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Need "Get To Know You" Date Help

Hi Hounds....

I will be meeting someone tonight for the first time (dating website). I would like to meet somewhere like a bistro or cafe where we could sit for an hour or so and chat without the pressure of ordering a meal right away. However, should the chemistry be there, the option to order dinner would be great. Could be licensed or not....doesn't matter. I am very close to the Danforth, my date is from the west end (Keele & Eglinton). We are meeting at 7 pm tonight.

Any suggestions?

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  1. I should add that we both drive so any area of the city would be okay.

    1. As it's a Friday, you might find some table pressure at some places. I would suggest one of the booths in the bar area at the Boiler House in the distillery (or better yet, start at Soma for some chocolate). Insomnia on Bloor does drinks and food as well, and is a nice location. If you don't mind being the one who does the driving, My Place has very good food, a bar area, and a number of eclectic seating areas. Bloor west at Jane.

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      My Place Restaurant
      2 Main St W, Smiths Falls, ON K7A1M5, CA

      1. Negroni! Inexpensive wines by the glass, excellent espressos, nice plates for nibbling with wine and fantastic panini. Perfect first date place.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/637237

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        Negroni
        492 College Street, Toronto, ON M6G 1A4, CA

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        1. re: TorontoJo

          Thank you Snarf for your recommendations. I was thinking of the Distillery but didn't know exactly where. I have heard great things about Brad Long's My Place, but I have a feeling it would be too noisy for a first date.

          TorontoJo, I checked out the message thread for Negroni and it sounds absolutely perfect. My date is Italian so maybe extra brownie points? Thank you so much for your wonderful suggestion. Even if the date doesn't pan out, I will have an awesome evening out anyways.

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          Negroni
          492 College Street, Toronto, ON M6G 1A4, CA

          My Place Restaurant
          2 Main St W, Smiths Falls, ON K7A1M5, CA

          1. re: Livingtoeat

            I do think Negroni is a great early-date spot, but I do want to make one disclaimer - it tends to be quiet at dinner time. Great for conversation because you can actually hear your date, but (depending on the couple, of course) potentially awkward for a first face-to-face meeting, since there really isn't any people-watching or a long drink/munchie menu or anything to fall back on if the conversation stalls. But if you've already talked a fair amount on the phone, etc., then I think it's a good choice for a no-pressure date. And if the chemistry does strike, you'll have a great time there. :)

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            Negroni
            492 College Street, Toronto, ON M6G 1A4, CA

            Good Choice
            4915 Tecumseh Rd E, Windsor, ON N8T1B9, CA

          2. re: TorontoJo

            agreed--Negroni is a great first date place and even if there isn't a lot of people watching the staff is super friendly so you could talk to them. (as an aside I had the beef and gorgonzola sandwich for the first time this afternoon and it was fantastic--not too heavy or greasy)

          3. A gastro-pub may work. You can have drinks and if you feel like it order food. The Queen and Beaver, Allen's or the Beer Bistro are some choices.

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            Beer Bistro
            18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

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            1. re: dubchild

              letteri in yorkville .... quiet , anonymous, dim light ... i met my someone there for the first time 7 months ago and now we're engaged! .... hopefully it works for you too!

            2. There's a wine bar called Eight at the Cosmopolitan at 8 Colborne St. off Yonge just N of Wellington that could work for your needs. It's more like a small lounge that could serve as a good meeting point and then if it works out there are lots of decent restaurants in the area.

              Whatever end up choosing, please let us know how it worked out! :-)