The city that never sleeps, New York is home to some of the most varied and experimental places to eat. It’s not short of a romantic spot or two either, from dark and candlelit spaces to cosy, laid-back bars and restaurants that are perfect for whiling the evening away in. Whatever your idea of romance, this is a city that has a bit of everything; here are our most romantic restaurants in New York.
Kat & Theo
Located in the Flatiron district, Kat & Theo serves up simple, produce-driven dishes (think cured foie gras and butter nut squash lasagne) led by executive chef David Fisher. Inside it’s all exposed brick, dark corners and roaring fireplaces, creating a cosy and intimate atmosphere. Kat & Theo can be found at 5 w 21st Street (Off of 5th), NYC 10010. Visit the website here.
For a contemporary take on French cuisine, head to Le Coucou, a charming restaurant from chef Daniel Rose and restaurateur Stephen Starr. The space is made up vaulted ceilings, statement chandeliers and bare brick columns, bridging the gap between old-school and modern luxury. As for the menu, expect dishes like veal tongue with caviar or duck with mission figs and foie gras. Le Coucou can be found at 138 Lafayette Street, NYC 10013. Visit the website here.
Michelin-starred Marc Forgione is the eponymous restaurant of this renowned NYC chef. The space, almost entirely lit by candles, is a warm and inviting renovated warehouse dating back to the 1800s and features a variety of antiques and industrial details – including cast iron doors that have been standing for more than 150 years. The menu is selective yet well-executed; think chili lobster with Texas toast, and chicken under a brick – made to share. Marc Forgione can be found at 134 Reade Street, NYC 10013. Visit the website here.
Brooklyn’s River Café arguably has the most impressive views in all of New York. Nestled on the bank of the river, this famous spot has views right across the city, while the small space inside is bedecked in white tablecloths, wicker chairs and lush greenery. It has also produced some of the best chefs in New York, serving up dishes such as Wagyu steak tartare and pear salad, all using the freshest of ingredients. River Café can be found at One Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Visit the website here.
Words by Angharad Jones