Cozy Up to Your Cutie at NYC's Most Romantic Restaurants

New York is certainly no stranger to the romance. In the winter, lightly falling snow lands softly on the cheeks of lovers walking through the streets. In the summer, star-crossed lovers clasp hands as they gaze longingly into each other's eyes over iced coffees. But where do you take that special someone when you want a romantic dinner that's unparalleled? 

There are a couple of ways to go. For one, you can knock their socks off with a fancy feast the likes of Le Bernardin or Del Posto, both excellent options for inciting a jaw-dropping effect upon walking in.

For something more subtle and sultry, stick to a romantic's old-standby with a reservation in the downstairs cellar at Peasant. If dripping wax candles, Italian wines and rustic fare don't close the deal for you, to be blunt, nothing will. 

The list below is by no means all inclusive, but choosing to take your date to one of these fine establishments should score you some brownie points that will come in very handy for whatever happens next.  


Revered as one of the most elegant and upscale Italian restaurant in the city, Del Posto is the brainchild of Mario Batali, Joe and Linda Bastianich and Executive Chef Mark Ladner. Along with a top-notch wine list and unbeatable service, the...  Read More

The long, well-lit space combines a 12-seat bar, perfect for grabbing a glass of rosado and a few pinxtos, as well as high-top tables and inviting leather banquettes toward the back. A young, good-looking crew, replete with designer shopping...  Read More

Celebrity chef Eric Ripert has created a New York space that's romantic, refined and seductive, while still managing to infuse his French-Spanish influence into every corner. Le Bernardin, regarded by many as the best restaurant in NYC, has...  Read More

Blue Ribbon Sushi
Photo courtesy of Blue Ribbon photo by Steve Hill

This sleek sushi bar is part of an award-winning network of restaurants that also includes a bakery, after-hours chefs' hangout, an elegant cocktail bar and brand new fried chicken outpost in the East Village. Located on a leafy stretch of...  Read More

Sure, dark, brooding caverns and dripped wax candles have their place in the heart of romantics everywhere. But something just as sexy? Pizza. And pizza doesn't get any cooler than at Roberta's. While this hipster haven continually makes...  Read More

Walking into The Mulberry Project, you can almost picture Frank Sinatra schmoozing with a beautiful lady in the corner booth. Hidden in plain view, this bespoke cocktail joint is easy to miss - keep an eye out for the unmarked red door and don't...  Read More

When Nolita's Peasant opened its doors, it did so to the applause of area residents, who craved a stylish alternative to the traditional Mulberry Street eateries. Everything is cooked in a wood-fired oven - the result a rustic, modern take on...  Read More

Lafayette Grand Cafe & Bakery

Lafayette - sister restaurant of other foodie faves, including The Dutch and Locanda Verde - serves up a killer breakfast spread, but it's their dinner that will have you writing home to mom. Served up in a luxurious, window-walled bistro on the...  Read More

Flatiron District

Reserve well in advance to get a table in the central atrium, which has plush velvet chairs and polished tables beneath a vaulted ceiling that lets in scores of natural light two stories up. The side room, or parlour, is no less dramatic, with...  Read More

West Village

Tucked at the corner of Bedford and Grove Streets in the West Village, this small eatery is the perfect place for a romantic date night rendezvous. Serving up winning Mediterranean fare, The Little Owl utilizes seasonal ingredients to enhance...  Read More


Meet Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien was bitten by the travel bug from an early age, and has lived in New York, Seattle, Cleveland and Sydney, Australia since 2007.

When she's not traveling or planning a trip, you'll...  More About Andrea

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