Restaurants for Romance

Ah, l'amour. It's a fine line between a truly romantic restaurant and one so overblown that you'll want to run away faster than the object of Pepe Le Pew's affections. Lucky for you, we've scouted out New York's most swoon-inducing restaurants perfect for a variety of amorous adventures.

Updated: January 01, 2001

Cozy


August Restaurant

359 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

The West Village doesn't get much more lovey-dovey than this warm neighborhood spot for eclectic European cooking.


Savoy Restaurant

70 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

Outstanding, creative market-driven fare shines at this Soho spot. Earn extra points: Ask for a seat by the fire.


Robin Des Bois Sherwood Cafe

195 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Whether inside by the fireplace or out in the tranquil back garden, this French spot on Smith Street is a low-key charmer.


Max Restaurant

51 Ave B, New York, NY 10009

Make googly eyes over heaping, inexpensive plates of homey pastas at this snug Italian spot in the East Village.


Sexy


Bondst

6 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

It's so dimly lit you'll probably have a hard time seeing your food, but with sushi this excellent and pillow-filled booths for getting close, you'll hardly care.


Butter

415 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003

On the other hand, if you're into publicly flaunting your paramour, this hot spot on the Bowery offers a high-gloss backdrop.


Zenkichi

77 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Couples can play out their film noir fantasies at this Williamsburg Japanese restaurant where the booths blinds that can be pulled down for extra privacy.


Rayuela

165 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

An olive tree grows through the center of this sumptuous Latin restaurant on the Lower East Side--what would Freud say?


Elegant


Chanterelle Closed

2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

Twenty-five years later, this Tribeca classic is still a honey-pleasing tour de force.


Daniel

60 E 65th St, New York, NY 10021

Daniel Boulud's flagship is as renowned for its Venetian Renaissance decor as it is for its refined cuisine.


Asiate Restaurant

80 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10023

The view of Central Park from the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental is among the most ooh-inducing in the city.


House

121 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

Fireside dining in an 1852 carriage house? There's no surer way to heat up a romantic evening.


Playful


Dokebi Bar & Grill

199 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Couples can turn up the heat--literally--as they barbecue Korean fare on their very own grill.


Dim Sum Go Go

5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

Fresh, adventuresome Chinese fare and a colorful interior add up to a fun break from the norm.


Crif Dogs

113 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Hot dogs on St. Marks might not seem romantic, but you'll win huge points with the Atari-loving boy or girl in your life. Afterward, sneak through the phone booth for an after-dog cocktail at PDT.


Bamn

37 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

Or just grab some Japanese style snacks from these neon vending machines and stroll arm in arm through the East Village.