The vibe: Weird art hangs behind the bar, one needs a urinal Rosetta stone to decipher the bathroom graffiti, and the bartender will get your date another $3 happy-hour PBR when he’s damn well ready.
What that means for you: Dive-bar enthusiasm may not scream high-class marriage material, but a hole-in-the-wall should provide plenty of opportunities to get to know your date’s personality (and possibly see how handy they are in a bar fight).
Don’t do this: Use the relatively cheap drinks as an excuse to get hammered and play Bryan Adams anthems on the jukebox. That’s not as ironclad a method to get lucky as it might seem when you’re drunk.
Chances for a second date: The scuzzy dive is a good litmus test for people who want to date people who like scuzzy dives. You’ll know early on whether or not it’s going to work.
Where to go: Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern
Photograph: Ann Sullivan
Why they’re single:
Sammi: She recently got out of a long-term relationship and works late.
El-Hajj: A combination of bad timing and not always knowing the right thing to say.
Sammi: Grabbing a coffee and then going for a walk
El-Hajj: An activity like bowling or pool
Sammi: “Right away, I noticed he was very well dressed. He seemed friendly, and there was never really a lull in the conversation. Nothing felt awkard.”
El-Hajj: “She looked really nice and wholesome and down-to-earth. I don’t think I’ve dated anyone like her, but she seemed like someone I’d enjoy spending time with.”
Sammi: “I think a little bit. It’s so hard to tell on a first date. It definitely felt friendly, and I’d definitely go out with him again to see where things might go.”
El-Hajj: “I felt chemistry. There were a few times when I would say something, and she’d repeat it. It felt like there was a good connection. We were on the same page on a lot of topics.”
Sammi: “The restaurant kept bringing out things for us to try, so there were a lot of dishes. I think there were, like, four different types of olive oil. It was a lot.”
El-Hajj: “I didn’t have one with her, so that was good. But our waiter kept coming back at bad moments and breaking the chain of conversation. He brought out a lot of food.”
Sammi: “We went to go get ice cream afterward, and then we both walked to the train. We exchanged numbers and went our seperate ways. There was a hug but no kiss.”
El-Hajj: “I’m vegan, so I suggested that we check out this nearby ice cream place with some vegan options. So, we walked over there and talked a little more.”
Sammi: ♥♥♥♥ “It was a perfectly lovely first date. I was surprised that it wasn’t more awkward—I’ve had a lot more awkward first OK Cupid dates. But that’s a different conversation.”
El-Hajj: ♥♥♥♥ “I would say it went really well—definitely unexpected, but in a good way. She was really funny. We have plans to see a movie soon at Alamo Drafthouse.”
Our daters went to Buenos Aires (513 E 6th St, 212-228-2775)
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