A friend recently asked us for advice about where to dine on a first date. We’ve always been of the opinion that first dates should be fairly casual in order to minimize awkwardness and full of good food so that if things go poorly, at least you got a decent meal out of it. With all that in mind, we came up with five great spots for a first date. Because we’re feeling service-oriented today (and because we’re not-so-secretly ardent matchmakers at heart), we thought we’d share them with you.
•In addition to a casual atmosphere and great food, we believe in activities on first dates, which is why we’re a big proponent of Milky Way Lounge & Lanes. Rented shoes facilitate bonding, as do yummy cocktails (another essential component of a successful first date) and pizza delivered from Bella Luna upstairs.
•For a slightly less casual atmosphere, impress your date at Beehive. The food is great, the drinks are better, and if conversation isn’t flowing, you can just watch the live entertainment (both in the form of musical acts and in the guise of the other well-heeled patrons).
•Stepping out with a big beer fan? Head to Deep Ellum and bond over the great draft selection and the preternaturally delicious burgers.
•The atmosphere is lacking, but we think Yankee Lobster would be a great and unusual first date. Get a clam strip plate to go and eat on a bench overlooking the Harbor. Romantic views at rock-bottom prices!
•Dinner and a movie is so cliche, but if you must, take in an indie film at Kendall Square Cinema and indulge in a pie at Emma’s Pizza. Creating a pizza together is a great icebreaker, as is the better-than-you’d-expect wine list.