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Meet the Undateables: Tim and Damien

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

By Will Gleason
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Photograph: Ann Sullivan

Why they’re single:
Damien: He's recently been focusing on his career.
Tim: He has a penchant for emotionally unavailable men.

Ideal date:
Damien: A stroll through Central Park, followed by a museum and drinks
Tim: Hitting up a bookstore or grabbing a drink

THE DATE

First impression
Damien: “I was very anxious, but that tension broke immediately when we started talking. He was easy to get along with, and it seemed like he had good morals and values.”
Tim: “I got there late and a little frazzled, but he was super nice and not at all pissed off. He was cute and charming and the only person I’ve dated who’s been taller than me.”

Chemistry
Damien: “We really dove into each other’s history and were sharing really deep stories. That made me feel a lot more comfortable, and I think he felt the same way.”
Tim: “The date lasted for three hours, and there was no subject  that was off limits, which is my ideal date. He seemed as interested in getting to know me as I was in him.”

Awkward Moment
Damien: “The food was great, but the restaurant had a cheese-heavy menu, and I’m lactose intolerant. I took a few Lactaids before and just woke up lethargic the next day.”
Tim: “The cheese came out, and he was like, ‘Oh, I’m lactose intolerant,’ and I laughed. But he was like, ‘Oh, no, really! I’m really lactose intolerant.’ He took some Lactaid.”

Afterward
Damien: “We had dessert and then headed out and walked to the subway. We exchanged numbers and planned for a second date. I definitely think I’ll see him again.”
Tim: “He walked me all the way to my subway stop, even though it was three avenues away. There may have been a smooch or two. I think we’re gonna go on another date.”

Verdict
Damien: ♥ “I was pleasantly surprised. This was my first blind date, and it was a lot of fun. The anticipation was nerve-racking, but it ended up working out okay for me.”
Tim:  “He seemed like a genuinely sweet, nice guy. He blew it out of the water with how much better it was than what I was expecting. It was just really easy.”

Our daters went to Raclette (511 East 12th St917-853-5377)

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