Get to know the city, especially if you are visiting. Research the restaurants to see what choices best fit your needs and desires. Use the restaurant guides on the Internet, like the Gayot and NYC.com websites, these will lead you to great places like the unique and cozy Aureole, with its contemporary design and menu, often copied but never duplicated.
Decide which type of cuisine and dining experience you are looking for. There are a bevy of choices in New York City from the Café Boulud with its wonderfully varied menu inspired by the French Chef's global travels, to Babbo, a landmark that has been transformed into a romantic Italian restaurant with excellent wines.
Know your budget. Fine dining in a large city can often be costly, so, keep this in mind, so that the check at the end of the meal doesn't kill the romance of the evening. You can have a sensational dinner for a little less expense at a place like Marseille with its exotic and spicy menu and still have money in the bank for whatever comes next.
Reservations are a must. In fact, in such a busy city with lots of shows, many places will insist on them-such as, Aix, where it is impossible to get a last minute reservation. You can easily make your reservations online as you are doing your research. Get any additional tickets at this time also, such as for a show in town, this will make for an unforgettable night out in the Big Apple.
Hide the ring before you arrive. If you plan to propose or give a gift with the food, make the staff aware beforehand and leave your treasure with them. Don't try to "set this up" as you arrive for the evening. An excellent place for this would be Daniel, with its attentive staff and incredibly romantic atmosphere; it truly makes for a special and memorable dining experience.
Revel in the romance of the evening with your special someone. A wonderful thing about a city like New York is that it is filled with great places, new and old, for you to try, like The Four Seasons Restaurant, a true landmark and must on your romantic dining in New York City list.
- If you are new to the city or this particular part of town, and are driving, scout out the restaurant location beforehand. This will save time and frustration later.
- Turn your cell phones off and go to a restaurant without a sports program playing-this will keep you on track for the romance of the evening.
- Whenever you consume alcohol, please be responsible - Do not drink and drive, this will kill the romance of any dinner.