If "California Gurls" has taught us anything, it's that cherries and whipped cream can be dead sexy. When on the hunt for a romantic restaurant, though, you're likely looking for ambience over aliment. Soft lighting, minimal noise, privacy—these are the qualities we look for in a date-night restaurant. We've braved the terrifying, exhilarating, and sometimes hilarious terrain of NYC dating to bring you this handy guide to 13 of our many favorite locales. Go on and get lucky.
Click through to see our choice cuisine spots that are high on romance!