Our Pick: NYC Most Romantic Restaurants

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With #ValentinesDay just days away, I am receiving text messages and emails from my friends. Everyone is looking for someplace romantic to celebrate. 

In a city where there are so many dining options, it becomes a difficult task to choose the perfect dining experience. 

Here is our curated list of 19 Romantic Restaurants for a fabulous Valentine’s night out or a future Date Night.

COURTESY OF ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY SEA

ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY SEA 

American 

17 Barrow Street — West Village 

This restaurant is recognized for its classic menu, long history, and beautiful decor. It is often cited as the most romantic restaurant in New York. 

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LE BERNARDIN 

French

155 West 51 Street — Theater District 

If you’re looking for an elevated evening out then Le Bernardin is the perfect choice. A

Michelin stars restaurant with a beautiful approach to seafood with the simple philosophy that “the fish is the star of the plate.” This Valentine’s Day, Le Bernardin is offering a multi course prix-fixe menu in the salon or a Chef’s Tasting Menu in the main dining room.

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MADRE 

American

214 Franklin Street — Greenpoint 

Located in Franklin Guesthouse, a boutique hotel, the restaurant offers exceptional wine list, craft cocktails, and vibrant shareable meals. The space provides a clean design that meshes old, new, and natural elements to create an elevated ambiance. 

COURTESY OF HORTUS NYC

HORTUS NYC 

Asian

271 Fifth Avenue — Nomad

Hortus NYC started with a vision to reinvent modern Asian cuisine. You’ll quickly see how this dining experience differs from what you typically expect: A welcoming, open kitchen. Design-forward atmosphere and menu. Carefully crafted dishes you won’t find elsewhere, and that’s only the start. A melting pot of cuisines of many countries: including China, Thailand, and Korea, to create a fresh menu that uniquely combines these flavors. Their specialized approach extends beyond the atmosphere and dishes, too. They highlight delicious tastes while celebrating sustainable and seasonal ingredients. 

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LAFAYETTE 

French

380 Lafayette Street — Noho

With a market-driven bistro menu that is by a variety of regions, from Provence to Normandy to neighboring Mediterranean coasts, offering a re-mastery of traditional dishes we love and some signatures.

VALENTINE’S DAY 3-COURSE MENU À PRIX FIXE will be served in their dining room and in private, heated winter chalets at Le Village de Lafayette. 

Make Reservations here

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BOUCHERIE 

French

99 Seventh Avenue South — West Village 

WEST VILLAGE French restaurant is located in the building that used to house the prominent Circle Repertory Theater. The 320-seat space provides a diverse array of dining options from the spacious dining room, a seat at the butcher counter, the intimate second-floor gallery with private dining and outdoor cafe. Since its opening, it has become one of the most popular and best reviewed French restaurants in NYC.

COURTESY OF OLEA

OLEA 

Mediterranean

171 Lafayette Avenue — Fort Greene/Clinton Hill

Olea Mediterranean Taverna has been part of the fabric of Fort Greene, Brooklyn since 2005. Nestled on the corner of Adelphi and Lafayette Avenue, families, infants and grandparents dine together in our neighborhood restaurant. The bar at Olea is a gathering place for friends to sip sangria, share tapas, local news and meet their neighbors.

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AI FIORI 

Italian

400 Fifth Avenue — Midtown West

Ai Fiori, translated to ‘Among the Flowers’ in Italian, showcases the modern interpretations of French and Italian Riviera cuisine. The menu highlights signature hand-made pastas, emphasizes seasonal ingredients, and features traditional regional dishes inspired by land and sea.  

Ai Fiori is located on the Second Floor of the Langham Hotel on Fifth Ave. Ai Fiori has a Grand Award-winning wine list, which boasts over 1000 selections. In addition to the main dining room, Bar Fiori and its lounge area offer guests the opportunity to experience Ai Fiori in a more casual environment, whether to enjoy a craft cocktail and snack or a full meal. 

Ai Fiori plays host to elegant private events and offers many different attractive setups to consider based on the size of the party and occasion. We are dedicated to making each business, social, or personal event memorable and suited to your needs.

Make a reservation here.

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LA GRENOUILLE 

French 

3 East 52 Street — Midtown East

Reopens on February 11th 

In 1962, with a dream and a Double Bourbon Manhattan, Gisèle Masson sent a wire to her husband, Charles: “Congratulations! You are the owner of 3 East 52nd Street! Find a name!” On December 19th,1962, during a blizzard and newspaper strike, La Grenouille was born. From that day on, a loving following began with an array of stars bringing their glamour to La Grenouille

SAINT THEO’S 

Italian

340 Bleecker Street — West Village

Coastal Italian-inspired upscale bistro in the West Village. The bar,

lounge and restaurant known for traditional house-made pastas, 

salads, fresh seafood, by Executive Chef Ashley Rath.

COURTESY OF BAR BLONDEAU

BAR BLONDEAU 

French “Wine Bar”

80 Wythe Avenue — Williamsburg

Located on the sixth floor of the Wythe Hotel. This French-style bar is located in Williamsburg with a romantic view of the NYC skyline. Offering signature cocktails, frozen drinks, zero-proof beverages, a seafood-forward menu For

Valentine’s Day, Bar Blondeau is offering a special three-course, prix-fixe menu for $90 per person.

COURTESY OF PALMA NYC

PALMA

Italian

20 Cornelia Street — West Village

Fresh produce arrives from organic, biodynamic farms and local open-air Farmers’ Markets. Palma believes that every season provides the body with what it naturally craves and needs. She and Pierre believe that everyday there is a reason to celebrate the love and beauty of life. Their dream is to continue developing their living homage to Italian culture and to create unforgettable memories for all those who visit. Their eldest daughter, Chloerose, is now a partner while their youngest daughter, Amber Mark’s music can be heard throughout the restaurant (and all over the world).

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with four-course Chef’s tasting menu $125 per person

COURTESY OF THYME BAR

THYME BAR 

Cocktail Lounge

20 West 23rd Street — Flatiron 

   A Cocktail Lounge nestled beneath 23rd Street in a Historic Pre-War Cellar. This dimly-lit romantic interior screams intimate evening. The Lounge has premiered a brand new menu, the “Thyme BarExperience,” an elegant five-course apéritif and winter selection, designed to transport guests on a sensory journey and celebrate the art of mixology.

ATLANTIC GRILL

Seafood

West 56 Street — Upper West Side

Atlantic Grill has reopened in Lincoln Center with a new look, feel and menu from Monte Carlo Hospitality Group and Michelin-starred Chef Antonio Salvatore. Under their guidance, Atlantic Grill’s refreshed menu aims to please previous regulars and new guests alike.

The restaurant continues to celebrate the freshest seafood from the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, the finest cuts of meat and local seasonal produce with Chef Antonio’s signature Mediterranean flare and nods to dishes and ingredients located in or near other major global bodies of water.

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DOWLING’S AT THE CARLYLE 

American 

35 East 76 Street — Upper East Side

Embrace a new era of dining with the introduction of Dowling’s at The Carlyle. Newly appointed Executive Chef Sylvain Delpique (formerly of 21 Club) has created a menu that features his interpretations of timeless New York favorites and throwback dishes from another era. Following an extensive redesign, the stylish new dining room is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

COURTESY OF BIJAN’S

BIJAN’S 

American

81 Hoyt Street — Boerum Hill

Bijan’s opened in early October, 2011 and has quickly become a favorite in Brooklyn’s hip Boerum Hill Neighborhood. A creative and artsy space with a cozy feel, Bijan’s attracts a diverse mix from all over the city.

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TASCA

Spanish-Latin-Caribbean fusion

505 Columbus Avenue — Upper West Side

Years ago, restaurateur Jay Espinal and his wife Norisa craved authentic yet elevated expressions of the Latin-Caribbean cuisines they had a natural affinity for. This led them to open their own critically acclaimed restaurant, Don Pedro’s on the Upper East Side, which remained a favorite among locals and visitors alike for over 15 years, winning rave reviews including being voted Top Latin Restaurant in Manhattan by Zagat. 

Now, with years of experience in the NYC culinary scene under their belts, they’ve brought their new venture, Tasca, to the food-loving locals of the Upper West Side. A place to enjoy incredible food, wine, and cocktails in a sophisticated yet convivial environment, Tasca is conveniently located within walking distance of some of the area’s cultural mainstays like Central Park, Lincoln Center, and The Beacon Theater. 

 

COURTESY OF LIMANI NY

LIMANI NEW YORK

Seafood Mediterranean

45 Rockefeller Plaza — Midtown 

Limani New York highlights clean Mediterranean flavors, including whole fish flown in daily from the Mediterranean Sea. Surround yourself with white marble, two open kitchens and a stunning blue infinity pool while you enjoy global wines, specialty cocktails and more seafood than you could possibly imagine.

 

COURTESY OF CITROËN

CITROËN 

French

931 Manhattan Avenue — Greenpoint 

One of the newer additions to Greenpoint’s dining scene, this French bistro and cocktail bar  specializing in French cuisine, including steak & seafood plates. Stop by on Valentine’s Day for lovely selection of menu options.

Make a reservation here.

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