Dating in New York City

Date Great for Free in NYC: Your Guide to Dating in New York City

Date Great for Free in NYC: Your Guide to Dating in New York City

Having trouble finding a great date or hot hookup in the Big Apple? Feeling lost and lonely in NYC? Click here and read our guide to dating in New York City.

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Dating in any city can be a challenge, so it's no surprise that dating in New York City can be difficult. But you don't have to be lonely in the city that never sleeps. Here are some tips on how to successfully date in Manhattan.

Accept That Dating In New York City is Hard

Once you accept that dating in New York is harder than it should be, you'll be more open-minded to the possibility of love. Soon you'll realize you might not bump into the one at happy hour, or Central Park, or at a museum, or even in person at all. Just accept that's how it goes, and who knows, love might happen when you least expect it!

Don't Be Ashamed to Use Dating Apps

You're probably not meeting anyone IRL because everyone's heads are on their phone and on their dating apps. The good news, is unlike other more traditional cities, meeting on a dating app isn't shameful, it's celebrated.

That's the beautiful thing about New York since your standards are different here than anywhere else in the world when you finally meet a decent person on an app, you're grateful.

It's also not hard to meet single people in Manhattan. Actually as a whole New York is a pretty free-spirited city, which means if you're looking for something serious, you might have a problem.

The key is to find someone who wants what you want and all the rest should fall into place.

Accept Monogamy Is Hard to Find in This City

The city isn't the only thing fast paced here, so is dating. In just a week you can go from a first date to falling in "love" to a break-up. So when you finally find someone with basic human decency, who wants to see you on a consistent basis, you'll likely get more excited than you should.

Know That No One in New York is Desperate

At the same time, while people who text you back are few and far between, no one here is desperate. There are so many options in this city, if someone flakes, or isn't that compatible with you, or lives too far away, there's no danger in thinning the heard of potential suitors.

Dating in New York City is Easy

On the plus side, because of all the options and seemingly unlimited people, dating in Manhattan is also easy. If you just want a hook-up that is.

There are too many places to meet people, either in person or on your phone. Finding people long term is where the challenge lies.

In smaller towns, this is not possible. In New York, on the same day, you can go from matching with someone on an app to seeing them in person, because of how fast paced this town is.

The options are never-ending, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on what you're looking for. On the plus side, it's hard to feel lonely when you're single in this city.

Endless Possibilities For Dates

Anywhere else in the world, it's so easy to get stuck in the same tired dating routine. Dinner at that one restaurant that's open past eight, drinks at the one spot. In New York City, you'll never get stuck in a dating rut, at least when it comes to where you have your dates.

Where you can grab a drink in this city is seemingly endless. First dates are a great excuse to step out of your comfort zone and explore a new neighborhood. Use the first date as an excuse to try out that pop-up mixology bar, or grab a bite at that new weird concept restaurant, or that stunning rooftop bar with sweeping views of the city.

You could actually go on literally a hundred first dates in Manhattan and never go to the same spot twice. And if the bar scene seems pretentious to you, you could try something more unexpected like Bushwick's masked cuddle puddle, or a flying trapeze class overlooking the Hudson River, or dim sum in Chinatown, followed by some dancing at an after-hours party downtown.

The best thing about dating in the city, even if the person you're dating ends up sucking, at least you'll have a blast exploring all this city has to offer, which is a lot.

The Seasons

Not every city has seasons as breathtaking as Manhattan. Embrace the season's beauties on your dates. Picnic under the cherry blossoms in Prospect Park. Ride the Wonder Wheel in Coney Island during the summer.

Take in the foliage in central park while drinking wine. Or ice skate under the tree at Rockefeller Center when it's the winter.

Take advantage of that perfect seasonal day. You will fall in love with this city, and who knows maybe your date. Let the city's breathtaking seasons plan your date!

Take advantage of these gorgeous seasonal days while you can. Because before you know the season will be over, and so will your match on that dating app.

You Can Date Any Type of Person

Small town dating usually limits your dating pool to people you know to people with the same boring job. New York City is as diverse as it gets. Here you'll meet people with different dreams and jobs from all over this country and even this world.

Because there are so many different and diverse people here, there's a better chance that you'll meet someone who's as different and diverse as you. Just be yourself, and before you know it, you'll attract someone as weird as you are.

Start Dating Today

So get out there and start dating! Yes, dating in New York can be challenging, but it's also a lot of fun.

Sinatra said it best, "if I can make it here, I'll make it anywhere." You could say the same is true with dating.

If you can make (dating work) here. You can date anywhere. For more dating tips, check out our website.

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