From scenic walks to retro arcades to spark conversation to romantic (but not showoffy! And we've identified those restaurants, bars and other fun activities through which daters determine if they actually connect with their evening companion/near stranger/future spouse/eventual loathsome enemy.

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.

Luckily, romance can blossom on this side of the Hudson, too.

Porta This industrial-chic spot is popular in Jersey City (and Asbury Park) for its neapolitan-style pizzas and cocktails, as well as a trendy rooftop bar, which also offers food.

Memories of the meatballs are fonder than the relationship's ultimate fizzle -- but do not let that discourage you.

Raymond's An oldie but a goodie -- Montclair's longstanding diner Raymond's is still a great place to meet up for lunch and dole out all those typical first date questions.

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.

For Monmouth and Ocean County locals, Asbury has quickly become the place to be seen.

Talula's Talula's -- a new gourmet pizza spot with a small bar -- has quickly become popular for its personal pies and artisan cocktails.

Pick on some eggplant truffle fries and try to name the skyscrapers on the Lower West Side.