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Ladies: Is it Appropriate to Split the Bill on a First Date?

August 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by New York Socials

When it comes to the dos and don’ts of a first date, it seems everyone has advice on the matter. Ask a friend, the hair dresser, or even a clerk at the supermarket, and they probably have their own set of rules about what you should or shouldn’t do when you go out with a man for the first time. For the most part, people agree on the basics. But perhaps the most controversial question is whether you should split the bill. Should you allow a man to pay for your evening or split the cost with him? The answer is no. As an experienced matchmaker and founder of a company that offers NY dating services, I always advise my clients to allow the man to pay. Here’s why:

Allow Him to Be a Gentleman

Every woman appreciates a true gentleman, a man who still opens doors, pulls out chairs, and yes, pays the bill for a first date. Allowing your date to pay for the first date gives him the chance to show you that he is a gentleman. Give him that chance.

Don’t Set Precedence

The first date is a great opportunity to set good examples. Examples of how you want and should be treated as a woman. Although on the surface it might seem like a nice thing to do to offer to split the bill, in reality it is a bad example of how you want to be treated in the future. Set a good example and enjoy the treat.

New York Socials offers a high end dating service in NYC for affluent men. Founder Marina Margulis provides personal matchmaking services.

Top Three Foods To Eat on a Summer Date

June 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by New York Socials

Dating in the summer can be a wonderful time to get to know someone. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and most people feel a certain freedom that can only be likened to the last day of school. The warmest season of the year also calls for a different menu, usually lighter, healthy meals with fresh fruits and vegetables. So what should you eat this summer? New York Socials offers the following list of the top three foods to eat on a summer date.

Hardy Salads

Forget about eating your salad before or after a meal. Why not make it your main course? There isn’t a trendy restaurant in New York or elsewhere on this planet that doesn’t offer a hardy salad as a choice for the main course. You can also find a place that offers seasonal dishes, which means your hardy salad will be packed with fresh vegetables and fruits that are in season.

Why hardy salads? In addition to celebrating the foods that are in season, a hardy salad is a meal that will fill you up without making you feel stuffed. A light meal is a great start to a fun date that might continue elsewhere, such as at the museum or a steamy night in. The point: you don’t want to be bloated.

Lean Meat and Roasted Vegetables

This main course is probably best described by what it doesn’t have: bread, pasta, and unhealthy fats such as butter. For a summer-friendly meal that is healthy and satisfying, pick a lean meat with roasted vegetables. Choose a meal such as lemon chicken breast with roasted potatoes, carrots, and parsnips tossed in an olive oil and lemon dressing. They key is to stay away from foods and sauces that are heavy and rich. As mentioned above, a meal that is rich and heavy or causes bloating is not an ideal choice when the weather is hot outside or if you have other activities planned after dinner.


Who doesn’t love ice cream in the summer? But a scoop of real ice cream might be too heavy for a summer date. Instead, opt for sorbet, a dessert that is made from fruit juice instead of milk. Sorbet is usually easier on the stomach, especially if you’re lactose intolerant. It offers the sweet flavor you want from a dessert and the cold temperature you want on a warm summer night.

If you need more advice on what to eat or where to go on your date, consult New York Socials and their personal matchmaking services.
New York Socials is a member’s only dating club and high end dating service that offers NYC matchmaker services.