Ever heard that this town is terrible for dating? Have you read popular media which touts that the women far outnumber the men?
Brace yourself. I am about to say something completely inflammatory:
New York City is a fantastic place to meet a great guy.
This city naturally draws more dynamic, diverse, interesting and interested people per square mile than almost any other metropolitan city in the world. With a population of over 8.5 million, I believe there is someone for everyone.
Today's blog post is dedicated to a close friend who asked some of my favorite places to meet single men. Whittled down to 5, I hope it serves as inspiration for you to find your own spots (and report back!).
Before we get started, a few tips:
- Go it alone. Women love to travel in packs, but you'll be much less intimidating if you're on your own. Make a pact with yourself to navigate your hometown solo at least once a week.
- Look up and smile. Put down the book. Turn off your phone. Make eye contact. Practice the art of being approachable.
- Wear something colorful. In a town where the default is black or gray, you'll stand out if you wear something a little warm and sunny.
My five picks:
1. The Gramercy Tavern
My last meal on earth would be at this hallowed New York establishment. The Tavern--as opposed to the main dining room--offers seating at the bar, friendly staff, and plenty of room for solo diners to enjoy perfectly-prepared food at an (almost) reasonable price. www.gramercytavern.com
2. Astor Center
The nerd in me loves a classroom. Lessons in tequila, bourbon and Italian food and wine pairings? Sign me up! This well-loved wine and spirits store also hosts events in its beautiful classroom space. Want exceptionally good odds in your favor? Attend the annual Bourbon & Bacon event. www.astorcenternyc.com
3. The New York Times Film Club
Groucho Marx once said, "I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member." I love Groucho, but cannot eschew the value of belonging to a community of like-minded people. Shared interests make for easy conversation. As for me, I love movies and people who love to talk about movies. This membership-based club allows you the best of both worlds at a reasonable price. www.nytfilmclub.com
4. Angel's Share
A hidden treasure behind an unmarked door, this speakeasy is built for solo imbibing. Prohibiting groups larger than 4 people, the bar provides ample opportunity to meet single men who love a well-crafted cocktail. Go early, as seating is extremely limited. www.yelp.com/biz/angels-share-new-york
5. The NYC Subway System
With 1.7 billion riders per year (many of whom are employed, responsible adults), our beloved transportation system is a treasure trove of opportunity. I met a great man who I dated (and is now a beloved friend) on the Q train. Another friend married her #4 sweetheart after employing many of my well-honed tips.