Summer is one of the best times to plan a date in New York. The city is full of restaurants and rooftop spaces (that are oftentimes easier to get into with locals off to the Hamptons) perfect for taking advantage of the warmer weather. Here are some of the most romantic bars and restaurants to hit up in the coming months.
There’s a handsome bar you’ve likely seen all over Instagram just to your right as you enter Stephen Starr’s Le Coucou. The elegant room is filled with candles in the evening and everything feels intimate. Ordering from chef Daniel Rose’s menu of French-inspired dishes at one of the country’s top restaurants (Le Coucou won the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant recently) makes the evening even better. 138 Lafayette St., 212-271-4252
Olmsted became an instant hit in the Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, neighborhood when it opened and it wasn’t long before the accolades came pouring in. There’s a friendly vibe at this farm-to-table restaurant, which also boasts a backyard garden that’s perfect for a summer evening date. Order one of the cocktails and some snacks, and you’ll feel like you’re in your own backyard. 659 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, 718-552-2610
Tourists may flock to The Met’s vast gallery spaces, but true New Yorkers know they can head to the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden for a culture-filled date. Check out “The Roof Garden Commission: Adrián Villar Rojas, The Theater of Disappearance” and don’t forget to take in the equally as artful skyline views. 1000 Fifth Ave.
Rooftop real estate is precious in New York, which means it’s often crowded. Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel has a more intimate vibe and once you’re there, the lushness of all the plants makes it feel like you’re in your own personal secret garden. It’s perfect for brunch or getting cozy over one of the shareable punches. 542 W. 27th St., 212-564-1662
Boucherie’s fun French vibe makes it an ideal date spot in the idyllic West Village. The large dining room has the charms of a brasserie and the sidewalk seating along Seventh Avenue is (almost) like the popular cafes all over Paris. Whether you order a dry-aged steak or one of the absinthe cocktails, you and your date will feel that joie de vivre. 99 Seventh Ave., 212-837-1616
Upper East Side elegance is perhaps the best way to describe Greek restaurant Avra Madison, with its gentle lighting and crisp white tablecloths. Devour one of the fresh seafood dishes, then head to nearby Central Park for a romantic evening stroll. 14 E. 60th St., 212-937-0100