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Le Bernardin is a prime place for romance. The elegant New York restaurant feels special but not pretentious and has a lively, contemporary atmosphere. After a recent renovation, the sleek Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant is now punctuated by steel accents, brown leather chairs and a 24-foot triptych painting of a stormy sea scene, creating the perfect spot for a young couple’s night out on the town. The dining room’s tables, which are made up of both round tables and banquettes, are well-spaced and prevent you from feeling crowded. And of course, the service is attentive and top-notch.
Widely praised for his seafood, chef Eric Ripert prepares and presents beautiful fish dishes. Get your dining companion in the mood for love with the oysters. Put a bow on your romantic meal by sharing one of pastry chef Laurie Jon Moran’s innovative desserts; we liked the dark chocolate, peanut and caramel tart with Meyer lemon puree and praline citrus sorbet when we were there, and think you will, too.