Drake titled his upcoming record 'Nothing Was the Same' -- but one thing is: his connection to Rihanna.

Sources caught the pair on an intimate dinner date ahead of the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

RiRi reportedly listed Drizzy's 'Hold On, We're Going Home' as her favorite song of the moment, and now we may know why. The 'Take Care' duet partners enjoyed a low key dinner out together at the Sons of Essex restaurant in New York City on Friday (Aug. 23). There were no paparazzi, no cameras, no hullabaloo -- but there were some chatty restaurant staffers and diners who were super excited for the celeb run-in, and they tweeted about it.

One diner wrote that Drake and Rihanna were a few feet away, and sources say that the restaurant's chef and DJ shouted the pair out:

It's unclear whether the meeting was personal (he's had a thing for her for a while, and now that Rih and Chris Brown are done, she may be rihcycling her exes) or professional -- 'What's My Name' was a huge hit! Time will tell if a true reunion is in the cards.

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