updated 05/08/2008 AT 2:20 PM ET
•originally published 05/08/2008 AT 3:20 PM ET
While Chace Crawford’s Gossip Girl character Nate Archibald may hit all the New York hotspots, in real life the actor plays it cool – especially when it comes to first dates.
“The ideal, I think, when you’re starting out, is something low-key, like playing the [Nintendo] Wii, ordering in pizza and then grabbing a beer,” Crawford, 22, told PEOPLE at Wednesday’s launch of the Stoli Hotel in Manhattan.
But come time to step out, the actor says he’d take off “to a concert in Central Park or an NBA basketball game, if she likes sports.” (His teams of choice? “The Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Cowboys – I’m a Texas kid!”)
“Part of me being single is focusing on my work right now,” says Crawford, who joked, I’ve been dating my gym bag for a while now.”
When in a relationship, though, the Gossip guy finds himself getting creative in the gift department.
“I like to do artwork and draw,” he says. “I did a big beautiful drawing – and it was very meaningful to [my girlfriend], and she loved it … that’s the kind of stuff that I like to do.”
Reporting by STEPHANIE RYGORSKY