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July 3, 2013

Pick a First Date Spot She’ll Love

First Date

Dear Most Brave Girl,

I’m taking a girl out to dinner for the first time this weekend but I don’t know too much about her. What is the perfect first date spot for us?


Strange Ranger Dater

Dear SRD,
Besides practical advice (check your city paper, lots of them suggest guaranteed-pleaser first date restaurants), you have three options:

1. Make a Wild and Unfounded Assumption
You can scrutinize the sparse details that you know about the girl and then make a bold move accordingly. If you met her dumpster-diving outside the local bagel shop, you can assume she’s pretty low-key and is down to eat with her hands. But let’s say you bumped into her while she was walking into an anger management seminar entitled “I Got Mad When I Lost at Golf So I Flushed All My Diamonds Down the Gold Toilet at the Country Club.” In that case, you should choose somewhere a little more elegant for your first date. If there’s nothing specific like that to guide you, try to remember what she was wearing. A lot of times girls dress for where they want to be going instead of where they’re really going. All things considered though, this is probably not your best option for choosing your first date spot.

2. Be Sneaky
Wait until your date starts, gather all of the facts and then decide. Choose a staging area where you can stall for time while you gauge her affinity for your chosen destination. Suggest a pre-dinner drink at a happy hour or a walk in the park. She just might let it slip that she has been craving jalapeño poppers all day. In the staging area, you can also check out her outfit. It may or may not indicate where she wants to be going, but it will certainly indicate where she thinks she’s going (high heels = somewhere with a tablecloth probably, shorteralls = you start a fire, she’ll catch the crawdads). Even though this option will give you a better read on your date, I still would recommend having a place in mind before you guys meet. Often ladies like it when you make (at least the first few) decisions.

3. Go Trendy
Intimate + engaging + chill + in vogue = (somehow) low-maintenance, upscale casual. Trendy restaurants satisfy any girl because they’re destinations that interest everyone. Even if she’s used to servers who speak French, she’s still probably curious about the place downtown that can cook a pizza in your mouth. She’ll at least have to concede that she’s a little hipper for the new experience and she’ll respect your choice. If nothing else, a trendy restaurant will likely offer a more intriguing menu and unusual, stylish drinks that she’s never tried before, which would make for a perfectly memorable first date. When you experience something new with someone, your body releases all kinds of love-inducing hormones that foster an exciting bond with your companion. How convenient that she’s already flushed when you lean in for your first kiss!

Do you have a question about dating, love or the single life? Leave it in the comments and I’ll reply in next week’s Question & Answer!


About the Author

Most Brave Girl
MostBraveGirl is the Executive Editor for Nouveau Dating and Love is Everywhere. She is a search and destroy robot for anyone acting stupid while trying to get laid. Ask for her help if you are one of those people.

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