by @KimberleeVDW; image: bravotv

Summer has finally arrived in the city! Time to get your summer date plans in order. Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing stars Fredrik Eklund and Luis Ortiz know how romantic the city can be this time of year. I had the opportunity to interview them and get them to dish on their favorite date spots in the city.

Fredrik, who is married, enjoys finding a romantic, quiet spot with his hubby such as the waterfront by Tribeca Park or hitting the beaches of Fire Island. Him and his husband opt for low key dates rather than hitting the clubs. His tips for meeting a man is doing outdoor activities and having a dog definitely helps. It’s a great way to meet someone who also enjoys your passion. Of course Fredrik is all about presentation, so I had to ask about his advice for a first date outfit. “Presentation is everything.” Although he recommends making it personal.

“Don’t dress up because you feel like you’re supposed to. If you love a t-shirt, own it!” 

I loved this advice because I’m definitely more comfortable in a t-shirt and jeans rather than trying to be something I’m not in heels and a dress.

Luis, who is single and ready to mingle, enjoys dining outside like at his favorite French restaurant in the West Village. He says that the city can be so romantic and recommends the Meatpacking district for meeting people but go during the weekdays to meet more locals.

Like me, he has been experimenting with Tinder but hasn’t met anyone face to face. 

“I guess I’m old fashioned.” Me too Luis… me too. Of course I asked about what he would wear to a first date. He thinks a first date should be “considered a formal event.” He thinks women appreciates when a man puts some effort into his appearance.

So lovelies… tell me what are some of your favorite summer date spots? Special thanks to Stella Artois Cidre for the opportunity to interview Luis and Fredrik. 


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Kimberlee blogs about her love of fashion and beauty at I Have A Degree In This!. She’s lived in Midtown Manhattan for 8 years and has tried it all when it comes to dating.