The caché of Raya, then, isn’t the prospect of meeting someone famous.It’s more about being part of an exclusive community of likeminded creative people. I now rank Raya as second only to Bumble in my ever-growing list of favorite dating apps — and I think the real reason I dig it is because it's given me the opportunity to network, too.

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The man in question was the founder of one of the biggest music festivals in the country, with a six-digit Instagram following and a cute butt. In my experience, the guys on Raya tend to be a little flakier than they are on other apps.

That first guy, for example: We went on two dates, and then he went to Yacht Week in Croatia, never to be heard from again.

Not that he was one, but so many big-name daters have been spotted on Raya that it's been dubbed "celebrity Tinder." In fact, Amy Schumer met her ex-boyfriend Ben Hanisch on the app.

It's at least celebrity enough that a One of the ways Raya lures in famous folk is its commitment to privacy — which is part of the reason I was hesitant to even write this piece.

“The club has a long friendship and connection with New York and we feel it is a logical home for us,” Groucho Club’s Matt Hobbs said in an e-mail, confirming the Big Apple ambitions.

Launched in 1985 as an antidote to the Old Smoke’s stuffy, suit-clad, mens-only clubs, the Groucho Club soon gained notoriety for reports of behind-closed-doors decadence.

Instead of your typical swipe-based interface, Raya pulls photos from your Instagram, lets you pick a song to run with them, and then presents it slideshow-style to whoever's checking you out. The opening guitar riff of Bon Iver's "Beach Baby," to portray my moody, sensitive, art-chick side.) When you match with someone — meaning you've both Liked each other's profiles — you have the ability to message in-app, and their Instagrams automatically populate on your feed.

After a few days of scrolling profiles set to a curious amount of David Bowie and Drake songs, I had my first date.

The two were spotted around town quite a bit – albeit almost always separately.