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Dining à Deux

NYC's best dishes for two, from carnal cuts to steamy stews.

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Lobster pot au feu at Millesime.  

Big Pork Chop at Fedora

Chef Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly hails from pig-sperimental Quebec eatery Au Pied du Cochon, and his roots shine through in this pork chop for two. A novel-thick slab of Niman Ranch Berkshire pork is roasted and served with a pig's foot, cabbage, and meatball ragu, with pickled vegetable and potato-scallion pancakes on the side; $58.

Oyster Potpie at Flex Mussels

You'll have to get close to share Flex Mussels' oyster potpie for two, a steamy tureen packed full of Watchill mollusks, potatoes, mushrooms, kale, and lots of butter and crème fraîche. If you happen to fall more in love with the creamy, briny stew than with your date, it's also available for one; $32 for a potpie for two.

Whole Red Snapper for Two at Le Bernardin

French food remains divinely romantic, so put yourself in chef Eric Ripert's hands with this red snapper meant for a pair. The fish is encased in a rosemary-and-thyme crust, then roasted, to give the flesh that perfectly soft, melting texture. The fish is included in a prix fixe that's $112 per person; 24 hours advance notice required.

Lobster Pot au Feu at Millesime

In this spin on a typical beef pot au feu, chef Laurent Manrique takes a two-pound crustacean and immerses it with vegetables and creamy scallop sausage in a lobster broth. A side of tomatoey choron sauce brightens the dish, and pickled sea beans cleanse the palate—you know, for all that smooching you're going to do later; $48.

Rib Eye at Peels

This particular rib eye is not designated a deux, but its comically Flinstones-esque dimensions suggest it's either for sharing or wolfing down competitively. Opt for the former and it's a relative steal: 24 ounces of Piedmontese beef (butchered in house), served with fingerling potatoes and arugula salad for $45.

Steak for Two at Roberta's

The staunchly Brooklyn set will find a giganto steak at the Bushwick haunt, though call ahead as it's only available a few nights a week. The pan-seared "steak for two" is essentially a whole meal, with fingerling potatoes, market greens, and bone marrow on the side; $84.


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