The Most Romantic Restaurants in New York City

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:La Grenouille, Felidia, River Cafe
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Italian, American
Neighborhoods:Midtown East, DUMBO / Vinegar Hill

La Grenouille

$$$$·French·
Midtown East
3,332 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 romanticRead more
93% recommended

Felidia

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown East
5,508 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Legendary restaurateur Lidia Bastianich opened this flagship restaurant, Felidia New York, in 1981. Over the decades, they have reigned as one of the best places in NYC to go for aRead more
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River Cafe

$$$$·American·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
8,498 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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 Read more
93% recommended
Best Service in Brooklyn
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Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,925 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 iRead more
92% recommended
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The Modern

$$$$·Contemporary American·
New York
4,792 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
Located inside the Museum of Modern Art, The Modern is convenient for both outstanding dining and entertainment. Tour the museum, then head to the restaurant for one of the best meRead more
95% recommended
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Lincoln Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Upper West Side
5,629 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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 Read more
94% recommended
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Craft

$$$$·American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
5,947 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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 wideRead more
91% recommended

The Polo Bar

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
699 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Want to go somewhere cozy? Head to the Polo Bar, a restaurant by Ralph Lauren that feels as much like a country club as they do an eatery. The menu at the Polo Bar is straightforwaRead more
95% recommended
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Temple Court

$$$$·American·
Financial District
1,138 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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 oRead more
95% recommended

Masseria dei Vini

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
1,830 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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 farmhoRead more
91% recommended

Sea Fire Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Midtown East
2,501 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 havenRead more
89% recommended
Seafood in New York / Tri-State Area
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LArtusi

$$$$·Italian·
West Village
2,404 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
L'Artusi is a great, big bustling place that is as enlivening to eat at as it is nourishing. This Italian restaurant has 110 seats and two floors, so expect a vibrant, exciting eneRead more
96% recommended
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Gabriel Kreuther

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Midtown West
1,594 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Tasting Menu
Gabriel Kreuther is a French restaurant in Midtown. Not only are the dishes delicious here, but they come artfully prepared, making a meal here a delight for all of the senses. EnjRead more
93% recommended
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Raoul's

$$$$·Contemporary French·
SoHo
1,838 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
SoHo is a charming, romantic neighborhood with tons of fashion industry models and designers walking the streets. Raouls is in Soho, so choose them if you want to go people-watchinRead more
95% recommended
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Il Mulino New York - Uptown

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
1,442 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Authentic
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. IRead more
90% recommended
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Casa Enrique

$$$$·Mexican·
Long Island City
913 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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. TRead more
89% recommended
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Esca

$$$$·Italian·
Theater District / Times Square
5,201 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
When in Midtown and looking for the best romantic restaurants, do not overlook Esca. This beautiful trattoria in the Theater District has a great Italian menu and diners can enjoy Read more
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Aldea - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Portuguese·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,231 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
For real foodies going on a date, Aldea is a great choice of restaurant. This Portuguese restaurant in Chelsea has a good mix of seafood and meat, and diners can order a la carte oRead more
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AQUAGRILL

$$$$·Seafood·
SoHo
2,170 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
According to legend, oysters are an aphrodisiac. So, for a romantic night out, plan to go to Aquagrill, the site of one of NYC's best oyster bars. The restaurant has more than 25 vRead more
92% recommended
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Nix

$$$$·Vegetarian·
Greenwich Village
2,023 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
Chef John Fraser has created an amazing vegetarian restaurant, a top pick to take a date you want to impress. The menu boasts a myriad of inventive dishes with global influences: tRead more
92% recommended
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