Here's a question we get time and again: where can I take a date for good food without breaking the bank? And can I do it without looking like a cheapskate? Yes you can, and here are 40 ways to do so.
'lot 2' on Serious Eats
The notion that New York is one of the best restaurant cities in the country could mean a lot of things. Could mean the quality of its highest-end restaurants, the constellations of Michelin and New York Times stars—the Riperts and Bouluds and Kellers of the city. But one of the most exciting things, as I see it, is the unbelievable number of very good restaurants—where dishes are inventive and well-prepared, service is friendly and practiced, where you know you'll get an excellent meal and enjoy yourself besides. And Lot 2 in Brooklyn is one of those.
As far as second careers go, becoming a chef is a bigger change than most. A passion for food can drive a whole new lifestyle, and pursuing that love can fuel a livelihood. And any chef, not just one on his second career, would be considered fortunate to land what Danny Rojo's first job was in New York—cooking at the chef's station of Bouley. But the position reminded him of the high-pressure corporate environment that he sought to escape in the first place. Lot 2 offered greener pastures and the chef's life he was looking for, where the job is simple: cook great food for great neighbors.
Editor's note: In "Apps Only," Ben Fishner will be eating his way through New York's appetizer, bar, and lounge menus as your guide to fine dining on a budget. He blogs at Ben Cooks Everything. Yellow pepper toast from...