By Jacquelyn Di Michelo
As a single woman, I can see how there is pressure for guys when it comes to picking restaurants for dates. Type in “romantic restaurant in NYC” and you will find more than 2.5 million search results. I am here to narrow that search down to 5 great restaurants that will make any woman weak in the knees. But before I go into my list, let me first explain what makes these restaurants great. These restaurants have that special “unique” quality that stands out from others. It has character and charm. If these restaurants were people, it would be a mix of George Clooney, James Dean, Clark Gable and Robert Pattinson. The lighting in these restaurants creates a mood, the food is exotic and foreign, the staff makes you feel special and the list for wine is long. Email us if you have more suggestions and we will look into them.
58 Second Avenenue New York, NY 10003
Cellar 58 in the East Village is that quaint, romantic restaurant that is a hidden gem. In the back is a wine cellar that is open to the public if you want to escape to a more private area. The tables are close together and the staff makes you feel like you are a part of family. Depending on the night, there might be romantic music The wine list is endless and after just one bottle, you will feel closer as a couple than before you arrived.
5 Bleecker Street New York, NY 10012
Bianca is an Italian inspired restaurant located on Bleeker Street in NOHO. It can be easily missed when walking on the street because there isn’t much around it. The best part of Bianca is the ambiance. It is small which makes it romantic and intimate. The interior brick walls exude a comfortable at-home vibe. The dress code is casual but it is white table cloth so if you feel like getting fancy you wouldn’t stand out either. They don’t take reservations and that lets you know this isn’t a commercial joint. It is a bit noisy because of its size but there are rarely any kids and families, which leaves Bianca’s as a perfect spot for just two. The food is great and although the menu is small there is nothing over 15 dollars. Nothing says romance like a small Italian restaurant with delicious food.
191 Hester Street, New York, NY 10013
Café Napoli stands out on its own in Little Italy. All the restaurants on this street are small but it’s hard to choose the best one. Café Napoli is very casual with red checkered table cloth and brick walls. The restaurant has around 20 tables and is perfect for lunch or dinner. The food is fantastic and the most recommended dish is the gnocchis or the thin crust pizza. Finish off your meal with an amazing cappuccino. The service is quick and the staff is accommodating and friendly. Although Little Italy is a tourist trap this restaurant has many families and other NYC locals flowing in and out. The atmosphere is upbeat and bright.
191 Hester Street New York, NY 10013
Nica Trattoria is a delicious dining spot on the Upper East Side. There are many restaurants to choose from in this area but this one is perfect for a one on one setting. The restaurant is extremely small with two rows of tables lining what looks like a hallway. There is a small outside patio which is great for the warm weather and the inside has a large mirror to give the room a bigger affect. Nica Trattoria is a nice quiet small setting where you and your significant other can hear each other talk and enjoy a fine glass of wine. The staff is charming but restaurant is a bit pricey. But hey, sometimes you need to spend a little extra for a romantic night with someone. The staff complements the intimate setting — even the owner will give you historical facts about the area and has a good sense of humor. The place makes you feel right at home. On a romantic date you want to feel at home. But don’t forget, its cash only!
1486 Second Avenue at 77th Street
Uva Wine Bar is Upper East Side’s best Friday night date spot. You can opt to sit at the bar area they have tiny little tables which has you up against your date. Everything is candle lit with flowing curtains in the front which gives off the perfect romantic ambiance. After you have a cocktail up stairs you can take your date down stairs to the wine cellar and have a delicious dinner. You can enjoy splitting a nice bottle of wine and some anti past. If you are looking for a late night spot this place is open for that too, with sliders and pizza. This is a great spot for couples of all ages.