Valentine’s Day Restaurant Deals: New York City

By Fabiana Santana

The biggest date night of the year is only weeks away. As usual, there are tons of dining options available, and since V-Day is coming soon, consider celebrating with a weekend away. In, say, the Big Apple?  We’ve narrowed the list of Valentine’s Day restaurant offerings to help select the perfect spot for your big night out.

Meatpacking District
MPD
73 Gansevoort Street
212-541-6991
www.mpdnyc.com

Diners can celebrate the occasion in an environment reminiscent of the finest bistros in Paris with the cuisine by chef Geoff Rudaw that runs $65 per person and will include a cocktail made especially for the occasion: the Blue Valentine (also named after the film with Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams). Main course options include butter poached main lobster and dry aged strip steak. For dessert it’s red velvet cake, chocolate layer cake with raspberries or a delicious almond tart with marscapone whipped cream and morello cherry sauce. DJ Serebe Kironde will spin during the evening for lovebirds or singles—everyone is welcome.

SoHo
Aurora Soho

510 Broome Street
212-334-9020
Italian bistro Aurora Soho is serving a four-course menu for just $60, but you’d be starting the night off right with their selection of a la carte oysters with champagne-watermelon radish mignonette.

West Village
Orient Express

325 West 11th Street
212-691-8845

The Orient Express may have inspired iconic novels and films like Dracula and From Russia with Love, served as the setting for bravado characters like James Bond, and been featured as the backdrop of Agatha Christie’s most famous works, but the famed vintage train continues to ride through modern culture with its latest stop in NYC’s West Village. On V-Day. $30 (plus tax and tip) will get you 2 bubbly French Kisses cocktails – Blackberry infused St. Germaine in Champagne and a cheese plate for two including exotic selections like Turkish Feta, Mahon, Capro Sardo, Manchego and Garrotxa Bauma. A duo of chocolate by Fine and Raw finishes your meal while you are serenade by the tunes of Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf, Louis Armstrong and more.

Spasso
551 Hudson Street
212-858-3838
www.spassonyc.com

Chef Craig Wallen will be preparing individualized meals for two based on the couples answers to a few key questions (such as allergies and protein preferences) at Spasso, the new rustic Italian eater in Manhattan’s West Village. General Manager Gordan Adams will pair each course with a sparkling wine to complement.

Midtown West
Ai Fiori
Second level at The Setai Midtown
400 5th Avenue
212-613-8660
www.aifiorinyc.com

Midtown’s newest restaurant Ai Fiori is celebrating the season of love with a 4-course prix fixe menu at $95 per person that includes highlights like antipasti of diver scallops, celery root, black truffles, bone marrow and thyme and pasta dishes like the Gnochetti made with saffron gnocchi, crab and sea urchin. A tasting menu is half the price at the bar where drinks by famed mixologist Een Freeman include the festive Rose and white peach sgroppino made with imported franciacorta rosé and a violet fizz.

Bar Americain
152 West 52nd Street
646-600-7150
www.baramericain.com

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is fixing up crispy east coast oysters with crème fraiche chowder and bacon relish, Lamb porterhouse chops with cabernet franc and sweet potato gratin and Red velvet cake at his American style bistro Bar Americain.

Midtown East
Millesime

Carlton Hotel
92 Madison Avenue
212-889-7100
www.millesimerestaurant.com

There are a few special Valentine’s Day menus to choose from at the Carlton Hotel’s newest restaurant Millesime. Ranging from $60 per person for the “Duet “ package to the four-course option at $85 per person, each menu is designed for sharing and includes the most important ingredient in a successful Valentine’s Day dinner – champagne.

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