Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Aniston
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06/19/2009 at 02:00 PM EDT
Let the rumors resume! Several weeks after Jennifer Aniston
and Bradley Cooper reportedly flirted at a party for her movie Management
, the pair enjoyed a cozy late-night dinner at the romantic Italian restaurant Il Cantinori in Manhattan on Thursday.
"It was a date," says a source. "She is taking it slow. She is obviously looking for love, but is not about to rush into anything."
When the two met up
earlier this spring, pals of both dismissed romance rumors. "I am single," Cooper, 34, the star of the box-office smash The Hangover
, recently told PEOPLE, saying that he found the rumors linking himself to Aniston "flattering."
He added that he's looking "for humor, great personality, intelligence, inner and outer beauty" in a woman. The one must? "She has to like my dogs [Samson and Charlotte]. My dogs and I come in a package."
That shouldn't be a problem for Aniston, 40, a canine lover with two dogs of her own, Norman and Dolly. The actress spent most of the spring shooting the romantic comedy The Baster
in New York, while also getting past her March split
with John Mayer
"Jen is moving on with her life like she always does," says a source. "She seems happy."