1/23/2012 11:18:00 AM

15 Valentine's Day Reservations to Make Right Now

The fireplace at Ciano
Though some may argue that Valentine's is just another day (anti-cupids!), if you're lucky enough to be with that special someone, you may think otherwise. While making dinner at home and sharing your favorite bottle of red may sound like a romantic evening, plenty of restaurants around town have put together special menus for the occasion. Check out our list of NYC hot spots that are ready to make your Valentine's Day one to remember.

Butter: Let cupid strike at Alex Guarnaschelli's New American while you wine and dine with dishes like crispy roasted chicken with sweetbread stuffing, roasted mushrooms, watercress and sautéed Brussels sprouts. Save room for dessert so you and your date can indulge dark-chocolate cake with chocolate sorbet and Anjou pear mousse (212-253-2828).

Ciano: Cozy up in front of the fireplace at chef Shea Gallante's Flatiron District Italian, which will serve a four-course menu for $95 per person that features dishes like a pappardelle with wild boar bolognese (212-982-8422).

David Burke Kitchen: Spend your romantic evening feasting on chilled caviar with champagne foam, lobster steak and a 10-layer chocolate cake complete with a champagne toast and wine pairings at this SoHo eatery in the James Hotel ($250 per couple; 212-201-9119).

GILT: This New American is serving up a unique five-course prix fixe this Valentine's Day, so be sure to bring your sweetie in for some Nantucket bay scallops, foie gras with quince, buttermilk and black walnut, or Turbot with celtuce, oyster, Meyer lemon and black truffle. Leave room for Valrhona chocolate mousse cake and strawberry ice cream for dessert ($185 per person; seatings from 5 to 10 PM; 212-891-8100).

JoeDoe: If you haven't made your Valentine's Day plans yet and are looking for something a bit more intimate, take your sweetheart to this New American and savor the seasonal flavors of crisp duck and foie gras winter roll with bourbon cherries and pistachios, or rib-eye with scallop croquettes and homemade spicy mustard. For dessert, the menu offers chocolate truffle cookie sandwiches topped with whipped cream (212-780-0262).

The John Dory Oyster Bar: You know it's a special day when April Bloomfield's seafood-centric eatery in the Ace Hotel takes reservations! The eatery will serve a six-course, fixed-price menu of items like mussels with coconut and saffron ($75 per person; 212-792-9000).

La Silhouette: Chef Matthew Tropenao will put out a fixed price menu that incorporates French influences into dishes like a poached farm egg with truffled marscapone polenta. The restaurant is intimate and quiet - you won't have to shout to your date across the table at this place ($125 per person; 212-581-2400).

Maison: Make your reservations at this centrally located brasserie and enjoy a three-course prix fixe with choices like goat cheese soufflé with braised beets and a balsamic and maple syrup, Cajun rib-eye with roasted fingerling potato and broccoli rabe, and to get your chocolate fix, raspberry and chocolate beignet for dessert. Don't forget to toast your special someone with a complimentary glass of bubbly ($76 per couple; 212-757-2233).

Marcony: This Murray Hill Italian is serving up a Valentine's Day prix fixe featuring dishes like gulf shrimp filled with exotic chopped mustard fruits, wrapped in speck and ham and tortelloni filled with ricotta and red beet in a sage butter sauce. For the end of the meal, who can resist heart shaped flourless chocolate truffle cake with vanilla cream ($75 per person; 646-837-6020)?

Monkey Bar: Use this Valentine's Day as an excuse to check out chef Damon Wise's new menu at Graydon Carter's Midtown mainstay. $135 gets you four courses of fare like crescent duck with salsify. Be sure to grab a few of Julie Reiner's expertly crafted cocktails to make your night extra special (212-288-1010).

Seasonal: This Austrian eatery in Midtown West was just on our list of the city's most underrated restaurants, and on V-day they will do two tasting menus - $85 will get you four courses or $110 will get you seven. Featured dishes include veal cheeks with onion and bell pepper (212-957-5550).

Spice Market: Jean-Georges' Meatpacking hotspot will offer a four-course prix-fixe menu consisting of shaved tuna, lobster rolls, spiced chicken samosas and grilled strip steak. Oh, and don't forget the dark chocolate tart for dessert ($66 per person; 212-675-2322).

SushiSamba: Instead of your typical Italian, carb-filled dinner, treat your Valentine to something a bit more risqué and indulge in this Japanese-Brazilian menu. With dishes like sweet shrimp "amaebi" tiradito with squid ink aioli and avocado oil or sansho pepper-roasted quail carrot risotto and pomegranate gelée, you won't be disappointed you strayed from the lasagna tonight (212-475-9377).

Tocqueville: Spoil your Valentine this year with a three-course French/New American menu. Expect dishes like yellowfin tuna tartare and sashimi, butternut squash risotto, honey-glazed Peking duck, terrine crispy chicken and porcini mushroom roulade and chocolate and hazelnut ganache ($125 per couple; 212-647-1515).

Wall & Water: Think dining out on Valentine's Day is a bit of a snooze? Wall & Water is heating things up, and this time, you're behind the flames. They'll be hosting an Aphrodisiac Cooking Class on February 11 where you and that special someone will learn how to cook with "mood-boosters" like walnuts and cinnamon in a baked robiola la rustica or saffron and tarragon with roasted Maine lobster. Afterwards, enjoy your creations together with a glass of wine ($120 per person or $200 per couple; 3:30 to 5 PM cooking, 5 PM onward eating; 212-699-1700).


  1. Spent a very AWESOME Valentine's Day in NYC in 2002 and had dinner at the Monkey Bar. I was so excited to see it on this list; it was truly an amazing dinner and weekend!

  2. Made our reservation at Beacon. Great menu. Great price. I'd add it to your list!

  3. BAKEHOUSE just opened on Horatio and west street.
    The view of the Hudson river is beautiful, the restaurant is really warm
    and has a great feeling. The food is amazing.
    You can find the valentine menu bakehousenyc.com