Whether you’re looking for a spot to celebrate Valentine’s Day or just planning a regular ol’ dinner-and-a-show date night, the Theater District is filled with romantic restaurants to sweep significant others off their feet – and you don’t have to worry about tracking down a specialty cuisine because the neighborhood has it all. Want Zagat-recommended Italian? They have it. Want a classic New York City steak? It’s there. So, if you’re in need of any eatery to set the mood for the evening, check out one of these five swoon-inducing joints.
1. ETCETERA ETCETERA
Location: 352 West 44th Street
It’s all about a modern sophisticated design with classic Italian dishes. You’ll instantly be transported from the bustling streets of New York City as you enter the dimly lit restaurant complete with red wall accents that create a particularly sexy vibe. Turn up the romance by ordering from the extensive wine menu and noshing the homemade pasta. There’s a reason this spot has been recommended by Zagat, the Michelin Guide, and Trip Advisor over and over again.
2. JOE ALLEN
Location: 326 West 46th Street
It’s not the first time we’ve touted this neighborhood institution, and it won’t be the last. With a brick and wood interior, white table clothes, and Broadway posters adorning walls, it doesn’t get more New York than this. The has attracted theatergoers since 1965 and has firmly cemented itself as a dining destination. Beyond the ambiance and history, the hot fudge pudding cake has been described as life-changing and is known for attracting local actors.
Location: 403 West 43rd Street
This unassuming eatery is different than many of the spots located in the Theater District. Here, whitewashed walls and Edison lightbulbs create an airy, rustic vibe. When the weather’s mild, request a spot in the courtyard where there’s only a handful of cozy tables – and try the fig ice cream no matter where you’re seated.
Location: 410 West 43rd Street
Cuisine: Wine Bar/ Tapas
The minimalist design sets the stage for the incredible menu and wine selection. All of their dishes are meant for sharing (perfect for date night) and are made with farm-to-table ingredients. The meatballs served in a mouth-watering red sauce and the pumpkin truffle ravioli are hard to beat. As an added bonus, the wait staff are pretty much experts at pairing the perfect wine with your chosen tapas.
5. CHEZ JOSEPHINE
Location: 414 West 42nd Street
You’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time as you enter this 1920s Parisian-themed bistro dedicated to the legendary Josephine Baker. Red velvet walls and Toulouse Lautrec-style prints set the stage. Order one of her favorites, like the spaghetti bolognese, while being serenaded by the piano player and take a brief trip back in time. F. Scott Fitzgerald could walk through the door at any moment.
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