What Other Date Spots Did the Obamas Consider?


Yesterday, Frank Bruni caught some flack from his normally adoring commenters for bemoaning the Obamas date choice as a little too pat and controlled. Typical response: With all respect, this note is frivolous and silly. With the exception of Babbo, none of the restaurants you mention are on the If you had one night in NYC, where would you eat? list. Of course, the Obamas mustve weighed their decision carefully heres what some other possibilities mightve been, and the reasons they didnt hack it.

Minetta Tavern
Pro: Keith McNally is an Obama contributor.
Con: Private VIP number smacks of elitism; $27 burger is like John Edwardss $400 haircut.
Security Concern: An Off the Wagon patron might hurl all over Michelles nice dress.

Pro: Would economically stimulate a bankrupt business.
Con: Someone might photograph Obama eyeing the waitress uniforms, la McCain checking out Palin.
Security Concern: A shaker flying out of a nervous bartenders hands while hes showing off his hard shake.

Pro: Much-buzzed-about restaurant that would show off the Obamas impeccable taste.
Con: Dishes with foam might be ridiculed the same way Spam sushi was.
Security Concern: Drew Heavy D Nieporent giving Barack a rib-crushing bear hug upon entry.

Momofuku Ko
Pro: Its in keeping with Obamas youthful, grass-roots sensibility, and (thanks to the reservation system) his Internet savvy.
Con: If Changs parents couldnt score a VIP resy, Obama is screwed, too.
Security Concern: If the president has to cancel owing to a national emergency, hell be socked with a $150 charge.

Pro: Hot dogs, ice cream, and John Mellencamp!
Con: What if Obama cant resist the Frenchie burger?
Security Concern: Heartburn.

Earlier: Obamas at Blue Hill: Michelle Sips Martinis, Barack Goes for Wine