Everything’s just that little bit more romantic in New York, isn’t it? Maybe we’re all just lusting for a Ross and Rachael style romance whenever we think of the Big Apple, but either way whether you’re anxiously planning the perfect first date or well into the honeymoon stage, NYC is a hub for romantic restaurants. From intimate dining spaces to the classy interiors, there are sprinkles of that coveted New York magic in a plethora of places. We’ve narrowed down some of the best hot spots to cosy up with your special someone…

Rainbow Room

Rainbow Room

Soar sky high with your special someone at Manhattan’s most elevated dining experience. The iconic Rainbow Room, known for its glamorous luxury, has drawn in the world’s most elite with its stunning views and decor- so striking in fact that it has been declared a city landmark, so don’t be shocked if you and your date spy a celebrity wining and dining along with you.

Where: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor, New York, NY 10112
Website: www.rainbowroom.com

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

Deemed New York’s most romantic dining experience, this upscale restaurant epitomizes elegance with a brick-walled den, a grand staircase, and mood lighting. Not only is it beautifully decorated, but the menu is simply delectable, offering classic steak and lobster dishes as well as vegetarian options. End the evening by sharing the delicious chocolate souffle with your equally as sweet date and keep in mind that this spot is a highly coveted wedding venue!

Where: 17 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014
Website: www.oneifbyland.com

Blue Hill

This lowkey Greenwich speakeasy is the perfect date spot for health food junkies who are willing to pay a big buck. All of the ingredients from the restaurant come from nearby farms, guaranteeing a wholesome, fresh meal. Fun fact, this is where Obama took Michelle on their first date as president and first lady, and there is sure to be some romance still lingering in the air from that night.

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Where: 75 Washington Pl, New York, NY 10011
Website: www.bluehillfarm.com

Candle 79

Struggling to find a posh vegan restaurant for your significant other? Look no further- Candle 79 offers a range of delicious dishes from sausages made from wheat gluten and bean and rice burgers, even the mouths of meat lovers will be caught watering. The elegant yet peaceful atmosphere is ideal for a first date and the peanut butter mousse isn’t the only thing you’ll be craving later on!

Where: 154 E 79th St, New York, NY 10075
Website: www.candle79.com


A cosy German restaurant known for its elaborate holiday decorations, Rolf’s transports you into a magical fairytale- with hanging lights, beautifully adorned wreaths, and flowers everywhere. You and your date will certainly feel like royalty and dine like Kings and Queens with generous portions of classic German dishes.

Where: 281 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010
Website: www.rolfsnyc.com

Milk and Roses

Can’t wait until dinnertime for your date? Milk and Roses offers a delicious bottomless brunch that can be enjoyed in an intimate, garden surrounding. The Southern Italian/American cuisine offers a variety of fun dishes, including, coconut and lime french toast and chicken and pancakes. The laid-back vibe take the pressure off the date and you will be able to relax and take in the peaceful ambiance.

Where: 110 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Website: www.milkandrosesbk.com

The River Cafe

This waterside restaurant not only offers gorgeous views of downtown Manhattan, but is also praised as being the best eatery in Brooklyn. The upscale dishes include lobster, lamb, and salmon, with caviar on the side of course. Make sure you and your plus one leave some room though- the Brooklyn Bridge shaped chocolate marquise will have you drooling and not just over your date!

Where: 1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Website: www.rivercafe.com

The Rotunda

An intimate tea for two, The Rotunda offers light finger-foods and fresh cocktails that are perfect for an afternoon get-together. The striking decor includes beautifully painted murals and lavish marble stairs. This private dining room is almost always fully booked- so make sure to call at least a month in advance and surprise your significant other with the classiest of dates.

Where: 2 E 61st St, New York, NY 10065
Website: www.tajhotels.com

Cafe Lalo

Cafe Lalo is the perfect place to take yourself out on a date, because let’s face it, we all need some self lovin’ from time to time. Feast your eyes and your stomach on the huge display of cakes, cookies, and brownies. With lavish French-esque decor you will almost forget you are in NYC, but remember once that delicious Apple Betty is in front of you.

Where: 201 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024
Website: www.cafelalo.com

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