Best Date Night Restaurants in NYC – Valentine’s Day Edition

It’s the first of February, and if you don’t already have a dinner reservation for Valentine’s Day – get on it. Whether you have a boo or not, there’s no reason not to go out on February 14th. (Not tied up? Celebrate being single with your girls.) Below, we round up our picks for dinner in New York City this Valentine’s Day. Decisions, decisions…

Salinas – 136 9th Avenue

One of the best Spanish restaurants in New York City, Salinas offers Mediterranean-inspired Spanish food in an exquisitely romantic townhouse setting designed by Mary Catherine and Donald Mikula.

Lilia – 567 Union Avenue, Brooklyn

Perfectly prepared homemade pastas, fresh seafood and greens, great wine and Italian cocktails makes Lilia a knockout Italian restaurant and a star on the dining scene. Plus, its relaxed atmosphere makes it great for a casual date night. Reservations are tough, however, so plan ahead.

Fowler & Wells – 5 Beekman Street

Tom Colicchio’s newest restaurant, located in the Beekman Hotel, is a more upscale spot that’s perfect for a carnivorous duo. Serving a mostly meat-centric menu, Fowler & Wells exudes decadence through both its dishes and plush interior. This Valentine’s Day, Fowler & Wells is offering a whopping 7-course tasting menu for $135. Best of all, have a pre-dinner drink in the Bar Room, and admire the grand atrium of the new Beekman Hotel, where Valentino just showed its Pre-Fall collection.

Dante – 79-81 Macdougal Street

An historic NYC cafe invites a cozier date night with warm Italian fare and fun original cocktails. Adopted by an Australian family in 2015, the new Dante is a “love letter to” the classic Greenwich Village establishment frequented by artists and musicians throughout the 20th century.

L’Artusi – 228 West 10th Street

With a menu that checks all the boxes, an extensive list of Italian wines, and a modern, chic interior, L’Artusi is fool-proof date night choice (if you like Italian food as much as we do). If that’s not enough to convince you, since opening in 2008, L’Artusi has been featured on “Best of NYC” lists year after year.

Raoul’s – 180 Prince Street

Chic, classic, with a buzzing dining room, Raoul’s is a classic date-night restaurant. This Soho bistro has been a cornerstone of French cuisine in New York City for decades, and each night the dining room is just as vivacious as the last – you just can’t go wrong.

Public – 210 Elizabeth Street

Who knew Australian cuisine would taste so good? Apparently UK-born Executive Chef Brad Formerie. And if you and your date are curious about the cuisine from Down-Under, Michelin-starred Public is probably a great place to explore. This Valentine’s Day, enjoy 5 courses for $95 (plus extra to “make it rain” – add black truffles to any course).

The Eddy – 342 East 6th Street

A trendy East Village restaurant that serves seasonal fare in a cozy, charming environment. We’re especially enticed by the 6-course tasting menu they’ll be serving up with Valentine’s Day ($125).

The Polo Bar – 1 East 55th Street

Ralph Lauren’s equestrian-themed Midtown eatery is certainly an homage to his sporting lifestyle, and a place to be seen. Its club-like interior and menu give an exclusive feel to this “Instant Classic” NYC hotspot.

Locanda Verde – 377 Greenwich Street

We have a soft spot for this TriBeCa taverna – maybe it’s the ricotta toast, or the warm interior, or Andrew Carmellini’s incredible culinary mastery. Either way, it will always be one of our favorites for date night, date day, and otherwise. Visit on the 14th for a $95 3-course prix fixe.

Tuome – 536 East 5th Street

Thomas Chen, formerly of Michelin-rated Eleven Madison Park, brings his Michelin expertise down to the East Village, cooking up an unbeatable “contemporary American menu with Asian influences” in a cozy yet lively atmosphere that truly stands out amongst other modest neighborhood restaurants. Enjoy a full Valentine’s dinner for $95-$115 (depending on the time of your reso).

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