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Photograph: Ann Sullivan
Why they’re single:
Michael: He’s set in his ways and can’t find someone to match where he’s at.
Dominick: He’s found it difficult to meet people using apps.
Michael: Dinner and then going bowling or to a burlesque show
Dominick: Good conversation over a nice dinner
Michael: “On the way there, I was hit by a car on my bike. I had to go to the hospital for X-rays, and I ended up missing the dinner. I kept telling the police that I had a blind date!”
Dominick: “I didn’t hear anything from him, so I thought I was being stood up. But I had a nice dinner by myself! He was able to get in touch afterward, and we rescheduled.”
Michael: “I ended up being fine. Once we actually met, I thought he was a nice guy and good-looking. I could tell he took care of himself. We’re both Italian and had a lot in common.”
Dominick: “I’m glad he was okay! When you’re younger, you just want to grab people, but as you get older, it’s more about companionship. We had a lot of similar interests.”
Michael: “There were a couple of awkward silences—we talked a lot about the food then. At the end of the night, he put on a really big, fuzzy coat that kind of took me aback.”
Dominick: “There weren’t any. It was really pleasant. Him missing the first date to go to the hospital was a little awkward, but I have to give him credit for biking in this weather!”
Michael: “Neither of us knew how to end the date, so we left a tip, put on our coats and said goodbye. We didn’t exchange numbers—I think we were both kind of awkward.”
Dominick: “I really liked him as a person. I thought we had a really great night. I already told my friends that I’d go out with him again. He’s definitely someone I’d like to get to know.”
Michael: ♥♥♥♥ “A spectacular restaurant. I would definitely go back. The twice-cooked risotto was great, and the crème brûlée for dessert was amazing.”
Dominick: ♥♥♥♥ “Oh, I loved that restaurant. After both nights there, I’ve had the opportunity to eat half that menu. Everything is delicious, and it’s an intimate setting.”
Our daters went to Gentleman Farmer (40 Rivington St, 212-677-2172)
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