dating tips to dating your friend
The first date to signal that you are shifting gears from friends to romance is very important. The Date Valet is not going to sugar coat this for you. That’s not how we tackle dating, especially dating in New York City. You should know this by now. A bad first date will downshift you back to friendship purgatory quicker than you can say, "Check Please." Or worse, it becomes too awkward to bear and your friendship is over. To prevent this from happening be sure to follow these 3 steps when your planning your first date with your friend:

NYC dating tips, Citi Bikes
By now we know you all have seen these blue bikes lighting up the streets of NYC. New York City's bicycle sharing program, which is sponsored by Citi Bike and operated by NYC Bike Share, began earlier this summer. The primary purpose behind this program is to provide New Yorkers and visitors an additional fun, efficient, and convenient transportation option for navigating the city. Were here to show you how you can incorporate the Citi Bike with your fun date around NYC.  

Summer is not over until the fat lady sings. The MET Opera is taking out summer with a bang during its 10 day outdoor screening of some of its best opera performances.  This makes it a perfect date idea. It is a great non-committal way to dip your toe into opera without having to commit to 3 hours....

Couples are Happier when they drink together
You must be thinking how this is possible…and no we are not saying to revert back to your college drinking ways. However a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand found, “A graded association was evident between time spent drinking as a couple and the odds of a couple being happy.”

More than 1,500 couples were surveyed regarding their relationship and drinking habits. According to the study, couples that drank at least a bottle of wine once a week tended to be happier and enjoy marital life more than those who abstained from alcohol. This of courses is music to The Date Valet’s ears!

NYC dating tips, dating advice,
Just because your friend gives you advice, doesn't mean that you should follow it. There are some tips you receive, they need to go in one ear and out the other. Here are three things the Date Valet hates to hear people say about dating:

1. Be Open: What does that really mean? Open to whom? Vampires with values? Open to what? Weird dating habits? Better advice is to be polite to anyone who asks you out. You may not get a date, but you could get a friend. Thereby widening your circle and bringing new dating opportunities into your world.  

fun date idea NYC
Spice up your brunch routine by sprinkling a little murder mystery on your Sunday afternoon.  The Live In Theater production of the Lombardi case puts you and your date right in the action. This fully interactive experience.  Acting as rookie police officers, you and your date get to roam around the Lowe East side questioning suspects and engaging some fantastic actors.  Can you rise to challenge and help solve real unsolved historical murders?   

Theater is always a good and fun date idea but interactive theater is simply a great and fun date idea ...

Every year the MET costume institute puts on a show who's opening night gala brings out all types of celebrities and big money types. The shows themselves tend to be pretty interesting an represent great a great summer date idea. From the MET you can have a picnic in the park, rent a bike, or go to one of the many restaurants in the neighborhood. Be sure to call The Date Valet for a perfect date plan. This year's show...

Manhattanhedge: The Perfect Date Idea in NYC this Friday
Every couple of years the sunset aligns perfectly with the street grid in NYC creating some amazing vistas.  The next Manhattanhedge is this Friday July 12th at 8:23 p.m.  There will also be a "half-sun" effect on Saturday if you cannot make it on Friday.  This phenomenon makes for a great date idea. The key spots for viewing are on the major Crosstown streets towards the east side - 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them. If you go on 34th or 42nd ...

Concert Dating Ideas
July is upon us!  By now you should be well into the swing of your outdoor activities taking advantage of all New York has to offer.  Summer gives you the perfect opportunity to change your dating routines.  So, leave the bar scene for the fall and winter months and explore different activities occurring in your city that do not revolve around the perfect Martini. Outdoor concerts and festivals are great summer, fun date ideas.  You can in turn use them as a jump off point to a great night out or plan a full day of activities surrounding a show or festival. 

Date Valet Dating Tip: 8 was to get asked out on a date
Although the Date Valet primarily concerns its self on providing date ideas and date plans to our clients, we most certainly want to help NYC get more dates. Here are some dating tips that will help you get more dates. (once you do that be sure to call us to set up some amazing dates for you)

1. Do the asking. Everyone loves being asked out on a date. But if you find yourself in a forced dating hiatus, asking the guy from the gym or the girl at the coffee shop is one way to change it up. (Ladies: If you are beholden to the tradition of men asking women out, fine. Be that way. Just know that this policy invalidates you from complaining about lonely nights at home.)

2. Say yes. Dating for fun is different than dating for marriage. (The clarification will appear in a future blog.) If you want to get back into the dating game, say yes when asked. Refuse to put pressure on yourself and enjoy your date night. Doing so will put you back in the mix and signal to the universe that you are open to opportunities.

3. Make blind date requests. We send out emails asking friends and family to help us find apartments, jobs, cars – why not dates. The beauty of this is that you can determine who is on the distribution list, thereby influencing your blind date options.