Welcome back to Now Kiss, NYU Local’s blind date series that helps students find love at a “campus-less” school. Last time, we helped ignite sparks between Nick and Nora. This week, we brought together Max and Cristina, two students with plenty of enthusiasm and wit between them to make for an entertaining outing.
Max, a Wagner grad student and political writer who owns zero pairs of Toms and one day plans to propose with his great-grandma’s engagement ring.
Cristina, a Steinhardt junior and foodie with a big personality. Penélope Cruz would play her in a movie.
The date: Dinner at Bianca, an Italian restaurant in NoHo.
No nerves yet:
Max: I was looking forward to a fun experience and to possibly meet somebody exciting!
Cristina: I enjoy getting to know people, and going on a blind date was the perfect way to meet someone new. I was hoping I would have a story to tell my friends.
Getting all gussied up:
Max: I made a good decision against wearing my freshest tuxedo. But once dressed down, I didn’t do anything in contrast to typical “preparation.”
Cristina: I was excited for the date, and wore a new dress I had been waiting for an excuse to wear. Once I was on the subway, I started to get nervous all of a sudden. I’m one of the those people who hardly gets nervous because I’m always prepared. I didn’t know what to expect so I was going over crazy scenarios in my head. What if he likes totally different music than I do? What if he hates puppies? Once I arrived at the restaurant, I couldn’t stop pacing back and forth. Turns out, my date was running late. I had time to relax and definitely didn’t feel nervous anymore once he arrived.
Max: She seemed very nice and attractive! Her confidence was immediately clear and I appreciated that. And being a genius, I managed to show up 15 minutes late, but she was very kind about it.
Cristina: I liked his smile. I would describe it as adorably genuine. He had this upbeat attitude about him that I instantly clicked with. It did not feel like I was pulling teeth talking to him, which I was the most worried about.
Getting to know each other:
Max: We had a couple minutes waiting for a table and so had a lightning round of questions as an introduction, which was sort of funny. During dinner, the conversation seemed to flow well and I don’t recall any awkward moments. I feel as though I should have talked more, but appreciated everything she had to say. She seemed to have a rich personality and I definitely wanted to get to know her a little better. The food was really good.
Cristina: I thought my date and I got along really well. I was comfortable talking to him and we sometimes started talking at the same time, which I thought was cute. I think we were both enjoying ourselves.
Max: I thought it was great how she travels a lot and is learning ASL. Her knowledge of the city and of food/drink impressed me.
Cristina: Max founded a nonprofit when he was in undergrad! I thought that was amazing. Since he’s from upstate New York, he’s fond of the outdoors and I’m glad he’s a skier, like me. He has a cat back home! I just got a kitten. His’s sister band opened up for Matt & Kim, which I thought was awesome.
The fun continues:
Cristina: When the check came, I still wanted to hang out with my date. So I suggested we grab drinks nearby. I knew a lot about the area we were in and he knew next to nothing. I had fun telling him about all the cool places I love, and I hope he wasn’t bored. I don’t think he was but that’s always a fear when you talk a lot like I think I do.
Max: We went someplace else for drinks afterward, which was nice.
Max: I fumbled at the departure and completely missed kissing her on the cheek! But it was fun and I would like the opportunity to miss the kiss again.
Cristina: I walked him to the subway stop, then stopped a block before and told him I was visiting my friend here. We hugged goodnight and I told him I hope to hear from him soon. I got a text later that night, to my surprise, telling me had fun and apologizing for being late.
Now it’s your turn:
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.
NYU Local wants to solve your romantic woes with our column Now Kiss. 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.
Best-case scenario, you find the love of your life, showcase nauseating PDA on Facebook, and invite us to your wedding five years from now. Worst-case scenario, you make awkward small chat for two hours and walk away with a fun story. What are you waiting for?