Romantic Restaurants and Bars in New York
For Valentine’s Day, or any other special occasion, you’ll want to take your partner to a nice restaurant in New York. There are many restaurants where you can enjoy a romantic night out. There are also a number of great dinner cruises that will surely win you some points. Afterwards you can wind down for the rest of the night in one of the hip bars in New York. Even if you’re single you can also have a fantastic night out with friends at for example the famous Temple Bar where you might be able to spot a celebrity. In short, enough romantic things to do in New York!
Dinner Cruises in New York
One of the best things to do is to take your partner on a dinner cruise. You can enjoy each other’s company and the beautiful views of New York City. There is good food and drinks too! The Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise is the perfect option for Valentine’s Day itself. For any other occasion I’d choose the Bateaux Dinner Cruise which is one of the most beautiful boats. But this romantic dinner cruise is a great alternative.
Romantic Restaurants in New York
A great place to go to impress your partner is the restaurant Gigino in the Wagner Park close to Battery Park overlooking the Hudson River. It’s an Italian restaurant with a great view of the Statue of Liberty with very friendly staff. If you want something a little different to the menu, feel free to ask as the chef is very accommodating.
If you want to truly impress your partner then take them to Robert NYC. It’s a modern fancy restaurant in a higher price segment. The restaurant is on Columbus Circle in the Museum of Arts and Design, on one of the highest floors. From here you have a wonderful view of Central Park and of Columbus Circle itself.
Philip Marie on 11th and Hudson Street is one of my favourites. The restaurant has a good price-quality ratio. What’s great about this restaurant is that you can book a private room. You’ll get a table in the old fashioned rustic wine cellar completely alone with your partner. It’s a bit pricey, but you can’t get much more romantic than that!
Balthazar on Spring Street is always a great restaurant to go to.There is a pretty good chance of celebrity sighting too, and despite the busy French bistro feel, it is still cozy and romantic. The food makes the pricey menu worth it. This is definitely a restaurant for Valentine’s Day for a younger crowd.
Candle 79 on 154 East 79th Street is also a great place to go out for dinner with your partner. It’s a vegan organic restaurant on the Upper East Side. The atmosphere is great and there are plenty of dishes to choose created with local and seasonal ingredients.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen
There are a few upscale and fancy French restaurants in New York. Any of the Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurants are great, but I would personally recommend ABC Kitchen in the Flatiron District. This is definitely a see-and-be-seen place. Expect romantic lighting and to be seated among the best dressed New Yorkers from for example the fashion and modeling industries. On Valentine’s Day, ABC Kitchen is a cool place to go to avoid tourists. Although this restaurant is quite large, the acoustics are great. You can easily have a conversation. In addition, the food is relatively affordable, depending on what you choose.
Daniel Boulud is also another great chef with many top restaurants in New York. Daniel on East 65th Street is the best. If you want to go all out to impress your date, then this is the place in New York to take them to. With the most impressive decor in a classy restaurant, the French food will blow you away, but only if you can afford it.
When you want to do romantic in a casual way, there is a small, but charming restaurant in the Upper East Side called August. The food is definitely good, but most people go there for the chic atmosphere. The restaurant offers pan-European cuisine with a romantic garden and wood-fired oven which certainly sets the right mood.
This cosy restaurant in SoHo is a perfect place for those who love typical French and Mediterranean cuisine with a twist. The friendly staff will tell you all about their French and Spanish specialties such as gazpacho, delicious cured meats, duck terrine and great European wines. Since Cocotte is open from 12:00 to 00:00, you can have lunch or dinner (a perfect restaurant for date night!). Or enjoy a lazy brunch during the weekend. Their two course pre fixe lunch menu is very popular.
Romantic Bars in New York
Ascent Lounge in the Time Warner Center is a romantic and sexy place to hang out. The views help set the romantic tone when celebrating any special moment, like an anniversary. On Valentine’s Day, the lounge features special cocktails and small bites from a menu created just for the occasion.
Temple Bar on Lafayette Street is a hot and trendy place to go where you can also sit among the rich and famous in New York, but also when you just want to sit and be left alone. With an air of underground exclusivity, this is the place to go for charming your date while drinking some of the best made drinks.
Hudson Library Bar
Hudson Library Bar in midtown is definitely a recommendation for those on the younger side. Set in the incredibly hip and hot hotel called Hudson New York, this is a hotel that has some of the best hang-outs for those forty and younger. On Valentine’s Day, take your date to the library bar to relax romantically on the big leather couches.
Gansevoort Park Avenue
Gansevoort Park Avenue is a great place to go after some quiet dining. There is a rooftop bar on Park Avenue, complete with a swimming pool. It’s perfect to chill out on one of the couches when winding down at the end of the night.