Red Rooster Harlem
310 Lenox Ave., nr. 125th St.; 212-792-9001
Swedish-Ethiopian chef Marcus Samuelsson will present an affordable three-course menu with options like cauliflower soup topped with caviar, jerked trout with quail egg, duck two ways, and a passion fruit mousse with rum cake croutons.
132 W. 58th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-957-5550
The Michelin-starred kitchen will be serving five or seven courses of contemporary Austrian fare like a beef tenderloin with endive and a velvety carrot-parsnip soup. Dessert is a classic chocolate soufflé with raspberries.
Price: five courses ($85), seven courses ($99)
70 W. 45th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-253-2828
The uptown outpost of chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s downtown restaurant will have two seatings this V-Day, both of which feature plenty of vegetarian options. Early birds can dine on three courses, including chanterelle mushroom soup to start and frozen Meyer lemon pie for dessert. Later folks can pick between plates like buttered Maine lobster or fresh ricotta ravioli as part of their romantic four-course meal.
Price: three courses $80; four courses $125
919 Third Ave., at 56th Street; 212-935-6800
This recently opened midtown eatery is offering a complimentary bottle of bubbly with their tasting menu for two. Highlights include lobster bisque, New York strip with shallot marmalade drizzled with a black truffle sauce, and a chocolate napoleon to end the meal.
Price: $150 per couple
Fresco by Scotto
34 E. 52nd St., nr. Park Ave.; 212-935-3434
A little kitsch never hurt anyone, and this warm family owned restaurant in midtown is serving a heart-shaped pizza Margherita alongside Italian classics like lasagna bolognese, tuna tartare, and creamy ricotta cheesecake for a decadent dessert.
The Lamb’s Club
132 W. 44th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-997-5262
Elegance is the name of the game at Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s midtown restaurant. The five-course meal features butter-poached Nova Scotia lobster and mascarpone agnolotti. Wine and Champagne pairings will be available, and those looking to go the extra mile can arrange for a surprise bouquet of roses to be delivered table side at the end of the meal.
345 Park Ave. S., nr. 26th St.; 212-255-4086
The Spanish brassiere will serve up an authentic Spanish four-course menu filled with decadent options like suckling pig with potatoes, or a seared filet steak with wild mushrooms and truffle. The meal also comes with an amuse bouche and petit fours, as well as an optional wine pairing.
The Red Cat
227 Tenth Ave., nr. 23rd St.; 212-242-1122
This cozy Chelsea spot promises a romantic meal with dishes like pan-crisped salmon with Tokyo turnips, hen of the woods mushrooms, and butternut-squash puree, and desserts like a refreshing lemon-pudding cake or silky chocolate fondue for two.
171 Spring St., nr. Thompson St.; 212-343-4255
53 W. 19th St, nr. Sixth Ave; 212-255-4160
At either of this tapas restaurant’s locations, choose six small plates to share from a menu that includes braised oxtail and lobster paella, oysters with pickled vegetable relish, and roasted baby beets with crème fraîche and Honeycrisp apples. Finish with a glass of sherry and traditional Churros con Chocolate.
211 West Broadway, nr. Franklin St.; 212-601-9514
Beef tartare with a marinated seven-minute egg, beet-stuffed pasta with burrata, and a trio of fondues (aged Cheddar, spiced dark chocolate, Champagne custard) all make an appearance on the three-course menu at this Tribeca spot from Momofuku alum Shane Lyons. The menu even includes a complimentary glass of sparkling Pinot Noir.
EN Japanese Brasserie
435 Hudson St., at Leroy St.; 212-647-9196
Those looking for a departure from plates of foie gras and pasta should check out this Kaiseki-style meal, which focuses on celebrating seasonal ingredients. Seafood lovers will enjoy the lobster, clams, and scallops in an yuba sauce, sea urchin rice, and oyster options on the menu. Sake pairings are also available.
355 Greenwich St., at Harrison St.; 212-274-9310
Couples can dine on squid ink gnocchi, Colorado lamb with crispy Brussels sprouts, and creamy risotto in the candlelit dining room of this classic Tribeca spot overlooking the Hudson.
47 Bond St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-533-1932
This romantic Italian favorite promises a meal fit for food lovers. Chef Joel Hough and team will offer a four-course menu featuring housemade foie gras ravioli, cast-iron-roasted veal chop with orzo, and grilled scallops with sweet roasted fennel.
100 W. Houston St., nr. Thompson St.; 212-254-7000
Start your meal at this Houston Street spot with Russian crepes stuffed with salmon roe, fill up on braised short ribs with mashed potatoes, and end the meal with a slice of chocolate layer cake served with a mint and blood orange salad.
407 W. 14th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-596-7255
Indulge on plates of Champagne risotto with grilled lobster, lemon ricotta agnolotti, and a duo of beef, all part of the three-course menu at this meatpacking spot decked out with velvet couches. Dessert means your choice between quark cheesecake, chocolate cake topped with a brown ale caramel, or an ice-cream sundae with Champagne gelée.
524 Court St., nr. Huntington St., Carroll Gardens; 718-852-8490
If a casual and hearty V-Day is what you’re after, head to Brooklyn’s Buttermilk Channel, where this holiday means eating three courses of dishes like buttermilk fried chicken and Cheddar waffles, Maine lobster tarts with grapefruit butter, and duck meatloaf laced with foie gras. Dessert options include a Valrhona chocolate tart with whipped cream and spiced almonds, an individual pecan pie sundae, or a local cheese plate for something less sweet.
160 N. 12th St., nr. Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 718-218-1088
The vibe might be casual at this Williamsburg eatery from star chef Paul Liebrandt, but the food is incredibly refined. The three-course menu for V-Day includes much-lauded dishes like the Atlantic skate with Marcona almonds, unexpected pairings like foie gras with black trumpet mushrooms and green apple, and beautifully plated desserts such as the buttermilk panna cotta with saffron and burnt honey ice cream.
289 Bedford Ave., nr. Grand St., Williamsburg; 347-335-0446
If black bass crudo with apples and lemon preserve and a luxurious foie gras torchon served with a celery root remoulade is your kind of Valentine’s dinner, then this Williamsburg gem just may be your spot. A four-course menu will be on offer, alongside their famous selection of oysters and expertly crafted cocktails.
danny brown Wine Bar and Kitchen
104-02 Metropolitan Ave., at 71st Dr., Forest Hills; 718-261-2144
This Forest Hills spot will do a three-course V-Day meal that featuring dishes like wild striped bass en papillote with carrot mousseline, filet of beef with celery root puree, and a terrine of foie gras with pomegranate and grilled sourdough. Dessert means having to decide between flourless chocolate cake, rum raisin carrot cake, and a buttermilk vanilla panna cotta.
Price: $75, $120 with wine pairing
Dutch Kills Centraal
3840 29th St., nr. 47th Ave., Long Island City; 718-606-8651
The popular LIC restaurant and bar will serve one of the most affordable options on the market, with a three-course menu for less than $50. (Though if you don’t mind spending a bit more, there’s also an optional fourth course and wine pairing.) The kitchen will serve up dishes like shrimp cocktail with kumquat sauce, seared tuna with lemongrass and miso vinaigrette, and a rose panna cotta for dessert.
All prices per person unless otherwise noted.