Over the past three years, matchmakers Greta Tufvesson and Nikki Lewis have set up thousands of dates on both the West and East Coast. They say their matchmaking business, The Bevy, has a 95% success rate thanks to an extensive vetting process and a strong inner drive to connect people.
“We’re connectors,” Tufvesson recently told Business Insider. “We’re introducing people to others that they wouldn’t necessarily meet on their own.”
The Bevy charges their male clients from $ 25,000 to $ 35,000 to find a match, though women can join for free. With Tufvesson based out of Los Angeles and Lewis in New York City, the two are constantly flying back and forth to meet face to face with potential clients. While their clients’ professions vary between doctors, lawyers, hedge fund managers, screenwriters, event planners, and more, they all have one thing in common: they’re successful.
“Our clients are really smart, intelligent, and successful,” Lewis said. Face-to-face interviews help the two weed out those who aren’t seriously ready for a “meaningful relationship” or those who have unrealistic expectations. And the same goes for the women: “It’s a rigorous process,” Lewis said of the vetting.
So far, The Bevy has been responsible for more than two dozen marriages, but the founders say they don’t use that as a measure of success. “It’s putting people in meaningful relationships,” Tufvesson said.
The two dished on their favorite spots to send clients out for dates in New York City.
The Wallflower, West Village
“I’ve never set up a bad date at The Wallflower,” Lewis said. “It’s just perfect — kind of low-key, but a high-end neighborhood establishment.”
Flinders Lane, East Village
“We [suggest] a lot of places where you can have drinks and order dinner if you want to, but it’s not necessarily like a formal sit-down dinner,” Tufvesson said. With a bar as well as a dinner menu, Flinders Lane fits that bill.
The Soho Grand Hotel, SoHo
“The Soho Grand is great because you get those couches if you get there early,” Tufvesson said. “[For a first date] it’s about having space and being able to talk to each other, so we don’t suggest a lot of crazy busy places.”
Suffolk Arms, Lower East Side
With an intentionally overwhelming selection of 100 cocktails available during Suffolk Arms‘ cocktail hour, it’s a perfect spot to try something new. Lewis says they serve “the best cocktail I’ve had in the city.”
The Lately, Meatpacking District
The Bevy women chose The Lately to meet up with Business Insider. Its food menu allows the date to continue if both parties want to stay.
Carbone, Greenwich Village
This famed Italian restaurant is just a short walk from the Comedy Cellar, making for a great combination date night. “If you don’t have a good time at Carbone and then the Comedy Cellar, I don’t know if you can have a good time with anyone,” Lewis joked.
Baccarat Hotel, Midtown
While many of their dates are set up Downtown due to its lively dining scene, for some Midtown action the two suggest the Baccarat Hotel and its “stunning” interiors.
Suprema Provisions, Greenwich Village
Suprema Provisions is the perfect spot when you’re “not sure about someone” quite yet, Lewis said. “You have a great escape [because] you can either spend the whole night there or have coffee.”