Ever since Tavern On The Green closed at the end of 2009, the title in the most Romantic Restaurants of New York category has been up for grabs. The five below are all strong contenders, just make sure you book far in advance so you actually get the chance to compare them! And don’t forget, bring your wallet-you’ll definitely need it!
Taken from poem about Paul Revere’s historic ride during the American Revolution, the name of the first of our restaurant of New York gives the sense that it may be something different- and indeed it is. Located in former Vice-President Aaron Burr’s old carriage house, One If By Land, Two If By Sea’s uses its surroundings to create a magical environment within an American historical context. The American-French Contemporary cuisine is widely acclaimed, specifically the Beef Wellington. This restaurant has the reputation for being the place to make a marriage proposal.
17 Barrow St
The River Cafe offers absolutely stunning views of downtown Manhattan. As if this weren’t enough, its New American cuisine has earned numerous distinctions including a coveted Michelin Star. The restaurant has produced several celebrated chefs, including Larry Forgione and David Burke, and also the term “free range chicken- who knew? Men must wear a jacket to enter, but it adds to the ambiance – not that The River Cafe needs any help.
1 Water Street, Brooklyn
Eleven Madison Park has repeatedly been rated the top restaurant in the city by a number of critics, also Zagat. Daniel Humm’s market-driven cuisine will certainly put you in the mood for romance if the decor doesn’t do it first. To order, the wait staff will get your feedback on a card with 16 fresh seasonal ingredients listed on it. Then the kitchen will then put together a tasting menu based on your preferences. It’s certainly unorthodox, but 3 Michelin stars and James Beard Award are hard to argue with.
11 Madison Avenue
Another of the most commonly recognized restaurants of New York, Daniel sits atop celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s empire as his crown jewel. Daniel’s take on classic French cuisine prepared with seasonal American ingredients has earned him 3 Michelin Stars as well, worldwide rankings and rotating favorite status with the public. The decor is elegant and relaxed, perfect for that special intimate dinner.
60 E 65th St
The last of our romantic restaurants of New York is La Grenouille
Known for its luxurious floral arrangements and stylish fashion industry clientele, La Grenouille consistently serves outstanding classic French cuisine in one of the most romantic settings in New York . The last of the great classic French restaurants left from the 1960s, this New York institution has survived decade after decade while its contemporaries: Le Pavillon, La Caravelle, Lutèce, La Côte Basque and Lespinasse have failed. Why? Make a reservation and you’ll see.
3 East 52nd Street