Now that my boyfriend and I live together we’re putting in extra effort to make sure we maintain our date nights. Seeing each other everyday is an added bonus but there’s something about getting dolled up to go out that’s really wonderful.

Both of us grew up in Queens and enjoy venturing all over the city to find amazing meals and fun date ideas. I grew up around chefs and have always loved exploring new cultures and cuisine. My boyfriend is adventurous and I love that he’s not afraid to try new things. We make the perfect match when it comes to actively doing things! We’re both strong proponents of “you never know what you like until you try it, so at least try it once.” In this week’s blog, I’m going to share some of our favorite NYC restaurants to go to.

Studies show that the average American couple spends 132 hours a year deciding what to eat, which is a total of 5 & ½ days! The average couple goes out to eat four times a month and tries a new restaurant at least once a month, with 37 percent of them regularly having a difficult time agreeing on where to eat.

With this list, I hope to shorten the discussion process of where to eat by providing you with delicious places to dine in and refer back to whenever needed. There are plenty of restaurants that I want to try but in this post, I’m recommending places I’ve been to and enjoyed.

Below you’ll find restaurants sorted by my favorite types of cuisine to eat:

Mexican
1. Tijana Picnic
2. Tacuba
3. Agave 
4. Oso
5. Casa Enrique

Spanish/Latin
6. Pio Pio
7. Boqueria
8. Empanada Mama
9. Blend On The Water
10. Arepa Lady

Italian
11. San Marzano
12. Don Antonio
13. Motorino
14. Scarpetta
15. Carmine’s

Asian
16. Thai Market
17. Kazunori: The Original Hand Roll Bar
18. Indochine
19. Domodomo
20. Maharlika NYC

Southern/Soul Food
21. BLVD Bistro
22. B Squared
23. Jacob’s Pickle
24. Sweet Chick
25. Red Rooster

American
26. Mel’s Burger
27. Empire Steakhouse
28. Del Frisco’s
29. Grand Luxe Cafe
30. Harlem Tavern

Bon Appetit!