After being seated in mahogany booths encased in curtains, you'll be given menus and a small buzzer to summon the waiter.
Ponder the menu of Japanese small plates over a subtle jazz soundtrack and hardly any hint that other diners are huddled in their own private booths throughout the three-story restaurant.
The seasonal eight-course Omakase tasting menu is popular, as are the silky tofu dish and potato mochi cakes on the a la carte menu.
A stroll down Arthur Avenue, in the Bronx’s Little Italy, can feel like an impromptu trip to the boot, and the Zero Otto Nove dining room completes that fantasy.
Inside this elegant landmark building—it was once Aaron Burr’s carriage house—brick walls, gold chandeliers, huge bouquets of flowers, and plush seating set the scene for one the city's most popular spots for proposals.
Tables near one of the restaurant's two fireplaces in the Constitution Room, or near the French windows that overlook the garden, are particularly popular with couples.
The romantic vibe begins before you even get inside this Brooklyn restaurant: The walkway leading to the front door is lit by lanterns and passes by the on-site greenhouse that keeps the restaurant brimming with fresh flowers.
But to really impress your date, score a table by the windows—the restaurant offers breathtaking vistas of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge.
We've chosen some of our favorite spots in New York for a special night out, whether you want the best Valentine's restaurant in NYC (and if you choose to eat out that night, godspeed) or just want to celebrate an anniversary/promotion/third date in style.
Tucked into the Flatiron district, Kat & Theo, led by executive chef David Fisher—a semi-finalist in the 2016 San Pellegrino Young Chefs competition–creates simple, produce-driven dishes like his lamb tongue pastrami with house-made stout mustard and house rye bread.
The Halibut en Croute's sauce is nicknamed “proposal sauce," supposedly for the amount of times diners have asked Forgione to marry them after trying it.
This charming throwback Queens joint is perfect for a “just drinks” date that you hope turns into something more.
NYC date spots will do everything but disappoint you. Think no more beyond this cute, artsy space in Brooklyn.