inviting dining room decorated with eclectic contemporary artwork like Andy Warhol and Basquiat and crowned by a dome skylight.

 

wtkD3PpuZvhkqZ3-FyPPHQplYpqx-te_Q74zm50qfJI
azEtlccyGYcut-tXXYbyxw7z6dwUVrGtRJP9ZvqNz8Q

 

If it just so happens that Babe is an art lover and a foodie, you’ll score some extra points at this establishment…go me!

WO0QYkwx97SUbCUgBxbRqGEImogjVCjuv5oAwQAXse0,ADN6Gvi5S6KllNmRY1UxhkZB6sc-XMAEe39qvydWdZ4

 

Step 2: Start drinking immediately.

It’s a special occasion so spring for a speciality cocktail.

g0yHxmvktSU-6RdWFINi3YtWZdoTmqllfHq16VEWfpw

 

Step 3: Allow Babe to use cell phone at the table, because it’s their birthday and you have no choice.

Plus, it will probably lead to Google-imaging birthday cakes, because that’s normal.

jG25PNI76kahKDNtyFT9SALw1ICnwt8Go7jK4POtJFM

 

Step 4: Order a specialty menu with a wide selection of eats.

Research beforehand what some of the highly-rated dishes are at the restaurant to make sure you get to taste the best of the best.

TIP: Certainly do not forget the wine pairing option that your generous waiter will offer. This brings everything up 10 notches!

YzZQ3sPJrNFn-yJhHfi4al9xSnnZ8B0v7pVM1Nu32NA

 

Enter the Long Island Fluke Crudo, delicately placed on a pool of green tomato broth (good enough to drink with a straw) and combined with elements of seeds and sprouts and a touch of pepperoncini. Paired with the Sauvignon Blanc and we’re off to a fantastic start. Must eat for the Insta.

LmO9Yuh8PvyFpU8BcPx5QCPyBAspX-dUq1NS6vnDUoo

 

Hooray, the world will never be the same after this Burrata. The cheese was intertwined with local stone fruit, pickled and raw, dressed with a touch of sesame oil and paired with cute little sesame crisps. Paired with a stunning and delicious Rose, the night was made.

XiIOt6_0EZ1pCoML-XKSSTHVCQ_Rt4-Qo6BN1o07mfg
N5Uiev4epxbxeqEjyNZiC0WKKsLSwnIBwyIr7mbT_WU

 

Step 5: Show everyone how clever and artsy you are by documenting the entire event.

We hashtagged this “Whatta Burrata.”

OX0Hu_QHGcT560K1fIipqGcnCiQD0P4N8gIynsv_APk

 

Our third course, Squid Ink Spaccatelli with squid, nduja and gremolata, offered a perfect transition meal with a nice spicy kick. Babe will compare this to religious greatness. That means you’re doing a good job.

2I36lXODP_G8IKwI8WgeK9R02UZdc10t3UXCrw99Yvo

 

The fish of the day, Halibut with favas, preserved lemons and sunflower emulsion — fresh and light.

Mj7e7R11IXEBmrSyslg71W8xcPQ8DYD7G9BScRxUwwI

 

Status update: By this point Babe is giddily drunk. This also means you’re doing a good job.

Bockz1LEsJMov9uevS8MVwOpM2SJFxWZONFijLqJTRg

 

This grandiose meal concluded with a Colorado Lamb Loin, the filet mignon of the lamb world. Tender and perfectly balanced with baby gem lettuce and cherry jus.

Syrah from Cotes du Rhone, the only reason one would remember the 5th wine is because its flavor was a perfect pairing.

avz1eIDtIgB7mJMRQYXnrrfU5XANTk8Mr1Ri_0cNbMM

 

Step 6 (but also kind of Step 1.5): If you’ve done this part of the evening right, then dessert will just arrive at the table.

Order it beforehand when you make your reservation and secretively remind your server about it upon arrival. They might bring it out with candles or makeshift table candles work well. Who cares anyway, your date is inebriated, full and in love.

ttJtrJZ9eNPrA5Vaskk_CK1KvCGmFcl4l1ps9e9WrF0

 

Step 7: Chaperone your now inebriated date home on the sexy subway.

End successful birthday dinner date. You are now engaged. You’re welcome!

subscribe

SIGN ME UP