Most Romantic Restaurants in NYC

Choice spots perfect for date night
February 1, 2018
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.

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.
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.
American · Clinton Hill · $$$

Housed in a beautiful space in Clinton Hill, Otway is a great neighborhood spot for American appetizers and cocktails.
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.
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.
American · 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.