Groshenko’s list, 5 first date go-to places

First date?

     Everyone has been there, it’s the first date and you don’t know where to go.

     No worries, I have picked 5 places from as simple as a coffee shop to an upscale restaurant to attend on a first date. Keep in mind, that according to research, it takes less than 2 minutes for humans to realize if they are interested in the second date. It takes a minute to understand if you are interested in the person at all, if the chemistry is right, and pheromones are comparable. So why waste time and money on someone or something who is not of your interest?

     Let’s begin with a coffee shop. It is an ideal environment to meet someone: calm, not too loud, inexpensive (if you’re like me, a student), and it doesn’t tie you to stay if you are uninterested. And remember, it is kind of an interview, so ask meaningful questions.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

In the heart of the village, colonial style coffee shop, quinte, and accessible, has outdoor and indoor seating, friendly, and somewhat spacious.






A French luxury bakery, with a light food menu, beautiful outside garden, delicious French pastry, and great drinks. I would recommend going there if you’re certain the person is of quality.

Felix Roasting Co 

One of the best places to meet for the first time because it is the quietest place you could find in the city. What I love about this place is that it offers delicious coffee-based cocktails served in a cocktail glass.




An upscale, prefix restaurant, on the 60th floor in Lower Manhattan. The restaurant where I met Phillip, my boyfriend, on a very elaborate first date. We both were serious, determined, and excited to learn about each other, for choosing a place like this was no serendipity. The food was good, the seating beautiful, the staff is knowledgeable, and the view is memorable.


An upscale, lovely restaurant, used to focus on Russian cuisine and was heavy on the pastry. As the management of the place changed, they also changed the menu.  However, it is still a great place to go for a cup of tea/ coffee with some pastry. Even now I go there to get some Russian sweets.

        Regardless of the place you chose, you will have a great time if the person is right. Ask questions, be curious but not too pushy, don’t always lead a conversation, it’s a give-and-take situation.
Good luck,
Albert xx

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