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NYC Restaurants Adding Romance to the Menu for Valentine's Day - PT 2
February 7, 2022, 11:07.35 am ET


Photo: Emmett's

Emmett’s/Emmett's On Grove
50 MacDougal St, NYC

Eat your heart out, literally! Known for being one of the only Chicago-style pizza restaurants in New York— Emmett’s and Emmett’s on Grove is serving a heart shaped pies for Valentine’s Day only! At their MacDougal street location, diners have the option to enjoy a deep dish heart shaped pizza or tavern-style pie (thin crust and perfectly crispy) using only the finest ingredients available. At the newest sexy Wisconsin meets South of France supper club location Emmett’s on Grove (39 Grove Street), diners can enjoy the tavern style pie in a vibrant atmosphere with craft cocktails from the Prohibition Era and other timeless eras, as well as an extensive wine list from owner Burke’s personal collection that spans from Old and New World with refined varieties from France, Italy and Napa Valley, to name a few. The neighborhood hangout is taking reservations on Resy and pizzas will cost $30, (plus toppings).

Black Barn Restaurant
19 East 26th St, NYC

Farm-to-Table, American restaurant located in NoMad directly across from Madison Square Park is serving up a special aphrodisiac menu for Valentine’s Day. A collaboration between Chef/Owner James Beard Award Winner John Doherty and newly appointed Executive Chef Brian Fowler, the three course pre-fixe menu for $115 which features over 70 aphrodisiac ingredients with starters including Pickled & Roasted Heirloom Carrots, Wild Mushroom Toast, Tuna Carpaccio and Foie Gras Torchon. Mains include Butter Poached Lobster Risotto, Pan Seared Bay Scallops and Sweet Potato Gnocchi and dessert is a choice of house-made Apple Cider Doughnuts or an Affogato Sunday. BLACK BARN Restaurant pairs a menu with refined food, wine, and service in a rustic, casual environment. Black Barn sources most of its ingredients from local farmers allowing us to provide our customers with the freshest ingredients that are seasonably available.

159 Bridge Park Drive, Brooklyn

Recently re-opened following a holiday break after the holidays, Estuary at The ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina is welcoming guests with a seafood forward special menu prepared by newly appointed Executive Chef Dennis Hatzinger (Pilot, Grand Banks). For $95 per person guests will enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and have their choice of a Dozen Oysters (East and West Coast served with mignonette and cocktail sauce), Lobster Bisque, Local Mussels & Littleneck Clams, Tropical Kale Salad (sweet peppers, pepitas, fennel confit with a mango & citrus vinaigrette) to start. Mains include Seared Yellowfin Tuna with a warm cannellini bean ragout, Black Angus NY Strip Steak with truffled lobster mash, Roasted Poulet Rouge Chicken, Cioppino and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash. To finish, guests will enjoy its new signature Brooklyn Brick Toast with vanilla gelato and their choice of either chocolate of fruit.

Arlo Soho
231 Hudson St, NYC

A.R.T Soho (Dating Event): Dating Influencer NYCDateNite is hosting a ‘Find Your Valentine’ Mixer on the hotel’s rooftop on Thursday, February 10th from 7-10pto give attendees enough time to snag a date before the big day. For a reasonably priced entrance fee ($50) attendees will arrive with a welcome cocktail provided by Onda and will have a chance to mix and mingle with a DJ Set by PrayForSam and FlavaFlames, themed craft cocktails available for purchase, and many other prizes and giveaways, including a chance to win a bottle of wine at the hotel’s restaurant Lindens. Tickets might sellout, so snag a ticket here to join the fun dating event.

113 Franklin St, Brooklyn

Sereneco offers a warm and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a romantic (but decidedly unpretentious) night out. The menu is spearheaded by talented Executive Chef Dennis Hong (a vet of Lincoln Ristorante & Le Bernardin). Offerings include Hudson Valley Duck Confit Frisee Salad (apple, walnut, dried cranberry, blue cheese, maple balsamic); Salmon Crudo (pistachio, mint, lime, breakfast radish); Braised Lamb Shank (polenta, gremolata, butternut squash, brussels sprouts); Steelhead Trout (broccolini, black rice, pistachio, cranberry, brown butter vinaigrette), and more. Price: $65 pp.

Photo: Cucina 8 1/2

Cucina 8 1/2
9 West 57th St., New York

Cucina 8½ offers an elevated dining experience with rustic Italian cuisine located in the iconic Solow building in the heart of Midtown. Chef John Villa’s menu features a variety of dishes that are inspired by New York & Italian ingredients and culinary traditions with many tableside presentations. On Valentine’s Day Weekend and Valentine’s Day (Thursday, Friday and Monday), the restaurant will feature the regular a la carte menu and the option for an elevated Truffle menu ($250 per person) with Warm Black Truffle Fett’unta, Roasted Butternut Squash with hot honey and black truffle Zabaglione, Toro Crudo with Black Truffle, brown butter and hazelnut, the restaurant’s signature Raviolo stuffed with a pastured egg and topped with shaved truffle, and a choice of Truffle Roasted Poussin or Prime Filet Mignon with a truffle dessert to end on a sweet note. Reservations are available on Open Table.


For V-Day: Kumi (120 W. 57th St) will also offer a special Valentine's Day menu on 2/14 for $85 per person. The menu includes two Kiss Me Kumi cocktails as well as a Citrus Green Salad, Shaved Vegetables, Steamed Edamame, Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice, Spicy Tuna Tartare, Fried Rice Hondashi Rice and Vegetables, Chef’s Selection of assorted sushi and rolls, Green Tea Smoked Chicken, Ginger Gochujang Glazed Salmon, Sesame Watercress, Sauteed Greens and Chef’s Selection of Desserts. Vegan and vegetarian options are available upon request.

Hancock St.
257 Sixth Avenue, NYC

Hancock St. is offering freshly handmade pink pasta for Valentine’s Day. The restaurant is offering fresh handmade Pink Lumache with a Spicy Pink Tomato Sauce for $27 available the entire weekend (February 11th through 14th). If you are dining at home, Hancock St. is offering a retail sized pasta kit including handmade Pink Lumache, Spicy Pink Tomato Sauce, housemade bread crumbs, parmesan and basil for $24, enough for 2 servings. Additionally, Hancock St. offers one of the most affordable caviar services in the city: Russian Osetra Caviar, the popular caviar service with four or eight ounces of caviar, sour cream and onion potato chips and creme fraiche, often enjoyed as a supplement to a number of shareable dishes, like Hancock St.’s Adult Mac & Cheese, and a bottle of champagne.

30 West 18th Street, NYC

3-course pre fixe menu from Scampi ($95pp plus optional beverage pairing), the vibrant coastal Italian restaurant in the Flatiron district from acclaimed chef PJ Calapa, whose thoughtful menu is inspired by the Mediterranean seaside and showcases local Northeast seafood cooked with minimal ingredients. The menu includes Scampi favorites such as Antipasti like Red Snapper Ceviche with tomato, olive, onion and chili, Caviar & Burrata with garlic bread, and Tuna Acqua Pazza featuring tuna tartare, tomato, cucumber and Calabrian chili. Handmade pastas are also offered, including Scampi’s iconic Mafaldini Scampi, Mezzaluna featuring braised pork ravioli with pomodoro and pecorino, and Cappelletti featuring ricotta, butternut squash and pumpkin seeds. Steak for Two featuring dry aged strip loin accompanied with black truffle potatoes

Photo: Valerie/Liz Clayman

45 West 45th St, NYC

Midtown West’s Valerie, the grand, gin-focused cocktail bar designed to evoke Manhattan’s idyllic golden era, is offering special menu items for the night. Guests may begin the evening with a cocktail such as the Hybrid Moments ($17) made with vodka, odvi armagnac, Italicus, hibiscus shrub, ginger syrup, lemon and sparkling rose cava; or the Skiddoo 75 ($17) made with Glendalough Rose Gin, vanilla, lemon, and Prosecco. Specialty dishes include a Lobster Ravioli ($32) made with beurre blanc, black truffle and pea tendrils and an 8 oz. Chateaubriand Filet ($44) served with grilled broccolini, potato gratin, and beef jus.

Restaurant Marc Forgione
134 Reade St, NYC

A taste of aphrodisiacs at Restaurant Marc Forgione, the innovative yes approachable New American restaurant using the best seasonal and local ingredients, will be available all weekend long (February 11th through 14th). Owner and executive chef Marc Forgione offers an a la carte menu highlighting known aphrodisiacs in dishes like Striped Bass with pineapple, limequat and habanero - pineapple is known as the “libido lifter” as it promotes happy hormones and gives a boost of energy, limequats are essential for reproductive health, and habanero chili releases endorphins; Smoked Tagliatelle with saffron and uni - saffron was used by the Romans to scent the baths of aristocratic gentlemen and their female lovers, while uni has been used to inspire desire for centuries.

La Devozione
428 West 16 St (Chelsea Market), NYC

Nothing says love like a 9-course pasta tasting menu featuring dishes with caviar, lobster & more. New York's newest pasta destination by Italian heritage brand Pastificio Di Martino, La Devozione's Valentine's Day menu (available Thurs/Feb 10 - Mon/Feb 14) will be offered at The Oval (high-end, 30 seat pasta bar) and includes a 9 course, seafood-forward pasta tasting menu ($225pp) featuring dishes including lobster, uni and more (attached). An optional Champagne pairing menu ($195pp) is available to compliment the menu. For an extra thoughtful touch, La Devozione is offering white glove concierge services to book transportation, music to play during dinner and florals for your table setting.

36 East 20th St

Love, Bollywood style. This Valentine's Day, Modern Indian restaurant SONA offers special menus for both those guests dining at home or out on the town. Available to dine-in guests Saturday 2/12 - Monday 2/14, à la carte Valentine's Day specials include Lobster Malai Curry ($48) with yogurt coconut sauce and baked lobster tail; Shiso Leaf Chaat ($16) with hot and sour chutneys, pomegranate and sev and the Rasmalai Ile Flottante ($15) made with rose rabri, crispy meringue, poached quince. To drink, SONA shakes up their signature cocktail: A Golden Love, made with Milagro Silver Tequila, Pomegranate, Lime, Agave, Ginger Beer, and Mint. Exclusive to dine-in guests only, SONA will be offering a selection of special floral arrangements by florist Rachel Cho which can be ordered in advance to accompany diners' tables. In addition to SONA's dine-in specials, they'll be offering a 7 course, special Date Night In For Two prix fixe ($180 total) available for takeout and delivery.

Photo: Casa Limone

Casa Limone
20 E 49th St, NYC

Casa Limone is a casual, elegant Italian restaurant inspired by the flavors, sights, and scents of Southern Italy. Here, Michelin-starred Chef Antonio Salvatore of the celebrated Monaco restaurant Rampoldi and Monte Carlo Hospitality Group made their North American debut while showcasing chef's upbringing in Basilicata as well as the neighboring regions. Located in Midtown just steps away from Rockefeller Center, the restaurant will be offering a 3 course prix-fixe dinner menu on the 14th. At tables decorated with centerpieces of red roses, Casa Limone invites guests to celebrate the occasion with the festive and bubbly Kir Italiano cocktail, made with Prosecco, Creme de Cassis, and simple syrup. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.

The Parlour Room
70 W 36th St, NYC

The Parlour Room is a whiskey-focused bar and restaurant, making its debut in Midtown Manhattan led by Executive Chef Justin Ottervanger. After a full gut renovation, The Parlour Room is made to feel like an intimate whiskey experience with 220 seats divided among velvet booths and private nooks with tassel bar lamps, a wood-burning fireplace and 1920s Italian Baroque chandelier making it the ideal dining experience for date nights. Valentine’s weekend, The Parlour Room is offering a $120 Prix Fixe four course tasting menu with beverage pairings including cocktails and wine. Menu highlights include oysters to start, tuna tartare, bone-in veal chop, ora king salmon, filet mignon, cappuccino pot de creme, chocolate cake and bourbon pecan tart.

91 S 6th St, Brooklyn

As the debut project from first-time restaurateur and veteran bartender Christopher Reyes, Aldama is an ode to the vibrant nightlife of Mexico City. This Valentine’s Day, indulge your taste buds in modern Mexican cuisine with shareable dishes including Aldama’s House guacamole, Sope de costilla, and a decadent vegan mole featuring black truffles. Raise a glass to the romantic occasion with a Sangre de Mezcal, the restaurant’s unique frozen twist on Sangria. If you’re feeling lively, stay through the night and dance to music from Brooklyn’s most notable DJs, spinning from 10:00 PM to late. Reservations can be made through Resy HERE.

Atlantic Grill
50 W 65th St, NYC

Lincoln Square’s Atlantic Grill recently reopened under new management and continues to offer the freshest seafood and highest quality meats, now with a touch of Michelin-starred Chef Antonio Salvatore’s Mediterranean influence while also pulling inspiration from the food and cuisines near global bodies of water. Though closed on the 14th, Atlantic Grill will be offering a 3 course prix-fixe menu from 5-10 pm the weekend before Valentine’s Day, including a PorterHouse Steak for two served with lobster mashed potato, and a special heart-shaped dessert. Set the mood at a table decorated with a centerpiece of red roses and raise a glass to your loved one with the signature Atlantic Love cocktail, a pretty pink sour garnished with deep red cherries. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.

110 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn

Owned and operated by the team behind The Bedford and Roebling Sporting Club, Macchina focuses on quality food and an approachable wine and Italian aperitif cocktail menu delivered in a casual setting. Macchina celebrates modern Italian American fare, bringing clean flavors to life in artigiano pizzas and pastas using Italian stone-fired burning ovens of Swedish design. The restaurant boasts a rustic setting that celebrates vintage Italian mechanicals. From pizza pies perfect for sharing to lovely red and pink cocktails, Macchina is the ideal place to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.

Yoon Haeundae Galbi
8 West 36th St, NYC

Midtown’s Yoon Haeundae Galbi presents a contemporary take on traditional Korean BBQ recipes, inspired by owner Bobby Yoon’s grandfather’s restaurant Haeundae Somunnan Amso Galbijib, which opened in 1964 in Busan, South Korea. Perfect for a date on love’s biggest night, menu highlights include the Marinated Short Ribs, which are prepared through the Haeundae Cut, a special technique that was invented by Bobby’s grandfather to tenderize even the toughest of meats; Galbi Dumplings with short rib, chive, and tofu; and Uni Mentaiko Rice with uni, mentaiko, wasabi tobiko, seaweed, pickled chayote and microgreen. Located in Midtown Manhattan, Yoon provides locals and visitors alike with a modern take on authentic Korean BBQ.

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