Prom night provides you with an opportunity to splurge on an elegant date, possibly for the first time in your life. If you want to make your prom experience particularly memorable, a great pre-prom dinner date is essential. Do you need a little help choosing where to go? These are a few of the best choices New York City has to offer.
Prom: Best Romantic Restaurant
If you are looking for pre-prom romance, One if By Land, Two if By Sea is the restaurant you seek. Dim lighting, crackling fireplaces, and soft piano music will set the stage for a wonderful evening. The menu is a bit pricey, but it is prix-fixe, so you will know what you need to pay ahead of time. One if By Land’s beef Wellington is beyond compare. (www.oneifbyland.com)
Prom: Best Trendy Restaurant
Drippy candles not your style? Perhaps you should opt for the uber-trendy Buddakan NYC. Serving Asian and Asian fusion cuisine, Buddakan stands out from the crowd both for its ambiance and menu. Look forward to soaring ceilings, amazing chandeliers, and strange-but-intriguing mazelike rooms surrounding the dining hall. You will feel as though you stepped into an old Mandarin mansion. Try the spring rolls and the tea-smoked chicken. (www.buddakannyc.com)
Prom: Best Restaurant for a Group
Going with a group? With 10 private rooms available, 21 Club offers a uniquely New York dining experience and a perfect place to dine with all of your friends before the big night. This restaurant has a storied history of being one of the most famous speakeasies from the prohibition era. The wrought iron gate provides an excellent backdrop for photos, and the 21 Burger is fabulous. (www.21club.com)
Prom: Best Steak Restaurant
A guy’s gotta eat, especially before his big prom date. If you or your date is in the “steak or bust” mode, you should visit Benjamin Steakhouse. The décor is lovely enough for her, and the steak is enough to satisfy even the biggest appetite. Consider ordering the steak for two. The New York Times hails the Benjamin as an “elegant setting, a grand room with a high ceiling, brass chandeliers and rich brown leather on the seats.” (www.benjaminsteakhouse.com)
Prom: Best Nice Restaurant on a Budget
If you are looking for a price conscious alternative for prom night dining that still has great food and a nice atmosphere, go to Basta Pasta. They serve fantastic food at a reasonable price, but you still get great ambiance and white tablecloths. Open chef stations keep things interesting; it’s kind of like watching Iron Chef on television. The delicious bowtie pasta with salmon will run you only about $16. (www.bastapastanyc.com)
An amazing dinner out is the first step to an incredible prom night. Decide what you are looking for, and make your reservations as soon as possible. A lot of the best restaurants fill up early, so make sure that you allow for travel and eating time. Your date will be impressed that you did your homework, and he or she will appreciate the efforts you put into making the night extra special.
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Jennifer James is a manager at Royaluxury Limousine, however when she is not busy working, she enjoys helping her 2 teenage daughters prepare for their High School proms. Her and Her Daugthers frequent restauraunts in the city to find the more elegant dinning experience for her daugthers and their friends.