With more than 26,000 restaurants to choose from, finding the perfect date night spot in New York City can be daunting. Add in the Valentine’s Day rush, and the task might seem impossible. However, the Modern Spaces team knows a thing or two about finding the perfect spot for the moment, so we’ve put together a list of the best romantic restaurants around the five boroughs, using the same insider knowledge we leverage when helping home hunters find their next condo in LIC or Jersey City. Keep reading for our rundown of the most romantic restaurants in New York City.
True New Yorkers (and real foodies) will tell you that The River Café’s reputation as the city’s best date night spot is well-earned. Located on the water below the Brooklyn Bridge, The River Café features unbeatable Lower Manhattan and East River views in an intimate setting. In the kitchen, Chef Brad Steelman curates a seasonal classic American menu with highlights that include a caviar appetizer, meat-centric entrees, and delectable desserts.
Another Brooklyn spot on our list, Lilia, is big on ambiance and flavor. This candle-lit eatery on Union Avenue features a wide array of authentic Italian dishes, from piccoli and grande pesce (little and big fish) to pasta and meats, all immaculately prepared and served alongside a wine and cocktail list worthy of a wedding anniversary.
Last up in Brooklyn is Olmsted, the Prospect Heights farm-to-table restaurant that’s challenging what it means to eat local food. Chef-owner Greg Baxtrom sources many of the ingredients for the 50-seat restaurant from a garden right out back, which makes for a great spot to take that special someone on a romantic stroll.
Heading into Manhattan, we have a pair of special spots picked out for that big night. Legendary chef Daniel Boulud’s latest venture, Le Pavillon, combines a legendary French restaurant concept with understated execution to create the perfect relaxed dining experience. Lounge beneath the trees in a dining room created by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfield and enjoy classic French cuisine with a focus on seafood and veggies. Adventurous partners will appreciate a reservation at Aquavit, the two-Michelin-star eatery serving Scandinavian fare on East 55th Street. And, of course, we can’t leave out the sushi lovers, who should head to Shuko for an unforgettable evening of omakase served from behind an authentic sushi bar.
Once you’ve fallen in love with one of these exquisite eateries, reach out to the Modern Spaces team and let us help you find your new home in Queens or New Jersey. Maybe you’ll be spending next Valentine’s Day whipping up a home-cooked meal in an elegant chef’s kitchen in Long Island City!