With its leafy, windy streets and lovely buildings, few neighborhoods in New York City are as romantic as the West Village. If you’re looking for a place to take your sweetie for a date, make a reservation at one of our favorite romantic restaurants in the neighborhood. Perfect for any Saturday around 7, absolutely ideal for Valentine’s Day. By Jessica Allen.
Cliche as it may be, candlelight covers a multitude of sins. So sin away at Alta, a Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar that overflows with candles (and has a double-height dining room). Alta focuses on small plates, which means you can try a lot of things without feeling guilty or overstuffed. Among our favorites are agave-glazed chicken wings and the braised octopus, rainbow radish, and carrot salad.
Like a lot of restaurants on this list, La Lanterna di Vittorio features a working fireplace on its lower level, or you can sit outside in the transporting garden. Either way, this small Italian cafe is a perfect spot to break bread with your sweetie. The “lasagna for two” prix fixe runs most of Valentine’s Day, and includes a passion fruit champagne cocktail, minestrone or sweet potato soup, and your choice of lasagna quattro formaggi, lasagna al pesto, or lasagna bolognese, and strawberry shortcake for dessert.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, lovely, imaginative Louro is looking back at the world’s most doomed affairs. Its seven-course tasting menu celebrates “tragic lovers in history,” including Heloise & Abelard (asparagus with truffle and egg), Romeo and Juliet (cocoa-cured branzino with basil seed crumble and pomegranate pudding), and Cleopatra & Mark Anthony (figs, honey, and beer). Here’s hoping your night ends on a much, much more pleasant note.
Often cited as the most romantic restaurant in all of New York, One if By Land, Two if By Sea is located in a former carriage house. The lights are kept low, the music kept soft. Here’s where to go propose or to celebrate. If possible, get a seat by the fireplace or overlooking the landscaped courtyard. Stare deeply into your loved one’s eyes as you nosh on precisely plated new American specialties like spice-rubbed monkfish and lobster.
Since 1998, The Place has attracted locals and visitors alike, thanks to its charming fireplaces and intimate, old world ambiance. The oak-beamed ceiling dates to the building’s original construction in the 19th century, and you can almost feel the history seeping up through the stones. It’s so warm and cozy here! The New American menu changes seasonally, and the kitchen tries its darnedest to use sustainable, local products where possible.