Faustina is a 3 minute walk, Five Points is 5 minutes, and DBGB is probably about a 7 minute walk. If you're willing to go a little out of the neighborhood and walk maybe, 10 minutes or so, you can try Lupa, Bond St., Momofoku Ssam or Mermaid Inn.
my date and i have decided to cook dinner together -- and he has asked to actually be involved, and not just wash dishes. my thought is that if we try to make something a little wacky it will be a big enough challenge to put us on equal footing. (i am a comfortable but certainly not gourmet cook, he can microwave)...
so far some kind of funky dumplings or an intense souffle have come to mind, but i am looking for something a little more adventurous. I welcome any and all suggestions!!