New York City is one of the most romantic and romanticized cities in the world; combing the architectural prominence of the Eiffel Tower in Paris with the metropolitan ethos we’ve all come to know and love, mixed in an eclectic pasture of our fond memories and our hopeful promise, New York City really is the spot for romantic restaurants. While each person’s list is their own, why not consider these three destinations when selecting a romantic evening in New York City.
Mandoo Bar (2 West 32nd Street New York, NY 10001) If you’re looking for a romantic spot in New York City you may wish to consider the somewhat kitschy Mandoo Bar. The Mandoo Bar space is located in the throbbing heart of midtown, on a solitary block between Broadway and 5th Avenue known as “K-Town,” for it’s largely Korean influences. Mandoo Bar is romantic but it’s also affordable! The food at Mandoo Bar is meant to be shared and there is no better way to get close to someone than by sharing some pad Thai. The only drawback from Mandoo which may take some people out of it is the absolutely dreadful soundtrack playing on their sound system. I wasn’t going to recommend Mandoo Bar for this list until I recalled with some fondness listening to Rod Steward and Michael Bolton and falling in love all over again. By that rationale the Mandoo Bar is as romantic a spot as any in New York City!
Don Giovanni(358 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036. 212-581-4939) If true love is had over a plate of spaghetti and meatballs as Lady and the Tramp reminds us, than Don Giovanni in New York City’s theatre district is the spot. Many folks go to Don Giovanni during that bustling hour between 5:30 and last call for theatre shows; for a truly romantic experience get a seating at Don Giovanni after 7:30 or so. The restaurant will filter out, the service will still be impeccable, and you’ll miss the post theatre crowd so you’ll have all the opportunity to leisurely fall in love that spaghetti & meatballs allows. (Don Giovanni does have a number of other delectable Italian entrees besides spaghetti & meatballs, obviously!)
Gramercy Tavern (42 East 20th Street New York, NY 10003, 212-477-0777) Danny Meyer is something of a New York City restaurant maverick and one of his signature locations has got to be the very romantic Gramercy Tavern. First opened up in 1994, Gramercy Tavern has been serving up some of the most romantic meals in the city as long. Using largely local fresh fare, the always morphing menu at Gramercy Tavern is indeed sumptuous without being pretentious. The food is remarkably affordable and includes an after 5:30 3-course meal which many may wish to consider. Come early, stay late, and let the magic of the Gramercy Tavern menu whisk you away.
While there are many, many other romantic restaurant options in New York City, these three offer a beginners guide to cosmopolitan romancing your beau. Enjoy!