The Best Romantic Times Square Restaurants

Times Square has become a symbol of New York City known worldwide. The area is in the heart of New York's Theater District and is home to the famous ball that is dropped every New Year's Eve. The Times Square vicinity is home to restaurants representing a broad array of international cuisines, many of which are suitable for a romantic dinner.

Two Times Square

View the spectacular scenery of Times Square and New York City's Broadway theaters at this upscale restaurant and lounge in the Marriott Renaissance Hotel. Two Times Square serves contemporary cocktails including a cucumber lychee martini and plum cosmopolitan, aged steaks, seafood and seasonal salads. The restaurant and lounge's sophisticated ambiance, scenic view and refreshing cocktail menu make this a perfect date spot.

Two Times Square 714 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10036 212-765-7676

Havana Central

Sip a mojito under the palmettos for an evening of romance. Havana Central offers the feel of prerevolution Cuba in the heart of Times Square. The restaurant serves a tropical bar menu featuring fresh mojitos--a rum drink with muddled mint--plus classic and fruit daiquiris on the rocks or frozen, various sangrias, a wide selection of rums and frozen drinks. The menu features classic peasant Cuban cuisine including salads, seafood, beef, chicken and vegetarian specialties. Paellas, empanadas, ropa vieja (shredded beef) and pan roasted red snapper with lime, olive oil, capers and sour orange are house specialties.

Havana Central 151 W. 46th Street New York, NY 10036 212-398-7440

Trattoria Dopo Teatro

Indulge in homemade breads, pastas and Italian specialties and choose from an extensive wine list at Trattoria Dopo Teatro, a popular restaurant to visit before a night at the theatre. Trattoria Dopo Teatro features a romantic indoor garden and Tuscan inspired decor. The restaurant offers a pretheatre special as well as spaces for private events.

Trattoria Dopo Teatro 125 W. 44th Street New York, NY 10036 212-869-2849

Le Rivage

Enjoy a romantic before or after theatre voyage with your loved one at Le Rivage, a Theater District restaurant with a country French ambiance. Le Rivage serves a prix fixe pretheatre dinner with appetizers, entree, dessert and coffee. Traditional French specialties include celery in a mustard remoulade sauce, sole meuniere or bonne femme, various French chicken and steak selections and frog legs with garlic sauce. The Gallic ambiance and traditional French menu make this a particularly romantic venue for a date.

Le Rivage 340 West 46th Street New York, NY 10036-3958 212-765-7374

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Beth Cone is a Los Angeles-based writer and was the style and health, beauty, and fitness columnist for "On The Boulevard Magazine" in the San Fernando Valley-based magazine from 1990 through 1992. She is a publicist and artists representative with clients in Northern and Southern California. A graduate from Vanderbilt University, Cone has a degree in Spanish and fine arts.

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