What Really Makes A Dinner Date Great?

What makes a

dinner date great

By Amy Spencer

We asked whether you’d rather dine at a dive with someone who’s your type, or hit a five-star restaurant with someone who’s not. Check out the eye-opening results below.

hat makes a dinner date rave-worthy: fantastic food, or the cutie sitting across from you? When we asked 2,000 members that question, the answer was nearly unanimous: 98% of people polled would prefer to have a dinner at a diner with someone who’s their type over having an incredible meal with someone who’s not their type.

Why, exactly, are greasy burgers fine and dandy as long as you’re scarfing them down alongside someone you dig? Because materialism is on the wane, say experts—and feeling comfortable is key. “Flashy five-star dinner dates are so 1983,” says Rhonda Britten, author of Fearless Loving and life coach on NBC’s Starting Over. “These days, no guy wants to look like he’s trying so hard, and no woman wants to look so high-maintenance or, for that matter, spend an hour-and-a-half getting ready. People don’t want to perform in their personal lives—it’s just too much work.”

The more modern-day option? Save your cash, kick back, and spend your energies sussing out your date’s soul mate potential. “Unfortunately, people today don’t want to waste their time on someone if there isn’t an immediate connection,” says Britten. “In the past, people would go on a few dates before giving up. Today, if they’re not feeling it from the outset, it’s over.” No matter how good that crème brulée is.

Amy Spencer writes for Glamour and Maxim, among other magazines. Experience has taught her that great chemistry can make even a Happy Meal feel special.
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