You can search by neighborhood, event type, or cuisine. Try "live music", "italian", "west village" or whatever sounds sexy to you.

The Best Places To Take Your S.O. For Their Birthday Dinner

By: Sophia Marina

Sure, it’s all about showing your person love and appreciation on the daily, but birthdays are for taking all that affection, admiration, and gratitude to the full extent. With only one official day a year to celebrate the life of the one who gives meaning to your own, planning something incredibly special is of the essence and varies according to the unique individual that is your significant other. Whether its luxury and glamor, or good beer and excellent eats, that tickles your love’s fancy, we’ve rounded up a solid number of NYC spots all over the perfect-birthday spectrum for a variety of experiences to impress, astound and display all the love and admiration you feel for your love on their special day.

The Best Birthday Dates In New York

La Grenouille
11th-13th Avenues (Dyker Heights Blvd) from 83rd to 86th Street

Time tested in terms of romance, nothing says this is your special night like fine dining over fancy French food among spilling bouquets of fragrant flowers. At La Grenouille, which has played host to a string of stars from Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor, and Sophia Loren to David Bowie, Prince, Madonna, and Yves Saint-Laurent, you can make your love feel all the heightened glamor and refinement of celebrity for a special night. Think elegant scenes, impeccable presentation, high-end dining and of course, spending lots for it—because if anyone deserves it, it’s your person on the day that celebrates them most. Decadent frog legs, the best souffles outside of Paris, fluffy French breads and the perfect Dover Sole with Hollandaise sauce await among the white linens and flamboyant flowers that decorate this old New York glam establishment. It’s certain to make a dazzling impression on the person you want to make feel most special and leave them feeling starry and full of love.

la grenouille nyc
Credit: Forbes Travel Guide
Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise
Chelsea Piers, Pier 61 | Tickets starting from $149.90, with upgrades available for purchase

Give your person views as magnificent, inspiring and soul-touching as they are on a luxe dinner cruise around Manhattan complete with sights of the skyline, Brooklyn Bridge and an up-close-and-personal moment with the Statue of Liberty. At Bateaux New York, a glass-paneled ocean liner ensures a 5-star experience with classic white linen tablecloths, live jazz, a decadent 3-course meal and actually amazing service that’ll go above and beyond to make sure your person feels special. Request roses and they’re yours. Want to snap a perfect, professional picture? They’ve got you. Upgrades include window table reservations and bar access, but it’s worth paying extra for excellent views and booze. You’ll both be swaying, oohing and ahhing to sweet music and the sights you love under twinkling lights and sleek, European design that makes everything feel lovely, luxury and truly remarkable for a memorable birthday on the water. Info on all their offers, which include dinner, lunch, and bottomless mimosa brunch cruises, can be found here.

bateaux dinner cruises nyc
Credit: Bateaux New York
Sugar Factory
Meatpacking District — 835 Washington Street | Upper West Side — 1991 Broadway

Give your love the gift of something sweet at Sugar Factory. Decorous and decadent candy is the centerpiece of the menu’s direction, the locations are fabulously ornate, and they love to do birthdays, big. Whether you make a reservation in their spacious dining room or rent out the private room to add a special degree of adoration, the luxe black and white ornery, plush red seats, sparkling chandeliers, and dulcet spiked concoctions are undeniably the ideal scene for celebration. Featuring an extensive selection of upscale, yet straightforward, classics, you can treat your person from the likes of stacks of fluffy pancakes and waffles, sweet and savory crepes, and french toast, to Monster Burgers, strips of steak and fried macaroni. All this said, the real attraction here is the candy goblets, which come to you in a cloud of mist and take candy as their inspiration: Lollipop Passion, White Gummi, the Watermelon Patch, Lemon-head and Sexual Chocolate are just a few of their many alluring choices. Take your love to candyland—trust us, the metaphor will be understood.

sugar factory nyc
Credit: Sugar Factory
Craft Beer Birthday Celebrations
Various Locations

If your person is the type to appreciate fine beer, then why not deliver the epitome of the elevated craft beer experience they crave? Several spots in the city are niche for good beer and good plates, each with unique vibes and impressive selections of beer on tap and by the bottle. There’s Danish boutique beer bar Tørst, wood-clad and offering excellent burgers; Spuyten Duyvil, small and gritty with a collection of rare Belgian beers; Blind Tiger Ale House, specializing in exciting microbrews; and Radegast Hall & Biergarten, a place prizing European authenticity by serving liters of German beer and classics like pretzels, schnitzel and grilled asparagus. Beer doesn’t have to be casual, and on your love’s birthday, it’s all about being intimately over-the-top—so pull up to any of these ritzy beer spots, relax, savor and relish the best of the best in crafts, drafts, and bottles of good stuff. Find our date night featuring Spuyten Duyvil here!

radegast beer hall nyc
Credit: Radegast Beer Hall
Il Buco
47 Bond Street, Manhattan

Get as close to a starlit night in Italy as you can get by taking your love to Il Buco, a prime New York establishment that promises intimacy, beauty, and rustic, old world charm out of its vintage rough-wood and copper pots location. Arches of brick, warm light, and peaceful countryside vibes emanate from the scene as a foundation for the decadent and seasonal Italian spread available for consumption—housemade ricotta, calamari with Brussel sprouts leaves, cedar roasted Ocean Trout, and Cavatelli with chantarelle mushrooms and autumn squash. Dedication to farm fresh ingredients and authentic Italian products means the options are ever-changing, but no matter the season, they promise decadent, authentic dishes to astound your person and satisfy them on their special day. Candlelight, pasta, house wine, and all of it in total authenticity ensure an intimate, idyllic setting for a celebrating everything about your love.

il buco nyc
Credit: Il Buco

See More Of Our Curated Dates This Week

Auction House
300 East 89th Street, Manhattan

To make the best possible toast to your person, you’ll need the best possible venue, and Auction House is equal parts romantic, dim, luxurious and sexy to comprise the perfect setting. Lead your love across heaps of oriental rugs and under chandeliers into a plush scarlet loveseat, order a drink, take in the classic nude paintings all around and cozy up near a marble fireplace that’ll stir the warmth in both of you. Eclectic cocktails, like the Ruby Slipper and the Godfather, mirror their fancy, antique Victorian vibes and are strong enough to give you and your love the buzz you need to make a smooth and swanky night. Find our suggested pairing for date night at The Auction House here.

auction house nyc
Credit: The Auction House
Private Museum Tour
Multiple Museums

Nothing like galleries upon galleries of famous fine art to show your person just how dear they are to you, and all that is easy with Art Smart, which offers two-hours private tours of the city’s most special collections. For a little bit of everything, head to the Met or the Guggenheim; go through history at The Cloisters, an actual ancient monastery set atop a hill; view the most intriguing modern art at the Met Breuer or The Whitney; or dig through a bit of science at the Museum of Natural History. You know your person’s interests best, so choose accordingly and give them the ethereal up-close-and-personal experience essential for best appreciating the artistic marvels to which this city plays host.

the met cloisters nyc
Credit: The Met
The Polo Bar
1 East 55th Street, Manhattan

Solemn opulence and fancy fare describe the handsome halls of Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar, an high-brow American restaurant with a flair for gentlemanliness and an old-boys vibe that is all at once exclusive, unique, and if anything, entertaining to be a part of for the night. Ladies and gents will feel luxurious and comfortable in the equestrian setting, replete with endless cherry wood, sparkling countertops, high-backed leather chairs and sultry dark green hues throughout. The menu is comprised of none other than world-famous designer Ralph Lauren himself and includes elevated renditions of Corned Beef Sandwiches, Crab Cakes, Burgers with brie and spinach, Pigs in a Blanket and Bread Pudding. This stylish and handsome-chic experience is sure to leave your person feeling fancy and appreciated, as well as intrigued and entertained, so make your reservations well in advance.

polo bar nyc
Credit: The Polo Bar
Live Jazz
Various Locations

One of the most luxury and stimulating experiences this city has to offer is a splendor of jazz, and if you truly want to make a moving and memorable evening out of your partner’s special day, jazz packs all the complexity, glamor, entertainment and immersive charm necessary to make it happen. Any of these renowned clubs has a rotating schedule of professionals playing their hearts out: The Flatiron Room, Smoke Jazz & Supper Club, Smalls, Jazz Standard, and Dizzy’s Club.

the flatiron room nyc
Credit: The Flatiron Room
Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, Manhattan

Elegant, lowkey and unassuming, this fine dining establishment boasts a locally sourced, seasonal menu from its farm just 45 minutes upstate. Dimly lit and decorated with fresh flowers, crisp white linens, and subtle grey accents, it’s the perfectly serene space to make for the intimate ambiance you crave to celebrate your love through a special and curated meal. The sensitivity to fresh harvest at Blue Hill is so devoted that it’s impossible to recommend a specific dish—offerings are different every week. Choose from a four-course tasting menu or a six-course Farmer’s Feast for a spectrum of simple and excellently executed American cuisine, everything totally farm to table and elegant in the most organic, pure way.

blue hill nyc
Credit: Skinny Table

See Our Curated Date Ideas This Week