You’ve probably already gotten a few ideas from our last piece on Valentine’s Day 2012. Maybe those were not up your alley? We’ve got plenty more for you.
Spina Restaurant: It’s become an LES institution in just a few years. Their homemade pasta (made on the spot) and the comfortable setting could have to do with it. I had a look at their V-day menu this past weekend and it’s off the hook. $65 gets you three courses which include oysters, their malloreddus and duck breast (among other choices). Did I forget to mention dessert? Love wine just as much as the person on your arm? For $95 Spina’s sommelier will pair the dishes with wine. Call (212) 253-2250 for reservations.
Bistro Lamazou: If you want to spice up the most romantic day of the year, why not add a touch of French Morocco? Bistro Lamazou’s $59 Prix Fixe is made up of three courses of indulgent dishes such as a pan seared halibut filet, offering tropical flair with a coconut rum sauce and artichoke and mango ragout. The restaurant is also offering half off on all bottles of champagne. Sounds like a perfect night to me. Call (212) 481-8550 for reservations.
Scarpetta: Their menu is a little pricier than the rest, but there are reasons for this. Scarpetta’s 4-course menu includes dishes such as a raw yellotail , sort rib and bone marrow agnolotti and spiced duck breast. You will not disappoint your date with reservations here. For reservations call (212) 691-0555
Gravy: Why not indulge on this very special day? Gravy’s $75 four course prix fixe is the perfect way to be a little naughty. It includes choices such as lobster salad, oysters on the half shell and a cornflakes crusted chicken. Did I forget to mention dessert and a glass of champagne? Call (212) 600-2105 for reservations.
Plein Sud: This contemporary French bistro is offering an aphrodisiac inspired
meal prepared by Executive Chef, Sebastien Agez. Dishes include oysters gratinee with with champagne sabayon and Maine lobster casserole with rainbow swiss chard
fondue and “Caviar” pearl pasta (among other delectable bites). Their menu costs $55 (does not include beverages, tax and gratuity). To make reservations, call (212) 204-5555.
Koi: This ultra fun and sexy spot will be serving some really great dishes: the tongue-in-cheek oyster three-ways (raw, charbroiled and baked kumamoto oysters) and the heart-shaped toro my heart roll (toro, asparagus, wasabi salsa). Koi’s Valentine’s Day specials will be available Friday, Feb. 9 – Tuesday, Feb. 14 at its 40th St. location. Besides, you’ll want a lighter meal if you’re planning to…well…make reservations by calling (212) 921-3330.
Duo: Has a gorgeous 4-course, $65 menu that won’t break the bank. The ladies (like me) will especially like the details at the restaurant; elegant high ceilings with crystal chandeliers, plush banquettes, velvet lined walls and even small stools for women to rest their purses on (such a classy touch). On the menu are dishes like shrimp tartlets with mango creme, forest mushroom ravioli and duck confit, and veal osso bucco ragu over pasta. Tips and tax are not included in the price. To make reservations, call (212) 686-7272.
JoeDoe: JoeDoe specializes in elevated Jewish-American cuisine and has prepared a Valentine’s 4 course menu to suit. Menu highlights include crisp duck and foie gras “Winter Roll” with bourbon cherries & pistachios; “Beef for my Baby”: rib eye, scallop croquettes and homemade spicy mustard, and chocolate truffle cookie sandwiches topped with whipped cream and heart candies. I’m in! Call (212) 780-0262 for reservations.
Palo Santo: One of my all time favorites is showing love to vegetarians. Chef Gautier’s Valentine’s day menu includes options for vegetarians as well as fish and meat eaters. Dinner will be $150 per couple (wine Pairings with each course are an extra $50 per couple). Can’t celebrate on a school night? The 5 course Valentines menu will be offered alongside the regular menu on Saturday and Sunday night February 11 & 12. Call 718-636-6311 for reservations.
Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar: If you’re heading to dinner and a show,this Michelin-starred restaurant is the perfect choice. They are offering a 4-course Austrian menu at $85 or a 7-course Valentine’s Day menu at $110 (they are Michelin starred). The menu includes American Wagyu with lentils, chives and Cabernet Sauvignon; veal cheeks with onion, bell pepper and a spin on classic red velvet cake featuring chocolate sorbet with red velvet cake and cream cheese. Call (212) 957-5550 for reservations.