It’s officially #cuffingszn - the time of year between October and February when cold weather makes people crave a cozy connection and comforting meal.
Caviar, an online food platform that celebrates the premium restaurant experience, and women-first dating and social networking app Bumble, have joined forces to help cater date nights with an exclusive Bumble Date Night Collection on Caviar.
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Two reality stars who know how to eat? Sounds like a match made in heaven.
We’ve connected with Kyle Cook on his date night advice, favorite NYC restaurants, and the do’s and don'ts for ordering in.
But the fun doesn’t stop there!
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Why are you partnering with Caviar and Bumble?
Caviar is the premiere ordering platform when it comes to finding great quality restaurants. Obviously, there are other apps for ordering, but as pretty much everyone has experienced- whether they are in New York or a smaller town- it can be really hit or miss when it comes to ordering. Caviar does an incredible job giving you access to restaurants that aren’t on other delivery platforms. You’re not going to find some of these higher-end spots on mainstream apps.
If you’re trying to find romance or if you’re happily in love or married, making a point of setting time aside for date night is important. The nice little byproduct of this collaboration is that Caviar has done the work for you by sifting through the endless options on their own app and curating a list with an exclusive Bumble Date Night in cities across the country. So, for people who get anxious trying to choose a high-quality restaurant (like me) or parsing through what’s good on the other apps, this collaboration takes the guesswork out of it.
Does ordering in help with date nights?
I think there is advanced planning and pressure that goes into setting up a date outside of the home. Schedules must align, you have to think ahead to what type of cuisine you’re craving, picking somewhere with great ambiance, timing, all of that. Not everyone is able to plan, particularly during busy holiday seasons. I think others can take advantage of cuffing season and ordering in because it’s way more intimate, way cozier, and more convenient.
Do you have any recommendations for impressing your date?
If you’re ordering in, it’s not necessarily about how high-end the restaurant is. It’s really about getting to know your partner. Ask your significant other questions so they know you care about the evening and their food preference, allergies, and what they’re craving at that given moment. What if they had steak a night or two ago and ordering from a steak restaurant is the last thing they’re craving?
What are some do’s and dont’s for ordering in?
Similar to impressing your date, it’s about listening and taking cues from your partner. If you’re ordering Italian and there’s a lot of garlic or onions and your partner orders a light salad, you might want to think again *laughs*. You don’t want to make yourself off limits from a kissing perspective.
How do you make ordering in special?
It’s all about setting the mood. Make it special by getting place settings and taking the food out of the delivery packaging and plate it. Choose your beverage of choice and make it a special evening.
Since it’s a Bumble partnership and ladies make the first move, do you let Amanda choose her order first?
Absolutely! Ladies first. It’s not only the courteous thing to do but you can take cues from what they’re ordering to base your own order.
What are your favorite things to order at home?
To continue ‘impressing your date and choosing what to order- since you’re not going to a physical restaurant, it’s less about impressing your date with the latest trendy spot and more about good quality food with household names that you trust. I would fall back on the list that Caviar and Bumble created because you know for a fact that they curated names that you can count on.
I love that I’m ordering from a restaurant that I’ve experienced firsthand, and I know what to expect like L’artusi. The fact that you can order in and get the same quality food at your convenience is a huge plus. Right now, reservations are hard to come by in New York and you can get all of these restaurants that you’re familiar with, consistent or spark a memory. Saint Ambrose was in the neighborhood where I met Amanda- I love that spot- the fact that I can order classics like Cipriani, Raos, or Minetta Tavern, is very exciting.
Whether you’ve dined at these places or not, you already know the quality of the restaurants which makes the whole process much more simple.
So, there you have it! My top 12 favorite restaurants on Caviar for a date night at home: