Five Amazing New York Date-Night Spots
It's important to spend quality time with your significant other, and New York is the perfect city for a romantic evening out in any season of the year. Leave the kids with a babysitter while you explore some of the city's best culinary options. As indoor restaurants, all of these are perfect choices for any season, whether you're visiting during steamy summer or freezing winter. Don't forget to make a reservation!
The River Cafe
Take in an amazing view of the New York City skyline as you dine at The River Cafe (1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY) in Brooklyn. It serves classic New American fare using fresh, seasonal ingredients and has an impressive wine list. The restaurant is upscale, so gentlemen will need to wear a jacket for dinner, and you'll have a reason to dress up. It's beloved on TripAdvisor, so you know it's been vetted, too. Relax, enjoy and don't forget to snap a picture of the Statue of Liberty from your table.
The French know how to do romance right, so French eatery La Grenouille (3 E. 52nd St., New York, NY) is a great pick for your night out in the city. It's pricey, with a fixed-price dinner running at $172 per person, but it's a time-tested classic restaurant with great service and elegant decor. The desserts are top-notch.
For a more casual option, try Italian spot Il Buco (47 Bond St., New York, NY). Rustic farmhouse decor lends a warm, inviting atmosphere to the space, and you'll love the artisanal pastas, which shift on the menu with each season. The food makes a memorable meal, one you'll be talking about with your partner for weeks to come. Be sure to order the Tuscan kale salad to start—it's one of the restaurant's most popular dishes and remains on the menu year-round.
New York dining can put a dent in your wallet, but pizza joint Rubirosa Ristorante (235 Mulberry St., New York, NY) is a fantastic option that won't break the bank. The SoHo eatery has a low-lit romantic vibe and neighborhood feel, perfect for a night away from the kids. Mostly about the pizza, Rubirosa also offers fresh pastas, classic Italian starters and an amazing tiramisu. It's the sort of place you'll enjoy as a couple and then want to bring the kids back to later.
The NoMad Hotel's NoMad restaurant (1170 Broadway, New York, NY) bills itself as "casually-elegant," which means that the food is high-end but completely approachable. The restaurant is made up of several rooms, giving it a feeling of intimacy, and the cocktails are considered some of the best in the city. The prices aren't cheap, but the food is worth it, especially the whole-roasted chicken for two, which comes with fois gras and black truffle. It's the sort of meal a working mother deserves.