5 Must-see Romantic Spots Around New York City


Carmen da Silva, chef concierge at Soho Grand Hotel, lists her top picks for couples in the city looking for an amorous escape.



There’s plenty to do in New York for a couple seeking an amorous getaway. (Courtesy of Virgola)


West Village Romance

“Enjoy an oyster happy hour at VIRGOLA’s very intimate West Village location—where lovers’ [padlocks] are strewn around the bar’s gated entrance, the chandeliers and even the legs of the tables—followed by a pre-sunset walk across the Brooklyn Bridge,” for the ultimate romantic date night. (28 Greenwich Ave.; virgolausa.com)


Couple’s Night Out

“Dinner at Brooklyn’s classic The River Café,” tucked away under the Brooklyn Bridge, offers an incredible setting and gourmet food—perfect for a couple’s night out. Take in the views of the city’s skyline and the Statue of Liberty while you enjoy nightly piano music with your glass of wine, meal and loved one. (1 Water St.; 718-522-5200)



Dear Irving offers a robust cocktail program. (Courtesy of Dear Irving)


Lovers’ Lounge

“[Visit ] The Raines Law Room, The Bennett or Dear Irving for the exquisite proper cocktail programs, beautifully designed and intimate nature of the spaces and the fun “doorbell-like” call buttons on the wall beside each lounge’s seating area for you to call your server as needed.” (The Raines Law Room: 48 W. 17th St.) (The Bennett: 134 W. Broadway) (Dear Irving: 55 Irving Place)


Creative Cocktails

Duane Park …  offers unique burlesque shows [and live music and entertainment] in a lovely dining room, though you can easily enjoy the show without a reservation from the lounge and bar space as well [with a $30 food/drink minimum],” which offers a full dinner menu, as well as desserts and creative cocktails alongside its shows Tuesday through Saturday. (308 Bowery; 212-732-5555)



There are many intimate cocktail lounges across the city. (Courtesy of Dear Irving)


Hip Hangout

“[Upscale modern French restaurant] Le Turtle’s fun and funky space … [offers] a more hip/downtown crowd … and the highly desirable tucked-away alcove table overlooking the restaurant and bar from a few steps up,” which is the perfect place to people-watch while you sip a drink with your date. (177 Chrystie St.; 646-918-7189)


– Elizabeth Nutt