New York City has no shortage of swoon-worthy spots for food and flirtation but what are truly the City s most romantic places to dine? To find out, we decided to Just Ask The Locals where they go when they want to set the mood. Chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson puts August, Daniel, the Elephant, Peasant and Prune at the top of his list, while Eric Ripert, chef and owner of Le Bernardin, loves Chanterelle. Chef/owner of Craft Restaurants and head judge of Bravo's Top Chef Tom Colicchio is partial to Allen & Delancey, especially if you have cocktails at the little love seat in the front. Meanwhile, actress, award-winning writer and host of Bravo's Top Chef Padma Lakshmi takes a slightly different approach to romantic dining, with a picnic under the stars in Central Park.

And earlier this week, we asked you where you thought the most romantic place to dine is. We got lots of great responses, but the top spots according to Gothamist readers are:

     The River Cafe
     One If By Land
     Blue Hill Restaurant
     Apizz Restaurant
     Convivium Osteria
     Capsouto Freres
     Cafe Cluny
     Acqua Santa

Want even more insider advice on where to eat, drink, shop and more? Discover where Debbie Harry goes to hear live music and how Ivanka Trump spends her Monday nights. Find out Tom Colicchio's and Padma Lakshmi's picks for the City's best burgers and Cynthia Nixon's favorite place for sushi. Plus, offer up your own NYC tips and enter the Just Ask The Locals Challenge to become the next Official NYC Local. So go ahead, get a tip, give a tip and enter to win at