Whether your guy is looking for a dreamy spot to pop the question or you're planning a a romantic dinner for two, it can be hard to find a truly special place with great food and atmosphere. Luckily, Top Chef host and tableware designer (find her new line at Bloomingdale's!) Padma Lakshmi knows a thing or two about romance and food. Here, she offers up her top three favorite romantic restaurants in the U.S.
Photo: Courtesy of Besh Restaurant Group
August in New Orleans
Rated as one of the top tables for two by Afar, this intimate restaurant, located in a cozy French-Creole building in New Orlean's Central Business District, boasts an extensive menu and incredible interior.
Why Padma loves it: "It's old-fashioned and perfect for proposing. New Orleans food can be heavy, but John Besh has a light touch. It's traditional, but elevated."
Photo: Courtesy of Má Pêche
Má Pêche in New York
Located in the heart of midtown, New York beneath the Chambers Hotel, this restaurant features bare wood tables, cozy lighting, and a menu that encourages sharing.
Why Padma loves it: "I love all of David Chang's restaurants, but here you can get all of his yummy foods in an environment that's romantic and discreet."
Photo: Courtesy of Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare
Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare in Las Vegas
Right in the heart of Sin City, the Barlotta Ristorante is a four-star eatery located in the Wynn Las Vegas. With house-made pasta and over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish daily, this Mediteranian and Italian-inspired restaurant is one you shouldn't miss.
__Why Padma loves it: __"The seafood is insane. Paul Bartolotta's on his cell phone at 10 at night talking to fishermen in Italy. So luxurious."