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Cosy restaurant booths in NYC

Words by Devorah Lev-Tov

26 January 2023

Private dining booth with pink pleated sofa and printed wallpaper at La Marchande, New York

Elevate your next date night with these snug seats in some of NYC’s premier spots.

Whether you're booking a Valentine's Day reservation or looking for a dreamy place to have date night, New York City has hundreds of restaurants that qualify as romantic. Take it a step further and go beyond the restaurant to the seating itself – who doesn't enjoy sitting in a cosy, sexy booth where you can cuddle with your companion whilst enjoying a delicious meal?

Discover our choice booths in the city at a selection of restaurants already celebrated for their tasty food and soon-to-be loved for their snug decor.

Veronika, Gramercy Park

Designed by Roman and Williams, this stunning restaurant inside the Fotografiska Museum features plush velvet furniture and ornate chandeliers hanging from the soaring ceilings. Its luxurious booths offer an intimate and laid-back experience, each with a great vantage point to view photographs from Elizaveta Porodina along the walls. The menu offers an innovative approach to classic Eastern European dishes – there is an entire schnitzel menu – whilst emphasising in-season produce, sustainable seafood, humanely raised meats and traditional desserts such as peach melba.

Variety of luxury desserts served on plated with a candle and coffee at Veronika, Gramercy Park, New York
Rows of dining tables in grand luxury interior with hanging lights at Veronika, Gramercy Park, New York
Veronika, Gramercy Park

Oiji Mi, Flatiron

Diners at Oiji Mi indulge in an elaborate, five-course prix-fixe that showcases creative takes on classic Korean food. Recalling the design of Manhattan social clubs of ages past, the Flatiron restaurant's design features rich textures – including marble, velvet, and dark walnut. The six leather booths at the centre of the room exude sensuality; request the booth directly across from the open kitchen for a voyeur-like experience as chefs prepare dishes, including bo ssam with heritage pork belly, oysters on the half shell with spicy mustard mignonette and chilli lobster ramyun.

Private dining booth with red sofa interior and hanging vintage style lights at Oiji Mi, Flatiron, New York
Seafood ramen served in bowl with wine and gold plates on marbled table at Oiji Mi, Flatiron, New York
Oiji Mi, Flatiron

La Marchande

Designed by Soho House vet Vicky Charles, La Marchande spotlights glamorous interiors with intimate dining nooks, ornate wall coverings, and a swanky bar accented with green marble, brass, and antique mirrors. Obscured by curtains, six lush booths make for a sultry and stunning setting. The kitchen is led by Michelin-starred chef John Fraser, with a locally sourced, ingredient-driven menu featuring Asian-inspired brasserie food that complements Amy Racine's predominantly French wine list and vermouth-powered cocktails.

Two tiered sea food platter on ice served with side dishes at Soho House designed restaurant La Marchande, New York
Private dining booth with pink pleated sofa and printed wallpaper at La Marchande, New York
La Marchande

Brasserie Fouquet's, Tribeca

For a bit of Paris in New York City, this chic brasserie inside the hotel of the same name (whose original location is on the Champs-Élysées) is ideal. The Tribeca dining room is formal – with glittering chandeliers, white tablecloths, and black suit-clad servers – but approachable enough to lounge comfortably on its plush red velvet banquettes. The room features just a handful of coveted round booths, so if you can't snag a dinner reservation, try booking in for breakfast or brunch to start the day on the right foot.

Private fine dining booths with red sofa's at Brasserie Fouquet's, Tribeca, New York
Dining table filled with selection of breakfast food, smoothies, pastries, condiments and flowers at Brasserie Fouquet's, Tribeca, New York
Brasserie Fouquet's, Tribeca

Le Salon Cocktail Bar & Lounge, Tribeca

As you enter through Le Salon’s elaborate flower-covered doors, you'll feel enveloped in romance immediately. This modern European cocktail bar feels like a stylish living room with elegant framed paintings, marble tables, and dim lighting. Request one of two spacious C-shaped booths that face the bar and watch mixologist Erin Gabriella at work whilst you snuggle. Complement your drinks by ordering decadent dishes to share such as truffle steak tartare, grilled branzino and lobster paella.

Truffle steak tartare served in a flower shaped bowl on marble table at Le Salon Cocktail Bar & Lounge, Tribeca, New York
Interior of modern European cocktail bar, Le Salon Cocktail Bar & Lounge, Tribeca, New York
Le Salon Cocktail Bar & Lounge, Tribeca

Zou Zou's, Hudson Yards

Travel to midtown to visit this lively Eastern Mediterranean restaurant courtesy of Executive Chef Juliana Latif, previously of The NoMad. Featuring influences from across the Middle East and North Africa, Zou Zou's has two bright orange u-shaped banquettes that sit opposite each other in the centre of the room – intimate yet in the middle of the action; this is where you want to be. Soaring arched ceilings and bold design with bright patterns and tilework create a transportive effect; visit Chez Zou, the private upstairs cocktail bar, after dinner to keep the night going.

Private dining booth with red sofas accompanied by flowers and hanging lights at Eastern Mediterranean restaurant Zou Zou's, Hudson Yards, New York
Sharing plate of Eastern Mediterranean style various dips, vegetables and bread at Zou Zou's, Hudson Yards, New York
Zou Zou's, Hudson Yards

The Noortwyck, West Village

A West Village newcomer from a chef-sommelier duo of Eleven Madison Park fame, the Noortwyck has become an instant New York classic. The seasonal menu is timeless and approachable: thankfully, however, the freshly made parker house roll with cultured butter is an excellent constant, as is the Roast Chicken for Two. Two spacious booths feature custom Italian leather banquettes in shades of cognac and golden ochre velvet, evoking traditional supper clubs, and are ideal for canoodling.

Sharing roast chicken served in dish at The Noortwyck, West Village, New York
Dining booths with caramel sofa at The Noortwyck, West Village, New York
The Noortwyck, West Village

Shinji's, Flatiron

A dark cocktail bar in Flatiron, Shinji's is attached to Michelin-starred Noda. Offering several indulgent small plates like uni chawanmushi with caviar and a petite Wagyu sandwich, the drinks remain top. We love the Tropicana – served inside a frozen orange – and enjoying it from one of the two booths makes for a perfect evening. Meant to mimic a wave, the booths feature swooping, fluid seatbacks in various patterned textiles that might make you feel underwater as you gaze at the blue-lit bar and gigantic octopus overhead.

Luxurious wave-inspired private dining booth with patterned textile, patterned dining table and purple furniture at Shinji's, Flatiron, New York
Uni Chawanmushi with caviar served in glass on coaster and marbled table at Shinji's, Flatiron, New York
Shinji's, Flatiron

Torrisi Bar & Restaurant, Little Italy

The latest opening from Major Food Group, Torrisi, features a menu inspired by its Little Italy neighbourhood and the city's classic culinary traditions. Designed by Garrett Singer Architecture to honour the industrial features of the landmark Puck Building the restaurant inhabits, the original vaulted ceilings, red-brick walls, cast-iron columns and round-arched windows remain. Seated along the perimeter of the dining room, seven seafoam crushed velvet booths provide a bit of privacy amongst the buzz while offering a premier view of the open kitchen.

Cocktail served with brandd menu at Torrisi Bar & Restaurant, Little Italy, New York
Interior of Little Italy inspired neighborhood décor with artistic walls and flooring at Torrisi Bar & Restaurant, Little Italy
Torrisi Bar & Restaurant, Little Italy

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