Who says New Yorkers don’t have time for romance?! We may be always on the move, but the best way to slow down is with your other half. We’ve narrowed down a list of the top 5 spots for a date night that will have your partner falling head over heels. Whether you’re having drinks with your newest Hinge match or sharing spaghetti with your soulmate, the perfect night out is right at your fingertips. 

Palma

Nothing says romance like an intimate, candlelit dinner in Palma’s garden patio. This West Village spot is known for its fine wine and organic Italian fare, and the dim, cozy space is ideal for a pair of lovers. Plus, it’s around the corner from the legendary jazz club Blue Note — did someone say swoon

Buvette 

Can’t afford a European honeymoon? Take a trip to Buvette instead. This small bistro will have you wondering how you started on Bleecker St but ended up in the French countryside. While Buvette serves world-class food at any hour of the day, the best time to visit is for brunch, when the fresh squeezed mimosas are flowing and the almond croissants are still warm from the oven. 

Gemma 

Picture iron-cast chandeliers flickering and massive candles oozing wax onto rustic Italian wood tables. Gemma is always a sure bet for quality food, beautiful decor, and excellent service. It’s also connected to the Bowery Hotel, so make sure to get a nightcap by the fireplace in the hotel’s gorgeous lobby next door. 

Panna II 

Residents of the East Village know Panna II as a neighborhood staple, drawing in everyone from local baristas to Diane Von Furstenberg. Constantly packed and lit up only by thousands of colorful string lights, this BYOB Indian restaurant guarantees a good time no matter what the occasion. Boisterous and entertaining, the vibe of Panna II is great for couples who are up for a fun, rowdy night. 

The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park 

Play out your favorite rom com in Central Park, where a grassy stroll and a serene boat ride lead seamlessly to an al fresco meal at the Loeb Boathouse. While menu prices are steep, there is no place more classically romantic than dining on the veranda lakeside. 

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Ultimately, an amorous night in New York City could lead anywhere — there is romance all throughout the city. A dynamic place like NYC is full of opportunity, from locals-only secret spots, to world renowned cuisine — they’ve got it all. Take advantage of the spontaneity of NYC, and transform the city into your perfect-date playground.