Valentine’s Day Dining & Drinking Guide 2015
If you really want to dazzle your date, take them to the hottest new addition to the West Village culinary scene, Village Prime. Specializing in contemporary American steakhouse cuisine with an emphasis on quality prime beef and seafood, this neighborhood gem is sure to impress. The rustic-chic décor features walnut tables, cow-hide lined walls, and exposed bulbs that emulate candlelight and cast a warm glow over the dark wood and cozy leather banquette seating. Guests can enjoy a pre fixe menu with choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert. Featuring tantalizing appetizers including Tuna Escabeche (pan seared-tuna, glazed carrots, marinated tomato mint salsa & green apple puree) or the Maine Lobster Salad (cold poached Maine lobster salad, mango papaya, sweet corn vanilla essence). Choose between an excellent array of entrees including Diver Scallops (porcini dusted Diver scallops, roasted baby beet and sweetbread hash, champagne caviar crème) or the Land & Sea (petit filet mignon, broiled lobster tail, seasonal roasted vegetables, Burre Blanc, port wine reduction). End on a high-note with dizzying desserts such as the smooth and sinfully rich Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with vanilla ice cream and raspberry coulis. Pre Fixe Menu is $89.00pp.
302 Bleecker St, NY, NY 10014
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Villagio on the Park
What could be more romantic in New York than dining with views of a snowy Central Park? Set in a bright and airy space beautifully-designed by Jeffrey Beers International, Villagio on the Park is a sophisticated restaurant with a menu of fresh and refined Italian food. The open kitchen overlooks a dining area whimsically lit by 637 crystal light fixtures and wide glass doors that overlook the park. Your date will be starry-eyed with Villagio’s pre fixe Valentine’s Day Menu, featuring delicious Antipasti such as the Amalfi Salad with plump shrimp, Mediterranean mussels, Palm Bay clams, and tender squid rings; Secondi such as the Burrata with cream-filled mozzarella, prosciutto, figs and Gorgonzola cheese; and Principale such as the Australian Lamb Chobs with Barolo wine demiglaze. Pre Fixe Menu is $80pp. Each guest will receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco.
40 Central Park South, NY, NY 10019
T-Bar Steak & Lounge
A classically-chic Upper East Side eatery, T-Bar Steak and Lounge is always popular choice for couples looking for a romantic dinner with outstanding cuisine in a casual yet elegant space. The restaurant’s enchanting charm is brought to life by a stylish, dark-wood accented dining room, frosted glass details and orange back lighting. Under the watchful eye of restaurateur Tony Fortuna, T-Bar serves prime beef steaks, as well as a mélange of grilled fish, chopped salads and pastas. This Valentine’s Day T-Bar will offer its regular a la carte menu and have something special to give away to the ladies. Swoon over the decadent desert menu crafted by Executive Chef Ben Zwicker, which includes the famous Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles with coconut and caramel sauce.
1278 Third Avenue, NY, NY 10021
This Valentine’s Day, reserve a table at one of the Upper East Side’s most romantic and atmospheric haunts, Swifty’s. Restaurateurs Robert Caravaggi and Stephen Attoe have crafted a special three-course pre fixe menu showcasing classic and supremely-executed American and European cuisine. Appetizers include Grilled Marinated Jumbo Shrimp with Red Thai Curry and Trio of Fruits de Mer with Tuna Tartar, Lobster Salad and Oyster with Caviar. Enticing entrée options include Medallions of Black Angus Beef au Poivre or Olive Oil Poached Chilean Sea Bass. Top the evening off with one of the menu’s delectable dessert options, including Black and White Soufflé with Grande Marnier Whipped Cream, or Bananas Foster Baked Alaska with Butter Pecan Ice Cream. Swifty’s, with its elegant décor reminiscent of a well-appointed English country house, is the perfect cozy destination to mark the occasion in the finest possible way. Pre Fixe Menu is $80.00pp. Each guest will receive a complimentary glass of champagne.
1007 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10021
Latitude Bar & Grill
While Valentine's Day may be the night for loving couples, luckily somebody is looking out for all the singles in New York City. Latitude, Midtown West’s lively upscale bar and lounge, is hosting a Black Hearts Party for singles and those looking to avoid the mobs of sickeningly sweet couples at candlelit dinners. Celebrate singledom this Valentine’s Day at this three-level entertainment space. They’ll have life-size voodoo dolls for guests to stick their ex’s name onto and even prizes for the best break up story. Guests can select from an extensive menu of 13 craft beers, or if an expertly mixed cocktail is more to taste, there is a selection of inventive signature cocktails from which to choose. Among the most decadent beverage options is the Electric Pink Lemonade Martini with Stoli Citros, Freshly Lemon Juice and Pink Rock Candy Swizzle Stick, and the Cupid’s Broken Arrow Champagne Cocktail with pomegranate, which will be offered for $5.00 on Valentine’s all night long. The delicious casual dining menu offers a selection of twists on crowd-pleasing American classics.
783 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
For couples and singles who are looking to have a more social affair with friends and larger groups, Amaranth Restaurant is throwing a party for everybody to enjoy. They will be glamorously decorating the restaurant with hundreds of red balloons and rose petals and are offering their a la carte menu filled with their high quality Mediterranean dishes, with a few sexy specials. Amaranth offers a fusion of original Italian food and French food, featuring fresh and tasty seafood, creative pasta and perfectly al dente risotto. The restaurant boasts an excellent cocktail list, including the famous Frozen Cosmo, and a well-balanced wine list. Customers come to Amaranth for the full dining experience – excellent service, elegant décor, and the charming, home-away-from-home feel.
21 East 62nd Street, New York, NY
Murray Hill’s temple to cheese and wine Artisanal Bistro invites you to participate in a night of romantic revelry this Valentine’s Day. Artisanal – which has been recently refreshed under the new ownership of renowned restaurateur Sarid Drory – is putting on a seductive Valentine’s Day Celebration with a specially-crafted pre fixe menu, decorations and live music. Warm your heart with creative cocktails and dance the night away to sounds of a DJ. The atmosphere will be amazing with 3,000 balloons brought in for the evening. Artisanal boasts an incredible selection of cheeses (there are over 180 types on the menu) and for Valentine’s Day they have imported a French heart-shaped goat’s milk cheese (Couer du Berry) -- an excellent gift idea for your loved one on Valentine’s Day. The menu features mouth-watering appetizers such as Foie Gras Parfait with Duck Maigre Salad & Homemade Brioche, enticing entrees such as Black Truffle Risotto with Chanterelles and Morels, and three dessert options including the Mascarpone Tart with Rhubarb Sorbet, White Chocolate Tuile and Basil Sauce. Pre Fixe Menu is $88.00pp and a la carte menu is also available. Party begins at 11.30PM after dinner.
2 Park Avenue, NY, NY 10014