Welcome back to Now Kiss, NYU Local’s blind date series that helps students find love at a “campus-less” school. In previous installments, sparks flew between Mark and Weston, but Cupid totally tanked when she set up Chris and Julia. (In the wise words of Hannah Montana, everybody makes mistakes, everybody has those days.) We think this date is pretty sweet: two bright-eyed freshmen finding love — or at the very least, delicious Ukrainian food — in this great city of ours.
Graham, a freshman in Steinhardt, likes long walks on the beach, piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain. (Seriously. Those are his exact words.)
Kelly, a freshman in Tisch, is a photographer, lover of sarcasm, and a classic Libra.
Dinner at Veselka, a 24-hour Ukrainian diner.
A few nerves…:
Graham: My roommate insisted on walking with me to the restaurant, it actually was good moral support. I was anxious about having to ask a stranger, “Are you here on a blind date?” Luckily, it wasn’t hard to pick out the two students obviously looking for someone else outside of a lonely Ukrainian restaurant on a rainy Tuesday evening.
Kelly: I was a little bit nervous before the date, but excited to try something new. He was standing in front of the restaurant when I approached him and the first thing that I noticed was that he was really tall and had nice shoes on. He was extremely friendly.
Graham: I noticed her smile right off the bat — I knew things wouldn’t be near as bad as I thought they would be.
It’s a hit:
Kelly: The date went well! He was a complete gentleman. There was plenty to talk about and the conversation flowed well. There was an awkward silence or two, but that was to be expected.
Graham: It went much better than I expected, and by that, I mean much, much, much, much better. I was fully prepped on first date conversation-starting questions but I luckily didn’t need many. The only breaks in conversation were to order, for the most part. The restaurant was perfect — we both were really excited that they serve breakfast 24 hours.
Kelly: He offered to pay for dinner, which was so nice and something that I respect a lot.
An awkward encounter:
Graham: On the way home we ran into my roommate and some other friends whom recognized her from a drunk encounter earlier in the year which was pretty funny.
Kelly: That was a little bit embarrassing on my part, but also not all that surprising.
Will there be a second date?:
Kelly: The end of the date was nice. We hugged and parted ways.
Graham: I’d like to hang out again. We’ll see where it goes. I guess I’ll have to wait and read the article and see what she said to these questions… She has a really pretty smile.
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:
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?