Valentine’s Day is just around the corner — but at these stylish restaurants, the romantic atmosphere isn’t just limited to one day a year. Cozy seating, great lighting, enchanting decorative touches, and, of course, fabulous menus all create an intimate setting no matter the time of year. Whether you’re making last-minute plans or thinking about booking a future date night, look no further than these romantic restaurants. We’re also rounding up a few of our favorite furniture and accessories inspired by these destinations, to keep the magic going all year-round.
Why we love it: You’ll feel like royalty as you sit in the recently updated rococo salon (see above) to enjoy a seasonal three-course menu, a seven-course tasting menu, or a 15-course experimental menu. Make sure to look up and get a close look at the Venetian glass chandeliers.
Why we love it: This may be one of the grande dames of the New York dining scene, but we find the old-school atmosphere particularly enchanting…right down to the red booths and fanciful bouquets.
Why we love it: Though it’s open and bright, this Williamsburg restaurant has that rustic-modern feel that is so inviting and comforting on a chilly winter’s evening (especially thanks to the open fire near the bar).
Why we love it: A modern-Low-Country menu makes the Peninsula a highly sought reservation, as does the incomparable atmosphere. Whether you opt for cocktails at the gracious warm-wood bar, or dinner in the elegant dining room or garden, this Southern destination never fails to charm.
Why we love it: The French-Vietnamese menu is one of the most innovative in the city. However, we’d even go here for a cocktail just to take in the architecture — the restaurant was built in a historic Gold Coast mansion. In warmer seasons, don’t miss out on the open-air balcony.
Why we love it: The open, airy dining room features Chinese accents alongside contemporary elements. It’s a look that’s in keeping with the eclectic menu that’s rooted in Chinese classics.
Why we love it: It’s all about the enchanting low lighting in this warm, cozy Studio City restaurant. Whether it’s the dramatic library or the outdoor fireplace on the patio, a visit to Firefly feels as if it’s perpetually lit by candlelight.
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