2019 Best Valentine’s Day Restaurants in New York

Gabriel Kreuther, New York (Photo credit: Paul Wagtouicz)

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.

> The selections are presented in alphabetical order.

> Check out GAYOT’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

1. abcV

abcV, New York
Flatiron District, NYC

Jean-Georges Vongerichten together with chef de cuisine Neal Harden create an homage to vegetables, pure and simple, at abcV.

That translates to a Valentine’s Day menu ($88 per person) offering butter bean and fennel cassoulet, vegan chocolate layer cake, and more.

2. Ai Fiori

Ai Fiori, New York
Midtown West, NYC

Ai FioriReservation OpenTable, 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 ($215) will offer dishes ranging from cappelletti with milk-braised veal to Mediterranean sea bass, and dry-aged strip loin with bordelaise.


3. Bar Boulud

Bar Boulud, New York
Upper West Side, NYC

Reservation OpenTableHead 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 (5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., $65) or the three-course prix-fixe dinner (7 p.m.-11 p.m., $85) while ensconced in the comfortable, tunnel-like room that feels like a modern wine cave.


4. Benjamin Prime

Benjamin Prime, New York
Midtown East, NYC

Reservation OpenTableNear 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 per person) kicks off with a Champagne toast and continues with choices such as Blue Point oysters, NY strip loin and Chilean sea bass filet.


5. Benoit

Benoit, New York
Midtown West, NYC

Reservation OpenTableAlain Ducasse’s casual and elegant Midtown bistro takes Francophiles’ taste buds to the City of Light.

Maine sea scallop, beets tartare and crispy roots; and artichoke “fondant” with foie gras and black truffle are just two of the temptations on the Valentine’s Day menu ($105).


6. Blue Hill

Blue Hill, New York
Greenwich Village, NYC

On Valentine’s Day at Blue Hill restaurant in Greenwich Village, chef Dan Barber will offer a special six-course menu for $285 per person.

7. Boulud Sud

Boulud Sud, New York
Upper West Side, NYC

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In its sedate Upper West Side setting, Boulud Sud will offer a pre-theater menu on Valentine’s Day: 5 p.m.-7 p.m., three courses $105 per person; four courses, with pastas or risotto $125 per person.

The Valentine’s Day dinner is a four-course tasting available from 7 p.m. for $140 per person, wine pairing $75 per person.


8. Café Boulud

Café Boulud, New York
Upper East Side, NYC

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

Pistachio gâteau may end a meal that also includes tai snapper crudo and dry-aged beef striploin.


9. Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird, New York

Foodies and scenesters will have a happy meeting of the minds at SoHo hot-spot Charlie Bird.

On Valentine’s Day, the restaurant will offer a four-course menu for $100 per person. Among the dishes are tonnarelli cacio e pepe, crispy black bass, and chocolate cake with olive oil gelato.

10. CUT

CUT, New York
Financial District, NYC

Reservation OpenTableIn Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, CUT restaurant is including choices such as American Wagyu carpaccio, French black truffle baby chicken, and pan-roasted striped bass on its Valentine’s Day menu ($140 per person).


11. DaDong

DaDong, New York
Theater District, NYC

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 choice of two tasting menus: Premier Tasting Menu ($175 per couple) and Premium Tasting Menu ($375 per couple). The à la carte menu will also be available.

12. Daniel

Daniel, New York
Upper East Side, NYC

Daniel‘s four-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu lists choices under headings such as “Seductive” (Scottish langoustine craquelin), “Tender” (foie gras stuffed quail) and “Tempting” (Saint-Honoré).

Cost is $375 per person, which includes a glass of Champagne, plus $185 for optional wine pairing.

13. db bistro moderne

db bistro moderne, New York
Theater District, NYC

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day at this Theater District restaurant with a four-course prix-fixe menu ($105, 7 p.m.-10:45 p.m.). Consider choices such as hamachi ceviche, roasted quail and chocolate gâteau for two.

A three-course pre-theater menu ($60) is available from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.


14. Dirty French

Dirty French, New York
Lower East Side, NYC

Reservation OpenTableHoused in the trendy Ludlow Hotel on the Lower East Side, Dirty French will offer a prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu ($98 per person). Among the choices are black bass with berbere spice and mushroom, and opera cake (peanut butter mousse and banana ice cream).


15. Empellón

Empellón, New York
Midtown East, NYC

Reservation OpenTableSample Alex Stupak’s cuisine on Valentine’s Day via Empellón’s four-course prix-fixe menu ($115 per person).

Sticky rice tamale with red chile duck can precede monkfish pibil, and long pepper flan with strawberries and Champagne sorbet.


16. Fig & Olive

Fig & Olive, New York
Midtown East, NYC

Fig & OliveReservation OpenTable in Midtown East will offer a four-course prix-fixe dinner ($75 per person, wine pairing $35) for Valentine’s Day.

Fettuccine Provençale, Prime filet mignon and a dessert tasting are among the dishes on the special menu.


17. Gabriel Kreuther

Gabriel Kreuther, New York
Midtown West, NYC

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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 to seven course tasting menu ($375 per person).

Meanwhile, the lounge will offer a four course tasting menu, which includes a holiday chocolate cocktail ($165 per person).


18. Gemma

Gemma, New York
East Village, NYC

Spend Valentine’s Day amid the sexy Tuscan farmhouse décor at Gemma, with its dramatic circular chandeliers and romantic dripping candles.

Choose from a special menu of holiday fare, ranging from spaghetti chitarra (garlic, shrimp tartare and tarragon) for $26, to meringa alle mandorle (almond meringue, rosewater and raspberries) for $12.

19. Gotham Bar & Grill

Gotham Bar & Grill, New York
West Village, NYC

Gotham Bar & GrillReservation OpenTable 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 ($150) along with live jazz (a vegan menu will be available). Guests can opt as well for the five-course caviar dinner ($250).


20. The Grill

The Grill, New York
Midtown East, NYC

The GrillReservation OpenTable, an opulent chophouse inspired by midcentury New York, indulges Valentine’s Day diners with dishes such as lobster Newburg and Pineapple Baked Alaska.

The special four-course menu is priced at $165 per person. The same menu will be available at The Pool.


21. Indian Accent

Indian Accent, New York
Midtown West, NYC

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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 crab claws with butter-pepper-garlic, salmon with tamarind Brussels sprouts, and beef tenderloin.


22. Jean-Georges

Jean-Georges, New York
Upper West Side, NYC

Reservation OpenTableVisit the centerpiece of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant empire this Valentine’s Day and choose from a trio of special dinner menus: three-course prix-fixe menu for $178; seven-course Jean-Georges tasting menu for $268; seven-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu $278.


23. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, New York
Meatpacking District, NYC

On Valentine’s Day, chef Joël Robuchon’s Meatpacking District restaurant will offer a five-course tasting menu ($255 per person) presenting choices like chilled cauliflower velouté with caviar, poached Maine lobster, and Guanaja chocolate crémeux with white chocolate ice cream.

The menu will also be available in Le Grill de Joël Robuchon.

24. Le Coucou

Le Coucou, New York

Reservation OpenTableAt 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 per person) and appreciate the beautiful room, soft-toned brick adorned with crystal chandeliers and candles.


25. Locanda Verde

Locanda Verde, New York
TriBeCa, NYC

Reservation OpenTable

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 ($125 per person, optional wine pairing $75) will be offered on February 14.


26. MAMO

MAMO, New York

Reservation OpenTableSoHo’s MAMO, which serves Italian cuisine, has a prix-fixe menu ($105) planned for Valentine’s Day, listing the likes of seared tuna and salmon with artichokes and raspberries; and the restaurant’s signature fresh truffle raviolini.


27. Marea

Marea, New York
Midtown West, NYC

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Marea, Michael White’s Italian-accented seafood restaurant on Central Park South, will serve a four-course prix-fixe menu ($250) on Valentine’s Day.

The holiday meal includes a glass of Brut Rosé, Billecart-Salmon NV.


28. The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges

The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges, New York
Upper East Side, NYC

Reservation OpenTableThe Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges on the Upper East Side will offer a multi-course Valentine’s Day dinner ($158) that includes options like black truffle pizza with Fontina, and Maine lobster with Thai herbs. Petit fours will cap off the special meal.


29. Mifune

Mifune, New York
Midtown East, NYC

Reservation OpenTableExperience the seven-course Valentine’s Day menu at Mifune in Midtown East from February 14-16 ($110 per person, additional $60 for three-ounce wine and saké pairing).

Nibble on raw oyster with tosazu gelée, and move on to dishes like Miyazaki A5 Wagyu Rossini with sauce Périgueux.


30. The NoMad

The NoMad, New York
NoMad, NYC

The NoMad restaurant’s four-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu ($190 per person, wine pairing additional $95) will present the signature chicken roasted with foie gras, black truffle and brioche, among other options.

Meanwhile, The NoMad Bar celebrates February 14 with a three-course prix-fixe menu ($98 per person, beverage pairing additional $65).

31. Oceana

Oceana, New York
Midtown West, NYC

On Valentine’s Day, nautical-themed Oceana will offer a three-course menu (5 p.m.-6 p.m., $75 per person) and a four-course menu (6:15 p.m.-closing, $110 per person).

32. The Regency Bar & Grill

The Regency Bar & Grill, New York
Midtown East, NYC

Reservation OpenTableThis bar and restaurant in the luxurious Loews New York hotel will present a special three-course menu ($95 per person) for Valentine’s Day.

Kick off the meal with the likes of Maine lobster cream soup, and finish with the chocolate dome.


33. Ristorante Morini

Ristorante Morini, New York
Upper East Side, NYC

Reservation OpenTableRistorante 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 and burrata and grilled Prime sirloin with beef jus, along with panna cotta, are just a few of the dishes available on the four-course Valentine’s Day menu ($125, wine pairing $65).


34. The River Cafe

The River Cafe, Brooklyn

Reservation OpenTableThe River Cafe in Brooklyn offers a view of the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.

A four-course prix-fixe menu ($195 per person) will be offered on Valentine’s Day. Seatings are from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.


35. Tavern on the Green

Tavern on the Green, New York
Upper West Side, NYC

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

Guests may opt for a three-course meal ($150, $265 with wine pairing) or enjoy the views from the Central Park Room while dining on four courses ($175, $265 with wine pairing). Look for dishes such as caramelized diver sea scallops and grilled Angus filet mignon.