5 Great Places to Meet Eligible Men in NYC

Maneki-neko is a Japanese figurine that symbolizes good luck--something we all need.  I love this graffiti version in Bushwick.

Maneki-neko is a Japanese figurine that symbolizes good luck--something we all need.  I love this graffiti version in Bushwick.

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.  

Monica Parikh