"It's definitely hard to get through that rope, but once you're in, you're in and you're part of the party," Pellegrino said.
"But you know there's going to be a lot of people outside waiting." The 33-year-old said he and his partner, Sean Cohen, created the site after concluding that Internet dating sites attract a lot of brave and desperate people but not particularly attractive ones.
"People can say that the site is shallow, they can say it's superficial, but I think we're all a bit superficial when it comes to dating," Pellegrino said.
The question to ask is what we as individuals really want out of life.
So he and a business partner have created Hot Enough.org, a sort of online version of Studio 54, the exclusive '70s disco where gaining admission was a pitiless Darwinian exercise. Prospective members must submit pictures and must be rated an 8 or higher by people already in the club.
One of the "hotties" accepted into the club is Jimmy Ziomek, a 29-year-old from New York City who rated an 8.2.
Jason Pellegrino, 33, who runs a dating Web site called, Hot Enough.org, poses with the site's home page in South Orange, N. In order to be including on the Web site and pay the .95 a month fee, prospective members submit a photo that current members rate from 1-10, with at least an 8 rating needed for them to belong.
But what if they have a child or multiple children?