My friend Jessica is celebrating her 1-year anniversary with her new boyfriend and she just reached out to me to see if there were any nice restaurants I could recommend they celebrate their special day. Her request is some place that is nice, but not TOO expensive, and possibly a new-ish restaurant. If the eatery serves authentic Chinese food, that would be a plus.

I recommended the following places to Jessica. My list includes three of Yakima's newest restaurants that each have a unique and trendy vibe that would be the perfect background for a romantic brunch, lunch, or dinner for two. See if you agree with my choices! Bowm chikka bowm bowm!

Ramen-Ya

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Ramen-Ya is located at 3508 Summitview Ave in Yakima
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Japanese food is the order of the day at Ramen-Ya, but as you may know, ramen dishes have their roots in Chinese culture. Your mouth will salivate over the menu with items like Pork Shoyu (soft-boiled egg, scallions, pork, black garlic oil, and more).

The Distillarium

The Distillarium Yakima
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This is my favorite new place to dine in Yakima. This spot could easily transform itself into a romantic dinner for the two of you. Looking at the drinks alone will arouse your body, in my humble opinion! Bowm chikka bowm bowm!

Eats & Elixirs

Brunch Breakfast
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Yakima's newest restaurant is sure to be packed with patrons for the next several weeks so if you want to eat here for brunch, lunch, or dinner, a reservation might be your best bet to secure a table for your intimate meal.