7 Speed Dating Options For New Yorkers Who Have No Time

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Think speed dating is a relic of the past? Think again. Although plenty of us have turned to meeting someone over cyber space, there's still something to be said about sitting down to meet potential partners in person. Sure, the idea of having dozens of three-minute conversations in one night can seem awkward, but it's also a great way to get yourself out there.
And actually, there are plenty of themed speed dating nights in New York City that will ensure you have at least one thing in common with everyone else in the room. So, if you're tired of swiping left and right, then it might be time to give speed dating a try.
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Ahead, we've rounded up some of the best speed dating events in NYC.
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The MenEvent

Okay, so, The MenEvent isn't only a speed dating site. It's an overall guide to NYC for gay men, but it does list gay speed dating events that men can attend.

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Weekend Dating

Although it's called "Weekend Dating," this service doesn't just happen on the weekends. People in Manhattan, Suffolk, and Nassau can attend speed-dating events on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. While most are your typical 4-minute mini-dates, Weekend Dating sometimes switches it up by holding mix-and-mingle events like Seinfeld trivia and '80s-themed dance parties.

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SpeedNY

SpeedNY brands itself as "American speed dating with an English touch." It's more laid back and relaxed than typical speed dating in the U.S., thanks to a forbidding of stop watches, whistles, and anyone yelling "time's up!" So, if those are all the things that turned you off of speed dating, then SpeedNY might be one to try.

Cost: $29 for early registration, $35.90 for last-minute

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On Speed Dating

On Speed Dating is all about catering to your deal-breakers. The organization runs themed speed dating nights in NYC and other cities, meant to connect you with exactly the people you want to meet. If you have a thing for people in uniforms, there's a night for that (it's called Rescue Me and will pair you with firefighters and other search and rescue personnel). There are also nights for tall people, queer people, people in their 20s to 30s, people who love wine, and more.

Cost: $15 to $30

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NY Minute Dating

Despite its name, this group does actually give you more than a minute to chat with each date — in fact, you get five. NY Minute Dating also does themed nights, and hosts events specifically for people who have advanced degrees, for single professionals, and by age group.

Cost: $35

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Little Gay Book

Calling all queer ladies! Little Gay Book is the speed dating event with only you in mind. The group hosts Lesbian/Bi Single Mingles in Manhattan where queer women of all gender presentations and identities (transgender women are absolutely welcome!) can meet. Participants fill out a two-question registration form before the night begins to state preference for age range and masculine and/or feminine-presenting women to help narrow matches.

Cost: $30 to $35

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Box Speed Dating

If you hate the idea of sitting around a table all night, then Box Speed Dating is the one for you. This group offers activity-based speed dating, where participants can meet other singles while also crafting a handbag or escaping a zombie apocalypse.

Cost: $25 to $40

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