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Who Is Fay Goldman? [Elite NYC Matchmaker Profile]

Curious about NYC matchmaker Fay Goldman? 

This Meaningful Connections review has all the information you’re looking for, like her matchmaking approach and how much it costs to hire her!

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Meet Fay Goldman

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Goldman has been a NYC matchmaker for over 20 years. Much like Janis Spindel, Goldman tailors her service to NYC’s “elite”. 

Prior to launching her dating service in 1998, she worked in sales. But as she explains in her LinkedIn profile, recognizing similarities in people and making connections comes naturally for her. 

Even before I started my matchmaking agency, I was always fixing people up. Early on people were usually amazed because it typically worked.

She’s also familiar with the particular challenges New Yorkers face when dating. She grew up in Brooklyn, and now lives on the Upper West side. As she explained to the New York Times

People have incredible schedules with work, and people are not always that friendly. It’s just rough. There’s such limited time. It seems to me, that’s the most common denominator with everyone I work with. Nobody seems to have any time.

And that’s where Meaningful Connections comes in.

Fay Goldman’s Approach To Matchmaking

Like many elite matchmakers, Goldman is all about managing expectations from the beginning. 

In that same NYT interview, she mentions people who come in with a “shopping list” itemizing what they want and don’t want in a partner. Goldman tries not to take on any clients who are “too unrealistic”, and often suggests people “lighten up on the specifics.”

She added that widening the net and being open to meeting different types of people can lead to finding someone who will make you happy.

Goldman incorporates dating coaching and advice with her service, so when you’re face-to-face with a match you’ll make a good impression. 

These are 3 first date mistakes she advises singles not to make:

Fay Goldman dating tips

How Meaningful Connections Works

Goldman generally works with singles based in NYC who are “realistic and looking for a relationship.” From her Midtown East office, she works with a range of ages, usually people in their mid-20s and up.

Potential clients, both men and women, fill out a contact form via her website. 

Next, you’ll fill out a questionnaire that covers everything from what attracts you to a romantic partner to your life goals, ambitions, and dating obstacles. 

Goldman uses those answers to guide the hour-long “heart to heart” conversation she has with every client. As she puts it, “I meet everyone on my own. You really have to listen to what someone’s telling you. Don’t set them up with the complete opposite just because you need to make a match.

Armed with all that information, Goldman and her team then pull compatible matches from the Meaningful Connections database for you to meet.

After the date, you can check in with the matchmaking team to give and receive feedback.

Meaningful Connections Cost

Goldman doesn’t list her pricing anywhere online, and says she customizes her service packages to fit each client.

But based on a few Meaningful Connections reviews, you can generally expect to start in the several thousand to $10,000+ range for a year’s contract.

For women, joining the database of NYC singles costs around $500. That option doesn’t include proactive matching, however - you’ll just be considered if you meet a paying client’s requirements.

Fay Goldman Meaningful Connections Reviews

You won’t find many internet reviews for this NYC matchmaking service. It has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, but no reviews (or complaints) listed. 

On Yelp, Meaningful Connections garnered a 3-star rating, based on a handful of recommended reviews.

The two 5-star reviews were both from clients who reported meeting someone special via her service:

Fay Goldman & Meaningful Connections Yelp review
Meaningful Connections review on Yelp

The remaining reviews were a mix of 1 and 2 star reviews. Two women were upset they had paid for inclusion in the database but were never actually matched with anyone.

The other Meaningful Connections complaint was from a woman who had paid for matchmaking services but wasn’t happy with the quality of the two men she met:

Fay Goldman Yelp review

Yelp’s currently not recommended Meaningful Connections reviews are all 5 star.

And that’s about it! Goldman has garnered some press coverage throughout the years, and a 20+ year stint as a NYC matchmaker shows her process works well for her.

So the next question is, will her process work well for you?

Fay Goldman is a traditional matchmaker. That means you’ll be meeting singles who have applied to have a profile included in her virtual Rolodex, or whom she sources through her contacts.

And that approach is great, if her style and approach has attracted the kind of singles you consider compatible.

But whenever any matchmaker is working from a limited database, it’s always a roll of the dice as to whether or not your perfect match has also signed up for a particular service.

What If Your Matchmaker Had Access To A Nearly Unlimited Pool Of NYC Singles?

With VIDA Select, that’s exactly what you get! 

VIDA’s matchmaking team combines all the best aspects of traditional matchmaking, like old-fashioned intuition, with all the leverage afforded by modern technology.

In other words - you’ll be matched with highly compatible singles from a huge dating pool, so no having to compromise on what matters to you most!

And VIDA Select is different in other important ways as well, like not requiring a long-term contract. Clients pay by-the-month, so service can be paused or stopped at any time. 

VIDA’s elite matchmaking team has been helping singles in New York City meet amazing, relationship-worthy people for over a decade. And on average, it only takes 11 dates! 

If you’re ready to fall in love, why not see if VIDA Select is right for you? Start by seeing if you qualify!

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