Tables for Two


by NYC Editor, 02/05/2009

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New York ObserverScoring a primo Valentine's Day reservation can be every bit as nerve-wracking as finding the right date. Even after you've nailed the cuisine and location, romance isn't a given. Not every table is a sure thing. You know the culprits—set near a chilly front door, wedged by the bathroom queue, or cuddled up right next to the plating station. Fortunately, plenty of the city's two-tops offer enough intimacy, atmosphere, and service to do Cupid proud. If inventive French cuisine and formal service turn you on, head for JoJo, with well-spaced tables and expertly trained staff. For more festive French, The Odeon and Balthazar deliver bistro classics in snuggly booths. A rustic garden with views of the stars and a wood-burning fireplace welcomes couples to August. Il Buco follows in the same vein, with the warm feel of a mismatched farmhouse. For the ultimate accoutrements of romance, though, look to the piano, garden and flickering candles of One if by Land, Two if by Sea. The 10 tables here may not seal the deal, but they sure won't get in your way.

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