Best of Boston

2006 Best Romantic Restaurant, Affordable


Of all the romantic spots in the always romantic North End, tiny Carmen is the top pick for getting into the mood without breaking the bank. The close quarters (the room seats just 25), plush banquettes dotted with throw pillows, and glass votives create an intimate venue for nibbling on small plates from the wine bar and classic pasta dishes. Carmen doesn’t serve dessert, but smitten couples will agree that the experience is sweet enough just as it is.

33 North Sq., Boston, 617-742-6421,