Somewhere, Taylor Swift is crying into her cookies, but carefully, as to not to smudge her cat eye makeup, because Jake G seems to be moving on with Regina George. No stranger to sporting events (he sat court side at a Net’s game with Jay and Bey and seemingly almost bored them to death), Jake chose our favorite pre-MSG spot, Lugo, for a date before catching a fight across the street. The Pants can not comment if in fact Jake and Rachel are in fact sitting in a tree, ( we are still holding out for a McAdams/Gosling reunion) but since it was widely reported that they were dining together, we can only comment that his choice of restaurant is perfection. Lugo is a welcome oasis in a Penn Station- focused dearth of dining options, a place serving solid, dependable Italian food in a pleasant, bustling environment.
The Garden is located in a bit of a culinary wasteland, with very limited options for a quality pre/post event meal; of course there are multiple dining options inside the Garden itself, but some times you want a bite and a buzz before the big event. If we are really going to get dirty we will go to Brother Jimmy’s; if we are jonesing for some vino after swigging $12 beers we head to Bar Veloce, and when we want a civilized start to the evening, we always chose Lugo. The meatballs ( I think Jake Gyllenhaal is a vegetarian?) are large, shareable and legit, and the menu offers other great options for groups like flatbreads and meat and cheese platters. You can make a reservation as to avoid a time crunch, which is recommended because Lugo is also popular with the after-work commuting set.
Time will only tell if Jake and Rachel are meant to last, but we believe in Lugo…and love, we also believe in love.