Most Romantic Restaurants in NYC

Choice spots perfect for date night
February 1, 2018
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by Zagat Staff

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we’ve picked out some of our favorite NYC restaurants for a romantic date. From scenic spots with skyline views to intimate candlelit nooks, and high-end tasting menus to rustic Italian fare, these spots are perfect for escaping the cold and cozying up with that special someone.

Celestine
Mediterranean · DUMBO · $$$

Mediterranean, North African and Middle Eastern dishes (some prepared on a wood-burning grill) are joined by cocktails, beers, wines and sherries at this upscale DUMBO eatery by vets of Grand Army and Mile End. Done in clean woods with floor-to-ceiling windows, the indoor/outdoor space offers prime waterfront views.
L'ATELIER de Joël Robuchon
French · Chelsea · $$$$

High-end contemporary French tasting menus (including a vegetarian option) and à la carte dishes are the draw at this Meatpacking revival by famed chef Joël Robuchon. A long bar with an open kitchen is the centerpiece in a lofty space with brick walls, big windows and sleek red seating.
il Buco
Italian · NoHo · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

“Marvelous” “cucina rustica” pairs with a “well-crafted” wine list in “intimate farmhouse-inspired” surrounds that’ll “transport” you to a “Tuscan home” at this NoHo Med-Italian; if it gets “loud” , the downstairs wine cellar is a “beautiful” alternative, though it’s “not cheap” no matter where you sit.
Brigitte
French · Lower East Side · $$$

This Lower East Sider serves updated French fare with Provençal and Brazilian leanings (and veggie and gluten-free choices) in a comfy corner spot. A marble bar and beachside images add to the cool feel.
Otway
New American · Clinton Hill · $$$

The former chef of Tilda All Day, Claire Welle, returns to the same Clinton Hill locale to prepare American bistro dishes incorporating in-house butchery and baking. A crisp space with attractive wood and tilework, it’s now open for dinner and drinks rather than daytime fare.
THE POOL
Seafood · East 50s · $$$$

Reviving the famed Pool Room of the former Four Seasons, a landmarked space by Philip Johnson and Mies van der Rohe, this Midtown destination preserves the central pool and artwork (such as the overhead Calder sculpture), recreates its midcentury-modern furnishings and brings in new design elements that nod to the ocean. Chef/co-owner Rich Torrisi helms the kitchen, focusing on raw and simply prepared seafood served with sides to share.
Ferris
New American · NoMad · $$$

At NoMad’s MADE Hotel, this New American offers a pared-down menu with an eclectic approach to meat, seafood and seasonal vegetables. There's a strong selection of whiskeys, digestifs and other spirits, and the setting’s both sleek and cozy, with pillow-topped banquettes against light-wood walls.
Don Angie
Italian · West Village · $$$

Alums of Quality Italian, married chef-owners Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli are the team behind this Italian-American in the West Village, serving classics with carefully sourced ingredients and a few contemporary dishes. The light-hued space, designed with leather and marble accents, also offers a brief by-the-glass list, as well as cocktails, aperitivi and house-infused after-dinner drinks.
Westlight
Cocktail Bar · Williamsburg · $$

Panoramic skyline views from the terrace and glassed-in lounge are the big draw at this hot rooftop bar in Williamsburg’s William Vale Hotel, also offering a menu of crafty nibbles conceived by chef Andrew Carmellini (The Dutch, Locanda Verde). As expected, a well-curated cocktail list comes with the territory.