For New York City dating guru Tiffany “Tiff” Baira, assembly a possible mate isn’t simply enjoyable — it’s her “favorite hobby.”
“I’m definitely the Samantha of my friend group,” Baira instructed The Post, referring to the promiscuous character on HBO’s “Sex and the City.” “I’ve woken up to a lot of sweaty strangers.”
So when the 23-year-old determined to begin making TikTok movies with dating tips and recommendations throughout quarantine, it’s no surprise her movies rapidly went viral.
“I started with a dating tour guide of Manhattan … my first video was about the best places to meet rich eligible bachelors in New York’s downtown scene,” she defined.
In the video — that’s racked up practically 50,000 views since she posted it in June — the New Orleans native lists all of the bars and eating places the place moneyed males like to hang around. She begins by itemizing the Beekman Hotel in Fidi saying, “I would recommend going there with a little notebook … and if you’re just like, ‘Oh I’m doing notes, I’m studying’ they will want to talk to you and buy you a dirty vodka martini.”
She additionally mentions the Box on the Lower East Side and Paul’s Baby Grand, also called Paul’s Cocktail Lounge, in Tribeca as scorching spots the place deep-pocketed singles like to mingle.
Her witty type of mentioning well-liked Big Apple institutions blended with humorous and particular feedback actually struck a chord with viewers.
“I think everyone was really excited to see these places that they’ve been as well, and they’re like, ‘Oh my God, I miss this place’ or ‘I had such fun nights there’ or ‘I met my boyfriend there,’ ” stated the Lower East Side resident. “It was a way for all of us to come together virtually.”
Baira additionally cites her personal wistfulness for the times earlier than COVID-19 as her inspiration for making the movies.
“I was so nostalgic and missing my New York life,” she stated. “There was such a sadness in me seeing the city change and not knowing what was going to happen, so in making these videos I felt like I had a small piece of my old self back.”
Shortly after, she began placing up tons of “Where to Meet NYC’s Most Eligible Bachelors” clips like “Musician Edition,” “Wall Street Edition” and “Fashion Edition.” Her video “Best Place in NYC if You’re Looking for a One Night Stand” racked up a whopping 452,000 views.
“It was really great to foster this community for all of us to just look back and celebrate all the good times we had,” stated Baira, whose TikTok account now boasts practically 84,000 followers.
But in July, she posted one other sort of clip titled “Top Three Lame Excuses Men Use When They are Not Into You” that centered on the shallowness and physique positivity.
“Not everyone has taste, so that’s probably why they’re not into you,” she says to the digicam within the video with practically 600,000 views. “If he wants to go find the Walmart version of you let him go, sis, because you are too opulent to put up with any f - - boy that makes you feel less than the divine creature that you are.”
After posting, Baira’s DMs had been flooded with pleas for assistance about their dating lives. That’s when she began providing personal classes to supply dating insights to shoppers in search of love.
“A lot of people have this illusion that as soon as you move to New York you’re instantly on ‘Sex and the City,’ you’re wearing Manolo Blahniks and you’re looking at a penthouse with Mr. Big,” she stated. “But really, for most of us, you pull up in your Dr. Martens, you have a five-story walk-up and you don’t know if you’re going to be eating 99-cent pizza for the rest of your life.”
And it wasn’t all the time easy cruising for Baira who, after shifting to New York to attend Pace University, had to be taught the exhausting method how to navigate the town’s dating scene.
“I’ve seen the underbelly of dating; the toxicity and sadness that can be in the city,” she stated. “Now, I can be that girl that’s lived all those bad decisions so you don’t have to.”