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  • Who pays?
    Each member in attendance is expected to cover their own meal unless otherwise specified. Generally speaking there is no prix fixe menu - feel free to order what you like! While we do our best to work with restaurants to provide separate checks and make this process as smooth as possible, if your group elects to pay with one card and split the bill later via Venmo, PayPal, CashApp or any other payment service, you are responsible for collecting those payments prior to leaving the restaurant. We cannot be held responsible for settling the bill afterwards.
  • How many people per dinner?
    Each scheduled reservation will include 4-8 people on average - the perfect number for a great time. We also offer larger events intermittently.
  • What if I can’t make it?
    We ask that you let us know if you can’t make it asap so we can open your spot to other community members. We will charge a $50 fee for any cancellations within 12 hours of your scheduled event or "no call no-shows" who do not notify us prior to the scheduled event that they will not be attending. Your membership will also be put under review for revocation after one no call no-show or cancellation within 12 hours of your scheduled event. This isn't meant to be punitive, but your presence is important! The events we host are small, and even one person's absence without warning affects the logistics and dynamic of the experience significantly. Your reservation fee is nonrefundable, but if you notify us prior to the 48 hour window leading up to your dinner we'll be happy to provide a credit or schedule you into another upcoming dinner.
  • Where is MealMates operating?
    We’re currently hosting dinners in NYC — where we initially launched — but are excited to expand to all major US cities in the near future. If you’d like to see us in your city, make sure to fill out an application & tell your friends about us! once we have enough members in any given city we’ll be able to launch there, too :)
  • Is there an age limit?
    We are currently only accepting members 21+, but we hope to launch a 21 and under community as well! If you’re currently under 21 we’ll add you to the waitlist :)
  • Will I be “matched” with specific people?
    At this point in time, no — there is no formal matching process for our events, but our members typically find they have a lot in common! We screen each potential member for fit with the community, and that “fit” is predicated on diversity, too. Everyone at your event may not be the exact same age as you are or come from the same background, but we think that’s incredibly important! Our members are community-driven, open minded individuals, and we promise the connections you make here will be meaningful even if unexpected :)
  • Is this a dating or professional networking service?
    Nope! neither. Just a means of connecting likeminded people for enriching experiences. However, the possibilities here are endless! All we ask is that you respect your fellow members and their wishes.
  • How much does it cost?
    Once you’re accepted as a member you are able to reserve a spot at any upcoming dinner with availability. Each individual dinner requires a $20 nonrefundable fee per person in order to secure your place.
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