One of the very few places in NYC that actually feels like Paris, 20 year old Lucien is cozy, romantic, chic and timeless all at once. The menu is very traditional (don’t miss the french onion soup, escargots and mussels in white wine) and the decor is classic French bistro. Tres romantique. 14 First Avenue, New York, NY 10009

El Maguey y La Tuna:

Ok so this place is definitely a fun pick for the vibe and for the drinks with blue curacao that are as big as your head. El Maguey y La Tuna is more of a dive-bar Mexican joint but it is a super fun place to have a drink and grab some enchiladas. 321 East Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Convivium Osteria:

One of the most charming and passionate restaurants, Convivium Osteria enchants everyone who walks into the rustic, old world Italian farmhouse setting. Pastas are made fresh every day and much thought and care is put into each comforting Italian dish. You can linger for hours sipping wine and taking in the convivial atmosphere. 68 Fifth Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Enoteca Maria:

Another old-world-ish restaurant but this one is set in Staten Island and the cooks are your Italian nonna. No really. There is different Italian grandmother in the kitchen every week cooking their special dishes from veal parm to fresh gnocchi. The space is tiny, it’s cash only and only open Thursday-Sunday until 8:30pm plus if you don’t like in Staten Island, it’s a 10 minute walk from the ferry. We think it’s worth it. 27 Hyatt St, Staten Island, NY 10301

Chez Ma Tante:

A newer addition to the New York restaurant scene, Chez Ma Tante is cozy hideaway located on a quiet corner in Greenpoint. The Canadian-inspired menu has something for everyone, from a simple, delicious Caesar Salad to a Half Chicken with cabbage and aioli. It’s perfect for a low-key first date. 90 Calyer Street, Brooklyn NY 11222

Nitehawk Cinema:

Dinner and a movie is reinvented at this trendy Williamsburg spot, where you can order cocktails and food during the feature presentation. Whether you’re in the mood for a new move release or a more indie flick, Nitehawk has you covered. Just be sure to buy your tickets in advance since tickets often sell out. 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Birds of a Feather:

Looking for a trendy spot where you can still get a reservation? Let us introduce you to Birds of a Feather, a new-ish restaurant in Williamsburg. Perfect for the adventurous couple, the Sichuan menu offers large entrees made for sharing and an array of dim sum options. Grab two seats at the long communal table or cozy up in the corner for an intimate dinner by candlelight. 191 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 1211

Wo Hop:

Established in 1938, Wo Hop has been serving the Chinese classics you’ve always loved for over 80 years. Perfect for a fun double date, a group outing, or when you really just want to stuff your face, Wo Hop is there for you all hours of the day and night, open from 10am-7am every single day. 17 Mott St., New York, NY 10013