7 Romantic Restaurants in New York City

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If setting the tone for a romantic evening is your goal, and starting it off with a seductive dinner is your plan, then take a look at even restaurants in Manhattan that might help get you off to the right start.

You can enjoy candlelight, crackling fires, breathtaking views, and romantic music while you dine alongside your special someone.

These restaurants are some of Cupid's "best of" choices for Valentine's Day, anniversaries, and any other special occasions that call for setting an amorous mood.

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    Tucked away in a historic carriage house that dates back to 1767 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. The decor features candlelit tables, brick fireplaces, and a private garden. It is said that more people have announced their engagement here than any other ​restaurant in Manhattan.

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    Enjoy the enchanting ambiance and award-winning cuisine at Aureole, a charming restaurant located in a brownstone on Manhattan's Upper East Side. In the dining room, earthy-rich colors and golden lighting combine to create a comfortable environment and opulent warm glow, reminiscent of its townhouse intimacy. Evening guests may select from a 3-course prix fixe or taste dinner menu. A special tasting menu is usually offered for Valentine's Day.

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    With sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty, the lit up, expansive bridges and the twinkling skyline of Manhattan, the views from The River Cafe in DUMBO, Brooklyn, cannot be beaten. With an award-winning and outstanding wine list, romantic piano music nightly, breathtaking floral arrangements, since 1977 the River Cafe has been offering its guests a magical experience. Visit the riverside garden, for a quiet spot for a little canoodling or just taking in the view.

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    For a special occasion to remember, it's hard to go wrong at two-star Michelin rated, Daniel. Known the world over for his exquisitely prepared French fine dining experience, Daniel Boulud's East Side restaurant 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, request an ultra-romantic corner table in the lounge or along the perimeter of the mezzanine in the neoclassically styled main dining room.

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    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. Part of what makes this restaurant romantic are its rules: jackets are required and cell phones and children are forbidden. Full of mirrors, flowers, and deco details, you can dine on foie gras, frog legs, and chocolate soufflé. The food may pricey, but it is guaranteed to impress.

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    The House will wow you from the moment you first glance the exterior of its beautifully restored 1854 carriage house that exudes quaintness and historical elegance. Choose from greenery-surrounded sidewalk tables, 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. This perfect date-night location is cozy, comforting, and a wonderful spot to relax and enjoy the finer pleasures in life.

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    Earn the undying love of any sushi connoisseur at Sushi Yasuda. At this restaurant, you may not find the clichéd romantic restaurant trappings but can experience an intimate ambiance with minimalist, sleek bamboo and blond wood interiors.​

    Seats at the sushi bar may be coveted as the chef delivers the freshest, sushi cuts, omakase-style, curated for the diner. But, for a more romantic experience, request a table, where you can put your focus on your sushi-loving date and the food before you.