This is a sponsored post. NYC Dads Group has been monetarily compensated by Sittercity to write about its new Date Night Now service. As always, all opinions are our own.
Last week, I wrote about my desire to go out with friends (without kids).
Very happy to report that we got out!
Four couples (one pregnant) not only managed to schedule a time, date and place to meet, but we also all showed up. We started the evening with a lovely tour of the recently renovated Islamic Art wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We also walked through the China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibit just days after the rich and famous inhabited the space for the infamous Met Gala.
It was a perfect spring night in New York City, so we walked from the Met to dinner at Upper East Side neighborhood favorite, Bocado Cafe. Good food, good drinks (great sangria) and excellent company.
It was a really fun evening and a great opportunity to get out with friends. And to be honest, it probably wouldn’t have come together without our sponsor, Sittercity and their new Date Night Now service.
As the title suggests, Date Night Now from Sittercity promises busy parents the opportunity to find a verified babysitter across much of New York City for date nights– Thursday through Sunday evenings. They take all the work out of the process by meeting all of the Date Night Now sitters in person, conducting enhanced background checks, and verifying prior sitting experience. All payments to Sittercity sitters are handled online too, so no late night trips to the ATM to pay the babysitter at the end of the night.
Our Sittercity – Date Nigh Now reviews
How was the service? Here’s what our guys had to say:
Christopher Persley (aka The Brown Gothamite)
I found the Date Night Now service from Sittercity quite simple to use. In no more than 10-15 minutes, I set up my account and reserved a sitter for our joint date night. I also really appreciate the fact that you can set up to pay by credit card. No last-minute trips to the ATM with Date Night Now!
Our sitter was early, polite and jumped right into playing with our daughter.We were quite comfortable and left to enjoy our evening with friends.
My wife and I are pleased when we are able to have a date night for us. However, to plan and secure time with friends who also have children is really challenging. So, we couldn’t have been more excited to have some down time with other adults and chat.
These types of opportunities are invaluable. Date Night Now made it possible.
Jason Greene (aka One Good Dad)
I’m not sure when the last time was that my wife and I went out on a date with other couples. Maybe even before we had kids. Thankfully, Date Night Now from Sittercity made going out with my wife easy to plan and stress free.
My son chose the sitter from the Date Night Now website, and a few days later, my wife and I walked out the door feeling comfortable leaving our kids with a capable sitter that had been vetted by the company. My kids had a great time, which eased our conscious since my wife and I had wonderful time away from them.
Unfortunately, one of our dads wasn’t able to find a babysitter because he lives outside the Date Night Now service area, but he still has some feedback:
Lorne Jaffe (aka Raising Sienna)
Sittercity tried very hard, but they weren’t able to match a babysitter with us this time. We live in Queens close to the Long Island border, so Date Night Now didn’t show any sitters available. I called their customer service team and reached Tiffany, with whom I corresponded and was wonderful and easily accessible via e-mail. She found us three potential babysitters but sadly, none worked out because we’re not close to a subway station (just the Long Island Railroad) and a car ride during rush hour probably wouldn’t be the best of ideas.
Regardless, I cannot stress enough how hard customer service tried to find someone for us and how they gladly allowed us to join in for an evening out with friends. Luckily my mother was able to watch Sienna!
I’ll chime in with some feedback too. We have had a pretty consistent roster of babysitters for several years, so it has been a long time since our two boys (ages 9 and 6) had a new sitter. When I logged into Date Night Now, I was shown three babysitters with their educational history, work experience, etc. Each profile also includes a video of the sitter talking about their approach to babysitting. The one we chose worked out very well, and we definitely plan on having her back soon!
Our night was looking so fun, that NYC Dads Group Co-Organizer Lance Somerfeld left his wife and newborn at home and popped in for a drink.
He is definitely looking forward to the next date night … hoping next time he can bring his wife 😉
Feeling inspired? We’ve got the hook up for you. Go to the Sittercity website and use promo code NYCDADS to get $55 off your first night of babysitting (first-time users only).
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I have a suggestion for sittercity. they match couples who are going out at the same time with a sitter or two who can watch several kids in one place. saves the parents money, gives them peace of mind (esp if it’s two sitters in one place) and someone like lorne could bring his daughter to a central location close to where the couples were meeting – maybe the house of another of the couples. just a thought?
Good suggestion! We’ll pass it on to the Sittercity team. We actually considered something like that this time, but would have made for a late night for Lorne’s little girl.