Romantic Restaurants in New York
10 Places to Take a Date

On August 14, 1945, amidst a downpour of confetti and a sea of spectators in Times Square, an American sailor—overcome with joy from the victory over Japan—grabbed a girl in a nurse’s dress, dipped her back, and kissed her. Though not every fairy-tale moment becomes as ubiquitous as the Wars End Kiss photograph, most people prefer their intimacy remain intimate: at a candle-lit table in an enchanting restaurant, clinking glasses, savoring a meal, and celebrating their romance as though they were the only two people on earth.
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West Village: Elegant Decor

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.

Upper West Side: Italian Wine and Tapas

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.

Brooklyn: Skyline Views

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.

Bushwick: Provencal Cuisine

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.

Midtown East: Sophisticated American Cuisine

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.

Fort George: Community Garden Ingredients

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.

Greenpoint: Private Dining

Stone walkways cut through bamboo forest maze lit by glowing lanterns, guiding visitors into this sushi-free Japanese triplex. Diners-in-hiding experience an eight-course tasting menu or share small, a la carte plates inside private booths with pull down bamboo shades.

Greenwich Village: Year-Round Garden

Love blossoms under the canopy of a year-round garden, where vines crawl up a glass ceiling. An onsite waterfall or live jazz provide a romantic soundtrack as couples cozy up near a fireplace or share slices of thin crust pizza in candlelight.

Park Slope: Classical Mediterranean

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.

Upper West Side: Exotic Underground Grotto

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.