The Most Romantic Restaurants in New York City

There is no shortage of things to do in New York City; New Yorkers have access to Broadway theaters, the best art museums in the world, outstanding shopping, and incredible people-watching. There are also endless restaurants in New York for any type of occasion—especially diners who are looking for a romantic night out. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to classic French spots, upscale Italian restaurants to low-key vegetarian—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your date and score a table.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:La Grenouille, River Cafe, Le Coucou
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, American
Neighborhoods:Midtown East, DUMBO / Vinegar Hill, SoHo
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

La Grenouille

$$$$·French·
Midtown East
3,411 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

There is something inherently romantic about everything French. The same holds true for La Grenouille, a beautiful classic French restaurant in Midtown and one of the best romantic eateries in New Yor...

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River Cafe

$$$$·American·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
8,347 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Sometimes, it's simply the view that creates the romance. This is definitely the case at River Cafe, one of the best romantic restaurants in New York. River Cafe sits right on the East River, under th...

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Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,975 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

Another french standout in NYC that great for a date night is Le Coucou. Le Coucou started in Paris, and the mastermind behind it opened an outpost in NYC in 2016. The restaurant is in SoHo, so wander...

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Best Ambiance in Manhattan
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Lincoln Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Upper West Side
5,656 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Romantic

Eat at Lincoln Ristorante for another activity and meal in one. This restaurant, inside of Lincoln Center, is one of the best romantic restaurants in town. The menu is Italian, so consider eating some...

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Craft

$$$$·American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
6,113 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List

Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio is the mastermind behind Craft, one of the best romantic restaurants in NYC located in Gramercy. Craft's menu is protein-centric, so choose from a wide array of fishes, me...

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American in Manhattan
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Temple Court on 10

$$$$·American·
Financial District
1,257 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

Another great Tom Colicchio option is Temple Court, another of the city's best romantic restaurants located downtown. Temple Court is in 5 Beekman Tower, a historic building that offers the restaurant...

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Masseria dei Vini

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
2,019 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion

Another authentic Italian restaurant that makes for a romantic meal is Masseria dei Vini. Way on the west side of town, this is an updated version of a Masseria — a Pugliese farmhouse converted into a...

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Sea Fire Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Midtown East
2,749 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

Another of the best romantic restaurants in midtown is Sea Fire Grill, a place that specializes in seafood. Sea Fire Grill is a great spot to eat at pre-theater, and a dining haven in the Theater Dist...

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Il Mulino New York - Uptown

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
1,589 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion

The first Il Mulino was downtown. The newest outpost in NYC is uptown, and they are just as good as the original, if not better. This chic setting makes for an upscale date spot. Indulge in Italian cl...

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Casa Enrique

$$$$·Mexican·
Long Island City
915 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

Casa Enrique is a modern Mexican restaurant that is both affordable and delicious. Plan a date night here and prepare to be wowed by a spectacular meal with refreshing beverages. The margaritas and co...

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