Hi hounds! Now that I'm permanently settled in NYC with a job that permits me a social life, I have jumped head first into the (so far not very awesome) world of online dating. I'm determined to stick with it and give it a fair shake though.
Anyway, it seems to me that the near universal suggestion for a first real life date is "meeting for drinks." Now I'm not much of a drinker -- I prefer to EAT my calories -- so I never know anywhere good to suggest. So I thought I'd turn to you folks.
Do you have any suggestions for restaurants and/or bars with good drinks, appropriate meeting-for-the-first-time atmosphere, and interesting, tasty noshes in case either (1) the date turns out to be a good one and we want to linger OR (2) it turns into a disaster and I need to console and/or distract myself with something delicious?