Chilly autumn evenings are always a good excuse to get cozy with the object of our desire at a dark, moody lounge. Slowing down and just savoring quiet, intimate moments is often what we need to reconnect with our loved one.
To inspire you to plan an evening in the city with your beau, in today’s travel guide, discover three NYC bars that are perfect for a romantic date night. From contemporary rooftop bars with epic skyline views to iconic landmarks that exude the essence of New York City’s historic charm, here are some of our favorite NYC bars for date nights.
3 NYC Bars That Are Perfect for a Romantic Date Night
The Library Bar at Hudson New York
Whether you go for the refreshing libations and craft cocktails or you stay for a sexy late-night game of billiards, a visit to The Library Bar at Hudson New York is definitely a smart idea. Housed within this modern hotel (just steps away from Columbus Circle) lies a dark cozy lounge that is reminiscent of an old English pub or drawing-room.
With rich wooden walls, a large roaring fireplace, plush lounging chairs, and life-sized photographs of fashionable cows that add a sense of humor to the otherwise grown-up setting, this chic, moody bar beckons you to just lighten up and have fun. Antique area rugs mixed with classic leather sofas create a warm, inviting atmosphere that encourages you to relax and unwind.
Chessboard-faced tables, romantic flickering candles, and swanky music set the mood for a good time.
Contemporary elements like lucite Ghost chairs and stylish coffee table books add a feminine modern touch to the otherwise masculine space, creating a striking juxtaposition between dark and moody with light and airy.
Of course, when it comes to the drinks, The Library offers a custom menu of libations. From their signature cocktail called “The Library” (which combines Woodford Reserve, Nocello Walnut Liqueur, and Angostura Bitters) to modern takes on old classics, like the “Rare Fashioned” (which features Jameson Irish Whiskey, Blackberries, Agave Nectar, and Lemon), there are lots of refreshing options to choose from.
The Empire Rooftop Bar & Lounge
Just steps away from the famed Lincoln Center (which was home to NYFW years ago) lies The Empire Hotel. Here you’ll discover an outdoor rooftop bar with unparalleled views of the entire city skyline. If you want epic panoramic vistas while toasting with a glass of bubbly, this is the place to be.
When the temps start to drop and the evenings get colder, head inside to cozy up in the luxe lounge. With floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the twinkling lights of the city just beyond, the dark moody setting exudes a magical, dreamy vibe.
Perfect for those romantic evenings with your significant other, this chic NYC bar is definitely a must-visit.
Tavern on The Green
Heralded as a landmark restaurant in the middle of Central Park, the Tavern on the Green first launched as a restaurant way back in 1934.
Over the past century, it’s undergone a number of changes. As one of the beloved places for NYC locals, prominent actors, celebrities, and public figures, this historic destination has long been regarded as an iconic staple in New York City. Most recently, it got a major renovation a few years ago when it was purchased by two Philadelphia-based restaurateurs named Jim Caiola and David Salama.
While preserving its traditional architecture and classic style, the beautiful restaurant and bar now feature glamorous, contemporary upgrades (like a jewel box-style glass enclosure that encases part of the brick building).
Since the restaurant offers a variety of seating areas (ranging from the formal dining room to the outdoor terrace), one of the most romantic places to lounge in is in the bar area. Featuring sultry wine-colored, tufted highback booths, mahogany wood tables, and romantic lit candles, the bar’s atmosphere exudes a sense of amour.
Aside from the drinks and unbelievable atmosphere, another perk of visiting this iconic NYC bar is the fact that they offer a delicious menu of appetizers and small bites.
From gourmet dishes (such as Pork Shoulder Confit Sandwiches and Jumbo Lump Crap Meat Cocktail) to casual bar bites (like Baked Beef Meatball Sliders and Giant Soft Pretzels), you can easily transition date night from drinks to dinner, all in one romantic locale.
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