Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! The international day of love will be celebrated on February 14th by millions, and that is no exception on the island of Manhattan. If you haven’t figured out a place to celebrate Valentine’s Day as of yet, fear not! We have found some gorgeous and tasty locations to take the one you love for a night they won’t forget.
Take a look at the romantic list! Hopefully one will inspire you to make that reservation and celebrate Valentine’s Day in style!
Tapestry (60 Greenwich Avenue, NYC, 212-373-8900, tapestryrestaura
What’s sexier than eating for a cause? Michelin-starred Chef Suvir Saran and Chef de Cuisine Joel Corona have created a five-course Valentine’s Day menu with a portion of the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. Choose between modern American and Indian-influenced courses like Fried Oysters with guacamole, Truffled Asparagus Toast with quail egg, gruyere and parmigiano, A5 Wagyu Steak Salad with a citrusy, minted vegetable slaw, Saffron Tahiree Arancini and a Green Bean Stir Fry on basmati rice with coconut curry sauce.
Kingsley (190 Avenue B, NYC, 212-674-4500, kingsleynyc.com)
Chef Roxanne Spruance’s restaurant is the perfect destination for a date night that is part romantic and part culinary wonder. Chef Spruance will offer a five–course prix fixe ($95 per person) including Kushi Oysters; Beets with blood orange, white soy and bee pollen; Tagliatelle with black trumpet mushrooms and lardo; Butter Poached Maine Lobster with miso and shisu; and Rose Petal Ice Cream. An additional beverage pairing ($60 per person) is totally worth it, including pours such as Dewakazura Nigori, Pinot Noirs and a Sparkling Rose Cocktail.
Brushstroke (30 Hudson Street, NYC, 212-791-3771, davidbouley.com/
David Bouley’s upscale kaiseki restaurant will be delighting diners with a five-course Valentine’s Day Lunch Menu ($65) and a six-course prix fixe Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu ($175). Chef Isao Yamada is offering dishes such as Lobster with Black Cod in ocean herbal broth, Lavender Honey Long Island Duck with apple quince puree and Unagi Kabayaki over rice in a bento box.
Chazz Palminteri Ristorante Italiano (890 Second Avenue, NYC, 212-355-5540, chazzpalminterinyc.com)
One step inside Chazz Palminteri’s namesake restaurant and you’re transported to a bygone era of Italian hospitality, comforting dishes and classic New York style. Bring your partner to Midtown East for this luxurious prix fixe ($95 per person) featuring dishes such as Fresh Baked Clams; Insalata Trecolore with a Kalamata olive dressing; Costolette di Vitello; and Ravioli Al Funghi with fresh porcini mushrooms and sautéed black truffle sauce. Sip on a complimentary glass of champagne and dig into the Chocolate Soufflé for the perfect night out.
shay&ivy (39 West 24th Street, NYC, (646) 666-8635, shayandivyny.com)
Spend Valentine’s Day under the lights of shay&ivy’s romantic garden room with Executive Chef Bradley Warner’s five-course prix fixe menu ($85). Dishes include Kabayaki Butter Roasted Oysters; Butter Poached Lobster with saffron cauliflower “risotto;” Dry Aged Grilled NY Strip with smoked marrow butter, Malbec reduction and truffled whipped potatoes; and Meyer Lemon Cheesecake with almond biscotti crumble and preserved blackberries.
Empire Steak House (151 East 50th Street, NYC, 212-582-6900, 237 West 54th Street, NYC, 212-586-9700, empiresteakhousenyc.com)
The elegant backdrop of Empire Steakhouse with its winding staircase, chandeliers and private wine cellar room make it the perfect setting for the most romantic evening of the year. Empire will be celebrating all things love with a Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe ($95.95) including Fresh Oysters, Porterhouse Steak for Two, Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Tail, Chocolate Mousse Cake and Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
Da Marcella (142 West Houston Street, NYC, 646-559-9192, damarcella.com)
Whether you just started dating or you’ve done Valentine’s Day a thousand times, Da Marcella is the perfect neighborhood trattoria for candlelit conversations and Italian comfort food. Located just south of Washington Square Park, Da Marcella will be offering specials such as Frutti di Mare Fritti ($15) with an assortment of delicately fried squid, scallops and shellfish for two; Lobster Ravioli ($28); and a heart shaped Fruit Tart ($10) brimming with glazed strawberries.
Tavo (615 Hudson Street, NYC, 917-675-6454, tavonyc.com)
Newly opened West Village restaurant will be serving a la carte specials with aphrodisiac inspirations all night. Enjoy Oysters Rockefeller ($19); Braised Wild Boar ($35) with red wine, star anise, black mission figs and crispy leeks; and the “Be My Valentine Cookietella” ($11) a Belgian Chocolate Chip Cookie Casserole layered with Nutella and served with homemade vanilla saffron ice cream. The dim lights, copper accents and sleek yet comfortable feel is the perfect place for an intimate night.
S’Zen (107 Rivington Street, Second Floor, NYC, 212-769-8040, www.szen.nyc)
Enjoy an intimate night of luxury at the LES’s newest spot for art aficionados and cocktail connoisseurs — S’Zen. Acclaimed mixologist Albert Trummer serves hand-crafted cocktails such as a matcha-infused Green Kimono and a white crème de cacao and coconut milk Panda as bartenders hack ice with a Japanese sword. You can also find exotic botanicals on the menu, such as kabosu, nashi, yuzu, jasmine and hemp. Sink into velvet Vladimir Kagan furniture while viewing pieces from pop artist Peter Mar’s exhibition “Zen of Rock” along the walls.