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Looking for romantic restaurant for marriage proposal

Fellow Chowhounders: I need your help. I am going to propose to my fiancee this week and want to rent out a private room in a restaurant for the occasion.I am not necessarily looking for
a trendy place, just somewhere, private, romantic and memorable. Somewhere in Manhattan, cuisine can be French, Italian or Latin American/Spanish, but am open to other suggestions if the ambiance is right.I am willing to pay a substantial amount so finances are not an issue. I appreciate any and all recommendations as I have not been in New York for long and Chowhounders have always been a great source of assistance.

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  1. Cafe des Artistes has to have the most romantic setting in NYC. Our friend recently celebrated their anniversary there and loved it. But don't order the garlic soup!

    1. I am willing to rent the whole restaurant if necessary. I was considering renting a place a couple of hours before it opens to ensure the privacy factor because I have not found many restaurants willing to rent a private room on such short notice. Although, I was thinking going this route may ruin the "surprise" but if the memory and the experience exceeds the surprise, well it may be worth it. Any thoughts?

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      1. re: oscarm

        my personal thought is dont propose in a restaurant. do it somewhere else (central park, empire state building, anywhere...) and then go enjoy a great meal somewhere. you will be able to enjoy the food and more importantly the moment much better without having anyone near you (waitstaff etc). but if you are definitely going this route, check out the monday room, it really is very initimate and romantic. also, just a thought, if you rent a restaurant before it opens, she might know something is up because there wont be any other people there. just a side thought....

        1. re: howardthefoodie

          Yes, the more I thought about it the more renting a restaurant before it opens seems impractical, although I don't think the proposal will be that much of a surprise. Yeah, I am kind of stuck on the restaurant idea, I appreciate your suggestions, I will definitely call them and look into it.

      2. I agree with HTF....unless you both have some connection to a certain restaurant I think a Romantic spot followed by a great meal is the best. as someone who just popped the big Q you want a few minutes of privacy to enjoy the moment. There must be some place in NYC that has a special memory.

        1. Thanks for all your replies, they are much appreciated. I have called all of them and seems like either Monday room or Cafe Des Artistes will be the best bet. Any other restaurant suggestions that in your view will set the right mood ?

          1. Many very upscale restaurants have "Chef's Tables" and/or private dining rooms. One of the best is the Skybox at Daniel - it's glass enclosed and affords an aerial view of the kitchen. It's intended to seat 4 people but for the roughly $1500 they will want I'm sure two will be fine.

            Oceana has a private wine cellar.

            Porter House New York also has private facilities.

            1. Phillip Marie has a private table downstairs in the wine cellar.

              1. I love Del Posto, the tables are well spaced and I think if you tell them of your plans they will create something special. They also have a piano player playing soft romantic tunes. You could request your "special" song and then propose.
                Whatever venue you choose, GOOD LUCK!

                1. Asiate has a nice view.
                  WD~50 has a cool, intimate, downstairs private wine room (pic on website)
                  Tasting Room Wine Bar is romantic, even now.

                  Good luck. On finding the room and getting a yes from your SO. ;o)

                  1. All these look great, will report back !

                    1. Philip Marie has a private room for two that may fit the bill

                      1. He's looking to rent out a private room, not do it in front of a crowded restaurant. I don't think that's a terrible thing.

                        Charlie Palmer's Astra is only open for private parties at night. The views and food are supposed to be great, maybe that's an option? Unfortunately I'm not coming up with others with a private room. However, NY Mag says all of the Time Warner building restaurants have "private dining/party space." No idea if Cafe Grey, Per Se and Jean Georges really would rent the space! I can't recall Cafe Grey having a seperate space, but maybe they are worth a call?

                        1. I wasn't proposed to (we essentially agreed it was best to get married, no I wasn't pg!), but I have to say proposing in a hotel room is more tacky than proposing in a restaurant. I would not propose before the meal, I would wait until dessert. Proposing shouldn't be something to obsess over, enjoy the meal and the one you love. Personally I would love having the secret that I was proposing soon and (hopefully) spending the rest of my life with this person, as opposed to having my stomach in knots. If someone says "No", que sera sera, I would be happy that they were honest.

                          1. La Grenouille is the most romantic restaurant in New York, imo.. and they have several private rooms.

                            1. Good luck on your engagement .

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                              1. re: FAL

                                How about the River Cafe at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge.

                                1. re: ricky7

                                  One of the best views in the city

                                  1. re: ricky7

                                    Just an FYI. To rent out the room for the River Cafe for 30-80 people is $275 per person (at least for a wedding reception, may be chaeper for just dinner). So, cost really better not be an issue at all.

                                2. any update Oscram? Good luck!!!