In yesterday's edition of Got Plans?, a reader wrote in seeking a third date destination that is authentically D.C., delicious and low-key. Truthfully, I find this to be a complex issue. The destinations and activities you choose for your dates show a great deal about you, your interests and your creativity.
The first date question is a fairly simple one, for first encounters are a chance to get a reading on a person. It's a good idea to choose a unique scene in the event that you run out of conversation topics. If the restaurant is hopping or the food is interesting, those points can carry a conversation. I like Jaleo, 100 King, Sonoma and Zaytinya.
Second dates are generally more of the same: Unless the first date is a train wreck, it's a good idea to follow up with another meeting. Cafe Divan, 2 Amys, Pesce and Rasika are fun spots. Another idea is to start the date with a movie or museum and do a late dinner or drink. You'll be able to share impressions of the film or exhibit while you eat.
By the third date, however, you've found common ground and something to like about the person. This is the time to graduate to a quieter spot where you can actually hold an engaging conversation. It is a chance to show off one of your favorite destinations, neighborhoods or cuisines. You can dress this dinner a bit up or down (note: this does not mean your favorite bank-buster or dive roach coach) and plan to linger over dinner without rushing to a pre-planned movie, concert or activity. You don't want to gorge on puddles of goopy curry (that's obviously not until the fourth date) or get caught twirling unending yards of spaghetti. It should be easy to meander or grab an ice cream after the meal. Ideas for this date include Evening Star Cafe, Taste of Morocco, Sushi-Ko, Bazin's on Church, Majestic Cafe, Al Crostino, Ardeo, Lost Dog Cafe and Bistro Lepic.
Now that I've offered some of my tried-and-true date spots, where do you go? What do you plan when you're looking to woo and what do you find to be authentically and wonderfully Washingtonian?
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