Valentine’s Day Dinner in NYC—10 restaurants for you and your sweetie

Going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day might be considered cliché, but when options include special tasting menus, ingredient-driven dishes, atmospheres that quietly whisper romance, and desserts to swoon over, you’ll be tempted to skip cooking at home and make a reservation for you and your loved one. 

Here, 10 special places for a memorable night. Click on the name of the restaurant for contact information so you can reserve today.

Blood oranges are the highlight on this year's menu at Almond.
Blood oranges are the highlight on this year’s menu at Almond.

Almond—12 East 22nd Street between Park Avenue & Broadway

Blood oranges, with their gorgeous red flesh, take center stage on the menu at French-bistro Almond. You’ll find this colorful citrus fruit in each offering of their special Valentine’s Day menu.

The tasting menu at Momofuku Ssam is perfect for a double date.
The tasting menu at Momofuku Ssam is perfect for a double date.

Momofuku Ssam Bar—207 2nd Avenue

Bring your sweetie, and another couple, to the Ssam Bar for a 5-course family-style menu that includes these David Chang creations, including the famous steamed buns, country hams, and choice of a bo ssam, whole rotisserie duck, or dry-aged ribeye, plus chocolate malt cake for dessert.

The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, located in the Ace Hotel. Photo by Melissa Hom.
The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, located in the Ace Hotel. Photo by Melissa Hom.

The Breslin Bar & Dining Room—16 West 29th Street

What better way to celebrate than with the a la carte menu at this British hotspot where April Bloomfield makes magical gastropub food.  Enjoy Cornish hen with rye spaetzle, the chargrilled lamb burger with feta or the pork chop with heirloom beans and bacon.

The entrance to Kappo Masa. Photo by Blackletter.
The entrance to Kappo Masa. Photo by Blackletter.

Kappo Masa—976 Madison Avenue between 76th & 77th

If your sweetheart loves sushi, seafood and noodles, head to Kappo Masa, helmed by the revered Japanese chef Masayoshi Takayama and co-owned by famed gallerist Larry Gagosian. Here, you can linger over an exquisite 8-course tasting menu of both raw and cooked items, along with a glass of Champagne.

Claudette. Photo by Brian Park
Claudette. Photo by Brian Park

Claudette—24 5th Avenue at 9th Street

Claudette’s Provençal/Mediterranean vibe might be the right dose of romance for you and your sweetheart. You’ll feel like you’ve been whisked off to the French Mediterranean while you savor the 4-course tasting menu, including Fried Oysters Rockefeller, Roast Pork and for dessert, a mini croquembouche, an elaborate cake made of puff pastries.

The dining room at Navy. Photo by Nicole Franzen.
The dining room at Navy. Photo by Nicole Franzen.

Navy—137 Sullivan Street below Houston

Understated yet chic Navy, where chef Camille Becerra focuses on fresh market vegetables and seafood, will be serving a 4-course dinner in the cozy maritime-inspired restaurant—the perfect locale for a romantic tête-à-tête.

Tortiglioni. Photo by Daniel Krieg
Tortiglioni. Photo by Daniel Krieg

GATO—324 Lafayette Street, above Houston

On Valentine’s Day enjoy a 4-course tasting menu  at Bobby Flay’s GATO, which includes such choices as roasted octopus with tangerine vinaigrette, tortiglioni (shown above), duck confit, wild striped bass and for dessert appla tarte tatin.

Cozy up for a romantic dinner at Recette.
Cozy up for a romantic dinner at Recette.

Recette—328 West 12th Street

February marks Recette’s fifth anniversary and to celebrate Chef Jesse Schenker has created a menu of unique dishes for the 4-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu. The menu includes roasted dorade, braised lamb belly, veal tenderloin and chocolate pave semifreddo.

Enjoy Scott Conant's homemade pasta at Scarpetta.
Enjoy Scott Conant’s homemade pasta at Scarpetta.

Scarpetta—355 West 14th Street at 9th Avenue

If the thought of sumptuous and elegant handmade pasta lights you up, then head to Scarpetta, which has one of the best bread baskets in the city. Linger over the tasting menu that includes creamy polenta with truffled mushrooms, black tagliolini with lobster, a duo of wagyu ribeye beef and for Vahlrona chocolate cake with a trio of gelato.

Benoit's Roast Chicken. Photo by Pierre Monetta.
Benoit’s Roast Chicken. Photo by Pierre Monetta.

Benoit—60 West 55th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues

The most romantic cuisine just might be French, so if you’re a Franco-phile head to Benoit for classic cooking. This entire week, Benoit is offering a “For Two” menu that includes Organic Roast Chicken, Dover Sole Meunière, Tarte Tatin and Benoit Profiteroles—meant to be shared. On Valentine’s Day, you can book either in the dining room or the private dining salon, where a live band will be serenading you over dinner.

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