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:
Damien: He's recently been focusing on his career.
Tim: He has a penchant for emotionally unavailable men.
Damien: A stroll through Central Park, followed by a museum and drinks
Tim: Hitting up a bookstore or grabbing a drink
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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 St, 917-853-5377)
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