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The Most Romantic Tables In Town

We're officially 30 days out from Valentine's Day, the reservation lines are opening up, and if you're buying in, it's time to make a call or two. So here then, our list of the most romantic tables in town—think of them as the scant few square feet that can possibly play host to your irresistible charms.

Table C1, Il Buco

Table C1, Il Buco

Thumb rule: The closer you can get to the wine, the better. Wind your way down a narrow staircase into the low-slung wood-and-stone wine cellar where communal table C1 (it's dark enough that you'll feel alone) is nestled in the corner.
Why here? Edgar Allan Poe used to crash in this former basement brothel when he couldn't pay his rent.

Il Buco, 47 Bond St (near Lafayette), 212-533-1932

Table 71, Del Posto

Table 71, Del Posto

If you're going for grand Italian, you'll want to be at table 71, the only two-top table on the second level overlooking the whole restaurant. Think of it as your little Italian throne, built for two.
Why here? We hear Mario Batali fell in love with meatballs at this very table.

Del Posto, 85 10th Ave (at 16th St), 212-497-8090

The Cage, Sweetiepie

The Cage, Sweetiepie

So you're hedging your bet with a double date this year—where better to share a romantic meal for four than a table set in a giant birdcage at a restaurant that serves anything from mini wedding cakes to absinthe.
Why Here? If you love something, set it free. Or put it in a cage and feed it absinthe.

Table 35, Allen & Delancey

Table 35, Allen & Delancey

This booth, usually reserved for parties of four, is open to couples on Valentine's Day, and it's tucked back in the corner of the dimly lit dining room.
Why Here? In a restaurant comprised entirely of private, romantic tables, table 35 is just a little more private and a little more romantic.

Table 208, Bobo

Table 208, Bobo

Remember our rule of thumb about wine? Let's go ahead and throw fire in there as well. This round fireside table at the West Village townhouse restaurant will feel like the romantic home meal you couldn't possibly stage in your apartment.
Why Here? So you can say "I hear Kings of Leon wrote ‘Sex on Fire' at this table" to your date.

Bobo, 181 W. 10th St (at 7th Ave S.), 212-488-2626

The Nook, Café Select

The Nook, Café Select

Hidden in the back corner of the front room is a small room, curtained off, with only one table for two. Order some oysters and champagne mousse and hide the bell they give you for when you need your waiter...
Why Here? If the nook doesn't work out, we've got a little breaking news: They're converting the back boiler room into a bar and hosting a singles party.

Café Select, 212 Lafayette St (between Spring and Broome), 212-925-9322

Table 69, Alto

Table 69, Alto

The best way to take things to the next level is to literally take things to the next level. Surrounded by glass and perched above the classically appointed dining room, table 69 is the only table that says "we're better than you."
Why Here? The table name can't possibly be an accident.

Alto, 11 E. 53rd St (between Madison and 5th Ave), 212-308-1099

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