Paris might be known as the world’s most romantic city, but New York is no slouch for showing the love. Its dining scene is filled with date night options to satisfy any palate. Searching for the perfect spot, however, can be overwhelming, with an abundance of French, Italian, American, Greek, Mediterranean, and every other ethnicity serving fine cuisine. We’ve covered all the bases regarding the best options for Valentine’s Day. Here are a few of our favorites—guaranteed to impress for a romantic night.
There’s a reason so many visit the Mediterranean for a relaxing getaway: the region has provided the backdrop for some of history’s most iconic love stories. Discover the same ambiance at Amali NYC for its sumptuous Mediterranean cuisine consisting of a sustainable menu. Chef Alex Tubero’s Valentine’s Day Prix-Fixe menu will feature Stracciatella with shaved truffle, Colorado Lamb Chops, and Wagyu with Lobster and Caviar. With an extensive wine list, you’ll find the perfect bottle. Info: amalinyc.com
ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY SEA
Set in the 1767 carriage house once owned by Aaron Burr, this West Village favorite exudes romance: candlelit tables, fireplace, live piano music, and decadent Prix-Fixe menus are just the start. This culinary gem has earned its place among the city’s most romantic hotspots. Renowned for its timeless menu and exquisite decor, this establishment stands out as the epitome of romance in NYC. Info: oneifbyland.com
LIMANI NEW YORK
Embark on a sensory journey at Limani New York, a culinary haven among New York romantics. Revel in the essence of clean Mediterranean flavors, featuring daily arrivals of whole fish from the Mediterranean Sea. Immerse yourself in an ambiance adorned with white marble, displaying two open kitchens and a mesmerizing blue infinity pool. The restaurant invites you to a world of flavors and elegance, where every moment is a romantic celebration of the finest of Mediterranean cuisine. Info: limani.com
Loulou is a stunning French Bistro and Speakeasy in the heart of Chelsea. It’s also one of the most photographed restaurants in town due to its colorful, floral-laced exterior and gorgeous dining room and bar. Signature menu items from Executive Chef Carl Alioto include Duck Leg Confit, or a Loulou Burger made with grass-fed beef, cheddar, and caramelized onions. Start your romantic evening with one of the signature cocktails to get in the mood. Try The World is Yours served in a globe-like vessel, a Menage a Trois, or French Kiss made with Mezcal Joven, tarragon, Butterfly Pea Tea Infused St Germain, Lillet Blanc and extra dry vermouth, which you can indulge in Loulou’s sexy main dining room or by entering the restaurant’s Speakeasy via a vintage Coca-Cola vending machine door.
This two-story restaurant features a cheese bar, a traditional bar, and a walk-in wine cellar where you can dine privately to celebrate a special someone. This two-story restaurant features a cheese bar, a traditional bar, and a walk-in wine cellar where you can dine privately to celebrate a special someone.
A definite must is The Roasted Mushrooms, which is incredible—you may order a second helping! For the main event, we recommend the Roasted Chicken. The skin is crispy, the meat is juicy, and the simple buttery sauce it comes with is sinfully delicious. Order the famous Olive Oil Cake with golden raisin marmellata, madeira, and crème fraiche to end your romantic dinner. This slice of heaven is so popular it is now shipped nationwide. Info: lartusi.com