Category: New York Post


Final New York Post Date

July 5th, 2010 — 6:39pm

Thursday, I went out with Dan, the fifth and final bachelor who reached out to me after the New York Post story mentioning my Great Dating Blitz.

Ayza: This cozy bar in Midtown West serves up delightful wine flights

Dan, a fortysomething attorney from Long Island, and I met up at Ayza, a cozy wine and chocolate bar in NYC’s Midtown West. Over a shared plate of hummus and selection of scrumptious chocolates, we talked about my travels and his life in the suburbs.

Like the other New York Post bachelors, Dan was very curious about my 8-week journey — and kind enough to say it was brave of me to undertake it. I couldn’t help thinking that dating in New York is what takes courage. Taking a breather from it to experience single life in other cities was easy by comparison.

It didn’t take long for me to know that Dan would fall into the same category of other recent first dates — nice but no sparks. Thankfully, not all of the dates were a total loss. I’ve remained friends with one of the guys and he’s introduced me to some of his fabulous single buddies. Sure, they happen to be female but broadening your social circle is always a good thing.

If only it was a little easier to do that with the opposite sex.

| first dates, Midtown NYC, New York Post, The Great Dating Blitz, wine bars

Doubling Up The Fun Quotient

June 28th, 2010 — 7:07pm

With Single Gal In The City turning two later this week, I’ve decided to make that the magical number for shaking up my routine.

Over the next couple of months, I’m going to try at least two new things a week — whether it’s a new restaurant or bar, an activity I’ve always wanted to attempt but never have, or of course,  dating men in different zip codes.

The Naked Bartender: He served up Stirrings mocktails at NYC’s Time Warner Center

Over the last week, I’ve managed to exceed the number two as far as venturing to new places.

Thursday, while meeting up at the Time Warner Center with my friend Tiffany, I enjoyed free mocktails courtesy of Stirrings, an all-natural line of cocktail mixers. Then, Tiffany and I caught up over dessert at Bouchon Bakery. My first experience of Bouchon was a treat –their oversized heavenly glazed donut is delish (almost worth the $4 price tag).

Friday, I enjoyed drinks with PR pal Mark at boutique hotel Ink 48’s rooftop bar, Press Lounge. Ink 48 is a new addition to Midtown West, so Press Lounge isn’t overcrowded like many of its competitors, and the spacious deck is great for both people watching and taking in city and Hudson River views.

Coming up…venturing out to Bronxville for a fun first date and the scoop about New York Post bachelor #5.

| first dates, New York Post, Single Gal In The City

A Post-Dating Blitz Date

June 21st, 2010 — 5:18pm

During my Great Dating Blitz, I was featured in a about single gals leaving the Big Apple to find love. The article prompted a handful of bachelors to email me and say they would like to take me out.

Among the more surprising missives — a former Wall Street guy turned college tennis coach, who suggested I meet him in Vermont for dinner. Needless to say, I declined this invite, saying yes instead to four men still reside in NYC. The first guy asked me more about my trip than anything else, while the second talked a little too much about sports and living with his parents until the age of 35.

The Oyster Bar At Grand Central: Bachelor #3 took me here

I met up last week with Frank, 48, bachelor #3, for dinner at Grand Central’s charming Oyster Bar restaurant. Over a delicious meal, Frank told me about his fascinating gig working as a behavior analyst for the TSA, a job he was inspired to apply for after 9/11.

He also admitted that I was his first date in more than three years, because of a long-term relationship with a Florida woman whom he thought was the one. As he told me about moving down South when they were dating and his efforts to rekindle their love, I couldn’t help thinking how close I recently came to changing my zip code for romance with Cleveland Chris.

Frank says he has no regrets about making the move, that you have to be willing to take a risk if you want to truly connect with someone. Though he’s right, I think I’m going to limit my big moves (for now, anyway) to virtual ones — by rotating the hometown listed in my Match.com profile.

| first dates, long-distance relationships, Match.com, New York Post, The Great Dating Blitz

NY Post Part Three, Date With A Mystery Man

July 22nd, 2008 — 2:08am

My third appearance in the New York Post proved to be a sweet one, with yesterday’s he said/she said recap of my date with Mark. Both of us gushed about our delicious meal at Steak Frites and mentioned that we share a mutual fondness for dessert (see www.nypost.com/dating for more). Though sparks didn’t fly, I’m looking forward to us becoming, as the Post put it, pastry-lovin’ pals.

While Mark and I were able to get to know each other over dinner, that opportunity never came for my cousin C.S. and her mystery man Forrest.

C.S. and Forrest connected at a bar in Alexandria, Virginia. Forrest told her he worked in the Army. When he found himself heading to New York on business, he invited C.S. to meet him in the city.

After trekking in from Long Island, she received a call from Forrest. He was tied up at work, would she mind meeting him at The Plaza, where he was staying? C.S. obliged. After waiting in the lobby for awhile, she received another call from Forrest, asking if she would meet him in his room.

She was about to knock on the door when Forrest emerged from a different room — carrying two armored briefcases. With an alarmed look on his face, he told C.S. in a whisper that he was in the middle of something, handed her his room key and disappeared. Upon entering his room, she found another surprise–wires everywhere, maps, a list of doctors, and a document titled, “Site Status Report for Vice Presidential Visit to NYC.” Forrest wasn’t in the Army — he was with the secret service.

Uncomfortable with her findings, C.S. headed down to the legendary Oak Bar. One $25 cocktail later, Forrest still hadn’t materialized. Tired of waiting, she called Forrest, told him she was leaving and walked down Fifth Avenue to the Gap. A little retail therapy goes a long way.

Like I’ve said, even a disappointing date leaves you with something–whether it’s an impulse purchase or, if you’re lucky, a nice guy to share a platonic dessert with.

| New York Post, The Gap, The Plaza hotel

July 9th, 2008 — 2:02am

Last year, I was selected by the editors of the New York Post as one of NYC’s 50 most eligible Latinos. This Sunday, I’ll be making my second appearance in the famed tabloid newspaper–as the woman chosen by a local bachelor to go on a date.

Our upcoming date will be featured in the Post’s weekly “Meet Market” column. The column is basically the modern-day equivalent of “The Love Connection,” with NYP editors replacing Chuck Woolery as host and facilitator. After you submit a detailed profile and pose for some professional pix, matchmakers at the Post decide who might be a good fit with whom and one of two scenarios takes place–a guy chooses from three girls or vice versa. Finally, the propective couple goes out on a date at a restaurant TBD, and the Post picks up the tab. Having tried Match.com, eHarmony and Hurry Date, how could I resist this user-friendly approach to romance?

Meet Market is always looking for willing victims…ahem, I mean, singletons. If you’re interested in playing the Post’s version of The Dating Game, email meetmarket@nypost.com.

My date with Mark–a 38-year-old musician/writer–is scheduled for Sunday. Be sure to pick up the Post and watch this space to find out how it goes!

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July 8th, 2008 — 9:02pm

Last year, I was selected by the editors of the New York Post as one of NYC’s 50 most eligible Latinos. This Sunday, I’ll be making my second appearance in the famed tabloid newspaper–as the woman chosen by a local bachelor to go on a date.

Our upcoming date will be featured in the Post’s weekly “Meet Market” column. The column is basically the modern-day equivalent of “The Love Connection,” with NYP editors replacing Chuck Woolery as host and facilitator. After you submit a detailed profile and pose for some professional pix, matchmakers at the Post decide who might be a good fit with whom and one of two scenarios takes place–a guy chooses from three girls or vice versa. Finally, the propective couple goes out on a date at a restaurant TBD, and the Post picks up the tab. Having tried Match.com, eHarmony and Hurry Date, how could I resist this user-friendly approach to romance?

Meet Market is always looking for willing victims…ahem, I mean, singletons. If you’re interested in playing the Post’s version of The Dating Game, email meetmarket@nypost.com.

My date with Mark–a 38-year-old musician/writer–is scheduled for Sunday. Be sure to pick up the Post and watch this space to find out how it goes!

| , , New York Post

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