They say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. That’s certainly the case with me. If you are looking to woo and seduce someone, you cannot go wrong with any of these restaurants. They offer impeccable service, delectable food, and unforgettable experiences.
Ai Fiori: 400 5th Avenue (at the Setai Hotel) – Garment District/Murray Hill - (three stars in NYTimes, one Michelin star) Ai Fiori is celebrating Valentine’s Day for four days: Wednesday, Feb. 13th through Saturday, Feb. 16th. On Valentine’s Day they will be offering a 6-course menu for $175 per person, and will have a live band performing each night. How about a teaser? The restaurant will start you off with a crudo of Spanish mackerel, beau soleil oysters, and there will be a black truffle risotto.
Boulud Sud: 20 West 64th Street – Upper West Side/Lincoln Center - Daniel’s newest addition to the UWS will host two options for Valentine’s day. If you’ve planned a night at the opera, start off the evening with Boulud Sud’s 3-course pre dinner menu ($95 per person until 7 pm). If you are planning on heading downtown, drop by for their 4-course prix fixe ($135 per person). Menu highlights include a Maine diver sea scallop “Rossini” with pommes purée, black truffle, sauce Périgourdine; Meyer lemon risotto with sea urchin, fennel, seaweed crumbs; “La Cloche” with raspberry, passion fruit, hazelnut, chocolate. You can also choose from two different wine pairings by Sommelier Michael Madrigale, either at $99 or $149 (they’ve got a superb wine program).
Firebird: 365 West 46th St – Theater District/Times Square - Executive Chef Paul Joseph will offer a 5 course tasting menu of modern Russian fare. Start with an amuse bouche of mushroom bisque cappuccino & smelt pissaladiere. Other dishes include crab papaya cocktail with black caviar and avocado salsa, roasted white sturgeon accompanied with lobster kasha mac and cheese, trout caviar and champagne beurre blanc. Finish your meal with the chocolate ganache cake for two with Tahiti vanilla bean gelato and chocolate truffle hearts. The Valentine’s Day menu is priced at $125 per person.
Le Bernadin: 155 West 51st Street – Midtown - How does a nine course tasting menu from Chef Eric Ripert sound? If it sounds good, make resos. Valentine’s day is already sold out. There are seatings left for Friday and Saturday. It costs $235 per person, and for an extra $170 you can include wine pairings.
Le Perigord: 405 East 52nd Street – Sutton Place - If you are in the mood for classic New York, Le Perigord is your choice. Their 3-course prix-fixe menu ($65/pp) includes dishes such as lobster bisque, warm foie gras with seasonal fruit, filet of sea bass with creamy country mustard sauce, Dover sole with lemon butter meuniere sauce or grilled with mustard, and a roasted rack of lamb with fresh thyme crust.
Marea: 240 Central Park South – Upper West Side - How about dinner at a James Beard Award winning restaurant? Not enough for you? Marea was also lauded by Relaix & Chateaux, received three stars in the NYTimes, and two Michelin stars. Marea will be offering a 4-course menu for $150 per person.
Millesime: 92 Madison Avenue – NOMAD - Millesime oozes romance with its Tiffany Skylight and luscious interiors. This year their Valentine’s day menu will include three courses for $75 per person. You can start off the evening with their Jonah crab salad (celery root, blood orange & mache), move onto their 3 pound lobster for two with “Pot-au-Feu” & Sauce Choron, and finish the evening with a vanilla crème brûlée with crystalized ginger, candied grapefruit and hazelnut cookie. If you want something truly decadent, add their Seafood passion plateau for two for an extra $25. Millesime will also be offering a lower price point Pre-Fixe in the Salon. Check their website for the full menu and more details.
Pampano: 209 East 49th Street – Midtown East - Richard Sandoval gives you two great choices for Valentine’s. Pampano’s Botonaria is featuring the Dia De San Valentin menu for $80. Couples get to choose Botan’s such as guacamole, filete mignon skewer, and churros along with two spicy blood orange margaritas. The menu will be available from February 14-16 and includes beverage pairings. Pampano will serve a 5-course $50 menu including items such as a corvina ceviche, lobster poblano, fluke platija, chipotle short ribs, and a Kahlua mocha mousse. You can add wine pairings for $25.
Triomphe: 49 West 44th – Times Square/Grand Central - Executive Chef Jason Tilmann has prepared a menu full of foie gras, caviar pearls and oysters – all aphrodisiac foods to get you in the mood AND each course is paired with a glass of wine or sparkly. The restaurant is located at the historic Iroquois hotel in Midtown. The first course will be a grilled corn and oyster chowder with caviar pearls followed by a roasted striped bass with spaghetti squash with a roasted cauliflower and warm tomato caper vinaigrette. Then couples will indulge in a pecan crusted pork loin and end with a Valrona chocolate soufflé with Grand Marnier anglaise. $125 per person.
Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel: 145 E 50th St – Midtown/Times Square- There are few things more romantic than a great view of the NYC skyline. Upstairs’ rooftop has a retractable roof, heated floors and indoor space so you can snuggle with your loved one before sitting down to their prix fixe menu. Dishes will include a choice of 3 small plates, 2 desserts and 4 cocktails. Menu selections include stuffed mushrooms with goat cheese and pesto, truffled mac and cheese, spiced duck cigars with a pomegranate dipping sauce and grilled lamb chops with a ratatouille Nicoise. $100 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Contact the restaurants for more details, and changes.