The cuisine: Italian. The vista: New York's one-of-a-kind skyline, towering high above the Hudson. Masina Trattoria's team delivers its cuisine to an outdoor patio overlooking Manhattan's iconic architecture, which wasn't built in a day—it was built in a plot of land. They also serve their food inside, where those twinkling views of the skyline fill the expansive windows, and framed black and white photos add a touch of vintage to the romantic decor.
Bearing the name of post-war actress and wife of Italian director Federico Fellini, Masina Trattoria pays homage to the spirit of the bold cuisine of Italy. Executive Chef Rocco Russo crafts classics such as gnocchi and cavatelli, but also adds inventive touches such as parsley sausage and broccoli raab.
Flickering faux candles on chandeliers and wall sconces give a melted glow to the eatery's yellow walls and open hearth. BYOB beverages and artisanal plates of cured meats and cheeses share table acreage with San Giuseppe's signature coal-fired pizzas topped with unique combinations of figs, butternut squash, and roasted artichoke hearts. Fresh pastas, including black linguine and pappardelle, tangle around fresh seafood and vegetables beneath blankets of homemade marinara, cream, and basil sauces. Guests can add a romantic touch to a date by requesting a signature heart-shaped pizza or propose with a diamond-ring-shaped pie.
Tucked onto the second floor of a boutique hotel that was once a printer house, InkSpa invites clients to relax amid eco-friendly surroundings. It’s no wonder that New York Magazine highly praised the spa, noting it “exceeds one’s expectations.” Inside, clients gaze upon bronze-accented decor and photographs from local artist Michael Palladino as they make their way to private locker rooms where plush bathrobes and sandals await. From there, pairs can retreat to the couple’s suite for a rejuvenating massage—perhaps with foot reflexology or a hot stone treatment—as they enjoy each other’s company or enjoy treatments despite each other’s company. In the spa’s other private treatment rooms, aestheticians exfoliate bodies with Turkish body scrubs and brighten complexions with organic aromatherapy and Kerstin Florian products.
Retractable floor-to-ceiling windows allow warm weather to sweep in through Gallo Nero's brick façade and trace sun-kissed breezes across exposed wood beams and high shelves lined with wine bottles. The menu teems with morsels created by executive chef Roberto Lopez, who parlayed his tenures at other Mediterranean restaurants into a career of handcrafting dishes with accents from Italy's various regions. Fresh tomatoes, white beans, and wild mushrooms sweep minds on journeys through sun-soaked fields of produce, and white-wine parsley sauce drapes across pastas. A full bar sets up shop in a picturesque corner of the space, and more than 500 bottled wines make their home on an impressive wine list. Glasses brimming with white and red elixirs click together in toasts beneath the eatery's gold-lettered sign, and careful artisans evenly distribute the bubbles in sparkling wines.
Floor to ceiling front windows, walls lined with wine bottles, and delicate hanging lights set the scene for an intimate dining experience inside L'Allegria Restaurant. Carefully crafted Italian dishes stocked with classic pastas, such as gnocchi, penne, and linguini, rest upon small tables bedecked in white tablecloths or surrounded by cream-colored booths. At the fully stocked bar, mixologists pour glasses of fine wines and stir specialty martinis with more kick than a remotely detonated cocktail olive.
At Mario's Trattoria, glass-enclosed votives flicker, throwing shadows onto red walls and setting nearby wine glasses aglow like rubies. Within this warmly lit dining room, guests trade smiles over formidable nests of pasta. The menu's traditional Italian dishes include chicken parmesan, crusty pizza pies baked in the kitchen's brick oven, and seafood akin to the Mediterranean's native crustaceans with ravioli shells.