New York City’s Best Spots to Wine and Dine With Your Love
Manhattan consistently makes the Top 10 lists for restaurant-dense cities in the United States. With approximately 45,000 restaurants and 200 cuisines, The City That Never Sleeps has no trouble feeding the masses at any given time of day. Tons of eateries claim to be romantic, but where is the most romantic dining in NYC?
We’ve asked Archer Hotel New York’s chef concierge, Jacob Cerda, for his suggestions for romantic dining spots in the city — and he’s delivered splendidly. Below are the names of some of New York’s most charming restaurants that help to stoke the fires of passion in hungry lovers.
This rustic Italian wine-bar restaurant on the Upper East Side seats guests in the main dining room, backyard patio and private wine cellar. An extensive wine list complements the menu, which offers tapas-style and classic second offerings; every Monday, it serves meatball specials, including dessert balls. Meat and cheese pairings are ideal for an intimate meal in the cozy spaces, and the pastas are freshly made. The exposed brick and chandeliers at Uva up the romance factor of this popular eatery.
Near the southeast side of Central Park is August, serving seasonal dishes and wines, beers and house cocktails in a cool yet sophisticated space. Windows open out to Lexington Avenue, weather permitting, and the courtyard makes for a lovely respite for a flavorful bite with a loved one. Honorable mention goes to the Ahi Quality Tuna on Crispy Rice — a regular favorite — and consistently delicious crab cakes.
Landmark décor that includes 18th-century Piemontese antiques, the first New York restaurant to serve wild Porcini mushrooms, risotto, polenta and white truffles and a creative and innovative menu devised by a team of expert chefs are the hallmarks of Barbetta. Ideal for romantics and theatre-goers, this TripAdvisor favorite has been gathering fans since 1906.
Candlelit tables with white-linen tables. Brick fireplaces, a baby grand piano and a private garden. A historic carriage house built in 1767 and a reputation as one of the most romantic restaurants in New York City, as well the world. One If By Land, Two If By Sea beautifully prepares a three-course prix fixe menu and seven-course chef’s tasting menu, plus a simply lovely dessert menu — an ideal cap to an evening overflowing with amour.
During a 1962 blizzard and newspaper strike, Charles Masson and his wife Gisèle opened La Grenouille — a French-inspired eatery with a famous cult following and the most gorgeous flower arrangements around. The Grilled Dover Sole With Mustard Hollandaise Sauce and Cheese Soufflé are widely acclaimed. Kudos to the restaurant for including a delectable vegetarian menu.
On the second level of The Langham Hotel is Ai Fiori — a Michelin Star-recognized fine-dining establishment with impeccable service and a menu touting French and Italian Riviera cuisine with handmade pastas, seasonal ingredients and traditional regional dishes. The wine list is lives large at 1,000+ selections. A must-try is Astice: butter poached Nova Scotia lobster, artichokes, chanterelles and leeks.
What is considered more romantic dining in NYC than enjoying fondue and a well-paired wine, cocktail or apéritif with your significant other in an intimate setting with attentive service? At Taureau, try a prix-fixe option or go for the three-course fondue: A salad is followed by your choice of cheese fondue, meat cooked in oil or broth (or a second cheese option for vegetarians) and chocolate — dark or milk. Fantastic.
This wine and tapas bar in SoHo blends French cuisine with Basque accents to produce happy hours, divine dinners and beautiful brunches. A select menu of starters, platters and main offerings at Cocotte includes Melty Ham & Cheese Bites, Basque Pork and Ardoise de Charcuterie & Fromage. Toast to your love with a house-made Caipirinha while sharing the Tarte au Chocolat.
Manhattan’s Upper West Side is home to Dovetail and its contemporary American cuisine. A consistent Michelin Guide star recipient, as well as earning Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, the restaurant offers a three- or four-course prix fixe, as well as pre-theatre, tasting, vegetarian, vegan and Sunday Suppa menus. Beautifully prepared meals are served in a warm, inviting atmosphere by an incredibly attentive and accommodating staff.
The French know well that food is a language of love, and Bistro Chat Noir speaks it fluently. The Upper East Side eatery is an ideal spot for romantic dining in NYC, with fresh flowers, white linens and a select wine list. Whether for lunch or dinner, brunch or dessert, be prepared to fall in love — at the very least, with the food. Start with the French Onion Soup or Stuffed Artichoke, enjoy the Classic Beef Bourguignon, Chat Noir Coq au Vin or Branzino and finish with the Chat Noir Crepe Trio or Macaron. Délicieux.
Once a modern-day trading post for exchanging objects, crafts and culture, Il Buco has transformed into a different sort of market — patrons instead exchange ideas and delicacies across the table. The distinctly European setting and floor-to-ceiling wine cellar are natural, comfortable backdrops for the diverse Mediterranean-inspired menu, with strong Italian and Spanish influence and culinary creativity. Here, romance wins.
Inside Archer Hotel is Charlie Palmer Steak — an exceptional steakhouse that delivers inventive craft cocktails and a world-class wine selection. For classically romantic dining in NYC, start with one of the city’s best happy hours and stay for top-notch cuisine served by a stellar staff that makes you feel as though (as one reviewer put it) “you are the only people they have to look after.”
Need more ideas for what to do in Manhattan with the one you love? Check out Archer’s blog post — Most Romantic Spots in New York City — for suggestions of romantic photo-ops, even more options for romantic dining in NYC, entertainment for two and a luxe hotel experience that will fuel the flames of your passion, along with a most-comfy sleep experience.
Cheers to love!