7 Great Night Date Spots in NYC

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There are over 20,000 restaurants in New York City which makes picking a spot for a date a challenge if you are not a foodie. This is where your foodie friend, Dominek, steps in to assist so feel free to forward this page to your significant other or bookmark it for future reference. Here is a list of restaurants is serving exceptional food to exchange your sweet nothings over and the ambiance to make it feel like it is just you two in the room.

The Seville

Located beneath The James Hotel in NoMad this bar offers live jazz music Monday - Friday from 6pm - 9:30pm and a live DJ Tuesday through Saturday 10pm - until closing. I encourage recommendations, so you are able to secure a comfortable couch versus trying to nab a spot at the bar. The Seville does offer small plates such as Short Ribs Tortas and marinated octopus.

22 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

Belle Harlem

Under the direction of Chef Darryl, this Harlem establishment has a 12 seat chefs table setting that is serving classic foods with a contemporary spin such as Philly cheese crostini, mac and cheese spring rolls, and Wood smoked pork tenderloin with cranberry compote and accompanied by cornbread croquette.

2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030

Vite Vinosteria

In Astoria, this Italian restaurant and wine bar makes their fresh pasta in house and has gluten-free options as well. This Queens restaurant also offers outdoor seating as well.

31-05 34th St, Astoria, NY 11106

The River Cafe

Located in DUMBO, this Michelin starred restaurant has been providing breathtaking views of Manhattan's skyline to New Yorkers for over 40 years. Typically, there is a pianist available for dinner to help add to the ambiance of the restaurant.

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201


Underneath the direction of Owner/Chef George Mendes, they serve modern Mediterranean fare with the emphasis of the Iberian peninsula which includes Spain and Portugal.  Chef George is a first-generation American born to Portuguese parents, which provides the inspiration behind the dining experience he creates.   For a full review of this restaurant, you can read Aldea: A Michelin Experience.

31 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

Eleven Madison Park

Currently listed as the #4 Restuarant in the world this Manhattan restaurant overlooks Madison Square Park and offers a seasonal 8-10 course dinner. Eleven Madison Park is also a 3 star Michelin rated restaurant in which reservations are highly recommended.

11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010


As one of the first restaurants, my husband and I dined at upon moving to New York City this Italian spot holds a special place in my heart. With two locations it is easily accessible within Manhattan.

206 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

378 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016 (Midtown East)