Romantic Restaurants in Hoboken, New Jersey

When it comes to romance, the New Jersey city of Hoboken doesn't normally spring to mind. However, the city that gave the world Frank Sinatra is also home to a number of romantic restaurants. Whether it is the cool mystique of Dino and Harry's or the warm ambiance of Amanda's, several Hoboken restaurants combine romantic atmosphere with fresh, flavorful cuisine.

Amanda's Restaurant

Housed in a restored 1898 brownstone, Amanda's is one of the most popular restaurants in New Jersey. A working stone fireplace and natural lighting from high french windows accentuates the elegant, romantic setting of this establishment. Four private dining areas, including a spacious ballroom, are perfect for wedding receptions and other private functions.

Brass Rail

Located in another one of the city's restored landmark buildings, the Brass Rail harkens back to the bygone era of Hoboken in the early 1900s. Established couples will appreciate the intimate ambiance of the Rail's second floor dining area, while new couples might prefer the open friendliness of the main floor or the casual delights of the restaurant's outdoor café. The Brass Rail is noted for its quality wine list and eclectic new American cuisine prepared fresh daily from the finest ingredients purchased from nearby New York City food markets.

Dining Room at Anthony David's

Opened in 2002 as an expansion to Anthony David Gourmet Food Market, The Dining Room offers customers a modern American interpretation of traditional Tuscan and Sicilian recipes. The decor of this 60-seat BYOB establishment is simple but cozy and is noted for the overall quality of the menu and the premium customer service. Owner/Chef Anthony Pino makes all of his pastas from scratch. On-site and off-site catering is available for private functions.

Dino and Harry's Steakhouse

Formerly known as Frankie and Johnnie's On the Waterfront, Dino and Harry's opened in 1991 in the same neighborhood where the famed Marlon Brando classic motion picture was filmed. This top steakhouse combines neighborhood speakeasy charm with an elegant dining experience. Drinks are served from a deep red, hand-carved cherry wood bar. The cool sounds of a jazz piano accompany meals five nights a week. Stained-glass windows and a high, tin-plated ceiling complete the decor of the main dining area.

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John C. Erianne is the publisher and editor of "Devil Blossoms," "The 13th Warrior Review" and "Gnome." His writing has appeared in numerous publications over the last 25 years, including "The Adirondack Review," "Blue Collar Review," "Yellow Mama" and "Gutter Eloquence." He graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in creative writing.

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