A highly exclusive yet romantic getaway in the heart of the West Village, The Waverly Inn requires you either know someone or are someone if you expect entry into this authentic carriage inn-style restaurant and bar that’s open only for dinner and after-theater suppers. (A hotel concierge is often capable of nabbing one of the highly prized reservations.) It has the intimacy of a private club whose regular patrons include celebrity literati, artists, and such A-listers as Jennifer Aniston. Rub shoulders at the packed bar or escape to the romantic fireplace for indoor dining. Extra secret: The Waverly Inn has a hidden private courtyard for al fresco dining, removed from the sidewalk hustle and paparazzi. Its traditional American fare spiced with some international dishes caters to an eclectic clientele. The food is well prepared, but the draw is the romantic flavor and the unique mix of personalities.

16 Bank St.
917-828-1154
www.waverlynyc.com