Was it synchronicity or an ill-fated meeting on the street earlier that resulted in her reunion with her first and only love Nate? Why had she agreed to dinner knowing how uncomfortable she would be? Exiting the cab to the landmark restaurant she realized his career was on course and suddenly felt "less than".
Nate waited patiently at Le Cirque for Phoebe's arrival while reminiscing of their relationship and trying to analyze why it had failed. He felt charmed in her presence and eagerly longed to see her again.