Experts in relationships.

We understand dating. And we get relationships. Our collective professional experience spans matchmaking, personal coaching and meeting with hundreds of single men and women to help them figure out how to date better.

Grace Lee

Founder, Grace Lee

The inspiration for A Good First Date came through my experience as a single person on the NYC dating scene. After a series of disappointing dates, I remember feeling totally discouraged. A friend said to me, "Don't worry. You'll be back after a good first date." This comment has stayed with me throughout my own dating journey. It's simple, achievable and speaks to our step-by-step approach.

I don't promise marriage, babies or finding "the one" because that's not anything anybody can control. Finding a relationship is about patience, being open to possibilities, learning to use online dating technology, understanding negative dating patterns and following through with a plan of action to make positive change

Through my work with single people, my goal is for my client to feel in-control of their dating life, to know what they are looking for and to have the tools and confidence to pursue their goals...and to have fun! Dating should be fun, romantic and easy and I'm there to help every step of the way.

More About Me...

I was born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, which makes me a friendly midwesterner and a stalwart MSU fan. I earned my B.A. in History from Emory University and my M.A. from Cambridge University in Economics. After deciding against a career in academia, I joined HSBC as an International Manager in their corporate banking program. This role brought me to the Channel Islands, Hong Kong and Shanghai where I lived for nine years. During my time in China, I worked as a banker, had my two kids (now 13 and 15) and started a company specializing in children's retail.Life changes brought me to NYC in 2009. I arrived as a single parent to two little kids and threw myself into online dating.

My experience with online and dating spans over 10 years of personal use and time as a matchmaker. I've met with hundreds of single men and women and during these meetings learned about what people really want and the hurdles they encounter in finding their ideal relationship.

A Good First Date is my third child. I absolutely love my job. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a client turn a corner - whether that be knowing more about how to text, getting more matches and of course, going on a good first date.

What can A Good First Date do for you?

Our clients say it best.

"A Good First Date helped me navigate the complicated world of online dating. They taught me the subtle things to look out for in a guy’s profile that tell a lot about who he is. They will give you the secret decoder for when you’re tired of swiping and want to narrow down your pool.”


"They gave me examples of opening lines and how to begin texting with someone, bypassing the boring conversations so we can really learn about each other – and so I can stand out from the other girls on the apps."


“Just a few weeks after working with A Good First Datel, after talking to many guys and going on a handful of first dates, I met the guy for me. I’m so grateful for their advice and expertise.”


"After working with A Good First Date, the way I date and my outlook on dating has completely transformed.”


“Before contacting A Good First Date, I had deleted dating apps and was suffering from a sort of dating fatigue. I knew I needed to make changes and start using dating apps in a more healthy way.”


“I was hesitant about letting strangers into my dating life. We dove right into my dating history and the conversation flowed so easily. It was like talking to trusted friends, except they brought 10 times more insight and experience.”


“I knew right away I had two expert allies behind me, and I walked away empowered to date again!”


“I have been going on more dates and with partners that I am excited to meet! I am in awe of the transformation that has happened in front of my eyes.”


“No longer am I lamenting why I am not going on more dates. Now I face different challenges, like being authentic on dates, how to set boundaries, not measuring myself against others or overcompensating. It’s a work in progress, and for the first time in a very long time, I am excited to be on this journey.”


“Thank you for keeping me accountable, allowing me to see myself – both faults and strengths – and being the coaches I didn’t know I needed.”


Learn to date better.

We take a new approach to dating. Our process helps you see why you keep taking wrong turns or arriving at dead ends. In a dating culture that’s highly transactional and asks people to be something other than who they really are, we think the solution is in being your authentic self. When you take the time to pause, reflect and make a strategic plan, your dating roadmap can lead to love.

Learn more about our approach.


Identify what you need in a relationship.


Meet the right people.


Date confidently.


Navigate relationships successfully.

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