New York Times:

“What it’s like

to Work with a




Matchmaker: The Social: Modern Matchmaking.

Fee: $2,500 for six months. There is no guaranteed number of dates. (“My pricing is pretty flexible depending on what a client is looking for, how many dates they want to go on and how much coaching they need,” said Abby Rosenblum, the founder of the company.)

Time Period: August through the present.

Why a matchmaker? I had been doing a lot of online dating that hadn’t resulted in anything. My hope was that a matchmaker could find me a different crowd, and because of the financial investment required, the men would be committed to finding a partner.

How did you find your matchmaker? I went to a meet-up online about how to improve your online dating profile, and the woman presenting was a matchmaker. We had an initial conversation, and she seemed to be open and accepting; we had a good rapport. I asked to speak to a past client who didn’t find her match; I needed to know that, if it didn’t work out, the money would still be worth it. She connected me with one.

How does the dating part work? She sends a text to both of us saying meet at this location at this time. We don’t get pictures before the date. I find it helpful not to have any preconceived notions.

How have they been? I’ve been on six dates. None of them have felt like a waste of time; they are all people who want to find a partner. On one date I was a little confused because he was outside of the age range I gave. When we talked about it later my matchmaker convinced me to be open-minded about age. I am in the process of setting up a second date with one match.