When it comes to date night, there’s just something about dining by candlelight, listening to piano music and eating a delicious meal that make hearts go pitter-patter. Whether it’s a roaring fire, impeccable décor or sweeping views that your date prefers, these five romantic Long Island restaurants offer diners a starry-eyed chance to enjoy a great meal and reconnect with one another.
La Plage, Wading River
Touted as being the “most romantic restaurant” on Long Island and praised for its “culinary artistry,” La Plage is perfectly quaint for a personal night out. Set in a gorgeous beachfront location, this hot spot offers delightful views of the Long Island Sound. The menu of eclectic and creative French-American cuisine predominantly features fresh fish and produce. After dinner, enjoy a romantic stroll on the beach. Recommended plates: Apple Wood Smoked Beef Carpaccio, Artisanal Cheese Plate, Braised Lamb Shank and Pan Seared Branzino. Eat here.
Oheka Castle, Huntington
Dine Gatsby-style in a historic Gold Coast mansion on the North Shore of Long Island. Reminiscent of a French chateau, this “stunning” estate oozes romance and old world charm. The restaurant offers “magnificent” views of the Formal Gardens. The “incredibly” comfortable seating encourages patrons to stay awhile and savor this rare culinary experience. Recommended plates: Lobster Meatballs, Honey Roasted Pear Salad, Cedar Plank Salmon and Georgia Peach Pork. Eat here.
This chic farm-to-table restaurant is the place to be to enjoy hyper-local, sustainable and seasonal cuisine. The chef’s tasting menu is well worth the price and locavores rave about the globally-inspired dishes that are “artfully plated works of art.” Romance is abound with “fireplace seating” and a modern, contemporary vibe. Get there early to snag the best seat in the house—the half-round table on the first floor. Reservations are a must. Recommended plates: Quinoa Risotto, Butternut Squash Tagliatelle, Shinnecock Scallops and Crescent Long Island Duck. Eat here.
Lakehouse, Bay Shore
Serving upscale New American cuisine, this locals’ favorite date nightspot is as close as you can get to “culinary perfection.” The classy, impeccable interior politely commands your attention as does the “beautiful views” of the Great South Bay and Marina. Couples will appreciate that the tables are placed a comfortable distance apart, that way you can whisper sweet nothings without being overheard. Reservations recommended. Recommended plates: Crispy Suckling Pig, Grilled Octopus Salad, Pepper-Crusted New Zealand Venison and Grilled Marinated Wagyu Steak. Eat here.
La Volpe Ristorante, Woodbury
Sometimes, the best-kept secrets are hidden in plain sight. Situated inside of the Fox Hollow Inn at the top of a beautiful staircase, La Volpe features mouthwatering Italian style cuisine “with a twist.” The warmly adorned and tastefully decorated space serves as a subtle backdrop to the spectacular views of the grounds. Staff is praised for being “highly knowledgeable” about every aspect of the menu and their food and wine pairing recommendations are “spot on.” Recommended plates: Fritto Misto, Insalata Quattro Formaggi, Colorado Rack of Lamb and Lobster Risotto al Forno. Eat here.