Saturday, June 6, 2009

Saturday Night At Fratelli's

Last Saturday, my galpal Lauren and I met up for dinner at Fratelli’s on the Upper East Side.

A relatively new addition to the neighborhood, Fratelli’s serves up tasty Italian fare in a laidback bistro setting. Co-owners and brothers Mark and John, along with their friendly staff, do a great job of making you feel welcome -- whether you’re a family with kids that need a distraction (like toys, which the restaurant makes available for borrowing) or two single ladies enjoying a night out.

Over a shared pear salad, two generous glasses of Sauvignon Blanc and delicious pasta (gnocchi in tomato sauce for me), Lauren and I found ourselves musing about thirtysomething singlehood.

Though we’re both happy with the choices we’ve made that have led us to where we are today, neither of us anticipated still being minus a plus one at this age. Or having to deconstruct confounding male behavior -- like the guy who regularly texts me sweet nothings yet only suggests last-minute plans. Or the friend of Lauren’s who makes romantic overtures but remains similarly elusive.

There is one upside of such shenanigans -- having fabulous girlfriends to laugh about it with.

Coming up…my appearance in an Associated Press story about dating and the recession, and meeting actress Susan Sarandon.


Sara said...

I have no idea where I'd be without my girlfriends. These bonds sometimes seem stronger than family.

By the way, love your blog and have added you to my Dating Tales blogroll.

Melissa said...

Couldn't agree with your more! As I said in a blog post awhile back, female bonding can be lot less complicated when you don't share the same DNA. :-)

Love your blog too and have added to my blogroll as well.

Islandia Lane said...

I just came across your blog and I love how you describe dating and being single in the city. I've been in NYC for almost 3 years now and still single. I will be 30 this year and as much as I love the nights out and bonding with the girls - I too didn't picture I'd be without plus one or at least a potential plus one; however, I do not regret any of my choices either. Thanks for a blog like this! :)