I'll start out by saying that I'm not your average guy nor would this be a typical dating situation.
First, I was born in Israel to American parents who decided along the way that making "aliyah" was a bit harder than the flashy brochures of the 1970's made it out to be. To that end, my parents moved back to the U.S. when I was only a wee lad (hence, my Hebrew skills are embarrassingly poor, much to the chagrin of my mother, who was the Hebrew teacher in our Jewish community). I grew-up in middle America (Iowa, to be exact) and have stuck around the Midwest for most of my life (with the exception, of course, of traveling by plane, train, automobile, motorcycle or tuk tuk through over 30 countries). I went to Wash U for undergrad and grad school, then took a year off to work in Japan before returning to Chicago for med school and a PhD in chemical engineering. Having finished that and my intern year, I moved back to St. Louis last summer for residency (I'm specializing in Ophthalmology--yes, I'm an eye guy). Which brings me to why this would not be a typical dating situation...
You see, I don't actually live in New York. Unfortunately, there is a serious shortage of nice, funny, attractive and single Jewish women in the greater St. Louis area so I've decided that the chances of finding my beshert (i.e. a nice Jewish girl--not too religious, mind you [I like my cocktail shrimp and occasional morning bacon just as much as the next sabra]--who I can take home to meet my family) locally are about the same as winning the New York State lottery. As such, I'm casting a bit of a wider net and given that I love NYC and would like to migrate east after residency, I think I'd like to meet someone in the NYC area (I do love the accent and, of course, Levain on the upper west side--I have no association with the bake shop but seriously, their cookies are to die for...just sayin').
If the prospect of meeting someone who lives ~1,000 miles away isn't an immediate deal-breaker for you (and don't get me wrong, I could totally understand why it might be), I'd ask that you think a little outside the box (or, more appropriately, the five boroughs). I'm a great guy who has a lot to offer. After all, who knows, maybe there will be a spark.
As a sidenote, I'm able and willing to travel to the city 2-3 weekends per month, which is important because (obviously) facetime is critical in order to get to know someone.