From scenic views to intimate dining, there’s no shortage of options for a perfect date or dinner spots in the city that never sleeps! New York City is one of the most romantic cities in the world, making it such a popular destination for couples looking for a memorable date! Whether it’s catching a Broadway show, exploring the many art galleries and museums, or simply strolling through the city’s bustling streets, New York City is the ultimate destination for romance!
By the nature of New York City, spaces are tight and cozy — almost feeling “European” – which I find entirely intimate and romantic. The atmosphere of New York City itself adds to its romantic charm. The city is filled with energy and excitement, making it a perfect place for couples who love to experience new things. With its endless list of things to do and see, you’ll never run out of things to do together.
One of the most romantic spots in New York City during all seasons is Central Park. This stunning green oasis in the heart of the city offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets. With its lush gardens, serene lakes, and charming bridges, it is the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll with your loved one. You can also enjoy a picnic on the grass or rent a paddle boat for a romantic ride on the lake! In the winter, you can also make a bundle up and enjoy ice skating in the chilly air!
Another romantic destination in New York City is the Empire State Building. This iconic landmark offers breathtaking views of the city from its observation deck on the 86th floor. Couples can take in the stunning panoramic views of the city and watch the sunset over the cityscape, making it the perfect place for a romantic evening. The Empire State Building is also known for its stunning light show, which makes it a popular spot for proposals and special occasions.
The food scene in New York City is also a major reason why it is considered a romantic destination. With its diverse culinary offerings, there is something for everyone, whether you’re in the mood for fine dining, street food, or casual bites. From cozy candlelit dinners in West Village to Michelin-rated dining experiences, the city offers plenty of options for a romantic meal with your loved one.
New York City has long been a popular setting for romantic comedies, and for good reason. The city’s iconic landmarks, bustling streets, and diverse cultural offerings provide the perfect backdrop for a heartwarming love story. From classic films like “When Harry Met Sally” and “Annie Hall” to more recent hits like “You’ve Got Mail” and “Serendipity,” the city has been a recurring theme in many of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time. These films capture the energy and excitement of the city and highlight the many romantic possibilities that can be found in the heart of the Big Apple. Whether it’s the chance meeting of two people on the busy streets or the romantic atmosphere of a cozy cafe, the city provides a perfect setting for a love story to unfold.
- Take a stroll through Central Park!
- Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge into Dumbo, Brooklyn!
- Take a gondola ride in Central Park
- Go to the top of the Empire State Building
- Go to the Top of the Rock observation deck
- Take a dancing class!
- Go flower shopping in the Flower District
- Pick up Sugarfish for a sushi date/picnic in the park at Washington Square Park!
- Take a helicopter ride over the city
- Stroll through Little Island NYC
- Go ice skating at Rockafeller Center
- Visit a museum together:
- Catch a Broadway show!
- Take a cooking class together!
- Play shuffleboard at Royal Palms (Brooklyn)
- A date with coffee + flowers from Remi or Rosecran
- Cocktail making at Raine’s Law Room (at The William)
- Catch afternoon jazz at Dante
- Take a walk on the High Line
- Visit the Pink Pier at Watermark (until March 31st!)
- Take a Pilates class (at Good Day Pilates!)
- Ride Jane’s Carousel in DUMBO
Dinner Date spots:
- Smith & Mills (American/ Tribeca) – $$ – One of my favorite date spots, this converted carriage house is almost as big as my apartment – not saying much! Cute and a candle-lit option for happy hour or snag a seat for some great small bites like the octopus and the burger!
- The Tyger (Southeast Asian/Soho) – $$ – Delicious cocktails & Asian fusion eats are offered in this industrial-chic eatery with an atrium & a patio. This is always a solid choice for a date where the food + vibe will be sure to impress!
- Little Owl (American/West Village) – $$$ – This cozy spot is an iconic NYC date spot. With it’s cozy and candle-lit vibe, this is a and take on American comfort foods.
- Dante (Italian/West Village) – $$ – A special place. Modern Italian restaurant (run by Aussies!) with a negroni menu and Aperol spritz on tap! Every summer they have a live jazz band playing from 2-5pm. Really is one of my favorite spots in the city! Now they have two locations in West Village!
- Chinese Tuxedo (Chinese/Chinatown) – $$$ – Two-story spot in a former opera house, offering contemporary Chinese dishes & stylish touches. The food here is incredible (literally, everything.) and the vibe is swanky and elevated (but not too stuffy!). If the date is going well, go to the bar Peachy’s underneath for some more drinks and dancing!
- L’Artusi (Italian/West Village) – $$$ – A very cozy and tight West Village date destination. They’re serving Italian small plates that are matched by an extensive wine list at this bi-level restaurant.
- Joseph Leonard (American/West Village) – $$ – This is a favorite. It’s so cozy and perfect for a brunch, lunch or dinner date! They’re serving up new American fare served from in a rustic space with just a few tables.
- One if by Land, Two if by Sea (American/West Village) – $$$ – This upscale American restaurant is known to be one of the city’s most romantic!
- Her Name Was Carmen (Peruvian/Soho) – $$ – Hip, laid-back stop offering Latin-inspired cuisine such as ceviche and steak. Why I love this spot is because after the mean you and your date can plan to head to their downstairs bar for cocktails & music.. oh and did I mention the pineapple disco ball?!
- The Polo Bar (Midtown/American) – $$$ – Handsome American restaurant by designer Ralph Lauren. If you can score a reservation here, go 30 minutes before your allotted time to enjoy drinks at the upstairs bar before being seated!
- Lilia (Italian/Williamsburg) – $$$ – In a redone auto-body shop, this Italian place offers wood-fired Italian fare & housemade pastas. I’ve yet to go here but it’s high on my list for a romantic date night!
- King (Italian/Soho) – $$$ – Snug, bright restaurant featuring a seasonal Southern Italian menu & unique cocktails.
- Don Angie (Italian/West Village) – $$$ – Good luck getting a reservation at this West Village joint – but if you do, you’ve already impressed your date. Serving updated Italian-American classics (like their iconic pinwheel lasagna) with wine & cocktails in a marble-accented space!
- Buvette (French/Tribeca) – $$ – Popular, quaint and cozy bistro offering a French small-plates menu at breakfast, lunch & dinner – utill 2 AM!
- Kiki’s (Greek/Dime’s Square) – $ – Straightforward Greek cuisine such as seafood & lamb served in warm digs with exposed-wood beams. This is definitely a destination for a more casual date as they don’t take reservations, but go grab a drink in Dime Square at: Le Dive, 9 Orchard or Dimes!
- Anton’s (Italian/West Village) – $$ – This West Village neighborhood spot has an old-school feel and is serving updated takes on European-American cuisines.
- Motel Morris (American/Chelsea) – $$ – A comfortable place dishing out updated American classics with cocktails and Prosecco on tap. Great for a casual but elevated date spot!
- Cosme (Mexican/Flatiron) -$$$– Sleek Mexican dining from Chef Enrique Olevera (of Pujol & Cosme fame!) with a big bar for locally sourced share plates, plus tequila & mezcal cocktails. Be sure to get the duck!
- Lucien (French/Lower East Side) – $$$ – Longtime East Village eatery showcasing classic French bistro cooking in a Parisian-style room. With the small tables and tight space, it’s bound to be an intimate date here!
- Scarpetta (Italian/Nomand) – $$$– Handmade pastas headline a sophisticated Italian menu at this upscale locale with a chic atmosphere. There is a secret speakeasy bar “The Seville” underneath, which is always fun after dinner!
- Tiny’s (American/Tribeca) – $$ – Like it’s name, this spot it tiny. It’s housed in the cutest pink historical 1810 bi-level townhouse and it showcases new American fare in a dimly lit, rustic setting. The “Bar Upstairs” is a favorite if you and your date just want to stop in for cocktails!
- Minetta Tavern (French/West Village) – $$ – This elevated French bistro is cozy and usually quite crowded. They’re serving upper-end French bistro fare & reimagined vintage decor. Great spot for a martinis & french fries date!
- Le Coucou (French/Soho) -$$$ – If you’re looking for an elevated French date destination, this one takes the cake. Serving refined French fare, such as lobster, rabbit, duck & foie gras, served in an airy and very romantic and elegant setting.
- ATLA (Mexican/Noho) – $$ – Contemporary Mexican fare from Chef Enrique Olevera (of Pujol & Cosme fame)! Great brunch option if you’re looking for something different for a brunch date!
- Cecconi’s (Italian) – $$ – Wood-fired pizzas, pastas & other Italian dishes are complemented by cocktails & incredible waterfront views looking back at downtown Manhattan!
- Drinks at the Beekman’s Temple Court (Financial District)
- Book Club Bar (East Village)
- Little Branch (West Village)
- Piano and Martinis at The 9s (Noho)
- Martinis at Temple Bar (Noho)
- Deux Chats (Williamsburg)
- Natural wine at La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels (Soho)
- Craft cocktails at Attaboy (Lower East Side)
- Speakeasy vibes at Patent Pending (Nomad)
- Death & Company (East Village)
- Vintage Hi-Lot (East Village)
- Do Not Disturb (West Village)
- Lovers of Today (East Village)
- Wine bar at Le Dive (Dime’s Square)
- Apertivo al fresco at Bar Pisellino (West Village)
- The Bemelmans Bar (Upper East Side)
- Monkey Bar (Upper East Side)
New York City is a truly romantic destination, offering something for everyone. From its iconic landmarks and stunning views to its rich cultural heritage and vibrant food scene, the city has everything you need to create unforgettable memories with your loved one. What are some of your favorite date ideas in NYC or favorite spot for a date? Whether you are planning a romantic getaway or a special celebration, New York City is the perfect place to be! Happy early Valentine’s Day!