Because every man needs a plan, we present Where to Take Her: a decision tree series that answers a gentleman's most pressing lifestyle questions and recurs whenever we damn well feel like it. Up first: the first date. Godspeed.
Brooklyn Fare: Boerum Hill, toughest chef's table in town, if this doesn't earn forgiveness nothing will.
Carbone: Village, handmade pasta, red sauce, celebs.
Catch: Meatpacking, EMM Group, 'nuff said.
Charlie Bird: Village, fun vibe, '90s hip hop, Italian grub, great service.
Dirt Candy: East Village, all veggies, envelope-pushing technique.
Exchange Alley: East Village, low light, delectable Italian meets New Orleans, cool crowd.
Fonda: Park Slope, inventive Mexican, classy but casual, settle-down-y 'hood.
Khe-Yo: TriBeCa, Forgione's new Laotian joint = audacious Asian flavor explosion.
Maison Premiere: Williamsburg, candelit courtyard, oysters, absinthe.
RedFarm Steak: West Village, basement pop-up, 28 days only, meat abounds.
Roberta's: Bushwick, woody decor, artsy crowd, ridiculous pizza.
Rogue & Canon: Village, upscale comfort food, rock solid craft cocktail list.
Sushi Nakazawa: West Village, adventurous sushi from Jiro apprentice, tough table.
The Elm: Williamsburg, hip boutique hotel meets Michelin-starred chef.
Zenkichi: Williamsburg, hidden omakase, private booths, ideal for canoodling.
ZZ's Clam Bar: Village, tough door, seats just 10 for small plates and adventurous libations.