Romantic Restaurants on the UWS

A romantic evening out just may be the perfect finish for a long day. There’s no need to travel far from one’s luxury residence at The Chatsworth for the ideal evening repast—several establishments nearby serve up the ideal blend of intimacy and atmosphere, delicious dinner fare, and timeless cocktails.

Shalel Lounge, 65 W. 70th Street, is rated by guests as one of the most romantic destinations on the Upper West Side, and just about anywhere. Rose petals grace the stairs and the tabletops alike. Candles serve as the main source of light at each table for the ultimate amorous ambiance. Shalel Lounge also features hidden nooks and private rooms complete with couches and comfy chairs for relaxed conversations. The menu includes an assortment of Mediterranean fare from appetizers to main courses, and a prix-fixe menu is also offered.

’Cesca, 164 W. 75th Street, is an upscale yet rustic establishment serving seasonal fare made from fresh farm-to-table ingredients. Plush velvet on the bar stools, chairs, and booth seats adds to the lush vibe, which is complemented by custom iron lamps and chandeliers. Enjoy a table for two in an elegant, relaxing environment as you indulge in one of the restaurant’s interpretive Italian-American dishes with your dining companion. Round out the evening with an artisanal cocktail or a sampling from ’Cesca’s impressive Italian wine list.   

Riposo 72, 50 W. 72nd Street, is a brief half-mile jaunt up the road from The Chatsworthone of the premier luxury apartment locations on the Upper West Side. Take a romantic walk to Riposo for a glass of wine or a shared small plate, flatbread, or dessert. Riposo’s offerings are perfect for those nights when light fare is all that’s needed.

Osteria Cotta, 513 Columbus Avenue, serves up a cozy blend of the intimate and casual. Table and bench-style seating dots the main dining area, while outdoor cafe tables add the perfect vibe for a date night when the weather is just too nice to spend time indoors. This combination wine bar/Italian restaurant features an imported wood-fired oven for the ultimate pizzas. Mornings here can be romantic, tooOsteria Cotta offers a special brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays.

Burke & Wills and the Manhattan Cricket Club pair up as the perfect meal and after-dinner-drink destinations for you and your date. Burke & Wills, 226 W. 79th Street, offers seasonal Australian fare in an elegant bistro environment. Small tables covered with white linens add that special touch to a romantic night on the town. Post meal, ask the host for entry into the Manhattan Cricket Club upstairs for after-dinner drinks in an old-fashioned social club environment.

Lincoln Ristorante, 142 W. 65th Street at Lincoln Center, is an intimate option for a lunch date or pre-theater meal. Located next door to Lincoln Center’s reflecting pool and Henry Moore sculpture, the restaurant offers panoramic views thanks to its glass design. Enjoy the views while sharing your favorite Italian dish. Afterward, split a luscious dessert paired with a dessert wine for a delectable treat.

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