Whether you’re looking to wine and dine your love or spend the night toasting to your fellow single pals, New York City has numerous restaurants offering just what you need this Valentine’s Day. Choose from fancy pre fixe dinners to dance parties with punch bowls to make this Feb. 14 your most memorable yet. By Sarah Shaker.
Butter Midtown, Food Network Star and Executive Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s grown-up counterpart to the downtown original on Lafayette, is serving up some seriously decadent prix fixe options, because nothing says “I love you,” like a menu that includes black truffle, foie gras, and lobster, right? Choose from an early seating three-coure pre fixe for $80 per person or the four-course late seating priced at $125 per guest.
Single and spectacular? Or recently broken hearted and bitter? Celebrate your singledom on February 14 at Whitman & Bloom’s Anti-Valentine’s Bash with a complimentary signature cocktail upon arrival. There will be a DJ spinning from 10pm until late to enjoy the night out with your best unattached friends. And who knows? Maybe you’ll meet that special someone on the dance floor.
Located directly underneath The General, this lounge will feature a shareable pre-fix menu for $75 per person this Valentine’s Day. Offering a romantic experience with cocktails made tableside and live entertainment, Jazz Room at The General’s dinner is sure to impress that special someone. Start with one of their featured cocktails to get you in the mood, like the Between The Sheets (Bols Genever Gin, Maraschino and lemon). Prix fixe courses include Oysters with Caviar, Seared Scallops and Cupid’s Cake (White Chocolate Mousse Cake, Raspberry Ice Cream, Meringue).
Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, so singles will be ready to blow off some steam after a long week at the office. Especially if your coupled-up friends will be booked at elegant prix fixe dinners and romantic getaways. Luckily, The Anchor will be throwing a bash to celebrate singledom. They’ll be giving away their infamous Punchbowls to groups of singles, as well as discounting their entire list of Signature Cocktails for the evening. Dance the night away to DJ Kalkutta, while you drown your sorrows in a deliciously free punchbowl.
Recently opened Sushi Seki in Chelsea is offering a couples-friendly meal in their dining room this Valentine’s Day for $155. This five-course dinner will feature three appetizers, nigiri sushi and a chocolate soufflé for a sweet finish. This Upper East Side favorite since 2002 from Chef Zhong Zhen Shi (aka “Chef Seki”) has downtowners thrilled that they no longer have to make the trek uptown to enjoy his famous fare. Sushi Seki is known for attracting serious sushi lovers like chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Eric Ripert and Daniel Boulud with its reasonably priced omakase.
Treat your sweetheart to sweets with Spot Dessert Bar’s “Picture Perfect Valentine’s Day.” Couples may choose any three of their seasonal dessert tapas and two drinks (champagne or a non-alcoholic beverage). While you snuggle up to your honey, Spot will take your photo with their Polaroid camera and frame it for you to take home. Dessert tapas include the Big Apple, a dessert made of soft Cheesecake coated in Raspberry Puree, garnished with Walnuts and Orange Salad, or the Bloody Berry made with chocolate mousse, walnut soil and raspberry coulis.
Williamsburg’s Extra Fancy is setting the mood for romance this Valentine’s Day with cheeky cocktails, from Boyfriend Material (Cana Brava Rum, Cherry Heering, Fresh Lemon, Demerara, Lavender) to the more risqué Third Base (Perry’s Tot Gin, Swedish Punsch, Honey, Fresh Lemon, White Peach Puree) for a hot date night. Pair your drinks with entrées meant for two like a New England Clam & Lobster Bake with littleneck clams, mussels, shrimp, kielbasa, lobster tail, cob corn, baby potatoes, Budweiser broth or Whole Roasted Chicken with pan sauce and sage.
Rusty Mackerel is heating things up on Valentine’s Day in Washington Heights with an array of sexy plates using ingredients known for their aphrodisiac qualities – oysters, celery root, caviar, sea urchin, puffer fish, fig, radish, pomegranate, damiana, and of course, bubbly. The Feast of Saint Valentine Aphrodisiac Menu will be served a-la-cart with menu items including Oysters on the Half Shell and Champagne Granita and Squid Ink Spaghetti with Sea Urchin and Calabrese Peppers.
Michelin-starred Rouge Tomate proves that you don’t need a ton of butter and cream to have a luxurious meal this Valentine’s Day. Their $125 per person 4-course prix-fixe menu features Celeriac and Roasted Chestnut Soup with Hudson Valley Foie Gras, black truffle, and celery and Black Truffle Risotto. Executive Pastry Chef James Distefano is offering a choice of desserts including the Chocolate-Banana Trio, featuring chocolate-banana opera cake, caramelized banana and a cup of hot cocoa. This special meal comes with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and chocolate truffles. Wine pairings are also available for an additional $90 per person.
Romance is in the air at the recently opened Fabio Cucina Italiana. For $60 per person, enjoy a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner at this Midtown East neighborhood newbie. Executive Chef Fabio Hakill’s holiday menu highlights include a creamy Burrata (Imported Puglian Mozzarella Cheese with Aged Balsamic, Roasted Peppers, and Tomato), Risotto Al Tartufo and light, yet indulgent, Tiramisu.
Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel is offering lovebird’s a delicious night of dining with an unparalleled view of Manhattan’s skyline. Choose from a pre-fixe menu including a choice of three small plates, two desserts and four cocktails for $100. Menu selections include Stuffed Mushrooms with goat cheese and pesto, Truffled Mac and Cheese and Grilled Lamb Chops with a ratatouille nicoise. For something extra special a White Chocolate Cake with Fruit Carpaccio will end the meal on a sweet note.
The Standard Grill is offering an elegant three-course prix fixe menu including an appetizer, entree and dessert for $65. Plates not to miss include Lobster Ravioli, Steamed Striped Bass and a Chocolate Espresso Parfait with salted caramel popcorn and hot fudge. The full regular menu will also be available on Valentine’s Day for those who want to enjoy their Standard favorites with their loved one.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.
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