First few dates, make the food good, simple and completely forgettable so you can focus on each other." —Max S.really awkward (which is understandable, especially if it's a blind date), so having a girl go the opposite route not only makes her more intriguing—it’s also a total turn-on." —Alex S." title="" src="data:image/gif;base64, R0l GODlh AQABAIAAAAAAAP///y H5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" data-src="https://hips.hearstapps.com/cos.h-cdn.co/assets/cm/14/25/539fc091c55c1_-_cos-07-couple-staring-at-each-other-de-mscn.jpg? Girls have this tendency of expecting guys to read between the lines, then ending up disappointed.If it doesn't happen in the beginning, he'll think it'll never happen." —Tyler L."It can take the edge off to meet with a group of friends.Invite your guy and his crew to hang in a big group.All she needs to do to maintain my interest is…be awesome. It's hard to get the sense that I'm getting to know someone when I'm tasked with doing all the talking.On the flip side though, it's a rough night when a girl goes on about herself at length without asking me anything about myself.It shows me that she's genuinely interested in spending time with me as opposed to wanting to be wined and dined regardless of who she's with." —Nate N."If the guy doesn't say something and take the check off the table to pay, it's probably fair to assume that you're going Dutch.There are different reasons that a guy might not pick up the tab (some that might not have anything to do with you), but if you're into him, avoid looking too disappointed.
Dainty foods (read: salads) seem to have a low correlation to fun and enjoyment.Whether it's someone you're meeting online or it's someone your friends know, aim to drop the things you know about them and start fresh.Don't ask your friends to tell you everything they can because you can end up with a tainted view of what to expect.I don't want to pick up a saved video game: I'm here to start new." —Orlando O."I always appreciate the offer to split the check, even though I never allow it.If we end up grabbing drinks later and a woman insists on paying, I really like that a lot.resize=768:*" /"First dates are best kept quick and noncommittal for both parties—unless you've known each other for a while. Opt for something that gives you both an easy out, like lunch or a drink.