Hakubai at The Kitano
66 Park Ave., at 38th St.; 212-885-7111
Celebrate with Zen style and sake in this austere hotel restaurant. One of the few Japanese spots that features traditional Kaiseki cuisine, Hakubai's menu will be paired with three kinds of Kitaya Sake and one that has never been sold in the U.S. And with a capacity of only 26, a quiet, intimate evening is guaranteed.
311 W. 43rd street at 8th avenue.; 212-776-1818
The regular menu may have once included a platter of Japanese abalone and black truffles for $888, but the prix fixe at the Times Square location of this famous London Chinese restaurant is far more affordable. Items such as seared scallop with nashi pear and mango in sweet basil and peanut dressing are featured on the seven-course menu, complete with a complimentary glass of rosé Champagne, all for under $100.
508 W. 42nd St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-868-2999
How about an intimate jazz performance and chocolate fondue for two? You can have both at this modern American restaurant’s four-course dinner and wine pairing event. Braised beef short ribs and a smoked salmon blini topped with chive crème fraîche and trout caviar are just a few of the tantalizing options.
Price: $95 for two
405 E. 52nd St., nr. East End Ave.; 212-755-6244
If foie gras chaud aux fruits de Saison (warm foie gras with seasonal fruit) or traditional beef Bourguignon set before you by a tuxedoed server sounds like your kind of evening, then this Sutton Place gem may be just the spot. A three-course menu is on offer, complete with a pastry trolley and specials like raspberry soufflé.
142 W. 65th St., nr. Broadway; 212-359-6500
For a night of classic romance and postmodern prestige, head to Lincoln Center to catch the New York City Ballet's rendition of Sleeping Beauty, followed by dinner at chef Jonathan Benno’s (formerly of Per Se) contemporary Italian restaurant. You’ll be surrounded by panoramic views of the Center’s plaza, and the entire menu will be available for the four-course prix fixe, including rainbow trout with spiced sausage, carrots, and lentils, and stuffed rabbit saddle with a sunny egg, frisée, and a lentil and bacon fat vinaigrette.
Neely’s Barbecue Parlor
1125 First Ave., at 62nd St.; 212-832-1551
If you’re feeling more on the casual side, head uptown to Neely’s Barbecue Parlor for a finger-licking evening of applewood-smoked chicken wings, Memphis-style ribs, and a spread of fixins. The special offers sharable barbecue platters for two and complimentary glasses of Champagne. Afterwards head into the dessert room (yes, a whole room), where you’ll find everything from classic red-velvet cake to key lime lemon bars.
Price: $79 for two
209 E. 49th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-751-4545
Couldn’t make that getaway to Mexico? Share a series of eight small plates at Richard Sandoval’s Pampano instead. The coastal Mexican restaurant serves contemporary cuisine in an atmosphere inspired by the shore itself. Choose from a menu featuring various ceviches, torta sliders, lobster empanadas, and churros with a dark-chocolate-cinnamon dipping sauce. Two spicy blood orange margaritas are also included to wash it all down.
Price: $50; $80
284 Third Ave., at President St.; 718-596-6560
Roberta’s veteran Angelo Romano prepares pared-down new American cuisine at this quaint Gowanus eatery, and will be serving a ten-course tasting menu featuring five sweet and five savory dishes. Keep your fingers crossed that the Adam Platt–approved Wagyu Coulotte Steak is among the offerings.
403 W. 13th St., at Ninth Ave.; 212-675-2322
The four-course menu at this meatpacking district favorite promises to be exotic, featuring dishes like spiced chicken samosas, Hamachi sashimi, and peekytoe crab dumplings. An all-vegetarian menu is also available.
Vinegar Hill House
72 Hudson Ave., nr. Water St.; Vinegar Hill; 718-522-1018
Head to the quiet cobblestone streets of Vinegar Hill for a three-course meal and suggested wine pairings by wine director William Fitch. Dishes include seared beef heart with bibb lettuce, potatoes, and stinging nettles, and duck breast with mango and coconut milk.
Price: $95 (drinks not included)