Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day - Rock And Roll Style!

Rock and roll romances are kind of like a three minute pop song - an intense sugar rush and then it's over.

And while a lot of that "strange magic" that hits guitar players and girl singers goes the way of Kurt and Courtney's (minus the whole death thing) there are still a few music-loving couples like Cameron Crowe and Nancy Wilson and Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon that lead us to believe that that giddy feeling can continue to last even after the crowd has gone home and the gear is packed up.

In order to help all you cooing love birds out there celebrate the day of the cupid, we have come up with two things that should make the day special - food and music.

I have some restaurant recommendations for you courtesy of my friend Dave of Short And Sweet NYC and we at SWR have created a play list (a little sappy / a little biting) to help you woo your musical soulmate.


156 East 2nd Street
Tel: (212) 477-7600

An impressive first date spot with a warm country atmosphere, while being easy on the wallet, is Supper. Dressed in hardwood tables and exposed brick, this Italian eatery has a comfortable and romantic vibe with rustic charm where you can get cozy with one another. If you can, I recommend getting a seat at the bar overlooking the chefs at work as fire rises from their pans high above. Daring and fun to watch, it’s a great conversation starter. While the chefs perform high-risk maneuvers, the food doesn’t suffer one bit. Standout dishes include the “Priest Stranglers” Pasta with Dad’s Sunday marinara sauce topped with fresh soft ricotta di pecora ($12). This is my favorite dish. The half roasted chicken rubbed in wild fennel with rosemary roasted garlic and mashed potatoes ($14.95) is a close second. Whatever you order, you get more than what you pay for.

203 East 10th Street
Tel: (212) 995-9511

If you don't want to get dinner and would rather head straight for dessert, then ChikaLicious is the perfect spot. This tiny dessert place has more bar seating than tables, and that's exactly where you want to be as chefs/owners Don and Chika Tillman happily make you delectable desserts right in front of your face. With a 3-course prix-fixe dessert menu for $12 that includes an amuse bouche, choice of dessert, and petit fours (with wine pairing, $7 additional), it's a great first date for serious fans of sugar. With desserts like Warm Chocolate Tart with Pink Peppercorn Ice Cream and Red Wine Sauce or Poached Pear with Asian Pear Salad and Lemon-Verbena Ice Cream, it's no wonder that there's usually a line out the door to get in, so get there early and bask in the sweet goodness that ChikaLicious has to offer.

#2 - FIRE UP SOME TUNES (all of these are available on iTunes)

- "A Girl LIke You" - Edwyn Collins
-"Anyone Else But You" - The Moldy Peaches
-"Layla" - Derek & The Dominos
-"I Just Died in Your Arms" - The Cutting Crew
-"Superstar" - Sonic Youth
-"Call Me" - Blondie
-"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" - The Proclaimers
- "Tiny Dancer" - Elton John
-"On The Radio" - Donna Summer
- "Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl" - Broken Social Scene
-"Love is All Around" - The Troggs
-"Silver Springs" - Fleetwood Mac
-"Genius of Love" - Tom Tom Club
-"Pour Some Sugar On Me" - Def Leppard
-"Brandy Alexander" - Feist
-"Heart and Soul" - T-Paul

And, last but never ever least . . .

- "In Your Eyes" - Peter Gabri

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