8 Romantic Restaurants in New York City

In the mood for a little romance? Dine at one of these romantic New York restaurants and your sweetie will be thanking you for days. Enjoy candlelight, crackling fires, breathtaking views, and romantic music to dine alongside. These 8 Manhattan restaurants are perfect for Valentine's Day, anniversaries, and any other special occasions that call for setting an amorous mood.

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    One if By Land, Two if By Sea

    ••• One if By Land, Two if By Sea

    Tucked away in a historic 18th-century carriage house in the West Village, this romantic restaurant has been the setting for countless cozy dinners since it opened in 1972. The crackling fireplace and the tinkling baby grand piano create a stunning scene for impressing your date.

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    Enjoy romance and award-winning cuisine at Aureole, a charming restaurant located in a brownstone on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The food is spectacular and the atmosphere is enchanting. A special tasting menu is always offered for Valentine's Day.

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    At The River Café, the breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline sets the romantic mood. Add delicious food and plenty of ambiance and you've got the perfect spot for a little canoodling. It's well worth a trip to Brooklyn.

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    For a special occasion to remember, it's hard to go wrong at Daniel. Daniel is one of only five New York City restaurants deemed worthy of a four-star rating from The New York Times. If the award-winning French contemporary cuisine isn't enough to put you in the mood for romance, the elegant neo classical dining room and the attentive service are sure to make you swoon.

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    ••• La Grenouille

    Visit La Grenouille for the ultimate in old-fashioned romance and classic French cuisine. Settle into a plush red banquette amid riotous bouquets of fresh flowers and golden sconces. Dine on foie gras, frog legs, and chocolate soufflé. The food is pricey but guaranteed to impress.

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    The House will wow you from the moment you first glance its beautifully restored 1854 carriage house location from afar. Choose from fireside dining on the parlor level, a table on the second floor with a view of Gramercy Park, or a cozy spot at the Chef's Table in the wine cellar.
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    Earn the undying love of any sushi connoisseur at Sushi Yasuda, Sushi Yasuda doesn't offer the clichéd romantic restaurant trappings, but the intimate ambiance and sleek blond wood interiors put the focus where it belongs -- on the excellent food and on your fascinating date. Seats at the sushi bar are coveted, but ask for a table for maximum romance.

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    This elegant restaurant in Murray Hill features an elaborate chandelier, plush leather booths and an amethyst bar. An innovative cocktail menu lets you sample intriguingly-named drinks like the Kama Sutra, the Stone Pole, and the Havana Kiss.