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Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in New York City

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In the mood for a little romance? Dine at one of these romantic New York restaurants and your sweetie will be thanking you for hours. Enjoy candlelight, crackling fires, breathtaking views, and even romantic music to dine by.

These Manhattan restaurants are perfect for Valentine's Day, anniversaries, and any other special occasions that call for setting an amorous mood.

1. One if By Land, Two if By Sea

Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge at dusk
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Tucked away in a historic 18th-century carriage house in the West Village, this romantic restaurant has been the setting for countless cozy dinners since it opened in 1972. The crackling fireplace and the tinkling baby grand piano create a stunning scene for impressing your date.

2. Aureole

Enjoy romance and award-winning cuisine at Aureole, a charming restaurant located in a brownstone on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The food is spectacular and the atmosphere is enchanting. A special tasting menu is always offered for Valentine's Day.

3. The River Cafe

At The River Cafe, the breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline sets the romantic mood. Add delicious food and plenty of ambiance and you've got the perfect spot for a little canoodling. It's well worth a trip to Brooklyn.

4. Daniel

For a special occasion to remember, it's hard to go wrong at Daniel. Daniel is one of only five New York City restaurants deemed worthy of a four-star rating from The New York Times. If the award-winning French contemporary cuisine isn't enough to put you in the mood for romance, the elegant neo classical dining room and the attentive service are sure to make you swoon.

5. La Grenouille

Visit La Grenouille for the ultimate in old-fashioned romance and classic French cuisine. Settle into a plush red banquette amid riotous bouquets of fresh flowers and golden sconces. Dine on foie gras, frog legs, and chocolate soufflé. The food is pricey but guaranteed to impress.

6. Top of The Tower

Dine at the top of the Beekman Tower Hotel and enjoy views of Manhattan from 26 stories up. This sophisticated, romantic dining spot offers prix-fixe dinner options priced at $45 and $65 per person.

7. The House

The House will wow you from the moment you first glance its beautifully restored 1854 carriage house location from afar. Choose from fireside dining on the parlor level, a table on the second floor with a view of Gramercy Park, or a cozy spot at the Chef's Table in the wine cellar.

8. August

This lovely little West Village bistro achieves the perfect balance of chic and homey. Although space is small, the candlelit ambiance and deliciously eclectic menu more than make up for the tight squeeze. Best of all, the prices are reasonable. Just don't forget to make a reservation or you may be waiting on the sidewalk for quite a while.

9. Sushi Yasuda

Earn the undying love of any sushi connoisseur at Sushi Yasuda, selected by Zagat Survey as the best Japanese/sushi restaurant in New York for two years running. Sushi Yasuda doesn't offer the clichéd romantic restaurant trappings, but the intimate ambiance and sleek blond wood interiors put the focus where it belongs -- on the excellent food and on your fascinating date. Seats at the sushi bar are coveted, but ask for a table for maximum romance.

10. Silverleaf Tavern

This elegant restaurant in Murray Hill features an elaborate chandelier, plush leather booths and an amethyst bar. An innovative cocktail menu lets you sample intriguingly-named drinks like the Kama Sutra, the Stone Pole, and the Havana Kiss.

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