Named by the Daily News as one of NYC’s most stunning restaurants, One if By Land, Two if By Sea serves refined American cuisine inside Aaron Burr’s renovated carriage house, donned in antique chandeliers, rich red fabrics, and large colonial paintings over exposed brick.
Small, sharable, Italian-style tapas inspire adventurous experiments in first-daters and longstanding partners. Baked veal meatball crostini, seared yellowfin tuna, or prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella pair well with wine selected from an Italian-only wine list.
There isn’t much that can steal your gaze from a lover’s eyes—except panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. Soft piano music scores the scene in the shade of the Brooklyn Bridge, as diners feast on Elegant American fare or stroll arm-in-arm through the restaurant’s garden.
Zagat claims the “Oh-so-French” bistro is “likely to melt your date.” Perhaps it’s the warmness of the wood tones, the petite zinc bar, and the floral arrangements, or the plates of duck confit, braised rabbit, and delicate oysters that make it so swoon-worthy.
Red is the color of passion and beauty, which is why Club A Steakhouse covers its textured walls and plush ceiling in rich crimson. Warm gold tablecloths and cherry wood accent the seductive dining space, where sweethearts savor classic prime steaks and seafood entrees.
Couples cultivate their relationship while also restoring and maintaining New York City parks and community gardens. Surrounded by forest, New Leaf provides a countryside feel inside the city and a menu of American fare made from locally grown ingredients and inspired by New York’s Community gardens.
A trio of dining rooms whisks diners away to far-flung date destinations: a farmhouse in Sardegna, a Barcelonan botega, or a wine cellar in Orpoto. Each room serves the same menu peppered with such Mediterranean entrees as pan-roasted quail, oven-roasted seabass, or green apple cinnamon ravioli with duck ragu.
A stairway strewn with rose petals and flickering candles entices couples down into Shalel Lounge’s dimly lit romantic grotto, where they occupy marble tables in intimate corners of cave-like rooms. Moroccan snacks match the exotic décor of throw pillows and tapestries set aglow by warm candlelight.
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