Valentine's Day Restaurant Guides

Our Favorite Date Night Restaurants in NYC

Guide By Cole Bubenik
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, love birds throughout New York City can find love at first bite at any of these date night venues.
Lots of decisions go into finding the perfect date night restaurant in NYC. From the low pressure spot for drinks to an elevated night out, in this guide to date night restaurants in NYC we've curated some of the hottest spots for love. You'll find high-end concepts alongside quicker casual options for first dates or quick conversations.

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Our Guide to Date Night Restaurants in NYC

Romantic Dinner Dates


20 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Date Night Spots NYC - Cornelius Dining Room
Step into the enchanting world of Indonesian cuisine at Wayan, nestled in the heart of New York City. Helmed by Chef Cédric Vongerichten, this culinary gem invites you on a sensory journey filled with vibrant flavors and exquisite presentations. Named after Chef Vongerichten's mother, Wayan pays homage to her legacy through a menu inspired by the rich culinary traditions of Indonesia. From the fragrant spices of Bali to the sumptuous dishes of Jakarta, each bite at

Whether you're savoring the iconic Nasi Goreng or indulging in the delicate Rendang, every dish tells a story of passion and artistry. With its warm ambiance and impeccable service, Wayan sets the stage for an unforgettable date night experience, where love and culinary exploration intertwine in perfect harmony.

Osteria Morini

218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
Date Night Spots NYC - Cornelius Dining Room
Nestled in the heart of SoHo, Osteria Morini invites you to experience the allure of Italian romance in a cozy and intimate setting. Helmed by Chef Michael White, this charming osteria captures the essence of Italian cuisine with its rustic yet refined dishes. From the savory aroma of freshly made pasta to the delicate flavors of artisanal cheeses and cured meats, each bite at Osteria Morini is a culinary journey through the diverse regions of Italy.

Whether you're sharing a bottle of wine by candlelight or savoring the signature Cappelletti, every moment at Osteria Morini is infused with warmth and elegance. Perfect for a romantic date night or a special celebration, Osteria Morini promises an unforgettable dining experience that celebrates the timeless beauty of Italian cuisine.


Multiple NYC Locations
Date Night Spots NYC - Cornelius Dining Room
Serafina is a culinary sanctuary where Italian romance comes to life. Its intimate yet lively ambiance, adorned with rustic decor and soft lighting, sets the stage for an unforgettable date night experience. Here, every detail exudes warmth and charm, making it the perfect backdrop for a romantic rendezvous.

But it's not just the ambiance that enchants at Serafina—it's the food. From traditional pizzas adorned with fresh ingredients to sumptuous seafood risotto, each dish is a masterpiece crafted with care and precision. With every bite, diners embark on a journey through the vibrant flavors of Italy, savoring the essence of Mediterranean cuisine. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply savoring the company of your loved one, Serafina offers an enchanting experience that lingers long after the last bite.


Multiple NYC Locations
Date Night Spots NYC - Cornelius Dining Room
Momoya promises an escape into the world of Japanese cuisine, blending tradition with modernity for an unparalleled dining venture. Its contemporary interior sets the stage for a serene culinary journey, where the aroma of fresh sushi and sizzling hibachi entices patrons upon arrival.

At Momoya, each dish is a masterpiece, meticulously crafted to deliver a symphony of flavors. From expertly rolled sushi to succulent grilled meats, every bite embodies the essence of Japanese culinary artistry. Whether you seek a romantic rendezvous or simply a taste of Japan's finest, Momoya offers an unforgettable dining experience in the heart of New York City.

Musket Room

265 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
Date Night Spots NYC - Cornelius Dining Room
Tucked away in the heart of Manhattan's Nolita neighborhood, Musket Room beckons with its charming ambiance and inventive culinary creations. Chef Matt Lambert's New Zealand heritage infuses every dish with a unique flair, offering diners an unforgettable journey through innovative cuisine.

The Musket Room experience is a testament to Chef Lambert's dedication to seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, showcased in each meticulously crafted dish. From the delicate flavors of the sea to the robust richness of game meats, every bite at Musket Room is a celebration of culinary excellence. Whether you're savoring a romantic dinner for two or exploring the menu with friends, Musket Room promises an unforgettable dining adventure in the heart of New York City.


Multiple NYC Locations
Date Night Spots NYC - Cornelius Dining Room
ATLA invites diners to experience the vibrant flavors of contemporary Mexican cuisine in a chic and welcoming setting. Helmed by acclaimed Chef Enrique Olvera, ATLA offers a refreshing take on traditional Mexican dishes, elevating them with modern techniques and seasonal ingredients.

From the moment you step into ATLA, you're greeted by an atmosphere of warmth and sophistication, with stylish decor and attentive service. The menu reflects Chef Olvera's commitment to authenticity and innovation, featuring an array of dishes that showcase the diverse culinary landscape of Mexico. Whether you're indulging in the bold flavors of the guacamole or savoring the intricately crafted ceviche, every bite at ATLA is a testament to the restaurant's dedication to excellence. Join us at ATLA NYC for a culinary journey that celebrates the rich heritage of Mexican cuisine while embracing the excitement of contemporary dining.

Smith & Mills

71 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013
Date Night Spots NYC - Cornelius Dining Room
Located in the heart of Tribeca, Smith & Mills occupies a historic carriage house dating back to the 1800s, offering a unique blend of old-world charm and contemporary dining. With its iconic red door and intimate ambiance, the restaurant provides the perfect setting for romantic evenings or casual gatherings with friends. Step inside and be greeted by exposed brick walls, vintage decor, and a cozy atmosphere that invites guests to unwind and savor the moment.

Under the culinary direction of Chef Nick Korbee, Smith & Mills boasts a menu inspired by seasonal ingredients and local flavors. From delectable small plates to enticing entrees, each dish showcases the restaurant's commitment to quality and creativity. Whether indulging in a leisurely brunch on the sunlit patio or savoring artisanal cocktails in the evening, Smith & Mills offers an unforgettable dining experience that captures the essence of Tribeca's vibrant culinary landscape.


89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
Date Night Spots NYC - Cornelius Dining Room
City Winery's newest concept in Grand Central Terminal, Cornelius pays homage to a titan of industry, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and is an ode to industry and high-end dining. Chef Zach Bondy leads a menu taking cues from the exquisite tastes of the Gilded Age. With modern twists on familiar favorites and an extensive list of wines, Cornelius offers farm-to-table fare with grandeur.

As far as date night restaurants in NYC go, Cornelius's gilded and grand experience is the height of sultry romance. Diners will feel like titans of industry themselves with each bite of Cornelius' locally sourced menu featuring classics like Duck Confit (served with lentils du puy, confit tomato, aioli, and fine herbs) or Tartare of Beef (prime tenderloin, dijon, shallot, cornichon, fine herbs, farm egg, gaufrettes).

Les Trois Chevaux

283 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014
 Date night spots NYC - Les trois chevaux food
Les Trois Chevaux offers the quintessential date night restaurant experience. Crafted lovingly by famed chef Angie Mar, Les Trois Chevaux is her love letter to fine French-dining. Serving a constantly changing prix-fixe dinner inspired by French tradition in a stunningly elevated space, this restaurant is perfect for lovebirds who crave the finest things in life.

In a departure from the increasingly normal conventions of modern restaurants, Les Trois Chevaux features white cloth table tops, hanging chandeliers, gilded mirrors, and a dining dress code that requires all men to wear jackets. For date night restaurants in NYC, it's hard to find one more elegant and refined as Les Trois Chevaux.
81 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY 10014
Date Night Spots NYC - L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele Food
Located in the north Greenwich Village, L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele is a world-renowned Neapolitan pizzeria that first debuted in the heart of Hollywood. The food here focuses on honing the same centuries-old recipes and techniques imported from Italy and is always crafted with the freshest and finest ingredients.

Diners looking for date night restaurants in NYC that feel sociable and maybe a little less stuffy than your traditional fine-dining experience will love L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele. Taking center stage is, of course, their pizzas but don't miss out on their wine offerings, cocktails, or pasta dishes.

12 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Date Night Spots NYC - Gotham Bar and Grill Food
We've written about Gotham before as one of our favorite High-end restaurants in NYC currently on the inKind app. We're reaffirming our love for Gotham as a must-visit destination for those looking for an upscale date night restaurant. Helmed by the much-lauded trio of Bret Csencsitz, Kevin Conrad, and executive chef Ron Paprocki, Gotham serves world-class dining with deep historical ties to New York City.

Love birds will love the close intimacy of the dining room and Gotham's unquestionably refined hospitality. Chef Paprocki creates a menu that captures the spirit of Gotham (and NYC ) by creating an approachable yet unforgettable experience that changes with the Seasons. For an extra date night experience make sure to drop by their newly started Gotham Jazz events, happening Wednesdays from 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM and Saturdays from 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM.

Charlie Bird

5 King St., New York, NY 10012
 Date Night Spots NYC - Charlie Bird NYC Dining Room
Charlie Bird is a New York City staple that highlights the mix of style, taste, and effortless "coolness" that make the city the cultural capital of the country. In their cozy dining room adorned with pops of yellow and boombox prints, you'll be treated to dish after dish of Italian-inspired cuisine that delights the palate and leaves diners full and satisfied.

On full display are two things: One, Charlie Bird's dedication to hospitality, giving you a white tablecloth experience, sans the traditional stuffiness. Two, their expansive and every changing wine list makes this spot a go-to date night restaurant for wine lovers or budding sommeliers.

Low-Pressure Dinner Dates

Krispy Rice

5 King St., New York, NY 10012
Date Night Restaurants NYC - Krispy Rice Box
One of Citizens' innovative culinary concepts, Krispy Rice serves a sushi experience that's anything but ordinary. Come for their fast and fresh flavors made with a California twist like their signature maki rolls, and spicy tuna krispy rice. If you're feeling adventurous (and extra hungry) order one of their go-to combos to share which will give you a little taste of everything Krispy Rice has to offer.

As an additional date night bonus, Krispy Rice is located in the same spot as other Citizen's concepts like Katsuya, Soom Soom, and Cindy Lou's Cookies. This makes it a perfect spot for foodies looking to explore new flavors, grab dessert after a great meal, or couples with competing palettes wanting to find common ground.

Sam's Crispy Chicken

5 King St., New York, NY 10012
Date Night Restaurants NYC - Crispy Chicken
Another one of Citizen's culinary concepts, Sam's Crispy Chicken serves crispy fried chicken or bold grilled chicken sandwiches on toasted brioche buns. For couples looking for a casual dinner date that doesn't skimp on deliciousness, Sam's Crispy Chicken is the go-to spot. Grab a signature sandwich, share their Mac N' Cheese, or grab some of the best parmesan truffle fries you've ever tasted. Leave room for dessert and grab either a chocolate milkshake or hop over to Cindy Lou's Cookies for seriously delicious cookies.


5 King St., New York, NY 10012
Date Night Restaurants NYC - Whitman's Food
As the old adage goes: the fastest way to someone's heart is through their stomach, and if a trip to Whitman's doesn't please their stomach, you'll want to find someone else. Famous for their take on Minneapolis classic, the Juicy Lucy, Whitman's also serves burgers and seasonal fare focused on fresh and local ingredients.

This date night restaurant in NYC is a great pick for those looking for less of the pomp and circumstance involved in the fine-dining date night, without sacrificing the flavor. Since their main claim to fame is the Juicy Lucy, you'll definitely want to order that. However, any of their burgers, cheesesteaks, and chicken dishes will please even the pickiest of eaters. Visit their Hudson Yards location to also sip on signature cocktails, draft beers, and classic cocktails.

Bar Pasquale

98 Kenmare St., New York, NY 10012
Date Night Restaurants NYC - Bar Pasquale Pizza
Describing itself as a "love letter to the beautiful rustic island in the south: Sicily" Bar Pasquale replicates the success of their neighboring pizzeria Pasquale Jones here, offering a menu full of handmade pasta, sfincione-style pizza, and small plates inspired by travel.

This date night restaurant in NYC is a great fit for anyone looking for an elevated Sicilian charm. Their outdoor patio seating is ideal for NYC diners who want the hustle and bustle of the New York City streets to feel as much a part of their date as the partner sitting across from them. Their indoor space features banquettes of burgundy red leather, vintage furniture, and classic red-sauce joint attire that feels welcoming and warm.

Coffee and Cocktails Dates

Pebble Bar

67 W 49th St, New York, NY 10112
Date Night Restaurants NYC - Pebble Bar Interior
The traditions of date nights can feel imposing at times. Far too often we'll find ourselves pondering over our next meal: what should we eat, where should we eat rather than the essence of the date itself. Pebble Bar is a hot date night spot for lovers looking to forgo the customary dinner date for cocktails and conversations.

Housed in the legendary townhouse at Rockefeller Center and expanding across three floors, this space feels effortlessly cool and full of history. While lighter bites like Grand Gougere, steak tartare and caviar, and oysters are served at their 3rd-floor bar, their walk-in 2nd-floor cocktail bar is the place to be. Invite a date for a night of casual conversation or intimate love-leading questions.

Cha Cha Matcha

Multiple NYC Locations
Date Night Restaurants NYC - Cha Cha Matcha Drink
Let's be honest, sometimes a date is a trial run. You're testing the waters, not sure if you'll want to stay or get out as quick as you can. Cha Cha Matcha is the perfect place for those penciled-in dates or coffee-shop chats when you're still deciding what to do next.

You'll love each of their locations which feature a quirky and whimsical vibe to go along with their addictive and energizing matcha drinks. Plus, their matcha drinks are the perfect pick to perk you up for stimulating conversations and the potential next stop on your soon-to-be amazing date night.

The Sentry

5 King St., New York, NY 10012
Date Night Restaurants NYC - The Sentry Bar
The traditional date-night dinner is great for most, but sometimes you want something more alluring and exclusive. The Sentry is a great pick for anyone looking for a highly-social night out. Evoking the allure of a sensuous penthouse loft and a discreet speakeasy spirit, The Sentry is the perfect cocktail bar for budding socialites.

You'll love their casual-yet-elevated atmosphere, stunning views, and extensive cocktail, agave, and whisky lists. If, after a few hours of sipping and socializing you find yourself hungry, you can also pick from a menu of small sharable bites like french fries, Brussel sprouts, or salt and pepper squid.

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