Although the dining rooms of the city are filled with many happy couples, they are also inhabited by lovesick diners looking to catch the eye of that special someone. Sometimes, these people take to Craigslist to try and find that guy or girl who they saw from across the dining room, but weren’t able to muster the courage to say something to. Here now are a few restaurant missed connections — perhaps love is on the menu for these lonely people sometime soon.
PROSCIUTTO PARAMOURS— Eataly Friday Evening Nov. 12 - m4w - 55 (Salumeria Sect.): You were the short attractive woman speaking with a young woman who may have been your daughter. You appeared to be in your late thirties or early forties and you have curly hair. And a killer impish smile! I noticed a wedding band but I'm old enough to know that a platonic relationship does not an affair make and everyone, even married folk, need the stimulation of a new relationship or friendship. Please contact me. Don't be afraid, I don't bite. [Photo]
THE KIMCHI APPLE OF HIS EYE — Hong Kong traveler at Momofuku on Wed. evening - m4w: Me: Asian guy in untucked white oxford, black fleece vest, glasses, finishing up my brisket and rice. Early-ish dinner. You: just getting started digging into your ham buns. You were telling me about the great HK place in the Michelin guide. You kept your coat on. Me again: Wanted to ask you about HK, your travels, the dim sum and you, and sat there tongue-tied while you ate. I saw you were chewing and waited, and lost the moment, getting distracted by the cooks, and after a few minutes I rose to leave, you said nice meeting you, and I bid you a nice evening. Anyway, on the one in a million chance you see this, I did want to know more about the buns. And you. [Photo]
BOWERY LOVE 2.0— DGBG - m4m - 38: Can't believe I didn't do this sooner - we kept looking at each other at dinner last Friday night at DBGB - you were with some people as was I. I followed you to the bathroom and we started talking while we waited. You asked for my email address and wrote me a note titled, "It was good to meet you." I never got it - I was so nervous, I must have skipped a few letters in my address. Really hope you'll see this and write back. Someone at your table was having a birthday - tell me who (and I remember your name too). [Photo]
HAND-SPUN HEARTBREAK — You work at Shake Shack in Madison Square...m4m 21: Sometimes I forget to treat people in the food industry like people. I always hate people like that, because I work in food service too. There was no line yesterday. I gave a brief hi and then started off with my order. You stopped me kindly, asking me how I was. I was thrown off guard, being on the other side of the register for a change, people don't tend to ask, whether they care or not. It's New York. And you seemed to be genuinely interested, with your dark hair and dark features and that orgasmic lip piercing. I said I was good, but didn't reciprocate. How stupid. You asked my name for the order, and as the transaction was finishing, you repeated my name back to me. We smiled at each other before I walked away. I should have asked you your name when you asked for mine, or paid more attention to a name tag. I was wearing a bandana that said 'cockpit', big glasses, and a leather biker jacket. What's your name? What's mine? [Photo]
BEDROOM EYES ON BEDFORD AVE — Dumont Burger Hostess - m4w - 27: You are the prettiest girl in Williamsburg! I was walking past the restaurant at about 8PM and we smiled at each other. Not do you have a beautiful smile, you're also a snappy dresser (white & red top with a black skirt if I'm not mistaken) and you work at a phenomenal restaurant. I was out running errands looking generally unkempt wearing a gray hoodie and a Timbuk2 messenger bag. I passed the restaurant about 8PM. Don't expect you to remember or respond, but hopefully you'll stumble across this after a long shift and it'll brighten your day. [Photo]
CACACIO E PEPE E KISSES — Lunch at Lupa Saturday Afternoon - m4w: Dark-haired girl wearing a striped top and a gold necklace. You were having lunch with your mom at Lupa on Saturday afternoon. I was sitting at the table across from you and we made eye contact and smiled. I didn't want to interrupt your lunch, but I think you're beautiful and I'd like to meet you. [Photo]