Dinner With Cupid

Blind date: ‘Chemistry often isn’t instant (unless the other party has toned arms)’

Will an after-dinner walk lead to something?

Barry Epstein and Brian Conley.

BARRY EPSTEIN: 30 / copywriter

What makes him a catch: He’s funny, kind, loyal, and oh-so-ready for a



Favorite comedian: Kathy Griffin circa 2003-2008

BRIAN CONLEY: 27 / administrative manager

Who plays him in the movie: Ron Weasley

Notable quality: His New Year’s resolution is to make a new friend every day




Barry I attempted to sew a button back onto my brand-new Zara shirt.

Brian I showered, shaved, did an ab workout. I do abs every day.

Barry I arrived early. (A rarity.) Went to the bathroom. I like to see if a restaurant’s prettiness extends to the restroom. It did.

Brian I took the booth side of the table and left him the chair.

Barry The hostess walked me straight (pun intended) to him. Cute. Just the right amount of granola vibes. [We discussed] that this column needs more LGBT couples.

Brian He was in maroon head to toe.



Barry We both had eerily similar career trajectories, starting in finance/accounting and veering into more creative industries. We talked about family, television (my love for Real Housewives is deep), and the pool in his building (when do I move in?).

Brian His favorite hobby is watching TV. He has a nut allergy. And he told me he has a really hairy back.

Barry He convinced me to try the quail egg. I’ll never forget the aftertaste.

Brian We shared a couple cicchetti. I didn’t want to order any grain dish; he did.

Barry I’m a neurotic Jew with a nut allergy, so as long as the person isn’t a psycho stalker, I’m good.

Brian I can get along with anyone. Within five minutes, he asked how much I pay in rent. That pretty much ended it for me. Also, he didn’t know the Celtics made it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Psshhh. Deal breaker.


Barry I suggested a walk. We admired the South End’s brownstones (i.e., indulged our inner yuppies).

Brian I didn’t want to be a jerk, and led us on three quick lefts that got us back to the restaurant. I didn’t want give the wrong signal.

Barry No instant chemistry, but chemistry often isn’t instant (unless the other party has toned arms. Then it’s instant). I went home to a pint from Ben & Jerry’s, the two true loves of my life.

Brian He wasn’t David Geffen enough for me.

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Barry Probably not.

Brian No.


Barry / B+

Brian / Barry can have an A. He is a gentleman and his parents should be proud.

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