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Meet the Undateables: Davis and Taylor

Each week, we take two New Yorkers who swear they’re totally undateable, and put our matchmaking skills to the test
Written by
Will Gleason


Photograph: Ann Sullivan

Why they’re single:
Davis: He’s more focused on developing his hobbies and career.
Taylor: She doesn’t approach dating seriously enough.

Ideal date:
Davis: Going out for drinks and then a concert
Taylor: Whatever the other person picks


First impression
Davis: “I was super nervous, especially when I first saw her, because she was a lot taller than I was. But she was very positive right away. That put some of my anxiety to rest.”
Taylor: “My first impression was that he was significantly shorter than me but pretty easygoing. He was sociable. I wasn’t like, Oh no, I have to talk to this guy. He was really nice.”

Davis: “On my end, I felt some chemistry as I got to know her more. There were a lot of things I admired about her personality. I don’t think it was mutual though.”
Taylor: “Zero romantic chemistry. I wouldn’t say it was just the height, but it was hard to look past the height. We were also just really different. But I liked getting to know him.”

Awkward Moment
Davis: “We went out and met up with some of her friends at a bar after dinner. It was just really awkward to meet six people at once. That initial moment was really stressful.”
Taylor: “After dinner, we went to another bar. As he was leaving, he was like, ‘Oh, how do you feel about a second date?’ It kind of surprised me because I was getting a friend vibe.”

Davis: “I hugged her goodbye and said it was nice meeting her. If I see her again, it would just be as a friend. But she’s great, definitely great. A good friend to have for sure.”
Taylor: “I told him I’d be down to see his comedy show or something, but not do a second date. Then he texted me later and was like, ‘It was great getting to know you.’”

Davis: ♥ “She was super intellectual and fun. I had a few drinks and I was like, ‘So is it the height thing?’ I think she was alluding to it. I was definitely attracted to her.”
Taylor: ♥ “He’s an awesome person—I want to make that clear. But on a romantic level, nothing was there. I hope he got some good content for his comedy sketches.” 

Our daters went to Time Out Market New York (55 Water St, Dumbo)

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Greenwich Village
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A West Village institution with classy decor, Minetta Tavern serves up that famous burger that’s on your bucket list. After your splurge, turn things up a notch at Marie’s Crisis Café, the iconic piano bar down the street. You can listen to some show tunes and join in the singing once you’ve got a few drinks in you. Who knows, maybe you and your date will harmonize!

  • Nightlife
  • Nightlife
  • Lower East Side

Drop your inhibitions at this seductive, throwback lounge. Cheeky performers will leave you and your date laughing, curious and maybe a bit aroused. From your table by the stage (the space is small enough that there’s not really a bad seat in the house) expect the unexpected as aerial performers, singers, comedians, dancers and sexily clad lads and laddies perform circus and sideshow tricks. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anything like it in the Lower East Side—or anywhere else.

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  • Downtown Brooklyn

Dreamland Roller Disco in Prospect Park provides a modern twist on a retro date. Besides, isn’t there something cute about falling on your butts together? What makes Dreamland special are its themed nights. From Gaga vs Madonna to Soul Train to Y2K Disco, you're bound to find the perfect theme that will get you going regardless of your skating skills.

  • Restaurants
  • Austrian
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The Austrian-inspired cuisine and lived-in but chic aesthetic make Porcelain a charming first-date option. The prices are refreshingly low, too, with plates in the $10 range. Grab a couple of big, plush chairs, then split brunch and a pastry or three. If that’s not as sweet as can be, we don’t know what is. 

  • Attractions
  • Arcades and amusements
  • Midtown East

New York is brimming with unique, exciting activities. But if you’re pining for something truly cutting-edge, explore another city—or another planet, for that matter—by bringing your date to VR World, a theme park that proffers 50 mind-bending interactive experiences.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Brooklyn Heights

Versatility is a key quality in a date spot: somewhere you want to stay but can still bolt if need be. If that’s what you’re seeking, get thee to Jared Braithwaite’s bar Pips, which sports an impressive wine selection alongside small plates inspired by coastal Italian cuisine. Plus, it’s right on Atlantic Avenue, so your subway escape-route options are plentiful. 

  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Prospect Park

You and your special someone don’t have to travel far to feel like you’re in an idyllic pastoral paradise with this century-old Kings County NYC park. Nestled away by Prospect Park, you’ll find over 50 acres of cherry blossoms, rose gardens and the bright flora of the tropics in the balmy conservatory. No matter the season, you’ll be sure to see beautiful plant life.

  • Movie theaters
  • Independent
  • Williamsburg

Why bother going to two separate places when you can combine this classic date at one fantastic eat-in cinema? Grab one of the luxurious, big comfy chairs and take advantage of the table with the seats. Chow down on tacos, burgers, charcuterie or small plates as you take in buzzworthy indie films and retro re-releases. And be sure to take advantage of the sweet cocktail and beer menu. 

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