New York is one of America’s most romantic cities, especially in the run-up to Christmas when the streets are illuminated and merriment is in the air. If you fancy a trip to New York this winter, then there are lots of romantic dinner opportunities waiting for you and your partner.
You could go on a cruise or visit New York’s iconic Little Italy. Or how about ice-skating in Central Park and then a trip to the Empire State Building for a steak?
This article will present some fantastic couples dinner ideas in New York:
New York’s skyline is incredible, especially during winter when Christmas lights are up and the waterfront is illuminated. This list’s most romantic dinner idea is without a doubt cruising while eating delicious food with your partner. A cruise around New York can be incredible, especially if you leave when the sun is about to set. A dinner cruise is a romantic, intimate, and unique way to show your partner that you love them. In addition, they are very affordable, especially when compared to some of New York’s higher-end restaurants [which a dinner cruise is just as good as].
The Empire State Building is one of New York’s most recognizable landmarks. The building, which was until 1971 the world’s tallest, houses a very popular steakhouse called STATE. Unfortunately, STATE is located on the building’s ground floor, which means that it doesn’t offer any views. However, what the restaurant lacks in views, it makes up for in quality and romance. STATE is one of Manhattan’s most popular restaurants, with ingredients coming entirely from organic farmers. The interior is tastefully designed, which is why it is a great place to take your partner for a romantic dinner.
There’s not one restaurant that can be singled out as the best in Little Italy, save for perhaps Angelo’s. In order to truly experience all that Little Italy has to offer, you need to go in blind and pick a restaurant according to the moment.
Take a romantic wander through New York’s thriving Little Italy district and pick a restaurant that speaks to you. There are so many to choose from. Most have interiors designed in the style of an old-fashioned Italian American ristorante [think chequered tablecloths, Grecian statues, and oil paintings of grapevines]. This interior ‘style’ is incredibly charming and very romantic. Make sure to request a candle for your table.
Gage and Tollner are one of New York’s oldest restaurants, having been opened in 1879. The restaurant’s interior is dimly lit, waiters wear jackets, and the bar is fully stocked. The restaurant’s desserts are particularly popular among patrons. If you want to take your partner somewhere that’s a little high-end, then Gage and Tollner is the place to go. The restaurant’s food is delicious and its atmosphere is very romantic. Because of how popular it is, it’s important to book your table in advance. If you turn up at the door – especially in the winter season – you won’t be guaranteed a table.
Le Pavillon is one of New York’s most popular French restaurants, loved for its seafood. The restaurant offers incredible views of the Chrysler Building. It is quite expensive compared to other restaurants in this article, however. The three-course tasting begins at $125. However, the food is incredible, so it is worth the cost. The service is also one-of-a-kind. The restaurant’s dining hall looks like a garden, with trees, bushes, and flowers popping up from planters. If you want to take your partner somewhere incredibly romantic, then Le Pavillon NYC is worth some consideration.
If you want to take your partner somewhere that’s adored by New Yorkers and very romantic, then the Gramercy Tavern needs to be considered. The Gramercy Tavern has been open for over two decades now, but its popularity doesn’t appear to be waning. The restaurant’s interior is rustic and designed in the neo-colonial style, which is sure to appeal to your partner if they’re a fan of interior design. The food is impeccable and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. A candlelit dinner in the Gramercy Tavern is a great way to spend a romantic evening with your partner in America’s most iconic city.
This isn’t necessarily ‘somewhere to eat’ although it’s very romantic and you can get food on location. In Central Park during the winter months, there are two ice-skating rinks. By each rink, there is usually a café and lots of stands where you can buy snacks, street food, and get drinks. Why not save yourself the money of an expensive restaurant and visit Central Park’s ice-skating rinks, do some skating, then warm yourselves up with some delicious street food [New York is known for its falafels] and some mulled wine.
The Lincoln Centre for Performing Arts is a fantastic place to spend a romantic evening with your partner. You can catch a show, listen to some live music, or just enjoy the lively street performances and atmosphere. There are several cafes and restaurants located in and around the Lincoln Centre, so there’s no shortage of places to get something to eat. Like with our previous suggestion, why don’t you visit the Lincoln Centre and grab something small to eat, instead of spending money on a play or a musical performance.
Chinatown, like Little Italy, is a hub for romantic and delicious restaurants. If you want to enjoy one of New York’s most famous cultural hubs, then Chinatown is the place to go. If you visit just after Christmas, you will catch the Chinese New Year’s celebrations, which are always incredible. There are floats, street performances, live music, and street vendors offering delicious Chinese street food. New York’s Chinatown is unlike anywhere else in the world. It’s definitely somewhere that you will want to visit if you are traveling with your partner and want to visit somewhere romantic.
New York is a great place to take your partner. If you already live there, then count yourself lucky. As this article shows, there is no shortage of places to go there.