New York City doesn’t do anything halfway - and that includes Valentine’s Day. Whether you see Valentine’s Day as a “hallmark holiday” or look forward to it every year, there’s nothing better than a romantic dinner with your favorite person, and NYC can provide that in spades. Here’s where to go.
This cozy German bar and restaurant is best known for its delightfully over-the-top holiday decor, but those kooky decorating tendencies come into play all year long. Depending on when you visit, you’ll find lights, wreaths, flowers, and other treasures hanging from the ceiling as you dine. You and your date can chow down on enjoy hefty portions of schnitzel, sausage, and of course, beer.
Rolf’s, 281 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010, (212) 477-4750
THE BOMBAY BREAD BAR
For the couple that loves all things quirky, this SoHo restaurant designed by Wes Anderson’s set decorator will do the trick. The bright-colored space, which serves up Indian cuisine, is the creation of lauded chef Floyd Cardoz. As the name suggests, The Bombay Bread Bar prides itself on its many delicious bread offerings.
The Bombay Bread Bar, 195 Spring St. at Sullivan, New York, NY 10012 212.235.1098
This charming Italian joint has been thriving for more than twenty years. In New York City restaurant years, that’s practically a century. There’s a reason il Buco has stuck around for so long - eating here is like stepping into a cozy Italian farmhouse. The menu is shaped by the season, the wine flows freely, and candlelit seating brings the romance.
il Buco, 47 Bond St, New York, NY 10012, (212) 533-1932
THE RAINBOW ROOM
This New York institution features panoramic Manhattan views from 65 stories up. Housed in the famous 30 Rockefeller Center since 1934, the Rainbow Room has hosted countless larger-than-life celebrities and newsmakers over the years. With a high-end dress code, a menu that rises to the occasion, and live music to dance to, it’s tough not to leave with a smile on your face.
Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor New York, NY 10112 USA
In this cozy outpost of much-loved West Village restaurant Boucherie, you’ll find all your French bistro menu favorites. Gaze out at the bustling street as you enjoy a glass of red wine and just try not to feel like you’re starring in a vintage Parisian film.
Petite Boucherie, 14 Christopher St., New York City, NY; (646)-756-4145
ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY SEA
This West Village restaurant is located in a 1767 carriage house that was once owned by former Vice President Aaron Burr. You can’t beat the vibe of its candlelit tables, live piano, roaring fireplace, and cozy exposed brick. Enjoy the seven-course tasting menu as you soak up the atmosphere.
One If By Land, Two If By Sea, 17 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014, (212) 255-8649
If you were one of those kids who made Valentine’s Day cards out of doilies for your classmates each year, this candy-colored spot is the place for you. This all-pink restaurant is like walking straight into a box of Sweethearts. Everything from the napkins to the chairs to the cups are a shade of bubblegum, and the space is decorated to resemble an upscale version of a 1950s diner. On the menu, you’ll find fresh, healthy Italian meals.
Pietro NoLita, 174 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012, (646) 998-4999
THE RIVER CAFE
At the River Cafe, you’ll dine along the Hudson River as you gaze out at views of the NYC skyline. After a meal that will change your taste buds forever, be sure to treat yourselves to the Cafe’s adorable chocolate marquise Brooklyn Bridge for dessert.
The River Cafe, 1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, (718) 522-5200