Also important: wear something appropriate that makes sense for the location.Take off your coat or hat, otherwise it will look like you don't plan to stay very long.
Somehow the stakes immediately rise with the prices, so it's better to keep things relaxed in terms of mood and money. In most cases, your date wants you to be in charge, so don't waste time fumbling around to figure out who should take charge.
If she is fidgeting, ask for the check, get it, pay it, and get out of there.
If she seems unsure of what to order, offer to order a couple of things to share.
Filled with awkward pauses, off-limits topics, and the pressure to impress someone you barely know, first dates are tricky.
But there are a few shortcuts to success in this area, according to restaurant manager Talia Berman, whose profession has given her a front-row seat to watching first dates fall short and fly high for years.
Want to learn from other guys' restaurant-date mistakes? But if you've spoken at all before the date, you should have noted any details she mentioned about herself; be sure to brush up on them before the date. Pull out a chair, open a door, let her order first–these old-school moves go a long way.
Follow Talia's tips on how to secure an easy win the first time around. It shows that you were thoughtful enough to spend more than the five minutes before you saw her to plan the date. If you ask her where she's from, even though she already told you on the phone, it might seem like you're dating too many women, or just aren't attentive. But more importantly, pay attention to her experience–this is what chivalry is all about these days.
Do your homework Meeting for the first time creates enough mystique on its own–make sure you are prepared in as many ways as possible. Has she mentioned a food she wants to try or a neighborhood that she wants to check out? Before you order another round of drinks, make sure she wants the same thing that she's sipping now.
Once you’ve made your choice, make a restaurant reservation, and do some research. If she isn’t drinking her wine, she might not like it, so ask her.