6 Romantic NYC Restaurants

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6 Romantic NYC Restaurants – While Paris is known as the city of love, New York is famous for its towering skyscrapers and buzzing streets.

But this reputation has nothing on New York’s romantic scene because when you’re searching for the perfect restaurant for a special kind of date night, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Let’s explore six romantic NYC restaurants – the ones you can surely choose from for your night or day of heart-shaped memories.

And a full belly.

Le Pavillion

Fine dining can have many meanings. So we’ll describe Le Pavillion as simply as possible. Think rom-com settings, high ceilings, and a room full of green, healthy plants forming intentional patterns. Don’t forget to imagine the white tablecloths, chandeliers and it’s a French restaurant. Le Pavillion is a luxurious treat offering a menu focused on seasonal seafood and vegetables. If we were listing by specific order, Le Pavillion definitely ranks high on romantic New York city restaurants.

Must-dos: Adhere to the dress code. Don’t miss the wine pairings.


This is a good time to point out that many of our picks have a French touch. It’s like bringing Paris to New York City.

Wayan is an Indonesian/French restaurant owned by Chef Cédric Vongerichten and his wife Ochi. The rumors are true. It is a one-of-a-kind restaurant that makes you feel like you’re on vacation.

The Indonesian teak paneling, leather chairs, splurge of antiques, full bar, live plants, and natural wood elements work in harmony to curate a world of its own at Wayan.

Go for the vibe and stay for the seasonal menu with quirky dish names.



This restaurant has been open since the 1970s and is one of NYC’s beloved date spots. The interior hasn’t changed much over the years. You can look forward to antique furnishings, black-and-white leather booths, and paintings of female nudes. The vibe is warm and inviting, seductive, funky, and perfect for cozying up.

Don’t miss the burgers or at least French favorites like steak au poivre, foie gras, and steak tartare.


Have the words on your mind about being a vegan restaurant? This is the one you were waiting for. Cadence is perfect for both vegans and non-vegans. It is the romantic spot to hit for southern soul food, a standout southern-fried lasagna, and many sparkly things. If you are a smooth talker, Cadence gives you room to shine. The best conversations are inspired by a rich aroma and a seat at the chef’s counter.

Bar Goto Niban

Spread across a garden landscape bar and heated outdoors, Bar Goto Niban is our romantic New York City restaurant with a Japanese soul. Prepare to explore shochu, sakes, wines, beers, Japanese whiskeys, and more. Go for the vibe; indulge in the spirits.

One if by land, Two if by sea

Chances are you’ve heard of a few places popular for popping the question in New York City. And if that’s your goal, this historic 1767 carriage house restaurant tops the list. One if by land, Two if by sea is the definition of romance, complete with live piano music and a beautiful fireplace.

Also ideal for a romantic date out of a novel.  Just had a delicious four-course tasting there for my birthday – which was truly amazing.

About Irene Michaels

Over the past 25 years I have taken on the roles of a producer, publisher, insider journalist and fundraiser. My artistic interests began early in my teens working as a model and a dancer throughout the U.S. I formed my first modeling agency before I was twenty. While modeling I secured a re-occurring role in the popular daytime TV series General Hospital. Read more...