Nearly 200 machines dating back to the '50s await you, as do a few dozen old-school arcade games.And if you like your companion enough, make a little wager: "if you win, I'll buy you dinner One can imagine how many first dates must take place in Hoboken every day -- the city is overflowing with young, single professionals ready to spend their lucrative paychecks. Cork City If you and your date share an affinity for brews, check out Cork City in Hoboken, a block off bustling Washington Street. Hudson River Waterfront Walkway The old, "let's go for a walk" idea takes new life on the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, a man-made island and small park with a reach-out-and-touch-it view of the Manhattan skyline.The staff is dedicated to farm-to-table, and the atmosphere is open and light.Definitely a sophisticated, city-centric vibe here. The first date is flexible here -- in and out in an hour, or stay for a while, sip a fancy gin drink and chat about how you came to Asbury before it was cool. Talula's in Asbury Park, offers a specialty bakery, pizza and bar menu.
The Jersey City first-date scene is similar to Hoboken -- an increasing number of Jersey kids who want to work in the city but can't afford to live there.
This is the "Beekeeper's Lament" and includes hot Calabrian soppressata, fresh mozzarella and local honey.
(Russ De Santis | For NJ Advance Media) Cibo e Vino Most New Jerseyans have endured their fair share of "decently priced Italian restaurant" first dates.
Langosta Lounge Sushi is among the best first-date fare -- shareable, not messy and assures your date you have a mature palette.
And although the name suggests seafood, the sushi rolls at Langosta Lounge on the boardwalk are fantastic. Silver Ball Museum If you'd rather avoid the typical dinner-and-drinks procedure, go to the Asbury boardwalk and play pinball machines -- many of which will be older than you and your date combined -- at Silverball Museum.
Leone's Most cuisines have a formidable representative around town, but for a tasty, reasonably priced dinner, Leone's is a great spot.