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Question for NYC residents, where are prime locations for a date?

Asked by blackclouds2002 (26points) January 22nd, 2011

I have been talking to this guy for 9 months and we have never met. We have had some ups and downs but for the most part things have been amazing and as odd as this sounds, although we never met…I am head over heals for this person. Now sure, meeting in person could change that drastically but going on the assumption that the pictures,videos,phone conversations, and all day texting should give a good indication of what meeting in person will be like…I can’t imagine us not enjoying each others company.

Now of course we have talked about what it would be like to meet for sometime now and it’s finally happening and on Valentines day. We decided to meet as friends and see what happens from there but I still want to try and make the day really special. This person pretty much matches everything I would want in someone so I really want it to go smooothhh.

I don’t want to go overboard but being that we do have an interest in being more then friends I don’t think it be crazy to try and make things a little special.

My question is what do you guys think of this situation and where in NYC would you suggest we go. We will be spending the day there and it is where we will meet for the first time.
Restaurants? Maybe someplace really memorable and special to meet for the first time with a visual environment? What are you thoughts?

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Kayak8's avatar

There are several movies (I think Sleepless in Seattle is one of them) where the couple meets at the top of the Empire State Building or something . . .

Brian1946's avatar

I think it’s a good idea to give top priority to your safety on a first date.

I suggest you take your own transportation and meet him in a public place, like an eatery at Port Authority or Grand Central Station. ;-)

blackclouds2002's avatar

Trust me I know it is safe, he has met one of my friends oddly enough because they happened to live in the same city so I got the 411 haha.

garlic's avatar

Pete’s Tavern on Irving Place and 23rd is where my bride of 44 years and I met regularly way back when. Nice pub, reasonable (for NYC) prices. Have a cab phone # in your cell, there is little chance of hailing one outside the pub if things go south.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Bryant Park on 42nd Street between 5th and 6th (behind the big NY Public Library) has a skating rink set up for winter. I don’t know if you have your own skates and lock for a locker, but if you do, then the skating is free! If you don’t, you can rent skates and locks. I did it last year. It’s fun!

crazyivan's avatar

I’ll second @garlic‘s call for Pete’s Tavern. It’s a really nice place, good atmosphere and a lot of cool history (that’s where O. Henry wrote “The Gift of the Magi and it’s the oldest continuously operating bar in NYC). It’s also pretty close to both Union Square and Washington Square, either of which would make a great meeting place replete with awesome visual surroundings.

There’s also a really nice little park nearby, Stuyvesant Square, I think. It’s usually pretty empty and has a number of benches and a romantic ambiance. A lot of good shopping out there as well and there are a couple of really cool shows in the area. I don’t remember exactly where, but Fuerza Bruta plays near there and it is spectacular.

If you’re in the area, I also recommend the “Chat and Chew”, a groovy little spot just East of Union Square. A great place to stop for desert and drinks late. Also very reasonable compared to NYC’s typical pricing and boasts Earth’s finest Mac and Cheese.

Best of luck to you!

Oh and @garlic I feel your pain on catching a cab in front of Pete’s, but seriously, you go a block down Irving Place and you can catch a cab during rush hour on a Friday. Used to live right out there… You’d be amazed what a difference a block makes.

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