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:
Kyle: He’s looking for something stable and finds it hard to date in New York.
Ameed: He can be too direct, which can scare people off.
Kyle: A flying-trapeze class followed by dinner with cocktails
Ameed: Walking around the park and then, if it goes well, grabbing a drink
Kyle: “There were instant smiles; I felt like maybe we had known each other before. He took his sunglasses off, and his eyes were really captivating. I would say he was my type.”
Ameed: “I was really nervous. Then I saw him, and he had a nice smile, so I thought we’d have a good time. We grabbed a drink and started talking. He seemed very open.”
Kyle: “There was romantic chemistry. He’s a creative type as well, so we were sharing our work with one another. I think we both kind of inspired each other, in a way.”
Ameed: “We talked about everything: where we’re from, what we’re doing. It went really smoothly. He was really engaging, which made it a lot easier.”
Kyle: “Before he got there, one of the [market ambassadors] and I really hit it off. She was really excited for me. Then she was like, ‘Can I actually take a selfie with you?’”
Ameed: “We got some tacos, and I tried to squeezed a lemon wedge over them, and then it kind of launched and went all over the place, which was awkward and embarrassing.”
Kyle: “After dinner, we went down and sat on the East River, exchanged a few kisses and then decided to walk the Brooklyn Bridge together before we parted ways.”
Ameed: “We walked the Brooklyn Bridge into the city. I didn’t get home until 11:30pm. It was perfect to walk over the bridge; it was quiet and really nice.”
Kyle: ♥♥♥♥♥ “I really do feel like we inspired each other. I think we both commented on how lucky we were that we were able to connect like that—almost like it was meant to be.”
Ameed: ♥♥♥♥♥ “We’re seeing each other again later this week for a second date. He was really creative and maybe not someone I’d match with on the apps, which was nice.”
Our daters went to Time Out Market New York (55 Water St, 917-810-4855)
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