Valentine's Day is the second busiest day of the year in the restaurant industry.
While we're not so sure we're into dancing little bow-and-arrow-wielding cherubs, we're loving the fact that this holiday pretty much revolves around food.
After all, the fastest way to our hearts is through our bellies.
Plus, there is something so magical about going out to a restaurant for Valentine's Day.
Maybe it's the fact that no one has to do the cooking or cleaning, or maybe it's just the fact that we've accepted we can't cook nearly as well as the talented chefs helming New York City's restaurants.
Regardless, we're sure that we're going to have a lot more time for romance when we don't have to do post-meal dishes.
Here are the most romantic spots in NYC (in no particular order) for your Valentine's Day meals.
1. Tavern on the Green (67 Central Park West)
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There are few places in NYC as romantic as Central Park. It's just a beautiful piece of greenery in our concrete jungle. Even though it's currently covered in melting snow, it's still a beautiful place to enjoy a romantic, delicious meal in NYC.
This iconic NYC restaurant is an incredible spot if you've never been there before. Sure, it's beloved by tourists, but there is a reason why this spot has flourished since 1934. Its location and quality far surpass expectations.
2. Chez Josephine (414 West 42nd Street)
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What's more romantic than savoring a delicious meal with the company of your sweetheart while being serenaded by live music? Nothing. Chez Josephine will give you a Valentine's Day dinner experience you cannot get anywhere else.
Though their regular menu is incredible, their menu for Valentine's Day dinner is out of this world. We're in love with the cheese ravioli with fresh goat cheese and toasted pine nuts, or the herb-crusted Australian lamb loin with ratatouille and merlot reduction.
3. The Place (310 West 4th Street)
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No guide to romantic restaurants in NYC could be complete without mentioning this romantic NYC hotspot.
The Place is widely considered one of the most intimate restaurants in the city. Their fireplaces, dim rooms, and cozy tables make this the perfect spot for a romantic meal. Be sure to reserve your table soon, because The Place will book up extremely fast.
4. River Café (1 Water Street - Brooklyn)
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If you're looking for a restaurant with delicious food and unbeatable views of Manhattan, you will not find a better spot than the River Café in Brooklyn. Its spot under the Brooklyn Bridge allows for views of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Regardless of your table, you'll enjoy the sights.
Apart from the beautiful views, the quality and creativity of the food is bound to amaze. If that's not enough to make your Valentine's Day a romantic dream, the dining room is serenaded by a live pianist each night.,
5. Birds and Bubbles (100B Forsyth Street)
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Champagne is pretty much synonymous with romance. That pop you hear when you pop the cork on a bottle of bubbly is actually the sound of your heart bursting with love... or is it lust? Whatever, it's a romantic drink. What else is romantic? Fried chicken. Seriously. We don't mess around with food.
So you need to get over to Birds and Bubbles and experience what is our version of the most romantic meal anyone could ever eat on Valentine's Day (or any day for that matter), and share a bottle of bubbly and some breasts (or legs, we're not picky) with your sweetheart.
6. La Lanterna di Vittorio (129 Macdougal Street)
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This little hot spot is perfect for a rustic, dimly-lit meal. The dining rooms are stunning. Whether you're lucky enough to reserve a spot in their garden room or their main dining room, you'll be amazed.
On top of the decor and the food, this Italian spot has a next-door basement playing live jazz. You can enjoy your meal and then head on over to The Bar Next Door (seriously, that's what it's called) for some after dinner entertainment.
7. Lincoln Square Steak (208 West 70th Street)
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If you're looking for one of the best steakhouses (if not the best) in NYC, you need to get a reservation at Lincoln Square Steak. This beautiful, elegant steakhouse is a newcomer to the Steakhouse scene, but has quickly overtaken the old classic spots with their quality steaks and excellent hospitality.
While their steaks are top-notch, the rest of their plates are unique and creative. Their red decor will fit perfectly into the theme of a romantic Valentine's Day meal.[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]