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Heart-shaped pizzas for Valentine’s at Fornino
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A Last-Minute Guide to Valentine’s Day in NYC

Here are 14 restaurants for a Valentine’s Day celebration unlike any other year

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Heart-shaped pizzas from Fornino
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Rewind to Valentine’s Day last year, and this weekend’s celebrations will be unrecognizable. Indoor dining is back (again) in New York City but at 25 percent capacity. Countless restaurants have set up outdoor dining structures ranging from yurts and pods to bubbles and makeshift cabins — which are all new to the city’s dining landscape. Takeout and delivery will no doubt be in more demand than ever before. Luckily, chefs across the five boroughs have been working to create menus for all ways of celebrating. Here are some options below.

NYC restaurants are currently operating with limited indoor and outdoor dining, but takeout and delivery is an option for many. The type of service offered is indicated on each map point where possible (check with the individual restaurants for the latest update). However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the NYC Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lucciola Italian Restaurant

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621 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(347) 536-1335
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Meat lovers will enjoy the steaks for two highlighted at this Upper West Side Italian spot,which is featuring filet mignon with porcini mushrooms to share ($129). For those who want to go all out, there’s a 40-ounce steak Fiorentina with potatoes gratin ($179). Dining in a heated outdoor bubble is an option.

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Mediterranean branzino at Lucciola
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2. The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges

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25 E 77th St
New York, NY 10075
(212) 606-3030
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The Mark Restaurant plans to reopen its dining room in time for Valentine’s, but for diners who want to take part outdoors, there are elaborate tents — in addition to pick up and delivery options. While the hotel is offering a holiday package with all the bells and whistles (think massages for couples or macarons from Ladurée), dining at The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges features dishes such as mushroom-and-shrimp risotto, steamed black see bas, and a dark chocolate and passion fruit dessert.

3. Gray Hawk Grill

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1556 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10028
(646) 669-7376
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A special of Caesar salad and filet mignon with Maine lobster tail and rosemary-roasted fingerlings followed by chocolate cake ($150 for 2) is the holiday highlight at this welcoming American newcomer with surprisingly good food, but if surf and turf isn’t your thing, you can always fall back on the perfectly seared Atlantic cod or the double truffle burger served with Parmigiano-Reggiano fries.

4. Caviar Russe

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538 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 980-5908
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If a hedonistic splurge at home seems like the perfect romantic move, the eight-course gourmet indulgence here — served up in individual tins with no prep needed and available for pick up or delivery — might be the perfect answer. The $1,500 package for two includes osetra, blue fin tuna tartar, chilled lobster tail, smoked salmon, foie gras terrine with Perigord truffles, a baked potato with osetra, chocolate mousse with strawberries, and a vintage 2006 Dom Perigno. Be sure to order by February 12th.

Foies gras terrine from Caviar Russe
Caviar Russe Valentine’s Day package
Francesco Sapienza

5. Bouillon Marseille

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630 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 333-2323
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Low lighting and cushy booths add to the cozy atmosphere at this Hell’s Kitchen favorite that is reminiscent of a Parisian brasserie. A $59 Valentine menu includes onion soup, beet terrine, branzino with risotto, and duck breast with broccolini, black truffle polenta, and apple sage sauce. Red velvet cake with raspberry puree and dark chocolate glaze is a fitting finish.

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French onion soup at Bouillon Marseille
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6. Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

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39-16 Prince St #104
Queens, NY 11354
(718) 321-3838
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Those looking for an adventurous deal can head to a heated cubby at this Shanghainese spot in Flushing, which is offering a tri-colored assortment of soup dumplings at 50 percent of the normal $13 price. A festive red dumpling is filled with aged smoked ham, while a green one contains braised abalone, and the black one houses spike sea cucumber. You might also want to try one of the noodle soups or the fried rice cake, and as an extra bonus, diners get a lucky ox plush toy to celebrate lunar new year, which overlaps with Valentine’s Day this year.   

Xiao Long bao from Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
Xiao Long bao from Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
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7. Kissaki Sushi

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28-17 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101
(929) 510-7009
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This creative sushi mecca will offer a $180 sixteen-course special holiday omakase including three appetizers, twelve pieces of nigiri and dessert of raspberry rose chiffon cake. While the Noho and Upper West Side locations have heated outdoor pergolas with black curtains for extra privacy, the Long Island City restaurant provides a beautifully packaged takeout option.

Raspberry rose chiffon cake from Kissaki
Raspberry rose chiffon cake from Kissaki
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8. Isabelle's Osteria

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245 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10003
(212) 388-1145
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The new Mediterranean spot from the Barbounia team is adding enticing specials to the menu the whole weekend from February 12 through 14. Wellfleet oysters on the half shell with blood orange mignonette, spit-roasted lobster Fra Diavolo for two ($89), and lemon steam pudding with citrus salad and mint are among the offerings. There’s also a heated outdoor dining setup.

Lobster fra diavolo at Isabelle’s
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9. Thaimee LOVE

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615 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 799-9797
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Chef Hong Thaimee’s West Village pop-up focuses on homestyle Thai cooking that’s rare to find in Manhattan. The three-course “Trip to Thailand’’ themed meal is full of artistic and flavorful dishes such as pad Thai with a choice of wagyu, lobster or king crab, accompanied by a mocktail of butterfly pea tea, lime juice and edible flowers. Many of the ingredients come from Hudson Valley-based Heermance Farm. The Valentine’s meal can be enjoyed at home or at the tables tucked behind her market.

Homestyle Thai cooking from Thaimee Love
Homestyle Thai cooking from Thaimee Love
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10. Extra Virgin

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259 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 691-9359
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An amply heated elevated sidewalk platform strewn with foliage is an appealing backdrop for the prix-fixe dinner here ($120 for two), including shrimp and Jonah crab cocktail; foie gras mousse; white asparagus and mushroom salad; and whole-roasted jerk chicken with glazed carrots and chardonnay jus. A la carte dishes are also available.

The Love Bird at Extra Virgin
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11. Fornino

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849 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-5300
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Heart-shaped personal pizzas to stay or go are the draw this Valentine’s Day at the Greenpoint spot that is offering a pair of wood-fired pies along with fruit and cheese and a large salad. Pizza choices include four cheese, soppressatta, butternut squash or fennel sausage, and includes dessert and a bottle of wine ($95 for two). There are 18 indoor seats, a heated backyard garden, or you can bring the party pack home. 

Pizzas from Fornino
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12. The Standard, East Village

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25 Cooper Sq
New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-5700
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Kick the evening off with a classic champagne toast and oyster amuse, then move on to a roasted sunchoke soup or chicory soup with pistachios and blood orange; second courses such as scallop crudo with hearts of palm, cara cara orange and purple shiso leaf; and entrees of dry-aged New York strip with black truffle risotto or halibut with glazed salsify and wild mushroom ragout.  Those who prefer outdoor dining can cuddle up in one of the restaurant’s heated “winter garden’’ yurts, complete with faux fur covered seats. 

Oysters at The Standard, East Village
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13. Kokomo

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65 Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(347) 799-1312
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A three-course ($95) experience here includes champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries is available for brunch or dinner all weekend at this lively Caribbean restaurant in Williamsburg. Heaters and blankets keep you warm while live music and streaming lights add to the atmosphere in the courtyard. Among the dishes: heart-shaped flatbreads, braised lamb shank, and red velvet waffles.

Dessert from Kokomo
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14. Jungsik

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2 Harrison St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-0900
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The two-starred Michelin restaurant will serve an eight-course New Korean feast, including bluefin tuna with truffled rice and mustard sauce, wagyu short rib, royal bibimbap, and a mini truffle cone. On the popular dessert menu, consider a mini truffle cone served in a house-made chocolate waffle cone that’s layered with chocolate caramel, black truffle slices, and truffle chantilly cream.

Lobster course at Jungsik
Dan Ahn

1. Lucciola Italian Restaurant

621 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
Branzino
Mediterranean branzino at Lucciola
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Meat lovers will enjoy the steaks for two highlighted at this Upper West Side Italian spot,which is featuring filet mignon with porcini mushrooms to share ($129). For those who want to go all out, there’s a 40-ounce steak Fiorentina with potatoes gratin ($179). Dining in a heated outdoor bubble is an option.

621 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

2. The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges

25 E 77th St, New York, NY 10075

The Mark Restaurant plans to reopen its dining room in time for Valentine’s, but for diners who want to take part outdoors, there are elaborate tents — in addition to pick up and delivery options. While the hotel is offering a holiday package with all the bells and whistles (think massages for couples or macarons from Ladurée), dining at The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges features dishes such as mushroom-and-shrimp risotto, steamed black see bas, and a dark chocolate and passion fruit dessert.

25 E 77th St
New York, NY 10075

3. Gray Hawk Grill

1556 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

A special of Caesar salad and filet mignon with Maine lobster tail and rosemary-roasted fingerlings followed by chocolate cake ($150 for 2) is the holiday highlight at this welcoming American newcomer with surprisingly good food, but if surf and turf isn’t your thing, you can always fall back on the perfectly seared Atlantic cod or the double truffle burger served with Parmigiano-Reggiano fries.

1556 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10028

4. Caviar Russe

538 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022
Foies gras terrine from Caviar Russe
Caviar Russe Valentine’s Day package
Francesco Sapienza

If a hedonistic splurge at home seems like the perfect romantic move, the eight-course gourmet indulgence here — served up in individual tins with no prep needed and available for pick up or delivery — might be the perfect answer. The $1,500 package for two includes osetra, blue fin tuna tartar, chilled lobster tail, smoked salmon, foie gras terrine with Perigord truffles, a baked potato with osetra, chocolate mousse with strawberries, and a vintage 2006 Dom Perigno. Be sure to order by February 12th.

538 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022

5. Bouillon Marseille

630 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036
French onion soup
French onion soup at Bouillon Marseille
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Low lighting and cushy booths add to the cozy atmosphere at this Hell’s Kitchen favorite that is reminiscent of a Parisian brasserie. A $59 Valentine menu includes onion soup, beet terrine, branzino with risotto, and duck breast with broccolini, black truffle polenta, and apple sage sauce. Red velvet cake with raspberry puree and dark chocolate glaze is a fitting finish.

630 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036

6. Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

39-16 Prince St #104, Queens, NY 11354
Xiao Long bao from Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
Xiao Long bao from Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
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Those looking for an adventurous deal can head to a heated cubby at this Shanghainese spot in Flushing, which is offering a tri-colored assortment of soup dumplings at 50 percent of the normal $13 price. A festive red dumpling is filled with aged smoked ham, while a green one contains braised abalone, and the black one houses spike sea cucumber. You might also want to try one of the noodle soups or the fried rice cake, and as an extra bonus, diners get a lucky ox plush toy to celebrate lunar new year, which overlaps with Valentine’s Day this year.   

39-16 Prince St #104
Queens, NY 11354

7. Kissaki Sushi

28-17 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101
Raspberry rose chiffon cake from Kissaki
Raspberry rose chiffon cake from Kissaki
Ben Hon

This creative sushi mecca will offer a $180 sixteen-course special holiday omakase including three appetizers, twelve pieces of nigiri and dessert of raspberry rose chiffon cake. While the Noho and Upper West Side locations have heated outdoor pergolas with black curtains for extra privacy, the Long Island City restaurant provides a beautifully packaged takeout option.

28-17 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101

8. Isabelle's Osteria

245 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003
Lobster fra diavolo at Isabelle’s
Courtesy of Isabelle’s Osteria

The new Mediterranean spot from the Barbounia team is adding enticing specials to the menu the whole weekend from February 12 through 14. Wellfleet oysters on the half shell with blood orange mignonette, spit-roasted lobster Fra Diavolo for two ($89), and lemon steam pudding with citrus salad and mint are among the offerings. There’s also a heated outdoor dining setup.

245 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10003

9. Thaimee LOVE

615 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
Homestyle Thai cooking from Thaimee Love
Homestyle Thai cooking from Thaimee Love
Natassja Ebert

Chef Hong Thaimee’s West Village pop-up focuses on homestyle Thai cooking that’s rare to find in Manhattan. The three-course “Trip to Thailand’’ themed meal is full of artistic and flavorful dishes such as pad Thai with a choice of wagyu, lobster or king crab, accompanied by a mocktail of butterfly pea tea, lime juice and edible flowers. Many of the ingredients come from Hudson Valley-based Heermance Farm. The Valentine’s meal can be enjoyed at home or at the tables tucked behind her market.

615 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

10. Extra Virgin

259 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10014
The Love Bird at Extra Virgin
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An amply heated elevated sidewalk platform strewn with foliage is an appealing backdrop for the prix-fixe dinner here ($120 for two), including shrimp and Jonah crab cocktail; foie gras mousse; white asparagus and mushroom salad; and whole-roasted jerk chicken with glazed carrots and chardonnay jus. A la carte dishes are also available.

259 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10014

11. Fornino

849 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Pizzas from Fornino
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Heart-shaped personal pizzas to stay or go are the draw this Valentine’s Day at the Greenpoint spot that is offering a pair of wood-fired pies along with fruit and cheese and a large salad. Pizza choices include four cheese, soppressatta, butternut squash or fennel sausage, and includes dessert and a bottle of wine ($95 for two). There are 18 indoor seats, a heated backyard garden, or you can bring the party pack home. 

849 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

12. The Standard, East Village

25 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003
Oysters at The Standard, East Village
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Kick the evening off with a classic champagne toast and oyster amuse, then move on to a roasted sunchoke soup or chicory soup with pistachios and blood orange; second courses such as scallop crudo with hearts of palm, cara cara orange and purple shiso leaf; and entrees of dry-aged New York strip with black truffle risotto or halibut with glazed salsify and wild mushroom ragout.  Those who prefer outdoor dining can cuddle up in one of the restaurant’s heated “winter garden’’ yurts, complete with faux fur covered seats. 

25 Cooper Sq
New York, NY 10003

13. Kokomo

65 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Dessert from Kokomo
Katrine Moite

A three-course ($95) experience here includes champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries is available for brunch or dinner all weekend at this lively Caribbean restaurant in Williamsburg. Heaters and blankets keep you warm while live music and streaming lights add to the atmosphere in the courtyard. Among the dishes: heart-shaped flatbreads, braised lamb shank, and red velvet waffles.

65 Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

14. Jungsik

2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013
Lobster course at Jungsik
Dan Ahn

The two-starred Michelin restaurant will serve an eight-course New Korean feast, including bluefin tuna with truffled rice and mustard sauce, wagyu short rib, royal bibimbap, and a mini truffle cone. On the popular dessert menu, consider a mini truffle cone served in a house-made chocolate waffle cone that’s layered with chocolate caramel, black truffle slices, and truffle chantilly cream.

2 Harrison St
New York, NY 10013

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