2018 Best Valentine’s Day Restaurants in New York

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Best Valentine’s Day Restaurants in New York

Many restaurants in NYC will be offering special menus for Valentine’s Day, but we’ve rounded up the best of the best. Celebrate with your sweetie at one of GAYOT’s Best Valentine’s Day Restaurants in New York, presented in alphabetical order.

Ai Fiori, located on the second floor of Langham Place Fifth Avenue, is understated in its design, yet sleek and comfortable.



The Valentine’s Day tasting menu ($210) will offer dishes ranging from blue crab spaghetti to roasted lamb saddle.

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Head to the Upper West Side on Valentine’s Day for dinner at Daniel Boulud’s Bar Boulud.





Opt for the three-course prix-fixe pre-theater dinner ($65) or the three-course prix-fixe dinner ($85) while ensconced in the comfortable, tunnel-like room that feels like a modern wine cave.

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Near Grand Central Terminal, Benjamin Prime is a bi-level restaurant that includes an airy dining space plus private rooms with a wine collection on view.

On Valentine’s Day, the prix-fixe menu ($99) kicks off with a Champagne toast and continues with choices such as jumbo shrimp cocktail, bone-in rib-eye steak and New York cheesecake.

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Maine sea scallops with cauliflower and caviar and a grapefruit and raspberry vacherin are just two of the temptations on the Valentine’s Day menu ($115) at Benoit in Midtown West.

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Chef Dan Barber’s Blue Hill restaurant in Greenwich Village is so focused on seasonality that the special Valentine’s Day menu will be created just a few days in advance.

It will be priced at $285 for four courses.

In its sedate Upper West Side setting, Boulud Sud will offer a multi-course prix-fixe menu ($125, wine pairing $50) on Valentine’s Day.





Choices include porcini mushroom risotto and slow-roasted NY strip loin.

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On Valentine’s Day, visit this upscale café from Daniel Boulud to enjoy a four-course prix-fixe menu ($195).

Baked Alaska for two may end a meal that also includes chestnut velouté and coq au vin.

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Foodies and scenesters will have a happy meeting of the minds at SoHo hot-spot Charlie Bird on Valentine’s Day, when the restaurant will offer a four-course menu for $98.

With seating on two floors, DaDong has a toned-down elegance, allowing the Chinese cuisine to take center stage.

Experience the restaurant on Valentine’s Day, when guests will be offered a five-course prix-fixe menu ($195).

Daniel‘s four-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu ($350, plus $175 for optional wine pairing) is inspired by words associated with romance.

“Supple” starters of marinated Scottish langoustine or mosaic of smoked and cured salmon make way for “Tender” roasted Guinea hen or bison tenderloin.

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Chef Daniel Boulud’s db bistro moderne has an elegant dining room, with dark, deep tones and grey booths.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at this Theater District restaurant with a four-course menu ($105). Porcini velouté, a beef duo and passion fruit Pavlova are among the temptations.

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Felidia, Lidia Bastianich’s Italian restaurant in Midtown East, will celebrate Valentine’s Daywith a four-course prix-fixe menu ($145, black winter truffle shaving $40 supplement for each course). Dishes will include lasagnetta and snapper filet.

A five-course tasting ($225, available only for complete table participation) will also be offered.

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On Valentine’s Day, patrons can experience chef Gabriel Kreuther’s Alsatian culinary artistry at his eponymous Midtown restaurant.

In the dining room, enjoy a six-course tasting menu ($375, optional wine pairing $285). Expect a caviar cart and live music as well. Meanwhile, the lounge will offer a five-course menu ($150).

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Gotham Bar & Grill is a downtown power spot with soaring ceilings, billowy light shades and casually airy feel.

On February 14, the restaurant will offer a four-course Valentine’s Day menu ($175) along with live jazz.

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This elegant Indian eatery in Midtown will offer a five-course menu ($125) for Valentine’s Day.

Expect choices such as pulled pork phulka, salmon with tamarind Brussels sprouts and doda barfi treacle tart with vanilla bean ice cream.

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On Valentine’s Day, chef Joël Robuchon’s Meatpacking District restaurant will offer a four-course menu ($275, optional wine pairings available) presenting choices like salmon tartare with caviar, and free-range quail with foie gras and potato purée.

House-made chocolates will sweeten the experience.

La Sirena is an elegant-yet-casual Italian eatery in The Maritime Hotel.

Visit the light and airy dining room on Valentine’s Day to enjoy a four-course menu ($72) presenting options such as spaghetti alla chitarra; turbot for two; and tiramisu bread pudding, chocolate gelato and mascarpone panna cotta.

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On February 14, enjoy stuffed Brune Landaise whole roast chicken among other dishes from Le Coq Rico’s five-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu ($98 per person).

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At Le Coucou, chef Daniel Rose has created a NYC dining experience redolent of the great French restaurants of times past, but with his very current twist.

Visit this SoHo spot on Valentine’s Day for a four-course dinner ($175) and appreciate the beautiful room, soft-toned brick adorned with crystal chandeliers and candles.

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On Valentine’s Day, experience the cuisine of chef Andrew Carmellini at this rustic-meets-chic Italian restaurant at The Greenwich Hotel in TriBeCa.

A special three-course prix-fixe menu ($110, optional wine pairing $85) will be offered on February 14.

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Marea, Michael White’s Italian-accented seafood restaurant on Central Park South, will serve a four-course prix-fixe menu ($175) on Valentine’s Day.

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On Valentine’s Day, nautical-themed Oceana will host an early seating with a three-course menu ($65) and a later seating with a four-course menu ($95). Wine pairings will be available.

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On Valentine’s DayPig Bleecker in Greenwich Village will offer a special four-course menu ($95) and a welcome cocktail.

Ristorante Morini on the Upper East Side serves Italian cuisine in a duo of rooms: a small downstairs café and the upstairs, elegant main dining room.

Risotto with Maine lobster, Tallegio and caviar and sautéed black bass with red wine jus, along with torta di cioccolata, are just a few of the dishes available on the four-course Valentine’s Day menu ($115, wine pairing $65).

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The River Café in Brooklyn offers a view of the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.

The special Valentine’s Day menu ($195) will start with a caviar egg and end with a dessert trio. In between is a choice of dishes including Wagyu steak tartare and organic salmon.

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Situated underneath the High Line in the Meatpacking District, Santina is meant to focus on coastal Italian fare, and indeed it does.

Choose from options like octopus spiedini and grilled branzino on February 14, when the restaurant will present a Valentine’s Day menu priced at $95 per person.

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Tavern on the Green celebrates Valentine’s Day by offering two dinner menus.

Guests may opt for a three-course tasting ($125) or enjoy the views from the Central Park Room while dining on a five-course tasting ($175). Live jazz will enhance the ambience.

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The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges on the Upper East Side will offer a multi-course Valentine’s Day dinner ($148) that includes options like crispy sushi and beef tenderloin Rossini.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Zuma’s energetic and dramatic bi-level space.

The Midtown East restaurant will offer three special omakase menus on February 14.