Candlelight & Elegant Evenings: Unveiling the Upper West Side's Most Romantic Eateries

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Hidden courtyards, city views, and an intimate ambiance set these eateries apart from the thousands of spectacular restaurants that grace the streets of Manhattan. For those looking for a romantic night out for two, look no further than these Upper West Side gems, which redefine romance with their elegance and charm. From rustic French cafes to robust American restaurants to world-class sushi, these restaurants are the best, and most romantic, that the Upper West Side has to offer.

When you stay at The Wallace, you are just minutes away from these delightful dining destinations. Continue reading to learn more about this array of renowned eateries.

Tarallucci e Vino

Since its establishment in 2001, Tarallucci e Vino has embodied Italian ease and elegance, creating an ambiance that exemplifies both sophistication and romance. This stylish spot is an ideal choice for a romantic breakfast that pays homage to Italy's rich culinary heritage. Indulge in a wealth of tea and coffee options, complemented by a breakfast menu featuring dishes like eggs and asparagus, farro and quinoa, and delectable pastries. Tarallucci e Vino's commitment to authentic flavors, attentive service, and a warm atmosphere will transport you and your partner to the charming streets of Italy with every bite.

Smoke Jazz & Supper Club

For a night of soulful jazz and gastronomic delight, look no further than Smoke Jazz & Supper Club on the Upper West Side. The intimate setting, paired with live jazz performances, creates a unique and romantic atmosphere. Indulge in their signature dishes like the Smokehouse BBQ Ribs or the Blackened Catfish. The combination of delectable cuisine and live music makes Smoke Jazz & Supper Club an ideal spot for a memorable date night.

La Sirene

Transport yourself to the romantic streets of Paris at La Sirene, a French gem on the Upper West Side. With its cozy and intimate atmosphere, this restaurant captures the essence of French romance. Indulge in classic French dishes such as Coq au Vin or the Bouillabaisse. The carefully crafted menu, combined with the charming ambiance, ensures a dining experience that feels like a rendezvous in the City of Love. La Sirene is the perfect choice for couples seeking a taste of France in the heart of Manhattan


Uncover the charm of a clandestine Mediterranean lounge, a hidden oasis that eludes immediate discovery from the street. Follow the trail of rose petals down dimly lit stairs into a candlelit cavern, where red lanterns cast an intimate glow. Savor the tempting allure of baked dates, a divine fusion of almonds and bacon, alongside the irresistible notes of firm, salty halloumi. The wine selection is a breath of fresh air, offering inspiration beyond the usual Merlot and Chardonnay choices. For an evening filled with romance and revelation, Shalel Kitchen is your escape into the world of shared confessions and everlasting connections.


Nestled on both Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side, Maman is a delightful café chain that sets the stage for an intimate and romantic breakfast experience. The blue-and-white decor, inspired by the south of France, provides a charming backdrop for couples seeking a cozy start to their day. Maman is renowned for its artisanal pastries and offers a breakfast menu featuring perfectly flaky croissants, avocado toast with poached eggs, and more. The rustic charm and attention to detail make Maman an eminently Instagrammable spot, perfect for capturing those cherished moments with your loved one.

The Milling Room

Tucked away in the Upper West Side, The Milling Room is an elegant and romantic establishment that offers a symphony of flavors for couples seeking a culinary delight. With a menu that marries contemporary American cuisine with a touch of European influence, the restaurant provides an upscale and intimate setting. Indulge in dishes like the Grilled Branzino or the Roasted Duck Breast, crafted with precision and care. The Milling Room's sophisticated ambiance and exceptional cuisine make it a perfect destination for a romantic evening.

Cafe Luxembourg

Café Luxembourg, immortalized in the iconic rom-com "When Harry Met Sally," stands as a timeless symbol of classic French elegance on the Upper West Side. The restaurant's romantic allure is evident in its beautiful indoor and outdoor seating options, making it an ideal choice for a brunch date. With a menu featuring a classic tuna burger, fresh oysters, and rich French onion soup, Café Luxembourg offers a culinary journey that mirrors the sophistication of its ambiance. Dine like the celebrities of the '80s and savor the romance that permeates this classic French bistro.

Sushi Kaito

Embark on a sushi journey at Sushi Kaito, where culinary craftsmanship meets romantic ambiance. Located on the Upper West Side, this Japanese gem offers an intimate setting for sushi enthusiasts. Delight in the Omakase experience, allowing the skilled chefs to curate a personalized sushi selection. The fresh and meticulously prepared sushi, combined with the restaurant's minimalist yet elegant decor, ensures a date night filled with exquisite flavors and shared moments.


Experience the allure of Mediterranean cuisine at Elea, a sophisticated restaurant on the Upper West Side. The elegant interior, adorned with Greek-inspired decor, sets the stage for a romantic evening. Explore the menu featuring dishes like the Moussaka or the Branzino Souvlaki. The combination of Mediterranean flavors, attentive service, and a chic ambiance makes Elea an ideal destination for couples seeking a taste of romance and culinary excellence.


Savor the flavors of love at Leyla, where Turkish rustic-haute cuisine dances with a worldly twist. Dive into the enchantment with menu items like succulent lamb shank, tempting pides, and the delicate charm of Erişte, our Turkish hand-cut pasta. For those seeking a break from the city's fast pace, Leyla offers an intimate setting where patrons can unwind with exquisite cocktails and authentic dishes.


Journey to the heart of the Mediterranean without leaving the vibrant streets of NYC's Upper West Side at Bodrum, named after the enchanting port city on the Turquoise coast. Some of the menu items include Manti, Turkish dumplings that dance on your palate, delivering a burst of authentic Mediterranean taste with every mouthful, and let's not forget the kebabs – grilled to perfection. Embark on a flavor-packed adventure with a menu as ambitious and unique as the coastal city it's named after.


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