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Fancy A Go?


Speed Dating & Matchmaking UK Style

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Fancy A Go?


Speed Dating & Matchmaking UK Style

Sophisticated Simplicity

Our events offer a fresh alternative to speed dating and matchmaking. We don't find anything romantic about whistles, name-tags or over-the-top party trimmings typically found at singles events so we have done away with them. Creating an atmosphere that is at once casual and comfortable. It's what we call cheeky-chic!

For those that prefer the same simplified experience in matchmaking we offer our 'Date Nights' free of contracts or commitments. It's as simple as selecting your package, telling us your preferences and allowing us to arrange the evening. Consider us your blind date specialists! Sought after for our popularity, the personal service we offer and an unparalleled selection of daters you want to meet.

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Our Process | Our Venues | Our Way

As a reporter for LA Talk Radio.com said, “ I walked through the venue without even noticing the tables of daters; events are so chic and low key you might just walk right by.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. It is the non-event of events.

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We are regularly approached by venues looking to have the cheekiest in the world of dating to their spots. We say yes to a very few - limiting it to locales that are at once casually hip and comfortably stylish. A fabulous way to visit or re-visit some of the flirtiest locales in your neighborhood.

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Much like a private club, not every dater is for us. We are the only organization to routinely screen daters we feel may not be a good fit for our clients. If we meet a dater we don't think you'll fancy meeting, we'll say 'No thank you' so you don't have to.

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How It Works


Read All About It!

How It Works


Read All About It!

A low key, sophisticated approach to dating. Preferring a 'less is more' environment devoid of typical event trappings. Gone are the name-tags, shouting and over-the-top party trimmings. Meeting your special someone shouldn't be anything but a comfortable and relaxed experience. Creating a private club atmosphere while recognizing our clients are also our product - we reward lovely daters with discounts and complimentary events and refuse service to anyone we don't think you'll fancy meeting. This is where being lovely has it's perks!
 
Simply choose the event you wish to attend and purchase your tickets online. Any questions, concerns or advice can be called upon anytime simply by e-mailing info@MyCheekyDate.com
 
The night has arrived! Go the venue at the published start time for the event. There is no official start time to the speed dating portion of the evening - we like to wait for all daters to arrive, to have a moment to settle in with a refreshment and mingle should they wish.
 
Our personable hosts will assist you with your MyCheekyDate 'Date-Mate' Scorecard. Flirty and fun, your Scorecard is just the beginning. Chat up our Hosts for tips or simply to ask, which direction the bar is in! After being shown to your table, the ladies will remain seated for the duration of the event. The gents move from lovely lady to lovely lady every six to seven minutes. Simply jot down your potential 'Date-Mates' at the bottom of your Scorecard and we'll take care of the rest. For those who garner matches, you will be notified via e-mail within 24 hours of the event ending of your 'Date-Mate' results.
 
Alas, the event is over but the night has just begun. Feel free to stay as long as you would like to mingle further. All we need are the 'Date-Mate' Scorecards to determine if love is in the air for you.
 
With a British sensibility and simplicity, we offer uncompromising value with unparalleled service. Lovely venues and our lovely Hosts to assist you with anything or anyone.
 
Mingle, Mix & Match - UK Style.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions


Speed Dating FAQ

 

What is MyCheekyDate & UK Style?
MyCheekyDate is imported directly from the UK. It is American Speed Dating with an English touch.  A relaxed and comfortable approach to speed dating. Rewarding lovely daters with discounts and complimentary events while saying no thank you to anyone we don't think you'll fancy meeting.

Do the British really do it better?
Most American speed dating parties are a bit like being at a college job fair. Complete with stop watches, whistles and a footie captain yelling “times up” in yer face! We at MyCheekyDate, do things a wee bit differently. We don’t find anything romantic about name tags, microphones and whistles – so we don’t use them!

Do you have to be British to attend?
Absolutely not! We are British founded and inspired but our daters are just like you.

What type of people can I expect to meet?
We tend to draw a crowd that is intelligent and amusing, sophisticated and adventurous, while always being cheeky. Daters that don’t like to settle and tend to set the trend rather than follow it. We are in part defined by our venues and our crowd reflects such.

How do I reserve my place?
Simply select your city from the tabs on the homepage for a listing of our events. Simply register online and you're all set! No paper tickets are required. You will be sent a confirmation from us and your name will be noted on our Guest List.

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Do you screen your speed daters?
In the 11 years we have had the pleasure of serving daters we've noticed the nicer a dater is to us, our hosts and each other, the more matches they get. Much like a private club, not every dater is for us. Those that tend to see the good in everything and everyone - are just what we and our daters are looking for. If we don't think a dater is someone that fellow daters would get on with - we'll respectfully decline service and reserve the right to do so.

Are you affiliated with any 'Meet-Up' groups?
We think 'Meet-Up' is a lovely free service that gives those of similar interests the opportunity to connect. We do question businesses that promote their events through "Meet-Up" groups - only to redirect you to their own website. Some companies tout that they partner with many organizations including Craigslist offerings and 'Meet-Up' groups for their events. We do not.

What happens if the event is sold out?
We wish we could accommodate everyone! Unfortunately, the fun goes quick! You can email info@speedladating.com for information as to the process of being added to the wait list.  Also, it is a good idea to keep checking back on our website as sometimes reservations become available at the last minute. We are continually updating our event calendar.

What time should I show up for the Event?
Published start times can be found in the event description. Please try to avoid doing anything unsafe in your attempt to arrive to the event on time - we do like to wait for all participants to arrive. This may cause an event to start late but we feel a perfect opportunity to chat up the hosts, have a lovely refreshment and settle in. There is no set start time for the speed dating portion of the night - we like to wait for all daters to arrive, settle in and grab a refreshment before the speed dating portion. 

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What is a MyCheekyDate ‘Date Mate’?
A ‘Date-Mate’ means you have a match! You checked each other on your scorecards and your email address will be exchanged with this person 24 hours after the event. Only daters that garner matches are notified approx. 24 hours after the event.

How long will I chat with my Prospective ‘Date-Mate’?
Chat up your prospective 'Date-Mates' 6-7 minutes at a time. Sometimes, for our larger events, this may be shortened by 1 or 2 minutes to accommodate all of the mini-dates in a timely fashion.

So Little time; So much to say.
Don’t worry. In today’s world we tend to know in a matter of minutes if we ‘click’ with someone. You can also chat further with your prospective ‘Date-Mate’ at intermission or mingle after the event. Just have fun and go with it!

How will I know I have any MyCheekyDate ‘Date Mates’ and how do I contact my MyCheekyDate ‘Date-Mate’?
For daters that garner matches, you will be notified via email of your ‘Date-Mate’s’ first name and email within 24 hours of the event ending. Your ‘Date-Mate’ will also receive your name and email.

Can I return for free if I don't get a match at an event?
Unlike other speed dating companies that offer free spots to those that don't receive matches, we take a different approach to returning guests. Those that receive matches, are quite popular and absolutely lovely - are often invited back with discounts or with our compliments. This ensures a fabulous pool of daters that others want to meet.

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Is Food included with my MyCheekyDate ticket price?
From time to time venues may provide light nibbles for the guests. This is at the venue's discretion.

How long does a MyCheekyDate event last?
The length of an event is based on the number of daters in attendance. Generally, our events last about 2 hours including intermission.

What Happens when the Event is over?
That‘s up to you! Most Daters say this is when the fun really starts! Feel free to stay and mingle for as long as you want.

How Many People Will I Meet?
MyCheekyDate events vary in size, anywhere from 16 - 40 singles register for any given event. 

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Can I pay without doing it through the Internet? Register/Info
Payment can only be accepted through the website. We only accept payment via our secure and encrypted checkout systems. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us directly at 1-866-WE SPEED.

What Should I Wear?
Well the British always like to dress it up. However, dress how you feel. No riff-raff please.

I Am Older or Younger than your age ranges – may I still attend?
Of course you may. Our age ranges are merely suggestions. We offer many age range categories. Please feel free to select the age range most comfortable for you. If you don’t see a range suitable for you please check back or let us know.

Will I be photographed or filmed?
You will absolutely not be photographed or filmed without your prior consent. While we and our daters are often called upon for special filmed events, they are scheduled as private events and are by invitation only.

What if I don't have the ability to act like a lady or gentleman?
Oh dear - how unfortunate. We do have a zero tolerance for any rudeness - of any sort. We attract such great daters but find - as in life - not every dater is ideal. Our daters are also our product and we go to great lengths to ensure everyone meets lovely daters. We want the right daters not just any daters. Behavior short of lovely will result in a dater being banned from the company. This may upset some but we feel our daters as a whole appreciate the extra effort and we hope you do too.

Can you tell me more about your promotion for Cancer Awareness?
We are super excited to announce our partnership with The Joan Gaeta Foundation for Lung Cancer Awareness. Our 'Night For Suzanne' is a great way to give back and have fun while doing it! Donate to the Joan Gaeta Foundation or any Cancer charity of your choice in the amount of your purchase - let us know you did - and we'll add you to the guest list of your desired event. It's that simple. For more information about the Joan Gaeta Foundation partnership, click here!

For additional questions, feel free to contact us at info@MyCheekyDate.com

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Matchmaking Packages


Matchmaking Packages


We wanted to bring a fresh alternative to countless forms, contracts and hours of consultations. Matchmakers claiming they have thousands of daters, but none explaining from where. While other Matchmakers are forced to find your match at bars, the mall or other unsavory locations, we meet a fantastic set of new singles every week from our events alone, allowing us the opportunity to choose for you the best out of an already great crowd. We we also garner extremely busy Matchmaking daters who find our services an efficient dating indulgence. Sought after for the level of dater we attract, the personal service we offer and an unparalleled selection of the daters you want to meet. We're honored to find that special someone just for you.   


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Matchmaking Packages

How it works

So you’ve decided to let us arrange a Date-Night for you. How fabulous! MyCheekyDate offers our daters a simple, yet comprehensive and detailed approach to Matchmaking. With an emphasis on who you are, where you are going and who you want to go with. Taking the time to understand you, allows us the opportunity to find a partner that compliments both you and each others goals. Simply email us at matchmaking@mycheekydate.com.com with some information about yourself and your goals. If we believe we can be of assistance to you - we'll send on details for you to purchase your desired package.

Shortly after registration you will receive your confirmation where you will have the opportunity to share with us your background and personal preferences. One on one conversations can be done over the telephone of if you prefer, online. 

Consider us your blind date specialists. Inspired by the romantic and simple days gone by, we bring back the lovely idea of meeting a date, arranged by another, at a venue of your choosing. Days of only knowing your date’s first name and looking out for that date with the red carnation are back; Red carnation optional. All communication between you and your Date-Mate prior to your Date-Night will be entirely through us.

Our staff selects from a diverse crowd of daters from our Singles events, Networking events and fellow Matchmaking clients. Mutual interest is of course paramount and will dictate the length of time before you may meet your initial match and complete your package. A wonderful bonus to purchasing our Matchmaking Packages is the ability to attend our speed dating events at no additional charge to you. When you see an event you fancy attending - simply let us know and we'll add you to the guest list. There is no limit to the number of events you may attend with our compliments for the duration of your package. Attending events is an important part of the process and an excellent opportunity for us to get to know you better, for you get to know our daters and for us to see who is drawn to you. As well, many Matchmaking daters find our events the perfect way to narrow down what they are looking for and learn a bit more about themselves in the process.

We will confirm with your potential Date-Mate, coordinate both of your schedules and make the reservation for you. You may choose to go to one of the fabulous venues that we work with or if you prefer, we can arrange for your Date-Night to be at your local favorite hangout. Whether you fancy meeting for coffee, a lovely drink or for a lunch or dinner - how much or how little is entirely up to you. 

Your Date Night has arrived! You will be given details of your reservation, the chosen venue, first name of your Date-Mate and a brief description of who you will be meeting. The venue is mutually agreed upon, through us, between you and your date. It’s a no pressure approach to dating. If your Date Mate is someone you wish to see again and if you would like us to exchange your e-mail address, we will take care of that.  Or simply tell us ‘next please’! For each Date-Night, you will meet a different partner, chosen for you based on your mutual aspirations, expectations and likes.

Here for you and your goals while adding a dash of UK sense and sensibility.


Frequently Asked Questions - Matchmaking

 

What information is exchanged with my ‘Date-Mate’ prior to our arranged date?
Prior to your arranged date, matched daters are only given each others first names. After we consult with both daters, a night and venue is arranged with details of the venue, time and day of the meeting and the first name of your ‘Date-Mate’. Personal information such as e-mail, address or phone numbers are never exchanged by us and we urge our daters to use the same prudence.

Do you do an employment, credit or financial verification?
Our primary concern is the safety of our guests. Every dater you meet is a registered guest of our speed dating, business networking and/or our matchmaking programs. We do not solicit singles from locales such as bars, nightclub or gyms. Our due diligence combined with our policy of daters meeting Date-Mate’s at a venue arranged by us – we feel creates an atmosphere free of worry and allows our daters to relax and enjoy the moment. We don’t find it necessary to prejudge an individual based on earnings. Our clients are as ambitious as they are sophisticated, either atop of, or on the ladder to success. Prejudging a dater today, we feel, does an injustice to their accomplishments tomorrow.

Are events included in my Matchmaking Package?
Yes! A wonderful bonus to purchasing our Matchmaking Packages is the ability to attend our speed dating events at no additional charge to you. When you see an event you fancy attending - simply let us know and we'll add you to the guest list. There is no limit to the number of events you may attend with our compliments for the duration of your package. Attending events is an important part of the process and an excellent opportunity for us to get to know you better, for you get to know our daters and for us to see who is drawn to you. As well, many Matchmaking daters find our events the perfect way to narrow down what they are looking for and learn a bit more about themselves in the process.

How can you charge so much less than the competition?
We don't have to spend money recruiting daters. We are sought after for who we are and the level of dater we attract, affording us the luxury of daters finding us, rather than the expense of having to find daters.

What happens if I do not notify you of a cancellation?
If you do not show up for a scheduled, confirmed date without any notification, you will forfeit the remainder of your date-mate package.  We have a zero tolerance policy for no-shows.  With prior notice, we will work with you on rescheduling your date and understand sometimes things happen that are beyond your control and we ask that daters be considerate of each others schedule changes.

How do I attend a televised event?
Always a lovely bit of fun! We are quite chuffed to attract such attention and are over the moon that our daters are seen as such trendsetting singles. As a participant in our Matchmaking program, should you fancy attending a special event or televised event - just let us know

May I bring a friend?
Let’s Double Date! While you can’t bring a friend with you on a Date Night, we do allow friends to ‘Double Date’. You and your friend can select your own matchmaking package, let us do the details, match you both up with your perfect ‘Date Mates’ and send you, your friend and new Date-Mate’s off for a fabulous night on the town.

How do I let you know my preferences?
After you select your matchmaking package, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with details and questions to help us find your Date Mate. Tell us as much as you like! The more you offer, the better we can match. Our staff will review your preferences and get to work finding your match, making arrangements and sending you off on your date night.

Do I have to go to a venue or restaurant chosen by MyCheekyDate?
Of course not! You are free to choose any restaurant, venue or event you wish for your Date Night. Simply let us know what you have in mind so we may pass the reservation details onto your Date-Mate.

Am I obligated to use my Date Nights over a certain period of time?
You may use your Date Nights at your leisure.

What is the age range?
Our Matchmaking age range is similar to that of our events; our daters tend to be between early twenties to early forties.

What is ‘This, that and the other’?
Consider it our Concierge Service.  Let us know what you need – everything from fashion tips to relationship advice, to being well-groomed!  We have all the perks! Let us make your personal appointments or dinner reservations at the venue of your choice or ours - whilst you enjoy the lovely treatment!

What if I don't have the ability to act like a lady or gentleman? 
Oh dear - how unfortunate. We do have a zero tolerance for any rudeness - of any sort. We attract such great daters but find - as in life - not every dater is ideal. Our daters are also our product and we go to great lengths to ensure everyone meets lovely daters. We want the right daters not just any daters. Behavior short of lovely will result in a dater being banned from the company. This may upset some but we feel our daters as a whole appreciate the extra effort and we hope you do too.

Can you tell me more about your promotion for Cancer Awareness?
We are super excited to announce our partnership with The Joan Gaeta Foundation for Lung Cancer Awareness. Our 'Night For Suzanne' is a great way to give back and have fun while doing it! Donate to the Joan Gaeta Foundation or any Cancer charity of your choice in the amount of your purchase - let us know you did - and we'll add you to the guest list of your desired event or matchmaking package. It's that simple. For more information about the Joan Gaeta Foundation partnership, click here!

How do I get started’?
Simply email us at matchmaking@mycheekydate.com.com with some information about yourself and your goals. If we believe we can be of assistance to you - we'll send on details for you to purchase your desired package.

For additional questions, feel free to contact us at info@mycheekydate.com

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About Us


About Us


Beginning in the UK and moving our unique brand of Speed Dating & Matchmaking to the States in 2007, it has been a whirlwind of fun since the moment we opened the doors. From 60 of our Matchmaking Daters being featured on 'Top Chef Masters' to our partnership with General Motors for our 'Drive N Date' series' to Bravo's 'Rate The Date' - we've been chuffed to bits to be seen on over 20 nationally televised programs highlighting just how fabulous our daters are!

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We have unquestionably changed the Speed Dating scene and attracted a more sophisticated crowd than ever before. Our unparalleled popularity, a relaxed sensibility to events combined with a less is more approach is what separates us from the rest. Where we felt other companies lacked or overdid, we have redefined. Attracting a dater who doesn't settle and prefers a low key approach to meeting others. We also routinely screen our daters for niceness with an emphasis on the feedback we see from fellow daters.  If we meet a dater who lacks manners - we'll politely say no thank you so you don't have to. Those that tend to find the good in everyone and everything are just what our daters are looking for.

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Our personal approach to Matchmaking offers a fresh alternative to contracts and commitments in Vancouver. It seems Matchmaking has become more about consultants than it has about great dates. We offer a new way of dating – bringing simplicity and sophistication to thousands of our daters - creating that perfect night out. As effortless as selecting your matchmaking package, telling us your preferences and allowing us to arrange the evening.

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We are super excited to announce our continued partnership with The Joan Gaeta Foundation for Lung Cancer Awareness. Our 'Nights for Suzanne' is a great way to give back and have fun doing it! Donate to the Joan Gaeta Foundation or any Cancer charity of your choice in the amount of your purchase - let us know you did - and we'll add you to the guest list of your desired event. It's that simple. For more information about the Joan Gaeta Foundation partnership, Click Here!

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Press


A Few Tidbits...

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A Few Tidbits...

Speed Dataing & Matchmaking

Finding the time and the right person to date can be a tug-of-war with your schedule and your heartstrings. Enter the highly-touted MyCheekyDate group and let the magic of matchmaking unfold with their “Indulge Me” package. Reservations at exclusive restaurants, priority invitations to parties and events, two make-overs, a custom stylist session and MyCheekyDate's coveted “This, that, and the other” Concierge Service find you on six intimate and customized Date-Nights with the city’s most sophisticated singles.

Once you set up your MyCheekyDate account, you will receive an email confirmation with details and questions to help them better find your “Date Mate”. The more information you give, the better they can match: you can indulge details via email, phone or an in-person chat. While you’re waiting for your first match (you’ll have the opportunity to meet and connect with six singles total, each Date-Night addressed with the same careful procedures), prepare to look and feel your best. Highlight your features and find the looks that suit you with a makeover and stylist session with MyCheekyDate’s experts. 

You’ll also be privy to priority invitations for MyCheekyDate's special events including Holiday, Valentine’s and televised productions (MyCheekyDate was featured on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” and NBC/Oxygen’s “Bad Girls Club”, among others). If at any point in the process you have a question -- about an outfit, dinner conversation, hair style, whether or not to bring flowers, who’s going to pay -- go ahead and give MyCheekyDate a call and they’ll be happy to help you weigh all your options.

First and foremost, MyCheekyDate focuses on your safety, happiness and comfort. Using their refined and successful approach to dating, they have one simple goal: to help you find an ideal and compatible partner. Always using the utmost discretion, they intend to lead you straight to the man or woman of your dreams: the rest is up to you.


Singles Speed Dating

Speed Date

While online dating has totally shed the stigma that was long attached to it, speed dating is still largely seen as a last resort for desperate singles who have failed everywhere else in the dating pool...for clueless men and women who naively think they're going to meet their Prince Charmings and Snow Whites in a Times Square hotel meeting room. At least, that's what I went into it thinking. I pictured a snaking line of dolled-up girls changing seats at a dinging bell in front of a small handful of awkward, overwhelmed men. Somehow, that wasn't it at all. In fact, speed dating may actually be NYC's best-kept dating secret.

I signed up for a Monday night event with MyCheekyDate (because what else was I going to do on a Monday night?), and found myself in the restaurant of the Hyatt Union Square. Inside, it looked more or less like a restaurant preparing itself for regular dinner service (dim lighting, candlelit tables), rather than the morose, clinical vision I had concocted of name tags, clipboards, and other trappings of business conferences. People filed in one at a time and checked in with the hostess, who cleared their name from a list and handed them a card for keeping track of dates that night. After I was sure enough that the people at the restaurant were there for speed dating, I rose from the bar, took a seat on the ladies’ side of the tables, and waited for my first prospective match made in heaven.

The rules of the road are fairly simple. Women sit on one side of the table while men rotate from seat to seat in front of them. Each “date” is five minutes long. After five minutes, the men move to the next seat, and so on. After every “date,” you write down that person’s name on the card and rank them based on how likely you’d be to date them again. At the end of the event, you pick the top people you were interested in and return the card. Should there be any mutual matches, the organizers of the event will put you two in touch. If there are no matches, you’ll never know who liked you and vice versa -- somewhat akin to Tinder.

Far from what I expected, the majority of guys I met were… normal. Even, dare I say it, interesting! There was the guy who just moved here from Texas who taught college courses online and was going to Venice for the summer because he could work from anywhere; the man who was raised by parents in the UN who spent his childhood in France, Morocco, Dubai, Rome, and about six other places; or the man who wasn’t physically my “type,” but who made me smile with his over-the-top laugh. The constant flow of visuals in front of my face was also kind of like swiping through Tinder... but better.

But here’s where speed dating is completely different (read: infinitely better) than Tinder and any other dating app -- it accounts for chemistry. On Tinder, there’s no way to judge mannerisms, tone of voice, height (very important in the online dating world), and really, overall personality. How many times have you found yourself on a Tinder date with someone who seemed great online, but in real life wore a ton of man jewelry and pawed at you all night asking why you’re so afraid of intimacy? (Not speaking from personal experience or anything.) Or, how many times have you fallen for someone’s personality in real life, but known that if you saw their photo on Tinder you’d definitely, brutally, swipe left? With speed dating, you’re getting snapshots-in-the-flesh of actual humans, along with everything about their personality that accounts for that little thing we all so desperately need in order for a relationship to work (again, chemistry). And worse comes to worst, if it’s awful, you know that in five minutes, it will all be over -- unlike that horrific Tinder date you went on last week that lasted an hour and a half because you were too polite to leave.

So who else is doing this? With MyCheekyDate, people are limited to the age bracket 24 to 38. Surprisingly, there were more men than women -- most of whom were young, professional, and new to New York. Everyone was gainfully employed, sociable (mostly), and somewhat attractive (again, mostly). The best part is that, drastically unlike Tinder, everyone there was actually looking for a relationship, or at the very least a second date. Of course there were a few oddballs, like the guy who was obsessed with his karate prowess and kept insinuating that his skills would come in handy to protect me on our pending second date. But that’s how it is in any social/dating situation, and I’m sure there’s a Pink Power Ranger out there who would swoon over his high kick. There was also the man (whose job I can’t remember) who openly admitted that he loved being able to talk people into paying more money for things that he knew they didn’t actually need. I’m guessing he worked in sales.

I didn’t end up meeting anyone special at speed dating, but I still felt like I’d tapped into this hidden sector of the NYC dating world. What makes speed dating in New York so interesting is part of what makes New York so interesting to begin with -- you’re able to meet people from all over the world, from different backgrounds, with all different kinds of careers, interests, and experiences (and best of all, they’re all right there, in one room, in front of you). You wouldn’t get that at speed dating in Kansas, and certainly not at a bar in Bushwick.

Meagan Drillinger is a contributing writer for Thrillist.  Follow her on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter at @drillinjourneys.


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Singles Speed Dating

Before entering Yale, Violet Woodward Pu had achieved a perfect score on her SATs in the writing and literature section and had learned to speak Mandarin. Later, she became an editor of The Yale Daily News and graduated with a degree in film studies. But compared with those achievements, dating seemed a tougher climb. She had been raised in Augusta, Ga., where she was taught the old-school Southern notions of courtship. “My attitude was: I am a lady,” she said. “Men must ask me out and make the first move. I didn’t want anything to do with the college hookup thing.” She assumed that by 25 she’d be happily married.

When she moved to Los Angeles in 2007, Ms. Woodward Pu’s attempts at dating did not go well. She was hired as a production assistant on “Entertainment Tonight,” and after one failed relationship, gave online dating sites a shot. “My rules were: I will not give a ‘wink’ to anyone or say hello first,” she said. After that approach yielded few results, to mark her frustration, she came up with pet names for the sites she was frequenting. Match.com became “Match dot Wrong,” PlentyOfFish.com became “Plenty Off-ish” and OkCupid.com became “Subpar Eros.” She concluded that the men she had encountered online had not behaved as she wished because communicating by social media left them unaccountable.

The solution: She joined MyCheekyDate, a speed-dating service, so she could engage would-be beaus face to face.

But before she signed up, Ms. Woodward Pu, the middle daughter of a Chinese-American father, Dr. A-Wen Pu, a radiologist in Brownwood, Tex., and a mother, Kathryn Christine Pu, who is Caucasian and a retired lawyer, wanted to feel more prepared. So she worked up a set of pointed questions and even studied videos of speed-dating interactions on YouTube. One of those attending the Los Angeles event that night in 2010 was Deepak Jain, a first-generation Indian-American who was on the rebound from a broken engagement

Indeed, a match between Ms. Woodward Pu, 25, and Mr. Jain, 37, seemed unlikely. Mr. Jain was a forensic accountant at TM Financial Forensics in Los Angeles. Ms. Woodward Pu, who aspired to write her own television show, was then working at a television-information website. And their temperaments differed. But when Mr. Jain sat across from Ms. Woodward Pu, he found her the most attractive woman in the room. “She made me laugh,” he said. “She was so blunt: What school did you go to? What do you do for a living?” “I want to think angels descended,” Ms. Woodward Pu said. “But I was overwhelmed. I do remember he was well educated, well spoken and had a good job. And he was one of the only ones who asked me a few questions.”

At the end of the event, they ran into each other, and Mr. Jain suggested they remain at the meeting place’s bar. Ms. Woodward Pu said: “I was beside myself. Here’s a guy in the flesh willing to buy me a drink and treat me like I’m on a date.” Mr. Jain invited her to dinner at a restaurant that specialized in Korean barbecue. Ms. Woodward Pu put another check in the “yes” box: He liked spicy Asian food. Her only reservation concerned their age difference. “But what was I going to do?” she said. “Sit there and be mad at him for being older than me?” Over the next eight months, they were rarely apart. Together, they ate and cooked spicy Asian food, took long runs and went to New Hampshire to attend the wedding of one of Mr. Jain’s cousins.

In July 2012, after Ms. Woodward Pu’s roommate moved out, she moved into Mr. Jain’s rented Playa Vista condominium. “This caused a lot of friction,” Mr. Jain said. Ms. Woodward Pu wanted to get married and start a family. He wasn’t ready. “I’d come out of a four-year relationship where I’d been engaged,” he said. “I was gun-shy. She didn’t want to hear that.” Undeterred, Ms. Woodward Pu secretly purchased a wedding gown featuring a dense ruffle of ostrich feathers at the Loehmann’s store in Beverly Hills, Calif., and stashed it in the back of her closet. And there the dress sat and sat, which led her to post on her blog, Violet on Orange, “Flightless birds are so 2012.” A year passed, and then part of another. The couple traveled to Singapore, Hanoi and Prague. They swam in Capri and Kauai. Mr. Jain continued to give her other reasons to believe. During one trip to Barcelona, Spain, she recalled, Mr. Jain read a sign at Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família stating that the seemingly unending construction on the church was to be completed by 2030. He casually stated that the two should plan to return for another visit after that.

And he insisted he loved her. “You see children doing wacky things with no boundaries,” said Mr. Jain, now 42. “She brings that kind of joy into my life: an excitement and creativity that comes out of left field. It was never a question of, is Violet the one? It was just, when?” Mr. Jain decided “when” was the day they had known each other for three years, Dec. 17, 2013. He booked a reservation at a chic restaurant, but he woke up feeling poorly. So he said if they ran together, he might clear his head. After he ran ahead of Ms. Woodward Pu, he circled back to her and doubled over, feigning a debilitating illness.

Ms. Woodward Pu was freaked out. She asked him if he was O.K. He said, she recalled: “I’d like to marry you. And I’m not O.K. until you say yes.” Then he got on his knees on the running path and offered up the ring.


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