Welcome back to Now Kiss, NYU Local’s blind date series that helps students find love at a “campus-less” school. Last semester, we set up slam poet Eric and Tischie Jenna, freshman couple Graham and Kelly, and polar opposites Chris and Julia, among others.
This week, we matched Nick and Nora because of their mutual love of screenwriting, occasionally inappropriate senses of humor, and Jewish heritage. The twee pseudonyms are a nice touch, aren’t they?
Nick is a junior in Gallatin. He’s a nice Jewish boy who thrives on good conversation and likes film and TV.
Nora is a sophomore in Tisch. She’s a musical theater junkie from the middle of nowhere. She’d like to join the Peace Corps.
Dinner at Bareburger.
Prepping for the date:
Nick: I wasn’t too nervous. I had a button-up shirt under a sweater, which my date called ‘adventurous.’ I put on deodorant, so that was probably the extent to which I pumped myself up.
Nora: I spent the whole day fasting for Yom Kippur, so I was very hungry beforehand. My roommate and I joked about what might go wrong and I practiced introducing myself a few times in front of the mirror. I listened to Joni Mitchell while I got dressed. #inspirational
Did they click?
Nick: She was very pretty and nice. She was also honest, which I appreciated. She had a lot of opinions and insights, and as it happened, we knew a bunch of people in common. We also had similar interests, and talked for a long time about screenwriting and films.
Nora: He looked familiar to me and it turned out we had a few mutual friends, which meant the date wasn’t legally blind. He had a nice, friendly face and was well-dressed. I liked his five o’clock shadow. In the beginning, he seemed nervous and sort of jumpy, like he didn’t know where to focus his attention.
Nick: I thought the date went really well. We got along great, she laughed at my jokes, and she was incredibly sweet and charming. I don’t think there was a lull in the conversation at all, and even though she was fasting for Yom Kippur (which I had broken earlier), she seemed to have a really good time despite ravenous hunger. We mostly talked about things that interested the both of us, so I never (and I hope she didn’t) feel bored or put upon in any way.
Nora: My date and I were eerily well-matched. We’re both interested in screenwriting, American history and comedy and we’re both left-handed (weird). He seemed to relax a bit. I made some awkward jokes. Occasionally, we’d talk over each other just because there was so much to cover. There was never a lull in conversation. Some of his questions were a bit personal for a first date, but I didn’t mind answering them. The food at Bareburger took a long time to come out and I was dying of starvation, so that was a tad distracting. When the burger finally arrived, I made a mess of eating it. It was not ladylike. Burgers are hard date food.
Hitting it off:
Nick: She’s from the south, and is a year younger than me, but we knew, like, four people in common. She comes from a very interesting background, and her parents sounded like awesome people. She loves musical theater, and seems to be quite an accomplished writer for a second-year.
Nora: He seemed really passionate about what he was studying and I admired that. He also seems to care a lot about his family and was so adorable when he spoke about his little sister. I learned that he has goats in his backyard and that he spent time in Israel. He met Quentin Tarantino, which is pretty awesome. I also liked that he seemed genuinely curious about my writing. That was nice. He was very gentlemanly. After paying for my dinner, he offered to walk me home. We walked through the San Genarro Festival in Little Italy. The streets were decorated with pretty strings of lights. It was insanely crowded and overwhelming. I picked the route because I thought it’d be a cute stroll, but it was too loud to even hear each other speak.
Let’s hear about the good stuff. Was there a kiss?
Nora: I don’t kiss and tell.
Nick: The date may have ended with a kiss… I’ll neither confirm nor deny.
Nick: The date ended very well, thank you. I’d like to see her again, and we had a super good time together.
Nora: I’d definitely like to see him again.
Aww! Nick and Nora, please note that, should you get married, you are contractually obligated to invite the entire NYU Local staff to your wedding. We’re phenomenal party guests.
Want to be on Now Kiss?
Finding a date in New York isn’t as easy as Sex and the City would have you believe. Unless you’re still with your high school sweetheart, met your soulmate while reaching for the same book in Bobst, or are brave enough to try Date My School (or NYU Hook Ups — we won’t judge), you might find yourself without a gentleman or lady caller this Friday night. Armed with a batch of Cupid’s arrows, we want to set you up with another NYU student on a blind date. Here’s how it works:
- Tell us about yourself and your ideal match here.
- We match you with another Violet looking for love. You’ll receive an email detailing when and where to meet your date.
- Enjoy your blind date!
- Report back with all the juicy details.
- We feature you in the next edition of Now Kiss.