Zuma restaurant interior
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Couples seeking seriously cinematic experiences know that New York City is a truly romantic city. Nothing beats strolling through the twisted streets of Greenwich Village at dusk, watching the sun set over the skyline from a rooftop bar, or — of course — dining in one of the city’s many amorous restaurants. The setting for many a romantic comedy, and countless more real-life romances, New York City has no shortage of spots to fall-in-love at (and with). From elegant sushi to plates of red sauce-drenched pasta, these are the most romantic restaurants in New York City.


If your idea of a romantic night out in Manhattan echoes the glitzy extravagance of a Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big foray, look no further than this bi-level Japanese restaurant. It opened after "Sex and the City's" wrap but certainly captures all the luxe, date night vibes. Share baby artichoke skewers, lobster tempura, and sushi that demands to be finger-fed to your date.


Known for its private booths for two, made even more intimate by a screen enclosing diners, this dim-lit omakase restaurant is a go-to spot for romance. A seasonal, eight course menu ($75, or $65 for the vegetarian version) highlights high-end sushi, seafood, and dessert (i.e. plenty of aphrodisiacs).

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

Just the name of this restaurant is poetic enough to make you weak in the knees, but wait until you step into this 18th-century carriage house illuminated by candelabras and a brick fireplace. Decadent tasting menus feature dishes like cocoa-poached lobster, scallops with beet risotto, and chocolate soufflé.

Del Posto Desserts
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Del Posto

At Mario Batali's Italian restaurant, every day can be Valentine's Day in New York City. Indulge in a prix fixe menu while sinking into plush armchairs and flickering candlelight. After a Champagne toast, slice of hundred-layer lasagna, and a dessert course (or two) later, you’ll see why this is one of the most iconic restaurants in the Big Apple.


Chef Gabrielle Hamilton’s love letter to food also happens to be a fantastic date spot — if you can manage to secure a seat in the tiny dining room. Munch on small, seasonal bites (think duck liver and the signature roasted marrow) and drink as much off the well-priced wine list as you can before a stroll in the East Village.

Via Carota

The literal love child of chef Jody Williams (Buvette) and her partner Rita Sodi (Sodi), this bustling, brick-walled dinner spot fuses Italian and French fare into one very lovable menu. Though not as intimate as the owners’ other two spots, the back story makes their third restaurant — and first project together — particularly romantic.


Partner restaurant to the always-busy cornerside spot Malatesta, this dining room ups the romance with dim hanging lights and plenty of spaghetti (alla carbonara or ai porcini) you can slurp Lady and the Tramp-style, should you please.