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!
Photograph: Ann Sullivan
Why they’re single:
John: He broke up with his longtime girlfriend in January.
Danielle: She gets ghosted a lot and finds it hard to make a connection online.
John: Taking a cooking class at the International Culinary Center
Danielle: A live show or podcast recording, followed by a drink at a low-key bar
John: “I got there early. I was nervous and wanted to make sure everything was lined up. When she came in, she looked great—very manicured, beautiful and clean-cut.”
Danielle: “The hostess said they seated him at the bar. There were two guys there, and I was like, Oh, thank God it wasn’t the other one. He was really cute and very personable.”
John: “At first, she was a little too quiet. After the first hour, she opened up a bit more, and her personality really meshed with mine. We ended up talking for five hours.”
Danielle: “I think there was an initial attraction, and then, just personality-wise, we got along really well. I think we were on the same page about a lot of things.”
John: “She was eating a soup dumpling, and it squirted all over the place. We just giggled about it, and then I did the same thing, so she didn’t feel too awkward about it.”
Danielle: “I was teasing him about cutting into his soup dumpling on the plate and letting the broth pour out. Then I bit into mine and the broth just went everywhere.”
John: “We kept talking over dessert and had a couple more rounds of drinks. I took her to the subway stop, we kissed and exchanged numbers, and then I went home.”
Danielle: “We left and exchanged numbers outside. Based on the state of my glasses after, there was some making out, but I don’t really remember. I was pretty drunk.”
John: ♥♥♥♥♥ “We’ll see each other again. I haven’t had many five-hour experiences like that with another human being. It was fun and easy in the most flattering way.”
Danielle: ♥♥♥♥♥ “It was the best first date that I’ve had in a long time. It went great. I was sort of worried about it, but it ended up being a lot better than my expectations.”
Our daters went to Brooklyn Chop House (150 Nassau St, 212-619-1200)
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