Five Features of a Great Break-Up Restaurant
I dropped my list of the 10 best restaurants for break-ups in NYC earlier this week, and on Tuesday, I dished out a few tips for finding a break-up restaurant on The Ride Home with Pat Kiernan.
Courtesy Salvation Taco Margaritas and dark lighting means it's break up time
Breaking up is never easy, and finding the right venue for the occasion is important. Here's what I considered when I formed my list.
1. The restaurant should be crowded
Though you may have an inclination to find a quiet hole-in-the-wall where only the waiter can hear your conversation, don't give in to the impulse. A busy restaurant means there's a lot going on, lots of background noise to fill the air, and a strong chance your server will be checking up on you less frequently. Plus, public blow-ups are embarrassing for everyone, so with more people around, the more likely it is the person getting dumped will swallow the rage-filled shouting match. And martinis only get thrown in people's faces in movies, right?
2. The restaurant should require a flashlight or candle to read the menu
Sometimes there's just no stopping the floodgates from opening, sending forth a river of salty tears. Seek shelter in a place where no one can see you, and look for a dim spot that's not depressing.
3. The restaurant should have no emotional importance to you
Choosing a place that you visit frequently to drop the phrase "I don't love you anymore" is a bad call. In fact, any restaurant you've ever been to with your partner should probably be crossed off the list immediately -- too much potential for wistful nostalgia.