FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is The Single Gourmet?

The Single Gourmet is a social club founded in 1982 for New York City area residents who appreciate fine dining. Each year The Single Gourmet organizes over 50 dinners at upscale restaurants in NYC (an average of one per week), as well as domestic and international group travel featuring 4 & 5 star hotels and fine dining (4-6 trips per year). While the word “Single” is in our name, we are not a dating website; the purpose is to make new friends, meet interesting people, and try new restaurants.

How much does The Single Gourmet cost?

Membership is $99 per year with a one-time application fee of $25, and a trial period of 30 days. The price of each dinner ranges from $79 and up for a 3-course meal with a glass of wine and a cup of coffee or tea, and all prices include tax & tip.

Within the first 30 days of membership, if you decide that The Single Gourmet is not for you, you will receive a refund of the membership (but not the application fee), no questions asked (well, after we process the refund, we might send a survey asking why you decided not to remain a member, but that’s it, we promise).

Can I attend an event before I join?

The Single Gourmet organizes dinner events at upscale restaurants exclusively for its members.

We ask that you take advantage of the 30-day trial membership and join The Single Gourmet secure in the knowledge that within the first month, if you decide that The Single Gourmet is not for you (but we think that you will), you will receive a refund of the membership (but not the application fee), no questions asked (well, after we process the refund, we might send a survey asking why you decided not to remain a member, but that’s it, we promise).

How often are the dinners?

The Single Gourmet averages 4-6 planned dinners or events a month.

How do I pay for and attend an event?

You can RSVP and pay for an event on our secure website by browsing through the events and conveniently booking. Prepayment for events is required; we base the reservation on the number of paid attendees. If you show up at an event without having paid, there might not be space for you.

Alternatively you can email us or call us and we will process your booking over the phone at 646-825-0268.

What happens when I attend my first event?

The host for the evening will be at the door to greet you and introduce you to other new and long-time members. There is usually a 45-60 minute cash bar where everyone mixes and mingles before the meal. At the pre-arranged time, we all sit down to dinner and enjoy a delicious meal. After the meal is over, there is no uncomfortable feeling about how much you will owe when the check arrives — because there is no check.

Is there a maximum number of events I can attend?

As a member, you may attend as many or as few events as you wish. We have over 60 dinner events a year and you are welcome to attend them all (some of our members actually do!).

Can I bring a guest or a friend?

Yes, we welcome and encourage you to introduce your friends to The Single Gourmet. There is a $10 supplement per guest, which may be more or less for certain special dinner events. Simply purchase the appropriate tickets when you book an event online and let us know their name(s) in the order notes section.

What is the refund policy of The Single Gourmet?

Refund Policy: Sometimes plans unexpectedly change, which we understand. However, restaurants do impose deposit and guarantee requirements when we plan our events, so we have the following generous refund policy (certain events may have different refund policies):

If you cancel:

  • 7 days (or more) before a dinner, you may cancel for a full refund or credit
  • 4-6 days before a dinner, you will receive a credit toward a future event, less a $10 change fee
  • 0-3 days before a dinner (or if you do not show up), no refund or credit

Ticketed events (tours, shows, and ANY non-dinner event) are non-refundable within 7 days of the event.

If a dinner or an event is canceled by The Single Gourmet, you will receive a full refund or credit toward a future purchase with no cancellation or change fee.

What is the male/female ratio?

The male/female ratio varies, but currently it is consistent with the trend in NYC among singles: more women than men. However, each dinner and each event brings out a different group depending on the type of meal (for example, a brunch attracts more women, a steakhouse attracts more men)… so at a given event, you never know!

What is the average age of the members?

Members of The Single Gourmet typically have ranged in years past of all ages from the mid forties and up to the late seventies. Currently, the age group is mostly 55 and over, with a few members younger than that. However, we will soon launch events specifically for those born 1965 to 1980. If you are in that age range, please click here to contact us, and we will include you on the mailing list for those events.

Who will I sit next to at a given dinner?

We find that people tend to enjoy the company of people in their peer group, so we generally assign seating at the dinner table by age range. However, we also understand that not everybody can get along with everybody, and we take reasonable seating requests into consideration.

Will you give me someone’s phone number or email that I met at an event?

No. The Single Gourmet will never provide any private information regarding a member to anyone – member or not. However, if you meet someone whom you are interested in, we will contact that person for you and provide him/her with your email or number, and then it is up to that person if he/she wishes to respond.