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Friday Night Date, No Alcohol, But Good Times

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I will be going on a first date tomorrow night but we will not be drinking. I will be meeting her around the Porth Authority Area but can really go anywhere. She will be bringing a friend so i am looking for a place that will allow for good conversation and is fun. I was thinking something along the lines of maybe Chumleys, Dylans, etc. Any input would be greatly appreciated. I am typically used to just making a night out of good food and drinks but feel like I need something a little different on this occasion.

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  1. What type of restaurant are you looking for? Price range per person? Cuisine types?

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    1. re: LFeinberg

      Type of Restaurant & Cuisine does not matter. Price Range would be moderate. Something nice but nothing that willl break the bank

      1. re: emh237

        How about "Peep?" It's a fun Thai place in Soho. Great atmosphere and good food. Or are you looking for more of a chill, laid back type place?

        1. re: LFeinberg

          What about Dip on 3rd Ave, around 39th or 33rd I think?

          It's a fondue place, which is fun for a date, and there are definitely drinks but I'm sure they can do some virgin versions or you can just order regular drinks.

          1. re: Bugsey34

            Great idea, Bugsey! This FORCES interaction (fondue)!!! If you want something more upscale, go to Artisinal.

            1. re: Bugsey34

              Perhaps you've been to Dip and can speak from personal experience. I have not but I pass it often + there have been posts about it in the past. It's patronized heavily by 20-somethings. Not that I mean that in a disparaging way. But it is a factor, and I think whether it's a good fit here depends entirely on the age of the o.p. and his date.

              1. re: RGR

                I have been. You are right on, RGR, and that is why I suggested Artisinal for more of an upscale locale. The food at DIP is ok, but the atmosphere is fun and lively and I think that interacting over fondue on a first date is a great way to "break the ice."

                1. re: LFeinberg

                  Always glad to have my views confirmed, LFeinberg. ;-) lol I agree with you about fondue being an excellent ice-breaker for a first date.

      2. This is a really vague question... so I'll just throw out some of my favorites - Arturo's pizza (live jazz on Fridays, excellent pizza, but not the nicest place in the world). Next door is Jane (much nicer, American food).
        Over near Chumley's is Moustache (middle eastern) and Miracle Grill (Southwestern).