Our Pick of Most Romantic Restaurants in NYC. With #ValentinesDay just days away, I receive text messages and emails from my friends and family asking 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.
Our curated list of 19 Most Romantic Restaurants in NYC for a fabulous Valentine’s night out or a future Date Night.
ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY SEA
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.
155 West 51 Street—Theater District
Le Bernardin is a perfect choice if you’re looking for an elevated evening out. 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 offers a multi-course prix-fixe menu in the salon or a Chef’s Tasting Menu in the main dining room.
214 Franklin Street—Greenpoint
Located in Franklin Guesthouse, a boutique hotel, the restaurant offers an 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.
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 from 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.
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.
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 an outdoor cafe. Since its opening, it has become one of NYC’s most popular and best-reviewed French restaurants.
171 Lafayette Avenue—Fort Greene/Clinton Hill
Olea Mediterranean Taverna has been part of Fort Greene, Brooklyn’s fabric 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 and local news, and meet their neighbors.
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 pasta, 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 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.
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!” La Grenouille was born on December 19th,1962, during a blizzard and newspaper strike. From that day on, a loving following began with an array of stars bringing their glamour to La Grenouille.
340 Bleecker Street—West Village
Coastal Italian-inspired upscale bistro in the West Village. The bar, Lounge, and restaurant are known for traditional house-made pasta, salads, and fresh seafood by Executive Chef Ashley Rath.
French “Wine Bar”
80 Wythe Avenue—Williamsburg
Located on the sixth floor of the Wythe Hotel. This French-style bar is in Williamsburg, with a romantic view of the NYC skyline. Offering signature cocktails, frozen drinks, zero-proof beverages, and a seafood-forward menu For
Valentine’s Day, Bar Blondeau offers a special three-course, prix-fixe menu for $90 per person.
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 every day 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 worldwide).
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a four-course Chef’s tasting menu for $125 per person
20 West 23rd Street—Flatiron
A Cocktail Lounge nestled beneath 23rd Street in a Historic Pre-War Cellar. This dimly-lit romantic interior screams an 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.
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 the 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.
DOWLING’S AT THE CARLYLE
35 East 76 Street—Upper East Side
Embrace a new dining era with Dowling’s introduction 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.
81 Hoyt Street—Boerum Hill
Bijan’s opened in early October 2011 and quickly became 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.
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 for over 15 years, winning rave reviews, including being voted Top Latin Restaurant in Manhattan by Zagat.
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.
45 Rockefeller Plaza—Midtown
Limani New York highlights clean Mediterranean flavors, including whole fish flown 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.
931 Manhattan Avenue—Greenpoint
One of the newer additions to Greenpoint’s dining scene, this French bistro and cocktail bar specializes in French cuisine, including steak & seafood plates. Stop by on Valentine’s Day for the lovely selection of menu options.
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