Best Hot Dates in NYC

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Have a hot date? Here are the top-rated restaurants in New York for date night.

Charlie Bird
Italian · SoHo · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

The “scene buzzes” at this SoHo “destination” for people "glamming it up” over “spot-on” American fare with Italian “twists” and an “incredible” wine list; flaunting “hip-hop inspiration” with boom-box prints and “loud beats in the background” , it’s both “accomplished” and “too cool for school.”
Italian · West Village · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

“Incredible” pastas and other “creative” Italian dishes are “done with great care” at this “happening” West Village “standout” where the “polished” staffers also curate an “impeccable wine list” ; the “intimate” bi-level digs “bustle” with a “youngish crowd” , so “bring ear plugs” – and good luck getting a reservation.
La Sirena
Italian · Chelsea · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.0

A “hit” from the Batali-Bastianich team, this “high-end” hot spot in Chelsea’s Maritime Hotel delivers a “refined Italian” menu led by “first-rate” pastas; the “gorgeous” layout includes a sprawling patio and “huge, airy bar” that mixes “ambitious” cocktails and hosts a “happening” scene.
Le Coucou
French · SoHo · $$$$

Stephen Starr and star-chef Daniel Rose of the Paris hits Spring and La Bourse et La Vie are behind this high-end SoHo French in the 11 Howard hotel offering contemporary takes on classic dishes. Designed with softly toned wood and brick with white tablecloths and specially designed chandeliers, it also offers a pared-down selection of cocktails and a well thought-out wine list.
Italian · Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

Missy Robbins’ “mind-blowing” housemade pastas and wood-fired entrees are declared “exactly what Italian food should be” at this “outstanding” arrival to the Williamsburg dining scene; the “spare-but-warm” space – complete with “lovely open kitchen” , “sweeping bar” and plenty of “buzz” – is overseen by an “excellent” staff, so the only real problem is “getting a reservation.”
French · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.0

A young team takes on traditional Gallic fare at this tiny Greenwich Village French delivering modern interpretations of high-end classics. There’s both bar and banquette seating, with mod pendant lights and marble surfaces accenting the charming space.
American · Prospect Heights · $$$

A chef with an all-star history (Per Se, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Chicago’s Alinea) has teamed up with a farmer to open this Prospect Heights American drawing from super-local sources, including its own backyard garden. The woodsy interior brings nature inside with the beginnings of a live green wall, and has a chef’s counter for watching the action.
Pasquale Jones
American · NoLita · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

“Another winner” from the Charlie Bird team, this “hot” NoLita Italian “lives up to the fanfare” with “exceptional” pizzas and other “inventive” dishes from a wood-burning oven; there's a “nice buzz” in the “relaxed” space courtesy of a hip-hop soundtrack and a staff that’s like a “well-oiled machine” – but “good luck getting a table.”
Japanese · Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

“Zen is the appropriate word” for this “special” Williamsburg Japanese featuring “peaceful” private cubicles where “mindful” staffers can be summoned with the “press of a button” ; adding to the “romantic” mood is an “excellent” , izakaya-style small-plates menu paired with “top-notch” sakes.