Are you ready to get super hungry today? After many requests that we hit up the guys from The Infatuation – Andrew Steinthal and Chris Stang – we decided to do just that; and can we just say, they did not disappoint. From their ideal first date to their ideal food day in general, the guys took us from fresh doughnuts, to jars of foie gras, to beers in moving vehicles, to waffle fries, to Honey Bunches of Oats (until now we forgot how good that stuff is)…starving yet? If you’re going to read anything today, read this while eating something indulgent (and keep your eye on The Infatuation today for our Friday Fives).
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
Breakfast: A bowl of Honey Bunches Of Oats and freezing cold milk.
Lunch: A Fried Chicken Sandwich from Son Of A Gun in Los Angeles.
Lunch: Wood-Fired Oysters from Cochon in New Orleans.
Snack: A Chocolate Chip Cookie from Levain Bakery.
Dinner: Hot Teriyaki Wings and Waffle Fries at Candlelight Inn in Scarsdale, NY.
Dinner: A lobster Roll from Lunch in Amagansett, NY.
Dessert: Raspberry Chocolate Chunk and Cookie Dough ice cream from Graeter’s.
Get on plane, arrive in New Orleans. Breakfast at District Donuts, followed by a fried chicken lunch at Willie Mae’s Scotch House, followed by me drinking a beer in a moving vehicle because I can, followed by oysters at Casamentos, followed by dinner at La Petite Grocery, followed by second dinner at Cochon, followed by wine and music and more food in the backyard at Bacchanal, followed by my jazz funeral because that’s how I want to go out. See you in the second line.
What’s your idea of the perfect first date?
AS: That’s tough. I haven’t been on a first date in some fourteen years. If I were in the position of having to impress, and keep things pretty low pressure but also interesting – which are they keys to a first date – here are a couple of options.
Santina: Sit at the bar in the far corner closest to the window, so you don’t get foot traffic behind you. It’s an ideal first date spot, as the cocktails are both potent and delicious, and the food is easy to share. Also, there’s plenty of action to take in and people to talk about, which comes in handy when you get stuck for conversation.
Emily: Taking someone to one of your favorite restaurants on a first date is always a good move. It shows personality, you know what to order, and you can tell immediately whether or not you guys are on the same wavelength. Emily in Clinton Hill would be my personal pick. I f*cking love this place. A girl willing to take down an Emmy Burger on a first date is definitely a keeper.
CS: I haven’t been on a first date in five years, but my last (and most important) first date was spent eating our way up and down Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Los Angeles. We started with brunch at Joe’s, hit up Gjelina for lunch, walked around some more, and then eventually ended up at Bouchon in Beverly Hills drinking wine and eating foie gras out of a jar. Pretty perfect.
What ingredient do you consider overrated? Which makes everything better?
AS: I’m a relatively picky eater, so there are a bunch of things I find to be grossly overrated, the winner being mushrooms. I just don’t understand. What makes everything better? Caramelized onions. Final answer.
CS: Overrated ingredient? Sugar. Things that are too sweet make me angry. What makes everything better? Anchovy. When properly applied, you don’t even know that shit is in your food, but everything just tastes better. Perfect example? The Five-Lettuce Caesar from Upland. They put this seasoning on top of the salad that’s got some kind of magical anchovy dust in it, and it makes ordinary lettuce taste like $100 bills in your mouth.
What five guests are coming to your dream dinner party, and what takeout are you ordering?
AS: My dream dinner party would be all ninetie’s Knicks. Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, John Starks, Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy.
CS: Led Zeppelin, and I’m probably ordering a few sandwiches and a jug of whiskey.
What’s the new potato right now?
AS: Sandwiches; that’s what’s up right now. I just had an absurd pastrami sandwich at Harry and Ida’s Meat And Supply Co. in the East Village.
*Andrew Steinthal and Chris Stang, photographed at Liquiteria in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann.