With the everyday chores of parenthood, it’s easy to forget about the relationship that produced your children to begin with. When was the last time you interacted with your spouse, partner, or significant other, in a way that didn’t involve soccer practice, mealtime, or diaper duty? Chances are it has been a while. But who said you have to wait until Valentine’s Day for a little romance? Luckily, Queens is full of great restaurants that are perfect for a date night. You can always make a reservation at your favorite place, or you can try one listed here. So call up the babysitter and get ready to schedule some alone time with the one you love.
Having had a major renovation, Waters Edge is a great place to go if you’re looking to turn up the romance. You’ll get to enjoy a first class meal while overlooking the famous Manhattan skyline. As an added bonus, Waters Edge is participating in NYC’s restaurant week, running now through February 6th, where you can have lunch or dinner for a fixed price. Be sure to call ahead for reservations, and to find out more about restaurant week.
The East River at 44th Drive, Long Island City 718-482-0033
Opened in 2007, this family owned and operated Italian wine bar and restaurant defines romantic. Soft lighting and dark wood create a warm, cozy, and intimate atmosphere. Every Wednesday is Jazz Night, and they also hold wine tastings, the next of which is scheduled for February 16th. If you enjoy authentic Italian food and a perfectly paired glass of wine, this is definitely the place for you.
79-28 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village 718-894-0052
If you’ve never had fondue, don’t knock it until you try it. This faintly lit restaurant offers semi-private, curtain-drawn tables, complemented by a sexy atmosphere and delicious food. They also have an extensive martini list, which you can choose from at your table, or you can choose to stay at their bar, where there’s intimate seating as well.
The Shops at Atlas Park, 80th Street and Cooper Avenue, Glendale (718) 416-3755
This restaurant and wine bar is welcoming and inviting, with its comfortable seating and striking décor. With an impressively eclectic gourmet menu, you’re sure to find each dish flawlessly handcrafted. DiWine will definitely relight the spark in your relationship.
41-14 31st Avenue, Astoria 718-777-1355
Though small, Cabana makes up for its size in food and atmosphere. Serving what they call “Nuevo Latino” cuisine, the experience at Cabana will have you coming back for more. This location is the original restaurant in what is now a family of five; two are in Manhattan and two more are in Florida. If you choose Cabana for your romantic date night, try the gold sangria. It will rock your world.
10710 70th Road, Forest Hills (718) 263-3600
A night out together every once in a while will remind you that you’re not just parents, and that’s something we can all stand to remember.