So you finally got your crush to say yes to that dinner off-campus with you. That was the easy part.

Now the real dilemma is finding a decent place around here to take someone to on a first date. And I don’t think Nick Tahoes will cut it this time.

Thankfully, I have done that research for you, so everything from here on out will be smooth sailing, and you’ll be sweeping your date off his or her feet and impressing him or her with your charm in no time.

The restaurant is called Lovincup. It is like Java’s, but better.
It is located in the pavilion in front of the Rochester Institute of Technology Barnes and Noble.

Dress is casual, and Lovincup is frequented mainly by RIT students and 20-somethings who come in for a drink.

As soon as you walk in, the entire bistro is dimly lit by artsy lamps that hang from the ceiling.

There is a collection of tall tables in the middle of the restaurant with a ring of booths on the outside against the walls. The walls are plastered by paintings of modern-looking art, and there is also a full bar on the left for those of you who are looking for a drink or two.

Lovincup provides the atmosphere of a really upscale, artsy caf that has been mushed together with a low-key, hipster restaurant.

Lovincup’s menu ranges from affordable $8 fondues as appetizers to delicious wraps, paninis and daily dinner specials all under $13 that won’t put a hole in your pocket but will impress anyone.

As for drinks, they have a variety of gourmet coffees, micro-brewed beers and fine wines. I also noticed they have a crazy contraption for draft beer that they bring to your table upon your order.

There will be a live band there on most nights that provides a nice touch to this cozy restaurant.

Lovincup’s is located at Suite No. 101, 300 Park Point Drive.

Stay tuned for next week’s installment of off-campus date venues. Read the next restaurant review to find out where to take your sweetheart even after Valentine’s Day.

Jung is a member of the class of 2011.

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