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. And of course, there's few things sexier than feeding each other pieces of sushi while sipping slowly on sake at a joint like Gaijin

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.  

  


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Queens
Gaijin
Photo courtesy of Jason Greenspan | Gaijin


 

The hottest new sushi restaurant isn't in Soho, Brooklyn or even on the Upper East Side. It's in Queens. Astoria, to be exact, which is precisely the exact opposite of where you would expect to find a restaurant like Gaijin. The name means...  Read More


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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


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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


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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


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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


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Claro
Photo courtesy of Claro


 

Claro is one of the hottest and most exciting restaurants to open in New York in recent memory, which makes it perfect for impressing that certain someone. In 2018, they were awarded a Michelin star for their take on Oaxacan cuisine mixed with a...  Read More


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When Nolita's Peasant opened its doors, it did so to the applause of area residents and couples looking to get cozy, who craved a stylish alternative to the traditional Mulberry Street eateries. Everything is cooked in a wood-fired oven and the...  Read More


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West Village


 

Hudson Clearwater isn't new, but even years after opening, it's still one of the sexiest spots in town. With a back patio that's to die for, the cozy space oozes that quaint, romantic charm that you can only find in the West Village. But it's...  Read More


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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


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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


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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.

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