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Photographs: Hollis Johnson

Meet the Undateables: Megan and Alex

We're setting up New Yorkers who swear they’re totally undateable, and sending them out on socially distanced dates across the city

By Will Gleason

Why they’re single
Megan: She hasn’t had much luck finding nice people and doesn’t know how to pick them.
Alex: He's been focusing on himself and self improvement.

Ideal date:
Megan: Going to a concert. It’s low pressure, and you don’t have to talk the whole time.
Alex: Grabbing a couple drinks and capping it off with a slice of pizza.


First impression
Megan: "Honestly, I thought there was a really great energy from the very beginning. He came across very nice, very well-mannered. That’s a specific thing to say, but it’s true. Also, he’s super cute so that helps."
Alex: "It was a nice time. She was really nice, funny and easy to talk to. I thought she was very inviting and very conversational."

Photograph: Hollis Johnson

Megan: "Yeah, I felt like there was definitely some [romantic chemistry.] I was immediately interested in getting to know him further. This is really random—and not the most important thing—but we were talking about the show Friends and I just remembered that he asked me what my thoughts were on Ross and Rachel. We agreed that Ross was right on the whole break thing. So we finally put that debate to rest. Friends fans around the world can say thank you to us. 
Alex: "It felt like more of a friend vibe throughout the evening. We shared an interest in food in New York, so that was something. I thought her career was very cool. She’s a runner and likes to stay active, and I thought that was pretty cool, too.

Awkward Moment
Megan: "As we were waiting outside, he accidently hit me in the head with his elbow. I did not sustain any serious injuries. But that’s all I can think of."
Alex: "I think we were both very conversational and it was easy to talk to her. I think it was more just the overall awkwardness of going on a date like this and having our photo taken etc." 

Photograph: Hollis Johnson

Dystopia Dating Vibes
Megan: "Honestly, I felt very comfortable around him, so it didn’t feel weird in that regard. The only weird thing was looking around and seeing that the closest people were 25 feet away. So definitely different than pre-March. And obviously that you’re wearing masks. Usually, you’d chat with the waiter, see their face... but now you don’t and you’re kind of used to that."
Alex: "Definitely the mask wearing and being conscious of personal space and keeping space between each other was part of it. But, overall, just everyone in masks while you’re on a date is super weird."

Megan: "We hugged goodbye. I think we’re making plans to see each other again. I was not expecting him to look me up in the yellow pages, so we did exchange numbers. We were there for over an hour after the restaurant closed. I hadn’t been checking the time but all of a sudden it was past 9:30pm so we decided to leave. We walked out and into the night.
Alex: "We had dessert and a ton of sweets. We exchanged numbers to maybe hang out again and we just went our separate ways."

Photograph: Hollis Johnson

Verdict [On a scale of five hearts]

Megan:  "I was thinking this guy is so nice and so genuine and even the most fun times I had with the last person I dated paled into comparison. I thought it was totally possible that this guy could be terrible but that is not what happened."
Alex:  "It was a nice time. It was nice to meet someone new and get to know someone but not really a romantic evening, but nice girl. It was definitely an experience. Definitely something worth trying. I had nothing to lose, so I’m glad I tried."

Our daters went to American Brass (2-01 50th Avenue, Long Island City)


Megan: "It was so good. I am very partial to whiskey, so I got a variation on a whiskey sour called a double standard whiskey sour. Also, their French 75 was awesome if you love lemon and gin. Really great date spot. It was very pretty. I love the way it was decorated. I used to work with a production designer and I was looking at the lighting and floors and thought that it would all look nice as a set."
Alex: "I thought the restaurant was great. The had amazing drinks. A lot of cocktails, food was all good. The flank steak was fantastic, and the brownie was good. Overall, it was a good date spot for sure."

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The best date ideas in NYC

Marie's Crisis
Photograph: Time Out/Ali Garber

Feast at Minetta Tavern, then drink and sing at Marie’s Crisis Café

Restaurants French Greenwich Village

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: Francine Daveta

See a burlesque show at the Slipper Room

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.

Dreamland Roller Disco
Photograph: Courtesy Dreamland Roller Disco

Couple skate during Dreamland Roller Disco

Things to do Downtown Brooklyn

Dreamland Roller Disco 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. February is chock-full of romantic rendezvous, such as the upcoming disco party I Feel Love on Valentine’s Day. 

City Point BKLYN, Downton Brooklyn ( $20–$26 (includes skate rental).

Photograph: Time Out/Ali Garber

Get cozy on the cheap at Porcelain

Restaurants Austrian Ridgewood

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. 

Kick Axe Throwing
Photograph: Courtesy Kick Axe Throwing

Sharpen your skills at Kick Axe Throwing

News Drinking

Craving an out-of-the-ordinary daytime date that doesn’t involve drinking the afternoon away? Kick Axe Throwing, in Gowanus is an urban adventure that's bound to make you look like a badass—plus, it opens at 11am during the week. Before chucking those hatchets, peruse the Runner & Stone café a few blocks away for a caffeine or pastry fix.

Photograph: Courtesy VR World

Trip out at VR World NYC

Attractions Arcades and amusements Midtown

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.

Photograph: Courtesy Pips / Liz Clayman

Stay for a while (or just a minute) at Pips

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. 

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Photograph: Shutterstock

Bask in the beauty of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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.

Nitehawk Cinema
Photograph: Gabi Porter

Feast and catch a flick at Nitehawk Cinema

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. 


Have a great date in Times Square (really) at Bugis Street Brasserie

Restaurants Chinese Midtown West

No one foresees anything good (with the possible exception of a Broadway show) to come out of Times Square. But consider Bugis Street Brasserie’s laksa: Comprising rice vermicelli, shrimp, chicken, fish cake and bean sprouts, this super-spicy noodle soup is sure to heat up your night. Your date might give you some side-eye as they’re guided into a hotel lobby packed with tourists, but sometimes great things emerge from unexpected places.

St. Luke in the Fields Gardens
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Hold hands in St. Luke in the Fields Gardens

News City Life

Broke, huh? Well, it sounds like you’re craving a space so bucolic, you love birds will forget it’s free of charge! Everyone appreciates a hidden urban oasis, and the St. Luke in the Fields Gardens—just off Hudson Street, between Barrow and Christopher Streets in the West Village—are up there with the best of them.


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