Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us. Whether you're searching for a restaurant to romance your lover or in need of a great spot to eat your feelings, here are five options to consider for February 14.
At what inspectors deem a "handsome restaurant with a thoughtful list of naturalist wines," diners can enjoy in a four-course menu for $65 per person. Dishes include kabocha squash soup with curried yogurt and pepitas; boneless lamb ribs with Brussels sprouts and honey crisp apple; and grilled swordfish with sunchoke, kale and pancetta vinaigrette. A chocolate tart with pomegranate and hazelnut is the perfect way to cap off the meal.
This one-starred restaurant in Flatiron is pulling out all the stops, including a truffle and caviar trolley roaming throughout the dining room to supplement diners' plates. Guests can feast on dishes like roasted Montauk sea bass with chestnut gnocchi, braised daikon and lentil velouté, or beef Wellington with celeriac, wild mushrooms and Barolo sauce. We're personally smitten with the "After Eleven" dessert featuring white chocolate mousse, raspberry marshmallow, yogurt sponge and balsamic sorbet.
The Mediterranean spot in Fort Greene that "stands apart from the pack," according to inspectors, is offering up a special prix fixe menu in celebration of the holiday. The restaurant is serving three courses to the tune of $55 per person, and dishes include za'atar crusted salmon with labne, japanese eggplant, and shallots; baba ganoush with ginger aioli, eggplant chips, and za’atar; and labne mousse topped with poached pears and pomegranate-sumac granita to round out the meal.
The Brune Landaise whole roasted chicken from Le Coq Rico.
The poultry-centric spot will offer a five-course meal centered around stuffed Brune Landaise whole-roasted chicken. The bird will be filled with black truffle stuffing, celeriac purée and a jus reduction. Other dishes include poultry and ginger consommé with poached duck liver and Vaucluse black truffle risotto. The meal rings in at $98 per person.
At this cozy brownstone in Chelsea, "everything churned out of the kitchen is downright delicious," according to inspectors. The one-starred contemporary restaurant is offering four courses for $95 per person. Plates include Acadian pearl oysters with grapefruit, pink peppercorn and tarragon, and ember-roasted beets with leek, tofu miso and peppercorn jus. There's also an optional beverage pairing available.
If carbs are the answer to whatever you'll be feeling come February 14, enjoy an $80 prix fixe menu for two in the East Village. Normally a walk-in only establishment, Little Tong will be accepting reservations for three different seatings throughout the night. Diners can opt for dishes such as Mala Dan Dan Mixian with ground pork, ya cai, pickled celery and mustard seeds, green peppercorn oil and spicy peanuts or the Grandma Chicken Mixian with chicken confit, black sesame garlic oil and a scattering of toppings and house-made condiments.
Hero image courtesy of Little Tong Noodle Shop. (Photo by Asia Coladner.)