Lets talk about Dating in New York City?! Everyone knows about the “rumors” about NYC’s dating scene and how different it is from the rest of the world! Antonia Greco tell us about the best spots to hang out, if you’re single!
If you’ve just moved to this beautiful, tireless city, or if you’ve been in New York City long enough, you will notice two topics that will always (and we mean, always!) come up during dinners or bar conversations:
- RENT! It’s amazing how people are eager to know how much you pay for rent and all the amenities you have in your building to justify the high prices. Note: It does not matter if they just met you, they WILL boldly ask…
- DATING! The “Dating Scene” in New York is, without a doubt, unique and different from anywhere else on this planet! It’s a battle to figure out all the do’s and don’ts, right? So, after you do, and everything seams to be flowing well with your beau…BOOM! The guy dumps you…
With the Dating topic in mind, our Contributor Ari Crane interviewed Antonia Greco, a NYC-based Dating and Relationship Expert for the New York Dating Coach. She is also the co-author of “Who Lies More, Men or Women? 6 Ways to Succeed in Dating, Relationships, and Life”.
Over the past eight years, Antonia’s worked one-on-one with clients of all ages to help them meet partners, date successfully, and has had a helping hand in several marriages.
In her spare time, she likes to run, fuss over cute dogs, play piano and bake pies.
“A question I often get asked by singles is ‘Where can I go to meet people?’ — Simply put, you can meet people anywhere you go. It’s just a matter of having the guts to open the dialogue and/or be approachable. That said, it’s beneficial to pick places that reflect something about your lifestyle, your passions, or something new you’d like to try.”
Here are Antonia’s top picks in the City! Do check them out and, who knows, maybe you’ll find your partner in crime, for life.
“If working out and being healthy are your thing, then get ready to be excited by Hu Kitchen. Everything is delicious and wholesome sans ingredients that you can’t pronounce. And the clientele, well, they’re exceptionally good looking, in shape, and healthy. Not to mention, the layout of the tables is conducive to striking up a conversation very effortlessly. Rotate this place into your weekly lunch or dinner schedule and be sure to treat yourself to the house-made Almond Butter truffles!”
Not only all the ingredients are fantastic and super healthy, but they also produce their own delicious chocolate bars.
They have a huge list of “What they don’t have”, but there are just a few, so you get the vibe: NO Conventional Sweeteners, NO Gluten, NO Soy, NO GMO Corn, NO Commercial Lecithins, NO Preservatives…
Monday – Friday: 7am – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 9pm
Location: 78 5th Avenue (at 14th Street), Midtown
“Whether you’re “working remotely” or in the mood for a chill place to enjoy some coffee, look no further than B-Cup. This hip little haunt is tucked away in Alphabet City and is the “office” for many singles. With free, reliable wi-fi and iced coffees served in carafes, this friendly space is a mix of funky and accommodating. Bonus: Most people come here alone so it’s the perfect place to table share during the busier hours!”
Alphabet City is part of what most people know as the East Village. The area is very residential, but it is the home of several bars, cocktail spots and super cool restaurants. The area is filled with life and great spots to uncover.
Their park is called Tompkins Square Park. You might recall it from the post we wrote about a Feeding Program our Founder coordinates, feeding 200 homeless every week!
The area has also a significant Puerto Rican community, that definitely brings an uplifting vibe. After all, we know how cheerful Puerto Ricans are, right!?
Location: 212 Avenue B, Alphabet City
“Printed Matter is a metropolis for the creative minds. If you’re someone who has an appreciation for rare work and unusual finds, then this should be at the top of your “must visit” list. No need for pickup lines here, the sheer amount of conversation pieces alone will make banter inevitable.”
As they explain, they are:
The world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination, understanding and appreciation of artists’ books.
It is definitely a place to go and meet interesting people, creative minds and mingle with a super cult crowd!
Be bold and go see what they have to offer!
Location: 231 11th Avenue, Chelsea
“If you find museums to be boring, then maybe Cooper Hewitt will change your mind. The interactive environment – especially in the Immersion Room – is the perfect place to strike up conversation with others, all while interacting with art and design. When you’re done, grab a coffee from the cafe and head to the garden!”
The museum was founded in 1897 and was named “Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum”.
It’s dedicated exclusively on historical and contemporary design, making it the only museum in the US with this focus.
Therefore, it has “more than 210,000 design objects spanning 30 centuries.
From ancient textiles and works on paper to icons of modern design and cutting-edge technologies, Cooper Hewitt’s collection serves as inspiration for creative work of all kinds and tells the story of design’s paramount importance in improving our world.”
They have a great outdoor area and garden, where they host different events, so be sure to see what’s on next!
Location: 2 East 91st Street, Upper East Side
Niketown Running Club
“Running is a great way to unwind all while staying healthy and I love the Niketown Running Club! Regardless of your pace or athletic level, this is a good place to meet others – especially for those that are tired of the bar scene. Don’t be discouraged if the guy to girl ratio is not in your favor. One thing singles tend to forget is that ANY person you meet may have a single friend, relative or coworker that would be a fit for you!”
The Niketown Running Club it not only for professional runners, but also for the amateur and aspiring runner!
Don’t be intimidated. It’s a great place to find like minded people.
You’ll have professional coaching and experts to help you out at any time of the day – from 5am through 7pm.
Plus, you can do a one-time test in Nike’s new shoes, register your evolution through their APP, run with the best lists on Spotify and also choose from 100 different workouts by Nike Master Trainers.
Location: 6 East 57th Street, Midtown East
“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And where there is chocolate, there are women! Don’t be fooled by the small space at L.A. Burdick. This charming little chocolate shop pumps out some of the best hot chocolate in the city as well as adorable handmade treats. Hint: most people have a sweet tooth around 3pm so it’s a good place to stop in during that time!”
And, we have to agree. Chocolate is always a good idea!
With only 1 store in SoHo, they have some of the most loyal customers. People can’t hesitate and do come back for more, and more, and more.
Founded in 1987 by Larry Burdick, it all started back in the late 1970’s. His curiosity and passion for everything related to the French culture took him to Paris and Switzerland.
In a few years, he learn about hand-made delicacies, with a great focus on chocolates.
His stores serves not only the chocoholics, but also those that enjoy fruits and nuts dipped in chocolates, pastries like cakes, maracons and tartes. And still, people that love a good coffee or hot chocolate!
Today, they only 1 location in New York, but do have a few stores in other cities.
Location: 156 Prince Street, SoHo
For further information about Antonia and her work, check our her Website. Or, maybe even schedule a Free Consultation!
Photo Credits: Portait by Gary He, Courtesy of Iwan Baan for Medibank and of the venues.