The first date is your one and only shot to make a lasting impression. Your opportunity to show your good intentions and show some serious class. Where you take your date is just as important as what you wear. Yet with all the fine dining options in Providence, how can one be certain to choose the right place?
Never fear 990WBOB has you covered. We've been there, tried that, and brought home the doggie bag.
Pal "The Restaurant Connoisseur"
WBOB Personality & Writer
On a first date you want to be able to get know your date. In order to achieve this, the right setting is key. Dinner conversation is essential, in your evening. This can bring pressure to both of you, so a restaurant's decor and overall tone is of the utmost importance.
Don't be cheap, you can eat a casual meal any other day. You are single, remember. Show a lady a good time. If your restaurant choice has paper linens, choice again. Even in the 21st century a real women, still wants to be treated with royal care. Save the burger joints for the distant future and avoid any place that does not hold reservations. Stay away from trendy eateries as well, fondues and hookah lounges are for, girls night out.
Providence has many mouth watering restaurants, however there is one, that in my opinion is a cut above them all. The Capital Grille offers the perfect environment, as well as a sensational menu. Although I must admit I prefer their 42nd street store in Manhattan, the Providence location is equally as delicious.
Whether it's fresh seafood you crave or a hand cut steak, the Capitol Grille serves up nothing but the best for you. A fine wine selection, always accompanies a great meal and the service is hands down second to none.
Michael "The Romantic" Parente
WBOB Sports Director
Word on the street is you’ve got a big date tonight with that girl on Facebook you’ve been messaging aimlessly for the past three and a half weeks. All of those “likes” at 4:45 in the morning have finally paid off. She’s caved under the overwhelming pressure of your socially-awkward charm and you’re itching to move past the dimly-lit, deceptive-angle selfie phase of the relationship and into her size 4 Victoria’s Secret boy shorts. The thirst is real. My advice to you is don’t be “that guy” and do what every other meat head from Johnston does and take her to “The Hill.” As Yogi Berra would say, “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
You want privacy without sacrificing ambiance and first-rate service, and you don’t want some glorified karaoke garage band drowning out your conversation, so take her to The Duck & Bunny on Wickenden Street. They call it a snuggery, which is a fitting description since it’s carved out of an old yellow Victorian house with three different rooms inside that offer the perfect blend of comfort and intimacy. Your date will feel at home and she’ll appreciate your creativity. Just about everything on the menu is made from crepes, which offers a refreshing alternative to the fried calamari, chicken saltimbocca and gelato you get on “The Hill.” Show her you’re just as spontaneous and witty as the lead male role in every romantic comedy she’s watched since she turned 16.
If all else fails, take her to the zoo. I heard retards like the zoo.
Miss Crystal Vado
First dates for me have been historically somewhat less than impressive. But if I had been taken somewhere like Al Forno or Broadway Bistro, then that'd be a different story. Although Al Forno may be pricey, it is absolutely without a shadow of a doubt worth every single shiny penny shelled out. The atmosphere is dimmed and elegant, the service immaculate and the food outstanding. It can get crowded however and hard to hear conversation, so make sure your date has dreamy eyes to gaze into when that happens. They also don't take reservations for parties of 2, so plan accordingly. If you're not sure your date is worth the price of Al Forno, take them to the smaller, hipper, cheaper though still very delicious Broadway Bistro. Fine cocktails and cuisine, a more contemporary though still fine dining experience albeit more casual than Al Forno. Their smaller seasonal menu selections always surprise and delight.
Evan "The Softie" McKay
WBOB Host & Writer
It really depends on how much you know about your lucky date. We are so fortunate here in Providence to have so much great food, it is kind of crazy. One thing to consider is how my you do or do not want to ball out and drop some cheddar. If you really want to impress someone, I would say take them to Gracies. It is beautiful in there. It will be lively but not intrusive. The food is world class, maybe even the best in town and the service really knows how to make you feel special! The only caveat here is that you will be dropping the aforementioned cheddar! If the date is shaping up to be something a little more casual I would have to say Thee Red Fez. The drinks are crazy and amazing! The food is a fantastic mix of everything and it is super accessible and the service is a blast! They are all awesome cats! You will leave there full, tipsy, and your belly hurt from laughter and without your wallet being sad! Please heed my sagely nerdy advice to get that sweet first kiss after your rad first date!