Suggestions for Most Romantic Restaurant?
My husband and I will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in a couple of weeks. To celebrate, we are treating ourselves to a weekend at the Waldorf. Looking forward to days at the art museums and evenings enjoying great meals. I would like to find a really romantic setting, with great food of course. He leans towards a prime steak house, I love Italian/Mediterranean food best. Those are our favorites, but the only thing off the list would be sushi. Price range I am looking for would be moderate to high end, but not extreme. (after seeing the posts about the $295 tasting menu!) Looking forward to your ideas!
For romantic setting, there's very little that beats The River Cafe in Brooklyn - get a table around sundown, watch the sun set over the river and Southern Manhattan as you dine in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge - it's as classic NYC as it gets. It's a little pricey ($109 prix fixe currently, I think) and while it's not quite on the level of other restaurants in that same price range, it's very very good and you're paying, in part, for the spectacular ambience. I never - NEVER - pay for ambience. I'm all about the food - first, foremost, only. They're the one exception.
Back in Manhattan, Bouley (as mentioned above) isn't a bad choice.
But for Italian, I'd go with Del Posto - lovely room and service, and the $95 prix fixe is a relative deal compared to the prix fixes at many of the other four-star joints in town. Sadly the beef is a "for two" dish and carries a supplement, but if he's happy with lamb or pork for meaty options, those are both spectacular.
It's neither steak, nor italian, but the most romantic place I've been to in Manhattan is probably Bouley - recommended to me by several lovely people here on chowhound! The food is french, the room is gorgeous, and the tasting menu is $125 for 5 courses (there is also a la carte options).
However, others that know the city better than me will probably have other much more relevant suggestions!
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