Top 6 Most Romantic Restaurants In NYC
So, you’ve scoured the dating sites and dating apps looking for the perfect date, or you’ve used a matchmaker to set up a date, and know you’re stumped on which restaurant will make the best first impression. It’s easy to consult Yelp and OpenTable for recommendations, but much like flipping through matches on Tinder, identifying the perfect atmosphere is easier done in person. Luckily, The Rendez partners with select restaurants throughout NYC to distill exactly that information – we can even help with romantic date ideas for the second round!
The French-leaning restaurant won the Eater NY Award for Restaurant of the Year in 2018 and has been packed since. And even though the chefs have experience building quintessential Keith McNally restaurants like Balthazar and Minetta Tavern, a seat in the full dining room is not always a guarantee. To make the best first impression, we recommend making a recommendation well in advance, or consulting our concierge for last minute dates.
“We want this place to be around for a while. Part of your routine, a cornerstone of your dining repertoire,” Chef Lee Hanson said.
- Vibe: Unpretentious
Frenchette, 241 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Manhatta is a new restaurant from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, combining sky-high views with down-to-earth hospitality, according to their website. This will be appealing to status-seekers who are unabashedly in love with the iconic Union Scare Café. The food is soulful, seasonal, and always complemented by a deep red wine – Meyer’s classic signature. The views of the Manhattan skyline are incomparable, and are guaranteed to make a fabulous first impression if your date values laid-back luxury.
- Vibe: Downtown formal
Manhatta, 28 Liberty St 60th floor, New York, NY 10005
This Michelin-rated restaurant sites at the bottom of Trump Tower and might be controversial to some – but, if you can overcome the photos of Donald Trump and Rick Perry eating dinner on its site, the food is worth it. This may make a better lunch date than dinner date, though, as Columbus Circle is suited more to the day-time professional crowd.
- Vibe: Political
Jean-Georges,1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
4. Piccola Cucina
No-frills Sicilian restaurant that can be hectic, but warm. There are definitely finer restaurants around, but this a favorite for many, and nostalgia may work in your favor here for those who like to reminisce. If you go, try the burrata!
Piccola Cucina has three locations, but only one offers the infamous tiramisu dessert.
“I had some friends visiting and mentioned to the waitress that I would’ve loved to order it,” one customer wrote on Yelp, “but didn’t realize it was only offered at one location. She actually ran to the other location and had it made for us.”
If you value service, make this contender your top pick.
- Vibe: Old school
Piccola Cucina, 184 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
Palma offers phenomenal food in an unpretentious, but perfectly romantic setting. The restaurant is situated in a villetta with white stucco walls, beamed ceilings and salvaged chestnut doors that lead to a beautiful garden with ivy covered walls, fresh herbs and flowers. Break out the gnocchi and call us stuffed! This place is a paradise for romantics, and an impressive first date idea.
If you want a little more pizzazz, start off with drinks at The Blond nearby.
- Vibe: Uber-romantic, traditional
Palma, 28 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014
An excellent Italian restaurant that will impress your date and won’t break the bank? Sign us up! Enjoy fresh pasta with your date a la Lady and the Tramp. This elevated Italian fare set in a rustic-chic restaurant is accented by exposed brick & reclaimed wood – a classic downtown staple.
- Vibe: Trendy, casual
Barbalu, 225-227 Front St, New York, NY 10038
The Final Taste
Signing up for dating apps and online dating sites can be intimidating, but sometimes a dinner date can one-up those initial nerves. Why beat yourself up over a restaurant choice? Instead, use our curated selection to your advantage, and save your nerves for that ever so important first impression.
To find out how The Rendez can curate the best first impression for you, contact our concierge.