Patti Stanger, the “Millionaire Matchmaker,” has moved to Manhattan, making her show is all the much more fun for us New Yawk Jewish girls to watch.
The first New York City-based episode aired in October (but can be seen in reruns on Bravo) and features not just a nice Italian guy from Staten Island who looks like an older Mark Wahlberg and sounds like someone on the Sopranos, but also a beautiful, young Jewish mamele named Bryce Gruber.
Gruber is a 26-year-old mother of a toddler son, and editor of TheLuxurySpot.com, a bloggy website that seems more fun than luxurious. Before her MM turn, Gruber may have been best known for “vajazzling” herself and letting it be documented in the press.
Gruber comes to The Millionaire’s Club looking for “a George Clooney type,” Stanger says. Well who isn’t?
The third-generation matchmaker sets Gruber up with an adorable, tall Jewish guy but Gruber, who seems to be painfully snobby, just shuts the guy down. Stanger literally throws up her hands in frustration over Gruber and says New York millionaires are “fakakht,” meaning farkakta — the Yiddish word for crazy.
It makes for fun television.
And of course, should Gruber decide she wants Stanger’s one-on-one advice, she could arrange a lunch meeting with her. Stanger charges just $5,000 an hour for that.
Debra Nussbaum Cohen is an award-winning journalist who covers philanthropy, religion, gender and other contemporary issues. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and New York magazine, among many other publications. She authored the book “Celebrating Your New Jewish Daughter: Creating Jewish Ways to Welcome Baby Girls into the Covenant.”
The 'Millionaire Matchmaker' and the Jewish Mamele