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Best Romantic Restaurants in New York

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Marc Forgione

Mark Forgione is a celebrated chef in America, winner of the show The Next Iron Chef and recipient of a coveted Michelin Star. His signature restaurant is a must visit to savor some fine contemporary inventions created by him. In an elegant ambiance with classic furniture and dim lights, one can relish his take on the steak, apart from other frequently-changing, seasonally-inspired dishes. Desserts and wines can also be enjoyed to the fullest at this prestigious restaurant.

New York, NY, United States
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Cipriani Wall Street

Cipriani Wall Street is a magnificent piece of Greek architecture and is the former home to the NYSE, the US Customs House and the New York Merchants Exchange. Occupying an entire city block and an area of 16,000 square feet, it is framed by monolithic Corinthian columns amongst a backdrop of Greek architecture. Owned and maintained by the super wealthy Cipriani family, this is an ideal venue for weddings, parties and other events. The place is crowded with suave business executives and society ladies lunching in the afternoons. Celebrity spotting is a favorite pass-time at this place. Visit website for detailed menu.

New York, NY, United States
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Taureau

Fondue is a European delicacy that originally consists of molten cheese eaten with bread. This classic dish is celebrated in Taureau, a fondue joint in East Village. One can feast on a variety of cheese fondues like Alpine made with cheese and hazelnuts and Pyrenees with white wine and nutmeg. Dessert fondue or fruits dunked in warm chocolate, or marshmallows covered in melted chocolate are other treats that can be relished. Another offbeat fondue that is served here is the Fondue Bourguignon where marinated meat is dipped in oil and eaten. Here one can choose the meat as well as the oil and set out on a gustatory journey. This fondue place is a dream come true for diners with its plethora of fondue ideas that must be explored at least once.

New York, NY, United States
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The River Cafe

Situated on a barge beside the Brooklyn Bridge, this superb, elegant restaurant is where native New Yorkers and people who want to impress their dates gather for special occasions. With a spectacular view of lower Manhattan right outside the window and beautiful flowers blanketing the room, it all culminates into an incredibly romantic setting. The service is excellent, and the creative American cuisine is always in the hands of the capable chefs in the kitchen. Jacket and tie are required for men at dinner.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Peasant

Peasant is a simple wood and brick place with food that is wonderful. Patrons of this Italian restaurant in Nolita dress casually but stylish. Chef and owner Frank DeCarlo uses a wood-burning oven to cook many of the dishes on the menu. An open kitchen gives the dining room an extra spark. All of the seafood and veal dishes are immensely popular, including lobster and Osso Bucco. The house chocolate cake is delightful as well.

New York, NY, United States
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Raoul's

Raoul's may inspire curiosity when you walk past and see that it's packed no matter the hour. You'll find a bohemian crowd packed into this bar, and maybe a celebrity if you're lucky. The menu includes steak, such as the Steak Au Poivre, among other options. This French eatery has a lot to offer, so stop by for dinner and a drink.

New York, NY, United States
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Il Buco

Serving wonderful, hearty Italian dishes, this jewel of a restaurant is perfect for a romantic evening. Formerly located in an antique shop, the dining room features rustic country tables bathed in candlelight. The fairly expensive menu includes seasonal appetizers, pastas, salads, and entrees, and are all worth the price. The wine cellar holds a special appeal for diners as well as literature buffs, as it was reputedly the cellar depicted in Edgar Allen Poe's tale "The Cask Of Amontillado" (long before the space was Il Buco). The atmosphere and dress is casual and the service is excellent.

New York, NY, United States
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Buvette

A lovely French-style bistro, Buvette effortlessly blends vintage with modern chic. Featuring a delightfully rustic but trendy vibe, the little bistro is a popular local spot for an elegant breakfast, light lunch or after work drink. The menu stays close to its bistro theme, serving up a nice array of retro classics like the mouth-watering selection of baked delights from flaky croissants perfect for a quick breakfast to more substantial steak tartare, ratatouille and coq au vin. A lovely spot for a quiet evening out and a nice place to enjoy the perfect glass of French wine accompanied by one of the delicious small eats, in quaint little jars and bowls, meant to be shared. Round off the evening with a slice of melt-in-the-mouth tarte tatin, for a truly satisfying experience. Since they do not accept reservations, expect a wait on weekends.

New York, NY, United States
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One if by Land, Two if by Sea

One if by Land, Two if by Sea embodies romance, featuring piano music, flowers, fireplaces, balcony seating and dim lighting. It is a favorite spot for marriage proposals and special occasions. The signature dish is Beef Wellington, the filet mignon is wrapped in sumptuous pastry dough. The desserts and the extensive wine list are also worth inspecting.

New York, NY, United States
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Zenkichi

Zenkichi specializes in seasonal Japanese cuisine unlike anything you've ever tasted. Dishes like monkfish liver, grilled eggplant, and homemade tofu with greens are some of the dishes featured here. The chef's tasting menu is definitely the way to go. For dessert, the frozen black sesame mousse is a must-try.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Convivium Osteria

A place that offers a variety of cuisines, you will be treated with authentic traditional delicacies from Italy, Spain and the entire Mediterranean. This restaurant offers you a perfect romantic setting for a date. The staff here is extremely warm and friendly. The interior evokes a sort of old-world farmhouse feel, very with warm lighting and dark wood.

New York, NY, United States
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Aureole New York

Aureole succeeds in preparing a feast for the non-ostentatious in an elegant setting. However, discerning diners are sure to be impressed by the contemporary American fare and chic ambiance. Try the yellowfin tuna tartare with chili-spiced ponzu or pick the Atlantic salmon with an orange-miso vinaigrette. The polished service scores high marks for being friendly, and yet not too pushy. Aureole is located in the vicinity of the Times Square, and is usually pretty crowded during lunch.

New York, NY, United States
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