Let’s be honest…Valentine’s Day is a lot of pressure! Whether you’re looking for something to do for the big day, digging into a romanic restaurant list to find the perfect vibe, or even taking yourself on a solo date, there’s so many ways to celebrate the 14th here in NYC. Love is truly in air!
With any holiday here in the city, means special food deals! Lots of NYC restaurants are offering unique prix-fixe menus, V-Day inspired cocktails, and a whole lot more. If you’re still in search of Valentine’s Day dinner ideas, we have some reservation recommendations for you right here!
1. The Ivy Room, Midtown
The Ivy Room, which is the Royalton Rooftop’s newly opened piano bar is offering both live piano music and table side martinis this Valentine’s Day! For $75, guests are welcome to indulge in a 3-course pre-fixe menu with standout items including Pan Roasted Quail, Mushroom Risotto, Dry Aged NY Strip, Chocolate Mousse Tart and more. Plus, in addition to the specialty menu, The Ivy Room is offering couples a taste of their new cocktail cart, perfect to sip along to while they listen to live pianist, Alejandra Williams-Maneri. Make reservations here.
Where: 420 Park Ave S
2. Baar Baar, East Village
This East Village spot will be serving a 3-course prix-fixe menu for $70 per person (which includes surprise bites as well as sides). There will also be an optional wine pairing available for $40 per person, live music entertainment, and two speciality cocktails for Valentine’s Day priced at $19 a piece. They’re even hosting two Matchmaking Mixers events in February to meet new people and enjoy food and cocktails! Follow their Instagram for more info.
Where: 13 E 1st St
3. Benoit, Midtown
This French bistro (complete with their stunning lush red booths) are serving a 5 course prix-fixe menu for lovers and friends for $130 per person. In addition to the tasting menu, you’re able to pair your meal with two optional tiers of wine pairing experiences, $110 or $150 per person. Check out the full menu here.
Where: 60 W 55th St
4. l’abeille, Tribeca
For $250 per person, you can enjoy a 7 course tasting menu at this Michelin-starred French restaurant with Japanese influence in Tribeca. Its cozy and chic dining room is not only romantic, but their Valentine’s Day special is incredible. Food options include seasonal fare like roasted Spanish mackerel with smoked potato and caramelized onion and American wagyu beef tenderloin with foie gras and black truffle, while their fondant au chocolat cake waits for dessert. Plus, their curated wine list is one of the best around. Make your reservation here.
Where: 412 Greenwich St
5. Musket Room, NoLita
For Valentine’s Day this year, The Musket Room will be featuring a luxurious seasonal 7-course tasting menu from Executive Chef Mary Attea. Along with decadent supplements like Foie Gras Terrine with Prunes, Armagnac, Pistachio and a Blanket of Black Truffle; Kristal Caviar Service with Creme Fraiche, Egg Confit and Japanese Milk Bread; and Oysters on the half-shell with Pearls of Trout Roe & Yuzu, they’ll also have a classic Chocolate Soufflé for 2 served with Grand Marnier Ice Cream for dessert.
It’s $125 per person for the dinner, and they’ll also have hand-crafted aphrodisiac bonbon boxes available for purchase too! Make your reservation here.
Where: 265 Elizabeth St
6. Zaytinya, NoMad
Available throughout Valentine’s Day weekend (2/10 – 2/14), stop at Zaytinya for a five course, $125 per person meal, consisting of shareable mezze culminating with a decadent Chocolate Rose, a molten Valrhona chocolate cake served with rose ice cream and spiced berry purée. There’s an optional wine pairing for an additional $45 as well.
Plus, they have other specials like Caviar Service “José’s Way” (potato chips, whipped crème fraîche, one ounce of Kaviari Ossetra) and a Hibiscus Vermouth (specialty cocktail with Greek vermouth infused with hibiscus blossoms served with edible flower) if you don’t want the full meal. Make a reservation here.
Where: 1185 Broadway
7. Il Monello, Midtown East
Get ready to slurp down homemade pasta reminiscent of “Lady and the Tramp,” this Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re with a significant other or celebrating Galentine’s Day with your besties, their long spaghetti will be served, as well as their heart shaped ravioli, and festive raspberry martinis! Full menu and make your reservations here.
Where: 337 E 49th St
8. Tavern on the Green, Central Park
Choose between a 5 course prix-fixe menu ($175 per person) or a 3 course prix-fixe menu ($150 per person) at Tavern on the Green this Valentine’s Day! It includes all sorts of seafood, salad, cheese, and desserts that will make you feel full and happy! They also have a fantastic wine list that you can pair with your romantic meal. Check out the full menu here.
Where: 67th Street & Central Park West
9. Soho Diner, SoHo
Grab your sweetheart and check out Soho Diner, where a special dinner for two is the menu highlight. It includes Grilled Lobster, chimichurri drawn butter, lime aioli, french fries & watercress and a Sweetheart’s Sundae with strawberry patch ice cream, dark hot chocolate, overwhipped cream, dehydrated strawberry chips & crunchy pistachio for dessert! This menu is available all Valentine’s Day weekend! (2/10 – 2/14). Full menu and reservations here.
Where: 320 W Broadway
10. Holiday Bar, West Village
For Valentine’s Day, This trendy new restaurant will be offering a delicious special menu for Valentine’s Day, featuring a Chilled Shellfish Platter, including Green Lip Mussels in Escabeche, Littleneck Clams with Jeow and Oysters with Ponzu, Grilled Live Scallops in the shell with its roe and dressed with Cafe de Paris sauce, and Dry Aged Grimaud Farms Duck for two. Make your reservation here.
Where: 10 Downing St
11. CASA TuLuM, Seaport
How about a couples retreat to Tulum? This recently opened spot in Seaport is serving a five-course tasting menu priced at $150 per person. Menu highlights include a complimentary glass of champagne, Happiness is Guac & Chips, CASA TuLuM is Calling – Let’s Go (angel hair spaghetti, salsa verde, Chipilo cream fresh, and cotija cheese), This Place is a Real Beach (choice of Robalo Rosado, wild sea bass, pink mole pine nuts, and mezcal, or Proteina, grilled ribeye with malbec-chili ancho reduction, and asparagus), and a whole lot more.
If you’re looking for some delicious Mexican/seafood crossover, check this spot out. Menu and reservations here.
Where: 229 Front St
12. Archer & Goat, Harlem
A Harlem gem, Archer & Goat is serving up the flavors of their culinary heritages of Latin America and South Asia for Valentine’s Day. They will be serving their normal menu as always, but they will be introducing a special cocktail, My Darling Betty, combining vodka, passion fruit, creme de cacao, and lime with a dark chocolate rim, dusting of chocolate shavings and a strawberry heart. We suggest grabbing a bite here Valentine’s Day weekend and sticking around for the cocktails.
Where: 187 Malcolm X Blvd