Of course, if the company's good enough, you can have a great date anywhere. But some restaurants offer a magical combination of food, atmosphere, and comfortable seating that simply lends itself to more fun and more romance. Here are our favorites from 2012.
'Convivium Osteria' on Serious Eats
We had a great table nestled near the window, tucked around the bar. Other tables offer a more communal experience, with high-backed chairs and the ebb and flow of fellow diners' conversations and gustatory issuances. Go ahead and make a reservation: you'll be glad you did. With its barefaced rusticity and evocative food, Convivium Osteria is best for: a date that feels right.