Zagat GOOGLE INC Travel & Local

Free App on Google Play

View

Spotlight

Restaurant Singles: Find Love in the NYC Food World

By James Mulcahy
February 6, 2014

Admit it - there've been times when you've looked around the room at your favorite restaurant and wanted to ask one of the staff members out (it's ok - we've all been there). Problem: they're working, and you're tipsy after that third glass of wine. Solution: introducing the first ever installment of Zagat Singles (or #ZagatSingles for those of you who are into digital stalking).

Here's how it works: we've rounded up 17 single boys and girls from the industry (gay or straight, we've got you covered). Watch the videos. Scope the slide show. Get all googly-eyed. Start your crushes. Then send a note to whomever you like using this form, and we'll hook you up. Or, at least pass them your kind words - after that, it's in Cupid's (we mean the mythical cherub, not the time-sucking app) hands.

Sure beats scrawling your number on a receipt and hoping for the best. Because, as you'll see in the videos below, that sort of thing happens all the time.

Watch: Date These Bar Professionals 

Watch: Want to Date a Chef or Server?

Watch: Owners and Managers Looking for Love 

Watch: Find Your Match in the Food Media

Found someone you like? Write them a note here!

  • Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Name: Amanda (click to see their videos) 

    Age: 27

    Job: Food writer and video producer 

    Seeking: A man

    The Perfect Date: "Good food and a good bottle of wine. Maybe two. That might be aggressive for the first date, but generally that's a sign that things are going well."

    Probably Not a Good Idea: She recently went to Mission Cantina. Nope. "Super-spicy, super-serious Mexican food, on a third date, is not a good choice."

    Got a crush? Write her a note here!

  •  Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Name: Topher

    Age: 31

    Job: Bartender 

    Seeking: A woman who "wants to do something amazing with her life" 

    Where Not to Go: "I work at a bar. I run a bar. I am in a bar for probably 50 or 60 hours a week. I don't choose to go to a bar if I don't have to. I prefer wine, popcorn and old movies in my apartment."

    But If You Want to Meet Him: "Three girls I dated, I've met at my bar. But that's because I've went up to them and said, 'Hey, I like you.'"

    Think he's handsome? Tell him here

  • Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Name: Chase

    Age: 31

    Job: Server 

    Seeking: A man

    The Perfect Date: "Three Negronis. I hold my liquor pretty well."

    Bet You Didn't Know: Chase has a number of tattoos inspired by his favorite literary figures.

    Want to ask him out? Do it here

  • Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Name: Ann Marie 

    Age: 28 

    Job: Beverage Director 

    Seeking: A woman 

    Pickup Lines That Haven't Worked: "I'm going to the Jersey Shore this weekend, you should join me." "I'm going to my mom's this weekend, you should join me." 

    Best Quality: "Probably have to be my easygoing nature. And my charm, if I have charm. Hopefully that's what everyone says."

    Got a crush? Write her a note here!

  •  Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Name: Shaun

    Age: 27 

    Job: Bartender

    Seeking: A man

    The Perfect Date: "Hitting up multiple restaurants in one night, and then multiple-style bars. Maybe ending with a speakeasy, and then a dive bar."

    Dating No-Nos: "If someone wasn't open to new things on the first date - like trying new food or experiences - I wouldn't call him back."

    Think he's handsome? Tell him here

  • Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Name: Jennifer 

    Age: 27

    Job: General Manager 

    Seeking: A man

    Don't Go There: "If someone took me to McDonald's, I would never see them again."

    On Prescreening Dates: Jessica was one of the only singles to say she stays away from social media before meeting up with someone. "Surprisingly, I don't do that. I'm very easygoing - I give people a chance. If it happens to be a bad date, it happens to be a bad date. You never know."

    Got a crush? Write her a note here!

  •  Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Name: Luke

    Age: 33

    Job: Executive Chef 

    Seeking: A woman

    About That Smile: "My most appealing trait is probably my smile, and I can hold a conversation pretty quickly with a stranger. I tend to warm up to people quickly."

    Opposites Attract: "Knowledge of the food and wine culture is nice to me, but opposites attract. If someone impressed me in a different way, that would be really great."

    Want to ask him out? Do it here

  • Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Name: Ian

    Age: 33

    Job: Chef de Cuisine

    Seeking: A man

    His Ideal Mate: "Someone who can keep up, a partner in crime. Someone interesting who likes to eat."

    Impress Him: "Someone can impress me on the first date by being willing to try things they've never tried before."

    Think he's handsome? Tell him here

  • Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Name: Kate

    Age: 23

    Job: Restaurant Publicist

    Seeking: A man 

    Perfect First Date: "If a guy took me to Chinatown or dim sum, that would be a great first date." 

    On Drinking and Dating: "I'd stick to around one, two or three for the first date. I'm awkward, so if I don't drink, I get more awkward. I need to loosen up."

    Got a crush? Write her a note here!

  • Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Name: Cooper

    Age: 26

    Job: Spirits Consultant 

    Seeking: A man

    Be Nice: "If someone got in a fight on a date - with me, a waiter or a bartender - or if someone was rude to the waiter or a bartender, I would never call them back."

    Bet You Didn't Know: Cooper founded GLASS, an industry group otherwise known as the Gay & Lesbian Association Suppressing Sobriety. He describes it as "the liquor industry’s first LGBT group that's committed to uniting LGBT professionals across all levels - from bartenders, mixologists, brand ambassadors, marketers, salesmen, distributors, bar owners, and so on - to promote education and give back to the LGBT community at large." Hit them up here.   

    Want to ask him out? Do it here

  • Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Name: Jeremy

    Age: 33

    Job: Bartender

    Seeking: A woman

    On Why You Shouldn't Make Out at the Bar: "I saw a girl get dipped into the bar, and her hair lit on fire, and my bartender had to put her hair out with a soda gun." 

    Don't Go There: "If someone ever took me to Webster Hall, or Lit, I wouldn't see them again. I'm 33, I'm back from the circus, and I don't want to see it again." 

    Think he's handsome? Tell him here

  • Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Name: Ayesha

    Age: 28

    Job: Restaurant Owner 

    Seeking: A man 

    Dating in the Industry: "The negative side of it is that both of you have long days, you know at the end of the day you're both working, and you're not making time for each other."

    Social Media Stalking: "Social media has made everything so open, you can know so much about people without ever meeting them. All I need to do is type the first name and everything else comes up."

    Got a crush? Write her a note here!

  • Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Name: Michael 

    Age: Chef-Owner 

    Job: 32

    Seeking: A woman 

    The Perfect Date: "I really love a date that's really interactive. My house, I let them choose what they want to eat, and then we cook together and enjoy dinner."

    Three Things He Doesn't Want to Hear on the First Date: "I'm bored," "I don't like that," or "Marriage."

    Want to ask him out? Do it here

  • Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Name: Celso

    Age: 42

    Job: Restaurant Manager 

    Seeking: A man

    On Dating in the Industry: "Bad thing. The hours are crazy. You work very long shifts. In my case, I'm constantly on call and ready to go. Sometimes I go to work thinking I'll stay for 10 hours and stay for 15." 

    What He Looks for on a Date: "Being yourself - being funny. It just gets to the point where the conversations kind of flow together. That's pretty much it. [Chuckles.] I'm not looking for money or any of that stuff."

    Think he's handsome? Tell him here

  • Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Name: Devorah

    Age: 28

    Job: Social Media Director 

    Seeking: A man

    Funny Ha Ha: "A lot of times I think i'm the funniest person in the room, so I want to laugh a lot. I have the ability to make people feel very comfortable."

    Things She Doesn't Want to Hear: "Mom" or "Anything Gastro-intestinal."

    Dating in New York: "Everyone in New York is super busy, we're a very career focused city, and its very hard to carve out time away from our strives for success."

    Got a crush? Write her a note here!

  • Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Name: Josh

    Age: 28

    Job: Marketing 

    Seeking: A woman

    How Many Drinks: "I'm not going to put a number on it, but you just got to be able to keep it together. Some people can have a lot of drinks and be fine, and some can't."

    What He's Looking for: "I'm looking for someone that isn't crazy. I thought I've done pretty well being a quasi-normal guy. All of the crazy guys help give me a good name."

    Want to ask him out? Do it here

  • Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Name: Joseph

    Age: 38

    Job: Restaurant Owner

    Seeking: A woman

    Three Words Not to Say on a Date: "Work, boss and meeting. I think when I'm on a date with someone, I just want to be on a date with someone. When you're on a date, you should just be focused on each other."

    On His Most Appealing Trait: "Unpredictable, I'm very unpredictable, I've been told."

    Think he's handsome? Tell him here

  /  
 
Stay in-the-know with our New York City newsletter.
 

Explore related content:

 
comments powered by Disqus