NYC Restaurants Cooking Up Romance for Valentine's Day

January 17, 2023, 6:35.58 pm ET  


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Miss Lily’s
$48/person

The celebrated East Village Caribbean oasis, Miss Lily’s 7A, will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Crab Boil for a fun,interactive Valentine’s Day date night (crab bibs and all). The feast will be available for $48/person and include Alaskan Snow Crab with Jerk Corn, Red Skinned Potatoes, Festival, Charred Pineapple Cole Slaw, and Scotch Bonnet Butter. Reservations via Resy

Vic’s
A la carte

This holiday season, Vic’s, the beloved NoHo Italian staple from Vicki Freeman and The Bowery Group, will be offering their usual a la carte menu, along with a menu of delicious one-night-only specials, including Whole Roasted Porgy with roasted german butterball potatoes, olive and fennel, 16 oz. Sirloin with crispy potatoes, oyster mushrooms, salsa verde, Linguini Scoglio with mussels, clams, shrimp, white wine, garlic and chili and Lasagna with bolognese, bechamel, parmigiano. Special Italian treats will also be available for dessert, including Mascarpone Cheesecake with rainbow cookie crust and dark chocolate and Citrus-Ricotta Cannolis with pistachio and white chocolate. Vic’s Valentine’s Day specials will be available in the lively dining room, as well as in the heated outdoor dining area. Reservations via Resy


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Shuka
A la carte

This Valentine’s Day, Shuka, the Mediterranean favorite by JBF Best Chef NY 2022 nominee Ayesha Nurdjaja, will be offering their usual a la carte menu with a number of one-night-only specials, including beet hummus with oregano and nigella seed, stuffed calamari with couscous, pickled sultanas and salsa verde, beef short rib tajine with parsnip, chickpea, castelvetrano olives and cippolini onion and chocolate hummus with chocolate pearls, satsuma, sesame cookies. Dinner will be available in the dining room, as well as in the restaurant’s heated outdoor seating setup on Macdougal. Reservations via Resy

Shukette
A la carte

This Valentine’s Day, Shukette, the Chelsea hotspot by James Beard Best Chef NY 2022 nominee Ayesha Nurdjaja, will be offering their usual a la carte menu with a number of delectable one-night-only specials. Special highlights include North Fork Long Island oysters with caviar and champagne mignonette, seared scallops with turmeric, capers, lemon butter and parsley, 16 oz. bone-in sirloin with spicy Moroccan shredded carrots crispy batata harra and chocolate cake with burnt orange & cinnamon, ganache, whipped labneh. Reservations via Resy


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Cookshop
A la carte


Cookshop, the Chelsea institution from restaurateurs Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer, will offer their a la carte menu for Valentine’s Day, along with delicious, seasonal specials including Ricotta Gnudi with melted crescenza cheese, seafood platter, various charcuterie selections, Maine Lobster Brodetto, Oro Blanco Grapefruit and Treviso Salad with pomegranate vinaigrette, Berkshire Pork Porchetta with kale-apple slaw and fermented chili and Cornmeal Crusted Scallops with fennel, blood orange and tartar sauce. Reservations via Resy

Junoon
$175pp; optional wine pairing for $75pp

This Valentine’s Day, trailblazing Michelin-starred Indian fine dining restaurant, Junoon will offer a six-course tasting menu helmed by executive chef Akshay Bhardwaj (Forbes 30 Under 30). The six-course tasting menu will features innovative takes on Indian classics, such as Arbi Tikki: crispy taro croquette, sunchoke puree and mustard roasted potato + Lobster & Uni Moilee: Maine lobster, uni, mustard seed, curry leaf and tamarind coconut moilee sauce. Creative desserts will be on display from skilled pastry chef, Gustavo Tzocx, including The Cricket: chikoo mousse, coconut grass and guava + Midnight Kiss: ghost pepper triple chocolate mousse and falsa berry sorbet. Live music will also play throughout the night.


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Rosie’s
A la carte

East Village Mexican staple from The Bowery Group, Rosie’s, will offer a number of specials for Valentine’s Day, including Sopa de Hongos: mixed mushrooms, tomato broth, guajillo chile, avocado, queso fresco & crisp tortilla, Aguachile de Camarón with Gulf shrimp, serrano chile & lime juice, cucumber, avocado, red onions and cilantro, Pescado a la Parrilla: grilled butterfly Long Island porgy, roasted tomato & chile de arbol salsa, nopales salad and for dessert, Buñuelos de Molde: cinnamon & sugar dusted crispy dough, goat’s milk caramel sauce. Reservations via Resy

l’abeille
Prix-fixe $250pp

This Valentine’s Day, Tribeca’s Michelin-starred French restaurant with Japanese influence will offer a seven-course tasting menu in its cozy, chic dining room. Alongside a carefully curated wine list including non-alcoholic options, guests can enjoy seasonal fare for the special occasion including various seafood courses, roasted Spanish mackerel with smoked potato and caramelized onion and American wagyu beef tenderloin with foie gras and black truffle. For dessert, indulge in a decadent fondant au chocolat cake made with Guaraja black chocolate, accompanied by a black winter truffle ice cream. Reservations via Resy

 
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Essential by Christophe
Prix Fixe: $185pp

Essential by Christophe, chef Christophe Bellanca’s first independent restaurant on the Upper West Side, offers a special four-course prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day in its warm, elegant dining room, featuring unfussy preparations of foie gras, Alaskan King Crab, sole with blue brawns and spiced duck with agave turnips, black sesame and satsuma mandarin. Gourmandises of chocolate and black truffle and raspberry meyer lemon granité with an elderflower jus conclude the meal. Reservations via Resy

Le Salon Cocktail Bar and Lounge
$85/pp

For one night only on 2/14, a 3-course prix fixe menu will be available at this intimate dining room including Oysters Rockefeller, Grilled Branzino and Filet Mignon.  Guests will also receive a complimentary mini Moët bottle to start the romantic night and Valentine's special dessert, Queen of Hearts, to finish. A special cocktail will also be available on the day, Silly Rabbit.


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La Mercerie
Prix-fixe $165/pp

This year, La Mercerie invites guests to celebrate Valentine’s Day dinner with La Fête des Amoureux. The prix-fixe menu, served up alongside Martinis au Chocolat and champagne, features oysters, tarte aux champignons, duck breast with chocolate and espelette, and fondue au chocolat. Throughout February, La Mercerie will celebrate the Mois d’Amour (month of love) with cuisine that celebrates the French romantic allure. Chef Marie-Aude Rose will be using natural aphrodisiacs like ginger, saffron, winter savory and chocolate through both the Valentine’s Day prix-fixe and a la carte menu. The award-winning design by Roman & Williams and the taste of love curated in true French form makes for the ideal romantic destination. Reservation via Resy

NARO
$225/pp

NARO is excited to welcome you and your loved ones this Valentine's Day, offering a special 6-course tasting menu for guests. For early birds, they’ll be offering a special a la carte dessert for dining room and bar guests on February 11 and 13. Reservations via Resy


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Atoboy
$75/pp or $110/pp

This Valentine’s, Atoboy is excited to welcome guests to celebrate. The team will be offering their standard menu in addition to a special themed menu for $110. Reservations via Resy                                               

Atomix
$525/pp

Two Michelin-starred, World’s 50 Best, and 3-starred New York Times restaurant Atomix welcomes guests to dine at their chef’s counter for a special tasting menu, with beverage pairings available. Guests can expect to go on a journey of Korean cuisine through chef Junghyun Park’s eyes. Early and late seatings are available, with reservations via Tock.


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Lindens at Arlo Soho
$85/pp

Lindens located within Arlo Soho will be setting the mood with their seasonal menu offerings with their Modern American menu. For a reasonable $85 per person, guests will have multiple dates to enjoy the multi course prix fixe that includes top signatures served with family-style options and mains, starting with warm Thyme Parker house Rolls, prepared on-site and served with acorn squash butter and Giardiniera for the table with pickled vegetables and hummus, followed by other plates to share, such as Grilled Kabocha Squash, Delicata & Artichoke Tempura and Oyster Sampler with East and West Coast Oysters prepared three ways as a little aphrodisiac. Choice of main includes Hanger Steak, a juicy Half Chicken with a 3 peppercorn rub or their popular Honeynut Squash Ravioli with pancetta, brown butter and 5-year aged banyuls vinegar. Dinner ends on a sweet note with chocolate covered strawberries with 6 different toppings. Wine and Cocktail Pairings are available as an add-on and to add to the experience. Available February 10th, 11th and 14th for $85 per person including a welcome champagne.

Balaboosta 
A La Carte

Chef Einat Admony is adding a variety of specials to her contemporary Israeli menu, available only on February 14th, starting with Zalabia (Middle eastern-style fried dough) and Yemenite Dips, including muhamara, elevated baba, and preserved lemon cashew. Additional entrees include the Heartbeet--golden beet, fluke, herbs, crispy shallot, and pistachio served with gooseberry arak sauce--and Ribeye for Two--coffee and rosemary-rubbed ribeye, tempura fried artichoke, and garlic aioli alongside a winter greens salad. For dessert diners can enjoy Tahini Shortbread topped with spicy strawberry jam and a chocolate drizzle. Reservations can be made through Resy.


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Goosefeather (Tarrytown, NY)
$130/pp 

On Friday, February 10th, Saturday February 11th, and Tuesday, February 14th, Chef Dale Talde is serving a modern Cantonese 3-course prix-fixe menu for $130 pp (including gratuity), with the option for a sommelier curated wine pairing (+$35 pp) at the King Mansion at Tarrytown House Estate. The specialty dinner menu includes starters of Dry-Aged Beef Potstickers, Spicy Hamachi Tartare, Caviar Noodles, and Roasted Mushroom. Diners have a choice of one entree: Black Pepper Beef, Branzino with Chili Garlic Black Bean and Chinese Broccoli, Crab Rice, Mapo Cauliflower, Filet of Beef (+25), Wok Charred Lobster (+25), or 1/2 Roast Crown of Duck. Desserts include the Goosefeather Sundae with Chocolate ice cream, chocolate cherry brownie and popcorn, Warm Churros, Mochi Waffles with yuzu custard, and Citrus Granita with whipped soy. Tickets are available through Resy.

Baar Baar
$70/pp

On Valentine's Day: Baar Baar will be offering a 3-course prix-fixe menu for $70pp (which includes surprise bites as well as sides) from Executive Chef Sujan Sarkar. An optional wine pairing will also be available for an additional $40pp, and there will be live music entertainment. Finally, Baar Baar will be creating two specialty cocktails for the occasion, each priced at $19. 


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Oceans
$150/pp

Chef Andy Kitko has curated a special 3-course pre-fixe menu for $150 pp. Diners will have the choice of dishes including starters of Toro Tartare; Maryland Crab Cake; Whole Fish Sashimi; and more. Second course includes Faroe Island Salmon with cauliflower couscous, almonds, currants, crispy salsify; Alaskan Black Cod with sake glaze, bok choy, edamame, shiitake mushrooms, yuzu dashi; Braised Short Rib with coffee ancho chile sauce, celery, baby carrots, horseradish gemolata; Surf & Turf with filet mignon, Alaskan king crab, truffle-madeira jus; and more. End the meal on a sweet note with a specially curated dessert platter of passion layer cake, citrus cheesecake, kirsch chocolate truffle torte, and passion fruit pate de fruits. Seating is between 5:00pm - 10:30pm on February 14th. Reservations can be made through OpenTable or by calling the restaurant at 212-209-1055

Jack & Charlie's no.118 
A La Carte

This cozy and elegant neighborhood restaurant from Chef/Partner Ed Cotton will be offering its regular a la carte menu of creative New American wood-fired fare, along with several Valentine's Day specials. Dim lighting and a real wood-burning fireplace add to the romance. Options include Potato Leek Soup with Smoked Bacon, Creme Fraiche, Golden Osetra Caviar;Wood Fired Island Creek Oysters with Baby Spinach, Artichoke Hearts, Herb Breadcrumbs; Whole Baked Stuffed Maine Lobster, Old School Seafood Stuffing, Drawn Butter & Lemon; and Steak for Two – Chateaubriand with Caramelized Shallots, Duck Fat Hash Browns, Red Wine Sauce.  For dessert, there is Red Velvet Waffle Cake Sundae for Two; and Whipped Cheesecake, Strawberry Cookie Crumble, Vanilla Ice Cream, Warm Chocolate Sauce. Reservations can be made through Resy or by calling 212-680-4265.


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Luthun
$200/pp

With a uniquely creative 10-course chef’s tasting menu that highlights a global yet personal culinary perspective in a relaxed environment, Luthun is a destination for adventurous eaters who’d rather skip formal dining rooms and white tablecloths. Chef/Founder Nahid Ahmed and Chef/Partner Arjuna Bull wow guests with their singular creations, flavor and ingredient combinations that are truly their own. For Valentine’s Day celebrations, the special tasting menu will be available Feb. 14th - 19th featuring dishes such as Scallops with crispy koshihikari rice, grilled oyster mayo, and yuzu kosho; Lobster with kampot pepper, meaux mustard, and caramelized green mango; Octopus Tom Kha Gai with passionfruit and hon-shimeji mushrooms; Shrimp Nuoc Cham with foie gras, cured egg yolk and rice cake; and Duck with elderberries, wasabi and duck heart ragout. The menu will be $200, beverage pairings include zero-proof ($80), wine ($125) and reserve pairing ($200). Reservations via Resy

Soogil  
$175/pp

On Valentine’s Day (5pm-11pm), the intimate Korean-French gem Soogil will serve a luxurious tasting menu inspired by Chef/owner Soogil Lim’s classic French culinary training and experience as Sous Chef at Restaurant Daniel, as well as his Korean background. The a six-course tasting menu ($175) will highlight luxurious ingredients like foie gras and black truffles, starting with an amuse bouche trio of Foie Gras Mousse; Tuna Tartar & Osetra Caviar, and Perigord Truffle & Egg Flan, followed by King Crab Salad with yuzu horseradish jelly and citrus dressing; Hokkaido Scallop & Honeynut Squash Soup with honeycrisp marmalade and Korean gochujang chili; Black Cod wrapped in Savoy cabbage with white kimchee and fish broth; and Beef Wellington tenderloin with mushroom duxelles and prosciutto in pastry, and 36-hour soy bordelaise sauce. Guests can add chef’s signatures: Uni Bowl with sea urchin, trout roe, and gamtae seaweed ($34), and Nurungji Foie Gras Hudson Valley Foie Gras with chestnut, brussels sprouts and marcona almonds ($38) for an even more decadent experience. For dessert, the choice is playful Jenga Tower of stacked crispy corn “churros” crowned with black sesame gelato or a creamy Chocolate Panna Cotta with Fresh Black Truffles. Reservations via Resy


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Archer & Goat
$65/pp

Harlem’s Archer & Goat will be serving an affordable 4-course prix-fixe menu for just $65 a person on Valentine’s Day. Inspired by the co-owners husband and wife Chef Alex Guzman’s and Jenifar Chowdhury’s Latin American and South Asian heritages, the restaurant’s unique menu highlights flavors and ingredients from Puerto Rico, Ecuador and Bangladesh with dishes like Crispy Brussels Sprouts with chimichurri; Roasted Carrots with tamarind chutney and sesame; Shrimp Curry with turmeric rice; Carne Asada hangar steak, crispy tostones, arugula and an avocado vinaigrette (portobellos can be swapped for the meat); Roasted Duck breast with mango and lemon curtido relish; rosewater scented Tres Leches Panna Cotta with candied pistachios; and Salted Chocolate Tart with pomegranate and rose whipped cream. Special Valentine’s Day cocktails include My Darling Betty combining vodka, pomegranate, crème de cacao and a dark chocolate rim. Reservations via Resy


Halifax (Hoboken, NJ)

Located on Hoboken’s scenic waterfront with stunning NYC views, Halifax’s 3-course Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu ($99) from Executive Chef Seadon Shouse and Chef de Cuisine Daniel Drexler highlights seasonal seafood – though there will be vegetarian options and steak for meat-lovers too! – Nantucket Bay Scallop Ceviche with black truffle and smoked salt; Yellowtail Hamachi ‘Poke’ with citrus, sesame, chili oil, and seaweed chicharron; Ossetra Caviar with blini, chives, red onion and crème fraiche ($95 supplement); Nova Scotia Halibut with saffron risotto, crispy brussels sprouts, lobster sauce; and Filet Mignon with aligot potatoes, trumpet mushrooms and bordelaise sauce. Pastry Chef Joshua Coleman’s Kyss dessert will delight with raspberry cremeux, midnight chocolate sponge cake, raspberry meringue and white chocolate. The pairing ($51) will feature classic wines such as Champagne, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and a special treat - the famous Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes (2005) with dessert. Reservations via Resy


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Sushi Lab East Village
$125/pp

Sushi Lab East Village  will host a romantic Valentine's Day evening full of colorful and carefully crafted dishes as part of a fully immersive sensory experience. Guests can reserve a table or bar seating to enjoy a phenomenal 16-course Valentine's Day omakase dinner, priced at $125 per person, including a complimentary champagne toast. To book a table visit, https://www.sushilab.com/#east-village

Haven Rooftop
$95/pp

Haven Rooftop is hosting a sultry Valentine’s Day evening in the sky with a delicious prix fixe menu for $95 per person and live entertainment all evening long! Couples can enjoy a romantic 3-course dinner on Tuesday evening, with seating at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. Romantic music will be provided by professional musician Syrena. To make a reservation email, events@sanctuaryhotelnyc.com


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Amali
$145/pp

Amali is offering diners a special prix fixe dinner in place of their a la carte offers for Valentine's Day on Tuesday, February 14th! Diners will choose from a variety of appetizers including Tuna Carpaccio with Caviar, Chives, and Avocado Mousse, entrees like Red Snapper with Moroccan Rice, Chermoula, Roasted in Grape Leaves or Long Island Duck Breast with Quinoa Crust, Hazelnut, Cognac, D'anjou Pear  plus a dessert like Basque Cheesecake and Creme Brûlée with Tahitian Vanilla. Reservations for the $145 per person pre fixe dinner can be made by visiting, https://www.amalinyc.com

Bar Marseille
$66/pp

Bar Marseille is offering a special Valentine's Day menu in place of their a la carte offers on Tuesday, February 14th! Diners can choose from a variety of appetizers including Escargot with Garlic Herb Butter or Steak Tartare with Cornichon, Caper, Shallot, Parsley, Dijon; an entree like Steak Frites featuring a New York Strip steak, and Herb Compound Butter or Saumon Au Poivre with Sautéed Spinach, and Peppercorn Sauce plus a dessert like Chocolate Covered Strawberries or Creme Brulee. Reservations for the $66 per person pre fixe dinner can be made by visiting, https://www.barmarseille.com


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Kintsugi
$185/pp

Kintsugi is offering couples and loved ones a decadent Omakase dinner utilizing early spring ingredients such as firefly squid, abalone, and auction-graded uni straight from Tsukiji market in honor of Valentine’s Day! Guests will enjoy a total of 20 courses including; 7 appetizers, 9 Sushi courses, 1 hand roll, 1 soup, 1 house special Tamago and 1 dessert for $185 per person. Diners can add on an Urchin Tasting for +45$ per person and a beverage pairing featuring some of the most prestigious sake breweries in the world such as Masumi, Izumibashi and Ninki Shuzo for +$120 per person. Reservations can be made by visiting, https://www.exploretock.com/kintsugi/experience

Slate
$49/pp

Slide into Slate for a magical evening playing at their adult playground and sharing laughs on  Valentine’s Day! Enjoy a $49 per person Valentine's Day Jazz Dinner for two that includes two entrees, one bottle of house-selected champagne, and a live jazz performance. Before going to supper, explore arcade games, try your arm at bowling and take your date for a swing on the dance floor while a jazz band plays renditions of today’s hottest hits. Reservations can be made by visiting, https://slate.ticketsauce.com/e/valentines-day-slate


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Fornino

Fornino will celebrate lovebirds between February 11th - 14th, with a special Valentine’s Day Pizza Love Kit. The kit is priced at $110 and includes an Imported Cheese & Fruit Plate, one large salad, 2 Heart shaped pizzas, Tiramisu, Strawberries and a bottle of wine. Orders for the kit must be placed by 10 am for pick up or delivery at their Greenpoint location only. Orders can be placed by emailing events@fornino.com

Clinton Hall

Clinton Hall will debut a special dessert for guests on Valentine’s Day! All diners can order the limited edition Red Velvet Doughnuts, served with cream cheese custard and warm cocoa filling in tiny shot tubes to inject yummy goodness into each doughnut. The festive sweet treat comes paired with a chocolate stout for $14.

Isle of Us

This Valentine’s Day, recently-opened Upper East Side marketplace and café, Isle of Us has teamed up with Nekohama Matcha to release a limited edition Oishii Berry Truffle. The health-focused cafe will also be selling Valentine’s Day cookie kits, available for purchase in store.

Where to go to avoid Valentine’s Day:

Tsuta 

The recently opened New York outpost of famed Tokyo ramen spot, DUMBO’s Tsuta will be open for lunch and dinner - perfect for a bowl of steaming ramen and avoiding the trappings of Valentine’s Day. Five ramens to choose from include the signature The Original Truffle Shoyu Soba (soy sauce broth) made with custom-brewed shoyu and finished with Kurobuta pork chashu and black truffle, and The Original Truffle Shio Soba (light salt broth) with dashi base of Okinawan sea salt, Mongolian rock salt, subtle touch of white truffle oil, and toppings like red onion, green olive sauce, spearmint, along with elevated versions of white leek, bamboo shoots, and pork chashu made with prized Spanish Iberico pork. Unique to the NYC location, a Vegetarian Miso Soba is also available, made with 2 vegetarian broths: one featuring 7 types of vegetables, the other mushrooms, as well as a blend of red and white miso.  


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