Charlotte Bridge, 01.16.2017

Recipe for Romance: The Most Romantic Restaurants in NYC

Notorious for never cooking, New Yorkers are no strangers to the wide array of eateries available on their doorstep. But with so many options to pick from, it can be difficult to decide where to go on date night. That’s why we’ve created a list of the most romantic restaurants in NYC.

The Best Romantic Restaurants in NYC

We’ve tried to display the city’s diverse culinary scene by choosing our favorite romantic restaurants according to our top 10 beloved cuisines from around the world. From classic Italian flavors to the sultry spices of Thai food, we’ve got you covered for an evening of culinary romance. Bon Appetite!

Romantic restaurants in NYC: EliteSingles' favourites

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  • Romantic restaurants in NYC #1 – Japanese – Kyo Ya

    This Japanese restaurant perfectly executes its ambitious menu, mixing Japanese classics with a splash of kaiseki flavors (the intricate meal usually served during a formal tea ceremony). Much of its charm lies in the fact that it’s tucked away with a mere open sign so only true foodies in the know can find it.  And the food is divine – delicate, perfectly complimentary flavours presented artistically on beautiful handmade plates – the Maritake mushrooms are a must have. The intimate setting with soft lighting, minimalist flora and deep wooden design echoes the elegance of the food. This is the perfect date spot for couples with a taste for the orient.

    Photo: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times
  • Romantic restaurants in NYC #2 –Italian – Del Posto

    Nestled in New York’s beautiful Chelsea district, Del Posta is the epitome of elegance and romance. Oozing sophisticated charm, it is one of the most romantic restaurants in NYC. Deemed the first four-star Italian eatery in 40 years by The New York Times, this gem is the perfect spot to experience first class dining. Boasting the richest and most refined creations of Mario Batali, this menu offers the best of the best when it comes to Italian food. The legendary 100 layer lasagne is a must try and the restaurant also offers extensive vegan options. Try Del Posto for an evening of class.

    Photo: Citygasm
  • Romantic restaurants in NYC #3 –Mexican – Cosme

    Located in the centre of New York City’s flatiron district, Cosme is the best option for traditional Mexican cuisine. World famous Chef Enrique Olvera and his team have curated the experience to make it as authentically Mexican as possible. The spices and flavors are second to none and sourced with local ingredients from the Hudson Valley. The menu is a refreshing stance on Mexican food with an eclectic mix of tastes– the lobster is a sure favorite. Described by TimeOut as ‘The Mexican restaurant New York has been missing,’ this is a great date spot for you and someone special to experience some Central American spice.

    Photo: NY Eater
  • Romantic restaurants in NYC #4 –Thai –Pok Pok

    This Michelin-starred restaurant on Brooklyn’s Columbia Street Waterfront is one of the most romantic restaurants in NYC, particularly because it requires sharing dishes. This adds an element of intimacy to the meal as you make your way through some of the best Northern style Thai food available. Favoring pork options, these are a good bet when choosing what to eat and the chicken wings are also excellent. With a spirited vibe, it tends to get busy so get there early for a good spot!

    Photo: Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian
  • Romantic restaurants in NYC #5 –Spanish –Boqueria

    If you’re after authentic Spanish tapas, look no further than Boqueria for a taste of the Mediterranean. With a rustic wooden interior and embodying the spirit of Barcelona, this eatery is a must visit. The entire experience is an explosion on the senses, with a rich heat in the food as well as a welcomingly dynamic ambience. Expect to see all your favorite Spanish tapas with a twist and a wide selection of beverages to compliment the food, including sangria made with beer. This is an excellent date spot for new couples looking for somewhere lively and fun.

    Picture: SpoiledNYC
  • Romantic restaurants in NYC #6 –Greek –Periyali

    Bringing some Greek charm to New York City, Periyali (Coastline in Greek) offers some fantastic seafood flavors from Europe. This establishment mirrors the décor of Greece, with white walls, terracotta tiles and sky windows. Open since 1986, the food is fantastic – an assortment of fresh ingredients and flavors – the octopus stands out coupled with a classic Greek salad. Much of the food is inspired from the Greek Islands and the eclectic menu has been carefully created by the chefs to mirror this style. This date is sure to impress.

    Picture: NYCGo.com
  • Romantic restaurants in NYC #7 –Vietnamese –Saigon Shack

    One of cheaper options on our restaurant menu, Saigon Shack is full of character with traditional Vietnamese cuisine. This is a great ‘getting-to-know-each other’ date spot as it oozes effortless charm and fantastic food. Couples with a taste for the orient must head to Saigon Shack and try the Pho – The lemongrass chicken is our recommendation. The Búns are also a popular favorite amongst visitors but beware – the queue can be long so get there early to avoid disappointment.

    Picture: Saigon Shack
  • Romantic restaurants in NYC #8 –Israeli –Timna

    For those slightly more adventurous pallets, Timna offers modern Israeli Mediterranean cuisine and it’s truly something unique. The adventurous menu adds an element of excitement to your date and showcases the best in this cuisine. We recommend the Israeli tartare which gives a mezze of the classic flavors. The restaurant has a nice, calm ambience with exposed wood and brick and dimly lit wall lamps. Again, this is a good sharing option so a great opportunity for you and your date to get closer.

    Picture: Timna NYC
  • Romantic restaurants in NYC #9 –Indian –Junoon

    Situated in Chelsea and set in a huge glass spice room (where authentic house blends are ground and mixed each morning), Junoon is an Indian eatery with a kick. Michelin-starred and showcasing a range of Indian cuisine from across the country, this restaurant is particularly special. The menu reflects the diversity of India, offering traditional flavors with a modern twist. The restaurant uses a range of cooking styles including tandoor and handi (pot cooking) but also tawa (cast-iron), sigri (fire pit) and patthar (stone). The dimly lit scenery provides a romantic setting perfect for couples wanting to spice things up.

    Picture: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt - NewYorkSeriousEats
  • Romantic restaurants in NYC #10 –French –Jean Georges

    And last but certainly not least, we thought we’d suggest a romantic restaurant with a certain je ne ce quoi - French eatery Jean Georges. With 3 Michelin stars, this restaurant is the epitome of fine dining. With an ever changing menu using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients, Jean Georges crafts the best of French cuisine. Chef Jean George uses exclusively seasonal ingredients and the setting exudes charm overlooking Central Park. If you want delectable French food, elegant ambience and impeccable service, Jean Georges is the restaurant for you.

    Picture: Jean Georges NYC
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