With more than 4,200 restaurants across the city, picking the perfect date spot in NYC might seem as simple as closing your eyes and pointing. Far from it—there’s an art to dining à deux, and all that choice just makes it harder to mastermind the perfect move. The reality is, the soul-searching and self-doubt doesn’t end with a positive response to, “Would you like to have dinner with me?”
Time of day (brunch or dinner?), day of the week (Friday or Saturday), borough (Manhattan or Brooklyn?), attire (dinner jacket or jeans?), and cuisine (tacos or bone marrow?) are just a few of the criteria to consider when matching a restaurant to your particular romantic entanglement.
Whether your ideal date ends in casual sex or long-term commitment, here are 10 restaurants solutions for 10 common date scenarios.