Despite being the city that never sleeps, New York isn’t all late-night parties and noisy avenues. It’s also home to some of the most romantic restaurants in the world. New York is for lovers—and these dinner spots will show you why.
Tucked away on North Moore Street, a couple blocks from the Duane Street Hotel, is one of Tribeca’s most intimate restaurants. Smith & Mills prides itself in offering classic dishes with a modern spin—like watermelon and feta salad, salmon tartare and veal meatballs. A former carriage house, the decor is rustic and unique—highlighted by cozy tufted velvet benches.
Smith & Mills. 71 N Moore St, New York, NY. (212) 226-2515
If you’re looking for dinner with a view, it doesn’t get much better than The River Café. Set on the water next to the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO, this legendary restaurant serves up new American fare like duck, oysters and oxtail. But make sure you leave room for dessert—the Chocolate Brooklyn Bridge uses a bit of culinary genius to make one of New York City’s most famous landmarks edible.
The River Café. 1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 522-5200
Walk past the curvaceous marble bar, down the dimly lit corridor and into the main dining room, where Spanish tapas flow as freely as the wine. Keep it traditional with croquettes and potatoes in spicy aioli, or try a something new like the sea urchin sandwich or Andalucian shrimp. El Quinto Pino will make you feel at home the second you walk in the door, and it rightly so—the quaint space was once a residential apartment.
El Quinto Pino. 401 W 24th St, New York, NY. (212) 206-6900
Repurposed wood, ornate ceiling tiles and red brick walls give Kat & Theo the ambiance of a clever prohibition-era speakeasy. But the food, prepared by chef David Fisher, who previously honed his skills at several Michelin-starred restaurants, is no secret. Wild hare and arctic char highlight a New American menu that mixes comfort with creativity.
Kat & Theo. 5 W 21st St, New York, NY. (212) 380-1950
Head of the class in a long line of New York gastropubs, the West Village’s Spotted Pig isn’t the quietest or cheapest. Even so, when you can get a table at one of the trendiest restaurants in one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city you take it. Do yourself a favor and order the crowd-favorite burger and shoestring fries. Then wash it down with a rye old-fashioned to settle the nerves if you tend to get starstruck—celebrity sightings are frequent here.
Spotted Pig. 314 W 11th St, New York, NY. (212) 620-0393