Top Romantic Restaurants for Valentine's Day in NYC

Skip the tourist traps & ignite your Valentine's Day in NYC with these hidden gems, romantic bistros and adventurous views.

January 29, 2024

Where to Have a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Date in NYC

Valentine's Day in NYC can be a love-hate relationship. The city is filled with tourist traps, high prices, and the pressure to create a perfect day. But, there's an alternative side to Valentine's Day in the city, a side where intimacy meets adventure and one-of-a-kind culinary experiences. We put together this list to help you find the perfect spots that offer a unique and romantic escape from the usual hustle and bustle. Whether it's a cozy Parisian bistro, a vibrant vegetarian haven, or a Michelin-starred gem, these options promise an unforgettable celebration that goes beyond the ordinary.

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Dinner with a View

Ophelia Lounge NYC

Midtown East

Soar above the city lights at this chic rooftop lounge, where panoramic East River Views and craft cocktails collide. Indulge in small plates like duck confit spring rolls and truffle fries while the twinkling skyline steals the show. Their Valentine’s Day meal includes champagne, special holiday cocktails and roses. Additionally their Galentine’s Day special includes live jazz for those looking to celebrate with friends.

Panorama Room

Roosevelt Island

With a short tram ride from Midtown, you can escape the urban chaos and savor breathtaking 360-degree vistas of Manhattan and beyond. This airy oasis boasts delectable modern American cuisine and an ever-changing menu that embraces the seasons and leans heavy on seafood.


Lower East Side

Normally in NYC, you have to compromise on fantastic food to enjoy a great view. However, at Manhatta, you can indulge in Michelin-starred dining with floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the vibrant Lower East Side. The innovative tasting menu, crafted with local ingredients, pushes culinary boundaries in either three or four courses, depending on your budget.

The Fulton

South Street Seaport

A waterfront luxury restaurant, step back in time with a meal that feels like you're aboard a historic wooden schooner. Watch the sunset over the Brooklyn Bridge as you savor fresh seafood and classic American dishes with a nautical twist, designed by Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges.

The River Café

DUMBO Brooklyn

This legendary waterfront institution, just across the Brooklyn Bridge, remains a must-try. Watch boats pass on the East River and take in the Manhattan skyline while indulging in French-infused seafood and impeccable service.

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Romantic Bistros

Le French Diner

Lower East Side

Parisian charm meets New York cool at this cozy and casual bistro. Dim lighting, an open kitchen, checkered tablecloths, and decadent French classics like hangar steak and escargot set the mood for a truly romantic evening.

The Odeon


A quintessential New York staple, The Odeon is where literary legends and everyday couples mingle. Share a bowl of French Onion Soup and a Roast Chicken Au Jus amidst a buzzing atmosphere that's full of history and charm.

1803 NYC


Spice up your Valentine's Day with a touch of New Orleans! Savor Cajun-infused flavors like gumbo, cajun escargot with your steak frites, while candlelit booths and live jazz serenade you and your special someone.



French fare gets a playful update at this Michelin-starred gem. Expect unexpected flavor combinations such as vadouvan curry, five-spice, and sambal, accompanied by generous portions in a lively atmosphere that's ideal for celebrating special occasions.

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Tatiana by Kwame Onwuachi

Lincoln Center

Immerse yourself in a vibrant celebration of Afro-Caribbean cuisine at this critically acclaimed newcomer. Prepare for a theatrical dining experience with bold flavors, vibrant presentations, and impeccable service.

Keens Steakhouse

Bryant Park

Step back in time and experience Old New York glamor at this iconic steakhouse. Sink your teeth into perfectly aged prime cuts, sip on vintage wines, and revel in the old-world ambiance. A seat near the fireplace makes for an extra romantic night.

Emilio's Ballato


Forget to book a Valentine’s Day reservation and willing to try your luck at a walk-in-only establishment? This cash-only gem is a true New York institution, frequented by celebrities and locals alike. Come for the legendary red-sauce Italian, stay for the warm hospitality and unpretentious charm.


Upper East Side

Modern Italian takes center stage at this elegant Upper East Side eatery. Exquisite pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and fresh seafood dishes are showcased in a sophisticated setting perfect for a special occasion.

Dirt Candy

Lower East Side

Forget steak frites, embrace beet carpaccio! Your veggie Valentine will swoon at this creative tasting menu haven. Dim lighting, great service and an imaginative menu from Chef Amanda Cohen will surprise and delight even the most dedicated carnivores.

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