As Valentine’s Day approaches and the cold lingers on, the search for romantic date restaurants heats up. The winter is the perfect time to try out new restaurants in Manhattan with a significant other or even a new romantic prospect. Fortunately for downtown residents there are a plethora of great romantic restaurants to choose from.
Il Buco is a charming restaurant in NoHo that provides Mediterranean cuisine through the best locally sourced and imported artisanal ingredients. The chic restaurant has a rustic European feel with a giant wine cellar, perfect for an intimate celebration. Il Boco has been ranked in numerous magazines as one of the best date spots in Manhattan and is a hot spot for celebrities such as Live Schreiber who listed it as his favorite restaurant in New York.
Giardino D’oro is an upscale trattoria in FiDi that serves fine Italian cuisine in a romantic stone-walled setting. The name Giardino D’Oro translates to a golden garden, which is perfectly embodied by the design of the restaurant. The menu features fresh rolled pastas, exquisite meats and seafood dishes, and mouthwatering desserts to go along with an extensive wine list.
Gentleman Farmer on the Lower East Side is a small intimate French bistro. The 20-seat restaurant isn’t extravagant in design, but romantic in its dimmed lit atmosphere and earthy delicious food. Gentleman Farmer has a great list of craft beers and a wine list focused on natural wines to compliment the fare.
Bacaro is a candlelit basement eatery in Chinatown that serves small Italian plates and pasta dishes. The Venetian restaurant has a sultry wine-cellar vibe with long wooden tables and benches, exposed brick walls, and rough-hewn slate floors.
Acqua Restaurant and Wine Bar is located in the historic district of South Street Seaport, which provides its romantic and quaint vibe. The Italian restaurant serves a robust seafood menu in which over half of the imported fish comes directly from the Mediterranean Sea. The food and bright open atmosphere will make you feel like you’re in Naples Italy!
Reserve Cut in FiDi is a modern high-end kosher steakhouse with a wine room and French-Asian menu. Definitely one of a kind, the glamorous kosher steakhouse has amazing views of Manhattan and a contemporary private bar and lounge. For those not interested in steak, eaters can enjoy Reserve Cut’s first class sushi bar.
Haru has become a very popular chain in New York through its fresh and delicious sushi. Its FiDi location on 1 Wall Street has an awesome appearance where it feels as if you are walking into an old bank. Once inside the open and lavish interior, couples can enjoy sharing a couple of their unique and tasty rolls.
Rosa Mexicano is a modern Mexican chain known for their delicious tableside guacamole and creative margaritas. The chic downtown restaurant located in Tribeca has a beautifully lit setting, perfect for a romantic lunch or dinner. Unique light bulbs hang over you like mini hot air balloons on the ceiling.
Black Tail is a retro Cuban cocktail bar on Pier A that that serves Cuban and American food. The interior is intricately designed with art work and leather to give off that old school Hispanic lounge feel. BlackTail is known for its premier cocktails, but the food is second to none.
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
CUT by Wolfgang Puck is an award winning steak house located at the Four Seasons Hotel downtown in the intersection of Tribeca and FiDi. The CUT is famously Wolfgang Puck’s first Manhattan restaurant, and the place lives up to the high standards that the chef’s name brings. The restaurant is elegant and intimate, and couples can enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner at this high-end steakhouse.