If your idea of romance involves little more than candlelight and red wine, there are countless restaurants in New York to fit the bill. But if you’re looking for the ultimate in romance on date night, get a reservation at Shalel Lounge, a Moroccan-themed spot that all but overflows with sensuous pleasures. From the rose petals strewn on the steps to the arabesque lanterns illuminating the cozy, cave-like rooms, you and your sweetheart  can get lost in each other’s eyes as the soft sound of a waterfall provides a natural soundtrack to your swooning. Toast each other with rosewater-infused cocktails while you await appetizers of marinated Mediterranean olives and phyllo-wrapped saffron chicken. When entrees which mix North African and French flavors land on your table, let the conversation fall silent and simply gesture to your significant other to try a bite of yours. It might take some effort to keep your hands off one another before dessert arrives, but your patience will be rewarded with sweet creations like fig crème brûlée, a gorgeous and delicious take on the Gallic classic.

Shalel Lounge

65 W. 70th St., New York, NY 10023 NY

(212) 873-2300

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