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Chicken Parm Is Reportedly Making NYC Singles Horny

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A chicken parm plate at the nomad Nick Solares

An unlikely New York Post article claims that chicken parmesan — yes, the heavy, cheese-laden Italian favorite — is a hot new turn-on for heterosexual 20-somethings on dating apps. “Local singles” tell the Post that “parm” is “an obsession for NYC’s single guys” — perhaps a source of warmth when none other can be found.

Parm is “totally an aphrodisiac” says 25-year-old single Johnny Adler, revealing quite a lot in so few words. A female dater well-acquainted with the “chicken parm guy,” 25-year-old Carly Spiewak, says she sees the food cited frequently on dating app Hinge. “Chicken parm guys find me. You don’t realize how many there are.”

There’s questions that you answer on your profile — like, ‘Describe your perfect date,’ and all that corny stuff,” she says. But as she swiped, she started to notice a pattern. “If the question had anything to do with food, a bunch of guys would be talking about chicken parm. I thought, ‘What is this phenomenon?’ I told my friends, and one of them sent me three screenshots that night of guys talking about chicken parm.”

Jeff Zalaznick, managing partner of Major Food Group, whose parm-slinging spots include Carbone and straight-to-the-point Parm, even weighed in on the matter. He sees lots of first dates, and speculates that parm might appeal “because it makes you feel comfortable and the food is familiar.”

But is this gut bomb really a love potion, and not just a recipe for gas and loneliness? Is this Post story a serious, misguided attempt at a dating trend story, or jut a brilliant parody of one? And is chicken parm merely a favorite of single straight guys with poor diets, or is it actually the new oysters?

Twitter is calling BS.

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