Forget Zoom fatigue, we have serious dating app fatigue.
Swiping right, matching, hearting—and whatever else exists in the fantasy world of online dating—can get seriously exhausting.
In the wise words of Charlotte York, “I’ve been dating since I was fifteen, I’m exhausted, where is he?!”
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Lucky for you, we’ve connected with the queen of all things relationships, Lindsey Metselaar of We Met At Acme.
Lindsey knows a thing or two about where to meet the man of your dreams in NYC.
Nothing against dating apps (Lindsey supports using your resources!), but sometimes it’s nice to fall in love the organic way.
Our favorite dating expert just got engaged to her prince charming, so we’ll use her as our real-life success story.
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Get your game faces on ladies, and embark on the manhunt of a lifetime.
This list would be incomplete without Lindsey’s claim to fame. Some may come here for the delicious pineapple-infused Mezcal, but we come here for the men. Below the restaurant lies a cocktail bar where all your dreams can come true. There isn’t a dress code at NoHo’s most prestigious hangout spot, but there may as well be. Every guy is dressed head to toe in Armani suit jackets, Rag & Bone jeans, and Common Project sneakers from Barney's. May they rest in peace. And if they’re not wearing Le Labo cologne, they definitely are Acme virgins. Swoop right in and make them feel right at home. *Wink*
If you’re a chill girl who likes beer and hotdogs with extra mustard, then your soulmate may be at a sporting event. It doesn’t matter if it’s football, baseball, hockey, or tennis, sporting events breed hot guys with white v-neck t-shirts that show off their toned muscles. And if you’re like us, and know absolutely nothing about sports, don’t worry! Just make sure to rehearse a perfectly scripted dialogue about home runs, touchdowns, and match points with your old man. It’s all about being natural, duh.
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, guys with good music taste are keepers. And we don’t count good music taste as listening to the Chainsmokers on repeat. If your Spotify playlist includes Billy Joel and Elton John, you automatically have the key to our hearts. Guys who go to a John Mayer concert on a Saturday night instead of Commonground, are truly worth your time. But if they buy cheesy concert merch and wear it to work on Monday, ditch ‘em.
We’re not condoning hooking up with your co-worker, but we’re not not condoning hooking up with your co-worker. Just kidding, at least make sure they’re in another division. Preferably the Finance or Tech division, for you know, obvious reasons. Going to work events may seem dreadful, but if you come out with a date for next Friday night, then it was totally worth all the fuss.
We know it sounds scandalous, but you never really know where you’ll meet that someone special. Could it be the waiter? The bartender? The guy who was serving you looks as you waited on the ridiculously long bathroom line? You know what they say: when one door opens another one opens. So what if it happens the second you close the door to the Uber that your OG date asked you to split? The audacity.
According to my 14-year-old self’s Instagram caption, “Those who rave together, stay together.” I’m literally embarrassed for myself. Everybody around you may be binge drinking and on hard drugs we can’t pronounce, but hey, to each their own. But in all seriousness, you want to find a guy who works hard, but also knows how to have fun. Finding that balance is key to any successful relationship.
We know this option may sound daunting, but it’s honestly such a cute way to meet somebody. Any guy who is willing to bike around Manhattan after a crazy night out is seriously the type of guy you want to keep around. But if you’re not a bike riding chick, there are plenty of other group activities that are equally as fun. We’ve seen people rollerblading around the city, and it looks super romantic. It may be too early to handhold, but if your hand “accidentally” grazes against the guy with the shaggy blonde hair, we promise we won’t tell.
It’s literally illegal to date a guy who doesn’t appreciate good food. And what better way to find your fellow food-lover than on an NYC food tour?! There are a million options in Manhattan, but we’re big fans of a pizza tour, dumpling tour, or sandwich tour. Stuffing your face with Prince Street Pizza may not sound like the best way to meet someone, but trust us, guys love a girl who knows how to eat. Plus, food is the best conversation starter, so you’ll never run out of topics!
Most go to a workout class to sweat out last night’s tequila, but we’re in it for the six-packs. You may be embarrassed to do arms and abs in front of Manhattan’s most eligible bachelors, but honestly, don’t sweat it. JK, you’ll be dripping by the end of the class. Rest assured, Barry’s is home to all the hotties. We can attest from personal experience.
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