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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 08/25/2006

Make-A-Date

By Erin

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?

--Erin

By Erin  | August 25, 2006; 12:02 PM ET
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Agreed, you're on your own for a 3d date location. By that point you should be familiar enough with the date to pick something that matches what you know about her/him.
I don't think 1st date destinations should be particularly unusual. It's during the first date where you spend time getting to know the person (i.e., not a movie, where you sit in silence; and also not weird place where you either get labeled as weird or the destination is so over-the-top you can't top it on later dates). You can be bold on the 2d date. A certain comfort level should be reached on the 3d date (this does not equate to boredom).

Posted by: mart | August 25, 2006 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Art gallery.

Not for the pretension, but to get an abstract view of your likes/impressions vs. their likes and impressions.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2006 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I would highly reccomend AGAINST a movie on a second date. First, it's very unimaginative and generic. Second, there's no talking, so you are not getting to know the person any better. But, most importantly, you're sitting the dark, close to someone you barely know, and lots of PDA questions come up that are better left until later in the relationship.
Going to a muesum, monument or other sort of interactive display is a much better way to get to know the person while ensuring that you'll always have something to talk about.

Posted by: MB | August 28, 2006 3:12 PM | Report abuse

There are some really great little restaurants popping up in Mt. Pleasent, especially if you enjoy Mexican and El Salvadorian cuisine.

Posted by: "TYL" | August 28, 2006 5:03 PM | Report abuse

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