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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in New York City

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic in New York City? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Champagne & Caviar Bar at RH Guesthouse restaurant
4.9
4.9 (44)
$50 and over
Unspecified
Meatpacking District
About the restaurant
The Champagne & Caviar Bar recalls the distinctive glamour of a vintage jewel box, presenting a carefully curated selection of the finest Champagnes, Petrossian Caviar and a menu of classic dishes in which caviar is the star. The space features a progression of hand-blown chandeliers, geometric floors of Italian marble, and an ornate coffered ceiling, punctuated by camel mohair velvet seating for an intimate, immersive experience.

For group dining inquiries, please email: GHNYDR@rh.com

Top review
VitaC
Dined on May 2, 2024
Absolutely incredible every time. Must try caviar experience
A photo of Ai Fiori restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4188)
$31 to $50
Contemporary European
Midtown West
About the restaurant
From the acclaimed Altamarea Group, Ai Fiori celebrates cuisine from the Italian and French Riviera and showcases modern interpretations of traditional regional dishes. Located in the stylish Langham Hotel, Ai Fiori also boasts an inviting bar and lounge with an extensive cocktail and wine list crafted by the restaurant’s renowned beverage professionals.


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AmparoC
Dined on May 15, 2024
Truly enjoyed a fab bz lunch at this lovely and convenient location. Service was wonderful, and the noise level quieter than most bz. lunches but not entirely quiet. Only odd thing is the large round tables; for a party of two we sat somewhat awkwardly side to side since to sit across such a large table we'd have to raise our voices; but I'm nit-picking here. We chose the $80 Prix Fixe Menu; for our App we both had the skate with caviar; it was delectable (had to add $12 PP over the prix fixe for this item). My client had a marvelous rabbit risotto and I had the perfectly prepared striped bass over lentils and asparagus. We both thoroughly enjoyed our mains. The portion sizes were perfect; not tiny but not huge, we both finished them entirely since we did not feel stuffed with anything fatty (forgot to get pics). For dessert my coconut rice pudding and his specialty cookies both revealed surprise ingredients, were not overly sweeet/sugared and beautifully presented as a former Michelin star venue would do. The decor is especially nice in the bar/sitting area, many walls adorned with large paintings of peonies, plush seating, and on the stairs leading up to the restaurant entry and decorated with flowers as you come up from the hotel lobby. One glass of wine was pricey ($22), as is the sparkling water. After Cappuccino and Espresso with the 20% tip our bill was $310 so it adds up quickly. But my client and I truly enjoyed our meal, never rushed, great bread and olive oil too, so we'll be back!
A photo of Bar Primi Bowery restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1419)
$30 and under
Italian
Lower East Side
About the restaurant
Bar Primi is a corner pasta shop devoted to ‘primi piatti,’ the pasta course. What began as an idea for a small space in New York's East Village has since become an essential in chef and co-owner Andrew Carmellini's range: fresh pasta traditionally prepared and cooked to order. At Bar Primi, the main course is Primi Piatti. We use a variety of non-GMO semolina and specialty ‘00’ flours, organic eggs and handed-down techniques to create our menu of Traditional and Seasonal pasta dishes. We make more than a dozen different shapes and styles daily. This includes lumache and rigatoni from our imported extruder or ravioli and mezzalune cut and filled by hand. Family recipes and secrets are traded between Carmellini and Brooklyn-born chef-partner Salvatore Lamboglia who also offers a daily meat or seafood special in addition to a selection of shareable Piccolini and Antipasti, artisanal cheese, salumi and simple home-style desserts.
Top review
coopvip
Dined on May 21, 2024
Great service, delicious brussel sprouts and wonderful clam pasta.
A photo of VIA VAI - Astoria restaurant
4.7
4.7 (260)
$31 to $50
Italian
Astoria
About the restaurant
VIA VAI is a Chef-Owner run restaurant, serving contemporary and authentic Italian food that one would find in the best restaurants and trattorie in today's Italy.

The restaurant is rustic cozy and charming, with a slate and marble top bar serving only select Italian wines, and local and imported tap and bottled beer, that pair perfectly with the artisanal food prepared every day on the premises, and the brick oven roman-style (thin crust) pizza cooked in the imported Italian oven.

Chef-owner Antonio Morichini is Roman born and bred. He did his culinary education and training in Italy, working in some of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in Rome. His food is loyal to tradition, but forward looking.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
It's a nice little spot in Astoria, the staff was incredible and the food was so delicious. The atmosphere was amazing, and I definitely recommend this spot. The food is actually imported from Italy, so the food is authentic Italian cuisine.
A photo of Botte Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (30)
$30 and under
Italian
Astoria
About the restaurant
Welcome to Botte Bar, a cozy small size Italian restaurant specializing in Roman cuisine and traditional Italian cocktails located at 25-07 Broadway in Astoria, Queens. It is our pleasure to serve you delicious, inspired Italian dishes from Rome.

We offer a selection of cicchetti (small plates), and a large selection of pastas, appetizers, salads, seafood and meat dishes and a selection of rotating specials. We handpicked our selections of Italian wine to complement our menu.

We have a full bar with a signature cocktail menu, where you can also enjoy a full dinner.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Apr 17, 2024
Such an Astoria gem and now with locations all over the city. Highly recommended.
A photo of Gab's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (19)
$31 to $50
American
West Village
About the restaurant
Welcome to Gab's! Come and dine with us for a creative experience you won't forget. From the artwork on the walls to the artwork Chef Nate Ashton is putting on the plate; Gab's will not disappoint. Recently receiving a Michelin Guide recommendation, Gab's is centered on locally sourced and seasonal cuisine. Chef Nate makes his housemade sourdough bread an hour before service every day. We use the highest quality, local, organic ingredients. A few highlights include the Berkshire Pork Chop, the Spaetzle with lump crab, and of course the Gab's Burger with a housemade sweet potato bun and signature sauces. We are right in the heart of the West Village on the famous Carmine Street. Gab's offers a gorgeous outdoor sidewalk patio as well as bar seats and a spacious dining room inside. We take walk ins and large groups. From the service to the food we go above and beyond to make sure dining is a luxury experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
Really good it’s my second time there and I enjoyed!
A photo of Locanda Verde restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2489)
$31 to $50
Italian
TriBeCa
About the restaurant
Locanda Verde is a casual, bustling neighborhood Italian taverna located in Robert De Niro's TriBeCa hotel, The Greenwich. The airy, light-flooded space is open morning, noon and night serving award-winning Chef Andrew Carmellini's inspired urban Italian cooking with home-style desserts and an all-day bakery counter by Pastry Chef Deborah Racicot.
Top review
Natalievip
Dined 3 days ago
The host and wait staff were outstanding. All dishes were good. Sadly my pasta dish had no flavor but the pasta was fresh tasting and done to al dente perfection.
A photo of Zuma Japanese Restaurant - NY restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1671)
$50 and over
Japanese
Midtown East
About the restaurant
Zuma, the brainchild of award winning co-founder and creator, Rainer Becker, brings its internationally acclaimed style of contemporary Japanese cuisine to midtown, New York.

Serving dishes designed to share and inspired by the informal dining style of izakaya; the three kitchens present authentic yet alluring options, with bold flavors and simple presentation, highlighting quality ingredients.
261 Madison Avenue 10016

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Excellent service from the hostess stand to the server to the bartender upstairs before and after the meal. Thank you
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A photo of Palermo Argentinian Bistro NYC restaurant
4.6
4.6 (163)
$31 to $50
Argentinean
Hell's Kitchen
About the restaurant
Palermo NYC
Argentinian Steakhouse.
Executive Chef, Carlos Barroz.
Mixologist. Daniel Villanueva
Sommelier. Orhan Cakir

Top review
CindyKvip
Dined 6 days ago
What a gem! Quaint and unique restaurant. The bread and spread was amazing. Wine selection was good, try Loca Linda, goes with everything and the perfect summer wine. Waiter was personable, helpful and increadibly nice. Food was prepared perfectly and enjoyed the atmosphere. Hostess also gave us a tour of the upstairs event space as well. Loved it!
A photo of Leuca restaurant
4.4
4.4 (990)
$31 to $50
Italian
Williamsburg
About the restaurant
Leuca is a Southern Italian restaurant serving wood-fired dishes in a refined yet casual setting. Located in the heart of Williamsburg, Leuca offers a sophisticated wine and cocktail list meant to pair with a menu of approachable dishes inspired by coastal Italy.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Food always fresh & delicious… never ever a disappointment 🫶🏻
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