7 Best Restaurants for Couples in NYC

July 26, 2019 , In: Drift , With: No Comments

New York City is a place with an impressive amount of food options for a variety of different moods: from the famous pizza to classy steakhouses you can’t do much better than New York City. This is because there is truly something for everyone, making it just as easy to find an upscale Italian restaurant as it is to find an incredible slice of pizza. This is why the city attracts so many couples—whether you’re looking for a vacation itinerary or need a classy place for a date night, New York has you covered with places to fit any type of couple-oriented ambiance.

However, there are so many restaurants in New York to choose from that it can be challenging to know where to start. To help you find the best place to take your significant other, here’s our list of the 7 best restaurants for couples in NYC.

Candle 79

Price Range: $$

Cuisine: Vegetarian, Vegan

Area: Upper West Side, Upper East Side

If you want to experience the luxury and grandeur that often accompanies NYC dining without straying far from your vegetarian or vegan diet, Candle is for you. Whether you’re visiting one of the Candle Café locations or the iconic Candle 79 on the Upper East Side, you’ll find some incredibly delicious and vegan recipes to satisfy any stomach! In particular, the mushroom crepe stands above many other comparable options in NYC, with the blueberry crumble being a great finish to a beautiful evening! Just be sure to call well in advance for a reservation at Candle 79—even if you don’t score one, the café locations are great options.

Map instructions to get to Candle 79



Price Range: $$$$

Cuisine: Italian

Area: Midtown West

Address: 240 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019

Are you planning to see a Broadway show while on your date night? If so, you should consider having dinner at Marea, a restaurant that provides some of the best Italian food you’ll find in NYC, hands down. If you are somebody who wants to truly splurge, you’ll find a plethora of pricey options to choose from. This doesn’t mean the restaurant is always price prohibitive, though—the octopus and bone marrow fusilli allows you to get high-quality food without shelling out too much money. No matter what you order, you’re guaranteed to have a delicious meal here! Don’t forget to spend a couple of hours in the area – the Times Square is full of things to do

Walking instructions from Richard Rodgers Theatre to Marea


King’s Carriage House

Price Range: $$

Cuisine: American

Area: Upper East Side

Address: 251 E 82nd St, New York, NY 10028

It’s not so common to find a NYC restaurant that provides just as much ambiance for its lunch menu as it does for its dinner one. This is why we love King’s Carriage House so much, as it gives you the best of both worlds. If you want to just stop by for some afternoon tea, you can enjoy the magnificent architecture and delicious menu. If you decide to stay for lunch, this is also no problem—the salmon dishes are truly delicious and fresh! Regardless of what you eat or drink while you’re here, it’s definitely the best option for something to do in-between museum hopping.

Walking instructions from the Metropolitan Museum to King’s Carriage House



Price Range: $$

Cuisine: American

Area: Astoria, Queens

Address: 253 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Though you might associate Greenwich Village as being a place with some of NYC’s most distinguished street food, there’s also some fantastic fine dining downtown. At the center of this unique cultural divide, Tartine serves up some fine dining food at affordable prices, with dishes such as their Bouchee a la Reine guaranteed to satisfy your French food cravings. If you want just to find a place for brunch, that’s also possible—they have an amazing Croque Monsieur! The best part? You can walk in without a reservation!

Walking instructions from the Christopher Street 1 Station to Tartine


Le Sajj

Price Range: $$

Cuisine: Lebanese

Area: Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Address: 8221 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Finding the right date night restaurant doesn’t always have to mean spending a ton of money. Le Sajj understands this well, giving you some of the best Lebanese food available in NYC at prices that match street food. This is the best place to eat a genuinely high-quality kafta kabob while spending some quality time with your partner! You also don’t need a reservation, so feel free to save this restaurant for a night where you make spontaneous decisions!

Walking instructions from the 86 St R Station to Le Sajj


The Rotunda

Price Range: $$$$

Cuisine: American

Area: Upper East Side

Address: 2 E 61st St, New York, NY 10065

Have you ever wanted to find a truly high-quality restaurant that is also not too far from where you’re staying? What about finding a restaurant that is in the same building as where you’re staying? It’s no secret that The Pierre is one of the most romantic and luxurious hotels in the entire city, so why not pair a visit there with some wonderful food at The Rotunda? They have a varied selection of lunch and dinner-oriented dishes, but you’ll be especially impressed by the atmosphere. Whether you just want a pink meringue and tea or a taste of their fresh lobster, you’ll find a good meal here. You don’t have to stay at the hotel to eat here, but you should get a reservation either way.

Walking instructions from Central Park South to The Pierre


Le Coucou 

Price Range: $$$$

Cuisine: French

Area: SoHo

Address: 138 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013

At the top of our list is Le Coucou, by far the best restaurant for couples in NYC. At Le Coucou, you won’t struggle much to find food that is just as elegant as it is delicious. Though you’ll be paying a premium price for the dishes, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t indulge a bit while on your special date night. The food is also delicious, ranging from excellent lamb dishes to amazing appetizers (the Poireaux is incredible). This restaurant is truly the best that SoHo has to offer, so be sure to make a reservation at least a month in advance—you won’t regret it!

Walking instructions from the Canal Street Station to Le Coucou


Author bio: George Mouratidis is a travel writer and content manager for Stasher, a British startup providing luggage storage in NYC and all over the world.

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