Best Place to Get a 40 oz. During a Classy Date - 2007
Emmy's Spaghetti Shack
Yes, they serve 40s (Mickey's or Chimay), but Emmy's also has decadent Italian fare (see the eponymous spaghetti and meatballs), and a nice wine list. It's everything you could ask out of a first-date restaurant intimate, dark, and fun, imbued with an unassuming, cozily hip vibe but it's too perfectly "first date" to actually go on one here. A first date should be awkward and goofy, and there's no reason to waste Emmy's perfect atmospherics on such a doomed enterprise. It's a second- or third-date place, to hit once you're confident enough to join the other slackers and grown-up neighborhood gourmets in laid-back enjoyment of the subdued DJs and hand-scrawled menus. There's a wait on weekends, so the outside benches and attached (unaffiliated) bar are both nice places to chat before solidifying your relationship inside.