Here are some ways to meet people on a consistent basis to make real connections:

Volunteering in the community!


Why volunteering is good:

  • Creates opportunities to meet good people consistently
  • Giving back to the community is rewarding and gives you something to talk about

Why volunteering may not be for you:

  • Can be time consuming so it is important to be passionate about what you are doing
  • You will have to work so avoid volunteering if you like to spend your free time relaxing

Volunteering Opportunities:

There is a huge variety of volunteering opportunities ranging from delivering food to seniors to taking care of parks.

Here is a list of volunteering opportunities in NYC: NYC Volunteering

Gym and exercise class!


Why exercise classes are good:

  • Meeting a range of new and experienced people in these classes so you can get better at them and learn with others
  • Mental health booster - great way to let out steam after a long day
  • New experiences, or routine

Why exercise classes may not be for you:

  • Difficult to keep up with sometimes
  • Injuries (new and old)

Exercise Classes You Can Join:

  • SoulCycle - cycling
  • Pure Barre - Barre 
  • Barry's NYC - treadmill workout
  • 305 Fitness - dance/zumba
  • Rumble - boxing

*These all have multiple locations, a quick google search will pull them all in.

Join an amateur sports league!


Why sports leagues are good:

  • Allows you to stay active
  • Hone in on your current skills 
  • Learn a new sport
  • If you join a beginner league, they are typically very chill and take it slow with teaching
  • Teammates can build new friendships/relationships inside and outside of the sport itself 

Why sports leagues may not be for you:

  • Time commitment can be high
  • Injuries can happen

Sports leagues you can join:

Join a wine club!


Why wine clubs are good:

  • Education on what drinks you like, how much you like, etc.
  • Meeting new people that may enjoy similar wine
  • Wine tasting - it's a fun experience and a learning experience!

Why wine clubs may not be for you:

  • If you don't enjoy drinking or plan to drink less
  • Expensive sometimes 

Wine clubs you can join:

  • New York Times Wine Club
  • Le Grand Triage: Wine & Whiskey
  • Orange Glou
  • Gotham Winery
  • New York Vintners

Go to brunch! Either with friends or Better Off Brunching


Why brunches are good

  • Great food for breakfast and lunch enthusiasts
  • Fun environment that allows relaxation
  • Perfect for almost any occasion
  • Can be a quick meet up or hours
  • Can bond with friends new and old

Why brunches may not be for you:

  • Since it combines two meals, you may eat one less time in the day
  • You may be a little tired after (but nothing a good nap can't fix, right?)

Brunch places and events:

  • Good Thanks: 131a Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
  • Jack's Wife Freda: 116 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011
  • The Dutch: 131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
  • Jacob's Pickles: 509 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
  • Sunday in Brooklyn: 348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
  • Amy's Fountaine: 922 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

Let us know how you plan to find your people!

See also

How Better Off Brunching Works

Your step-by-step guide to joining the Better Off Brunching community!

NYC Bottomless Brunch Starter Pack

These are the brunch spots with epic deals in great spots all over NYC.



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