Last week we gave away reservations to dinner at Gramercy Tavern and Per Se, and while they didn't garner the same deluge of emails as Little Owl and Babbo, they did seem to bring out the romantic notions in a good number of you. Here are some of the best responses we received:
"I want to go to Per Se because my gay, over the hill, too trendy for his own good, Thom Browne wearing foodie partner thinks I'm not with it. Maybe if I take him to Per Se he will think I'm cool...Not trying to impregnate anyone, just looking for a good meal and a chance to see how the other side lives."
"my response to the 7:30 p.m. resy for 4 on Wednesday night at Per Se is that I used to work at Bear Sterns and seeing the way things are going this may be the last time I will be able to go out with a bang."
"Tomorrow is my fiancee's 31st birthday. He is an accountant and has been working 7 days/week since New Years. Needless to say, I haven't seem him very much and miss him. If I could take him to Grammercy for his birthday, it would not only be a great dinner and great surprise but possibly our pre-marital sex life would also get a huge boost."
"She's getting towards the end of her rope waiting for me to ask her to get married, so last month I finally bought a ring and I've been holding on to it, waiting for a good time to ask her. Just last weekend her good girlfriend got engaged, so the pressure has been on. Even though I wanted to wait until I could do it under the Brooklyn Bridge, I figured I should strike while the iron was hot, so I was literally just about to make reservations at Le Gigot (a favorite of ours) for Wednesday night when (thankfully) I checked my RSS feed and saw this resy for four at Per Se."
"My last meal before skydiving!"
"My boyfriend and I, due to an expired passport, were supposed to be in Mexico this entire week. We are depressed and can't get out of bed! (true story)"
"So the thing is: I am one of the 7 people in the entire universe who actually has a 7:30pm Wednesday night reservation at Ko. I was supposed to be manning the computer to get a spot for 4 people...I now find myself going to Ko with my boyfriend, but without the incredibly nice and lovely couple who was supposed to round out our quartet. They pretty much hate me. If you give me the Per Se reservation, three good things will happen in the world: 1. Some deserving person, otherwise bereft, will get to go to Ko once I cancel. 2. My friends will no longer think I am a horrible person who intentionally screwed them out of a highfalutin dinner. 3. You will have the satisfaction of having singlehandedly engineered this remarkably highbrow, yuppie exchange.
"I should win the reservations for 2 at Gramercy Tavern because I'm that girl who excitedly reads every restaurant review and every food blog published yet NEVER ends up eating at any of the places I read about...the only thing that would beat a meal at Gramercy tonight would be a free meal at Gramercy. But I think we'd make do."
"My boyfriend and I are both surgery residents who 1. never see the light of day and 2. don't have a much of an expendible income. Upon getting up this morning we realized we actually both have tonight off! (and expect to be home at a reasonable hour). But alas, we don't have a reservation to go anyplace special tonight, and its probably too late to get one...Please pick us!"
"Would love to get the reservation for tonight so that I can surprise my fiancée for our second anniversary this weekend. Due to a slight mental melt down I thought our anniversary was next weekend and have obviously failed to book anything appropriate."
"My girlfriend and I are celebrated our six year anniversary these weekend and we recent got engaged on a food adventure to Vietnam. So I would love to surprise her with reservations to the ultimate foodie paradise Per Se to to start the rest of our lives together."