First-date standbys

Hot singles tell us where they like to go on first dates.

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  • Photograph: Jason Rodgers

    standbyJerryD

    Jerry Dial, 35; attorney; Williamsburg, Brooklyn; straight
    Date history: 30-plus in the past five years
    Go-to spot: "I have three places that I usually go to on first dates depending on the personality of the date: Doc Holliday's (141 Ave A at E 9th St, 212-979-0312), Whiskey Town (29 E 3rd St at Second Ave; 212-505-7344, whiskeytownbar.com) or Bowery Electric (327 Bowery between 2nd and 3rd Sts; 212-228-0228, theboweryelectric.com)."
    The appeal: "At Doc's, I can sing country music at the top of my lungs. At Whiskey, I can knock back shots of Jameson's like an Irish poet. And at Bowery, I can show off dance moves that haven't been popular since 1986. I feel it is important for dates to see how I behave in my natural habitat."
    "First dates can be awkward and uncomfortable, so I like to go to places where not only do I know the people, but I feel at ease. And nothing impresses a date more than when the bartender knows your drink before you get to the bar---or it makes a date think you are an unapologetic alcoholic. It's really a toss-up."
    "When dates see I am comfortable in a place and situation, they tend to also feel more comfortable."

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    standbyJohnO

    John Owens, 34, bartender; Williamsburg, Brooklyn; straight
    Dates: Four in four months
    Go-to spot: "Walter Foods (253 Grand St between Driggs Ave and Roebling St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-387-8783) for dinner, then drinks at Iona (180 Grand St between Bedford and Driggs Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-384-5008, ionabrooklyn.com)."
    The appeal: "The food at Walter is great and the service is even better, and Iona has a great beer selection and nice patio."

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    standbyJamesD

    James D'Ambrosio, 45; Nonprofit public-relations representative; Huntington, L.I.; straight
    Date history: Three dates in the past few months
    Go-to spot: "Always a restaurant or caf, like the upscale lounge at the Royalton New York (44 W 44th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-944-8844, royaltonhotel.com)."
    The appeal: "It has a quiet atmosphere for conversation, and we need face time to have a meaningful talk and learn as much as possible about each other."

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    standbyMollyC

    Molly Cronin, 31; librarian; Greenpoint, Brooklyn; straight
    Date history: About 20 in the last year
    Go-to spot: "I like to recommend Roberta's (261 Moore St between Bogart and White Sts, Bushwick, Brooklyn; 718-417-1118, robertaspizza.com). Can't go wrong with fancy pizza!"
    The appeal: "It's cheapish, easy to get to, they have great food, and it's not too private. If all else fails, you can gaze at the bearded cooks near the oven. Oh, and they have drinks, in case things really start to go down the tubes."
    "Price point, since I've found that a lot of my dates are currently 'between gigs' or straight up not working. Location is a big factor too. Most people, even the most anti-Brooklyn Manhattan types, can get to the L train."
    "They usually think it's cool if they haven't been there, or they are comfortable because they have."

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    standbyMinaKara

    Mina Karimi and Kara Suhey, both 26;(babecitybabes.com); Williamsburg, Brooklyn; straight cofounders of Babe City Babes
    Date history: Mina: "Can you count how often it rains?" Kara: "Exactly."
    Go-to spot: "Iona (180 Grand St between Bedford and Driggs Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-384-5008, ionabrooklyn.com) is our favorite."
    The appeal: Mina: "It's close to our headquarters, and people who know us often walk in and kiss us on the cheeks, which makes us look interesting." Kara: "They play great music, and the lighting flatters our cheekbones."
    Mina: "A casual, convenient environments allows for natural conversation and that can transition smoothly into a range of platonic to sensual banter depending upon chemistry." Kara: "We like Iona especially because it is across the street, and many sexy Europeans hang out there. If your date sucks, there is always another hot man/babe-in-waiting at this location. You just wait until your date leaves, then reapply lipstick and get yourself another one."
    Both: "They ask for another one."

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    standbySuzannaT

    Suzanna Talbot, 24; paralegal; Park Slope, Brooklyn; straight
    Date history: 15 in the past year
    Go-to spot: "Mehanata (113 Ludlow St between Delancey and Rivington Sts; 212-625-0981, mehanata.com), the Bulgarian bar."
    The appeal: "It's an all-in-one with food, drinks, hookah, live music and dancing."
    "I think Mehanata is fun and quirky, like me!"
    "Most guys seem to think it's a cool scene, and there's a lot to take in and talk about."

  • Photograph: Jason Rodgers

    standbyTyler

    Tyler Stone, 25; music producer, Upper East Side, bisexual
    Date history: Like 40 dates a year
    Go-to spot: Woody's (31 Second Ave at 2nd St, 212-777-0774).
    The appeal: "I'm well connected there, and it has a great vibe, sexy people and great music."
    "It's the only dance floor in the East Village, and I like its modern decor, beautiful staff and the stripper poles."
    "We usually end up making out on the dance floor."

Photograph: Jason Rodgers

standbyJerryD

Jerry Dial, 35; attorney; Williamsburg, Brooklyn; straight
Date history: 30-plus in the past five years
Go-to spot: "I have three places that I usually go to on first dates depending on the personality of the date: Doc Holliday's (141 Ave A at E 9th St, 212-979-0312), Whiskey Town (29 E 3rd St at Second Ave; 212-505-7344, whiskeytownbar.com) or Bowery Electric (327 Bowery between 2nd and 3rd Sts; 212-228-0228, theboweryelectric.com)."
The appeal: "At Doc's, I can sing country music at the top of my lungs. At Whiskey, I can knock back shots of Jameson's like an Irish poet. And at Bowery, I can show off dance moves that haven't been popular since 1986. I feel it is important for dates to see how I behave in my natural habitat."
"First dates can be awkward and uncomfortable, so I like to go to places where not only do I know the people, but I feel at ease. And nothing impresses a date more than when the bartender knows your drink before you get to the bar---or it makes a date think you are an unapologetic alcoholic. It's really a toss-up."
"When dates see I am comfortable in a place and situation, they tend to also feel more comfortable."

 

 

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I think he is honest and says it the way it is! Keep up the fun and be happy about it. Haters should know what to do with themselves and go ... Up big time !

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nice patio? nice face! this guy sucks.