By Patrick Hedlund
DNAinfo News Editor
MANHATTAN — The East Village is the most popular destination citywide for lovebirds, according to statistics from a new social networking site that matches members based on their preferred first dates.
The site HowAboutWe.com, which allows users to propose activities or locales to test their chemistry, ranked the 10003 zip code as the city's top spot for flirty first encounters.
The neighborhood's abundance of bars and restaurants, as well as its easy accessibility, made it the top spot for singles to meet potential partners, said HowAboutWe media strategist Erin Scottberg.
"People are always talking about these great new spots opening up in the East Village," she said, noting that 88 percent of the dates posted on the site are location specific. "It's common ground for a lot of people."
Midtown West — with the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Carnegie Hall and concert venue Terminal 5 — came in as the city's third most popular neighborhood, given its popularity as a convenient location for the post-work crowd.
Unsurprisingly, Central Park ranks as the city's No. 1 overall date destination for members to make "the ideal digital first impression," Scottberg said.
Users provide basic profile information, including photos and details about their exercise, drinking and smoking habits, and then post date proposals to the site.
How About We, which launched last year, currently counts more 100,000 members, with more than 175,000 dates posted nationwide.