Each week, The Post sends readers on a blind date. Here’s how it went:
First dates are all about setting the mood. So when Matt, 23, and Ariel, 25, met at Mr. Purple — a new restaurant on the 15th floor of the Hotel Indigo — the sweeping views of the city provided the perfect romantic backdrop. Brooklyn-based video producer Matt is an aspiring comic who says he’s obsessed with Harry Potter and gets compliments on his cheekbones. Ariel, a project manager living on the Upper West Side, loves wandering around Central Park and says she wants a sweet guy who “doesn’t play mind games.” Can these two find a spark high above the city? Read on to find out.
She said ★★
“It was more of a friend vibe.”
I could tell he was really friendly. He’s not the type I would normally pursue — I’m usually drawn to more athletic [guys], and Matt is more creative — but he’s really sweet. He’s lived on the East Coast, and it’s my first time here from Texas, so we talked about that and typical first-date stuff. He had a good sense of humor, but we’re just too different. I see him as more of a friend than someone I would date.
He said ★★★
“I’d like to see her again.”
She had a very nice smile, which I always like. She looked a lot like actress Cobie Smulders. We had a lot of common interests and similar outlooks on life — we both worked hard in college to get us to the city — and it was a pretty easy conversation. She had a very cute laugh. We stayed for a couple hours, and then I walked her to the subway. I asked if she wanted to hang out again, and she said yes. I got her number, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
ABOUT THE VENUE:
Matt and Ariel took in the views at Mr. Purple (180 Orchard St., mrpurplenyc.com), where Matt said the mac ’n’ cheese was just as decadent as the setting.
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