A date is only as good as its location—the perfect ambiance and scenery are always crucial (and flattering light never hurts!). With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we’ve rounded up the most romantic New York City spots to take your special someone.
14 First Avenue
Lucien, a Lower East Side establishment, will transport you to Paris with its authentic and unpretentious French bistro feel. Enjoy delicious, no-frills bistro mainstays including steak frites and escargots, in a warmly-lit dining room covered in photos of famous patrons, family members and friends posing with Lucien Bahaj, the owner. Sip from the restaurant’s extensive wine list to the tune of jazz classics, and for a nightcap, try a signature espresso martini.
55 Irving Place
Arguably the most beautiful bar in New York City, Dear Irving takes a romantic look at the past with its themed rooms paying homage to bygone eras: there’s Marie Antoinette’s parlor, a JFK, Gatsby and Abraham Lincoln room, all lavishly decorated with historical references. For a seamless date, take advantage of Dear Irving’s unique method of ordering—each table houses a buzzer that will ring your server when you’d like a refill.
8 or 14 Stuyvesant Street
For the cocktail connoisseur, Angel’s Share is the perfect Valentine’s day spot. The speakeasy style bar has two locations at 8 and 14 Stuyvesant Street, both tucked away on the second floor of Japanese restaurants. Its 8 Stuyvesant Street location strictly enforces a no standing rule and only seats groups of four or less, making it ideal for dates. Tuxedo-clad waiters tend the wood bar, lorded over by an elaborate mural of cherubs. Try inventive cocktails such as the Cheek to Cheek, a concoction of rum, berries, balsamic honey and yogurt mascarpone espuma.
138 Lafayette Street
Another pick for those hoping to infuse their Valentine’s Day with a bit of romance language flair, make a reservation (if you can snag one!) at Neo-French restaurant Le Coucou, a candle-lit eatery located in Soho. Diners seated near the open kitchen can ogle the team of chefs at work, preparing sauces and plating ostentatious dishes such as raw diver scallops served on a large, opalescent shell. No doubt your date will be impressed, as Le Coucou recently won the James Beard award for Best New Restaurant.