Despite being home to historic attractions and multiple museums, Syracuse, N.Y., also has a romantic and lively nightlife. Couples desiring an intimate or memorable date will not feel disappointed with a visit to one of the city's many restaurants. From quiet outdoor dining under the stars, to live music and entertainment, Syracuse has a variety of dining options that offer romantic atmospheres suitable to any couple's preferences.
Located inside an old brothel, Phoebe's is a sky-lit cafe style restaurant that serves as a romantic setting for an afternoon or evening rendezvous. Phoebe's offers gourmet dining with dishes that include coconut-glazed yellowfin tuna, salmon topped with an asiago cream cheese sauce and a pan-seared strip steak with a brandy and tarragon cream sauce. Wine is also served by the bottle and glass, and couples who want to linger a while can relax with a cappuccino or chai tea in the restaurant's quaint coffee lounge. Phoebe's is open for lunch Monday through Saturday, and for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
Couples who enjoy live music and social hot spots are likely to enjoy dining at Pastabilities, located in downtown Syracuse. The restaurant frequently plays host to local musicians and artists, and regularly posts its entertainment schedule on its web site. As per its name, Pastabilities serves Italian cuisine, though it offers a unique twist on the traditional hamburger with an Angus beef patty covered in mozzarella, caramelized balsamic onions, roasted garlic ketchup and arugula. Guests can dine for dinner Monday through Saturday, or lunch on weekdays.
Francesca's Cucina is the place to go for a romantic outdoor dining experience on the restaurant's courtyard patio. Named by The Syracuse New Times as the "best outdoor dining in Syracuse," the outdoor area is surrounded by gardens, grapevines and dimly-lit lighting. Francesca's Cucina is located in Syracuse's Little Italy and features traditional Italian dishes, as well as several steak, veal, chicken and seafood selections. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner on weekdays, and also serves dinner on Saturday nights.
BC Restaurant offers a relaxing place for after-work cocktails or quiet evening dinners. For a truly memorable experience, couples can attend one of the restaurants monthly international dinner events that feature foods inspired by countries such as Japan, Thailand, Jamaica and Morocco. Typical evening fare at BC Restaurant includes a menu of trout, salmon, sea bass, pork, duck breast and steak. Guests can pair their meals with a selection from the restaurant's wine list. BC Restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday and for dinner every day except for Monday.