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What’s your idea of a good first date?

by Nigel Chiwaya on March 23, 2010

Dinner and a movie is dead.

That’s right. I said it: dinner and a movie is dead.

Okay, so maybe that’s a little extreme, but it is both boring and, here in New York City where movies cost $12, expensive.

I always believed that dinner and a movie carried too much formality in it. You’d have to sit through an entire dinner of boring job-interview questions while struggling to make jokes and understand your date’s sense of humor. And what if the dinner goes terribly? Do you still watch the movie? You can’t really cut and run, can you?

And then there’s the movie. What genre do you watch? Do you put your arm around her? What if she doesn’t want your arm around her?


So instead, I always preferred something less nerve-wracking and way more fun, like meeting for a drink or two, or ice skating (although that’s plenty nerve wracking too) or plaster craft. (Yeah that’s right, plaster craft is awesome. And what?)

So we want to know, what do you think makes for a good first date idea here in Gotham? Do you still prefer good ‘ol Olive Garden & AMC, or do you switch your stuff up? Let us know in the comments!

  • Angie

    Something with activity, so you can avoid the awkward pauses in conversation. :) Carnivals are fun, as is playing pool or going somewhere like Strike. You just need to beware of little kids.

    • Shayan

      go play rackuetball with her and mess with her alot. and a lovely coffe afterwards.
      i garantee you will get the second date.

      • Nigel Chiwaya

        Sounds interesting, I’d just remind everyone to be careful with their trash talk :)

    • Nigel Chiwaya

      oooo pool! Good idea! Now the question is, Angie, do you play to win, or do you let the guy win?

      • Angie

        I suck at pool, so I never win.

  • Rosemma

    Get your palms read…it’s fun even if you don’t belive in fortune telling. Great conversation starter and a good way to see if he’s any fun.

    Our first date…around hour 8 or 9 out of 42…my BF was told he had met his soul mate by a clarvoient on 2nd ave (though she did not say it was me)…1.5 years later we are still living in bliss.

    • Nigel Chiwaya

      Ooo Palm reading. That’s an interesting one! But what if the fortune teller forsees death and sadness in your future?

      • Rosemma

        usually the people with the neon signs are gypsies and know that bad news is bad business. They probably aren’t accurate, they sort of have “the reading of the day”, but they’re still fun.

  • Jafari Tomlinson

    I would say flying a kite, feeding ducks at the park, or a picnic when the weather is warm. I haven’t done either in yrs and would love to do it again. Or take a simple walk around the city if said date is not from NYC. I did that and they had things to talk about for weeks.

    Sidenote: $12 movie tickets? gtfohwtbs! I’m going to forever stay in the $8 – $10 area and not a dollar more!

    • Nigel Chiwaya

      Feeding ducks in the park is cute, but watch out for duck crap!

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  • Holly

    I have no idea as it’s been years since I’ve been on a first date. I was at Kissena Park the other day while I was TRYING to jog and I stopped to rest and ended up watching the people fly their remote-controlled motorized airplanes/helicopters. I wouldn’t mind flying one or just spectating on a first date.

  • Sarah Babka

    I think the best first date is getting drinks and playing Photohunt and darts :)

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