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A spread from Roscioli.
A spread from Roscioli.
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The Best Restaurants for Valentine’s Day in New York City

A guide to standout dining rooms to book for the holiday

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A spread from Roscioli.
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One of the busiest nights of the year for restaurants, Valentine’s Day, challenges diners to pick the ideal backdrop for romance. But, of course, not everyone views atmosphere in the same way, and the vibe might be different for a new flirtation than a time-honored bond. Here are some suggestions for a variety of preferences.

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Rampoldi

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If elegance is a passion, this haute European-style outpost that’s a favorite of Monaco’s royal family is ideal. Toast with red crystal glasses against a background of hand-cut Italian marble accented walls and floors. The $150 prix-fixe includes foie gras, sea scallops carpaccio, and filet of beef, followed by pistachio cake, and chocolate with raspberries. Those looking to make the occasion extra special can indulge in sturgeon caviar and oysters.

A high drama dining room.
The dining room at Rampoldi.
Rampoldi.

Bella Blu

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If a price fixed menu is too structured, this Upper East Side longtime favorite Italian features a full menu of a la carte Valentine specials. Consider the shrimp ceviche; grilled langoustine with salmoriglio; heart-shaped butternut squash ravioli with butter and sage; fettuccine with fresh porcini; spaghetti with lobster; Dover sole with asparagus; duck breast with berries and carrot puree; and filet mignon with green peppercorn. Chocolate torte or passionfruit sorbet is a just right finale to the holiday meal.

Lobster at Bella Blu.
Lobster at Bella Blu.
Bella Blu.

The Regency Bar & Grill

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Dining at a hotel restaurant can be a little sexy, and this iconic spot on Park Avenue, with deep booths and mirrors, is ideal for a celebratory meal. Among the highlights on the $175 special menu, largely sourced from regional organic farms, are white asparagus soup; foie gras terrine with balsamic figs and ginger pear chutney; celeriac carpaccio; parsnip tagliatelle; sea bass with root vegetables and Key lime; and filet of beef. Finish with chocolate lava cake, and you might still be around for the power breakfast.

A chocolate lava cake.
Dessert at the Regency Bar and Grill
The Regency Bar and Grill

Empire Steak House

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If red meat raised your temperature, this classic steakhouse with large booths elevated for additional privacy, should fit the bill. The $112 menu includes a glass of prosecco, and selections like jumbo shrimp cocktail, oysters, bone-in ribeye; and lobster ravioli.

Oysters from Empire Steak House.
Oysters from Empire Steak House.
Empire Steak House.

Point Seven

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Lovers of New York’s urban grandeur will enjoy the setting of a classic city tower in Franklin Becker’s Met Life newcomer that celebrates seafood. His three-course, $115 menu features oysters and caviar along with cauliflower leek veloute; scallop crudo with orange and bergamot; butter poached lobster with beets and fennel, as well as dishes such as mushroom risotto with black truffles; or roasted duck with rutabaga and orange whipped honey. Chocolate-raspberry tart with pink peppercorn is an on-point finish, and the a la carte menu featuring seafood towers and sushi will also be available.

A dining room with a fish chandelier.
The dining room at Point Seven.
Emily Andrews/Point Seven

Koloman

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Koloman is offering a special dinner for Valentine’s Day as well as pastry offerings. The prix fixe is $165 per person (with an option of a $65 wine pairing) and includes charred scallops with ginger lemon vinaigrette, kingfish crudo, grilled lobster, bone-in New York strip steak for two, and a fraisier cake. The pastry shop options include heart-shaped linzer torte ($14 for two cookies) and that fraisier cake with strawberry jam and the vanilla-like tonka bean ($90).

Three heart-shaped cookies.
The linzer tortes at Koloman.
Nick Johnson/Koloman

Black Barn Restaurant

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For those who long to have a home in Bedford, the cozy, rustic vibe at this farm-to-table Madison Square spot is an alternative to a slick urban environment. The $120 Valentine prix fixe includes such choices as oysters with caviar vinaigrette; sweet potato salad with grapes, labneh, lentils and hen of the woods; NY strip steak and tiger prawns with black truffle mac and cheese; beet cured halibut with Champagne sauce; chocolate caramel pear tart with gold leaf and raspberry coulis; and toasted almond pavlova with honey mascarpone and balsamic macerated strawberries.

A charcuterie and cheese board.
Black Barn’s charcuterie and cheese board.
Black Barn.

Saishin

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If a killer view makes your heart race, this bird’s eye vista of the Empire State Building from the newly transformed roof of the Gansevoort might be your place. A 15-course, $250 indulgent omakase will include wagyu, lobster, caviar, and truffles, as well as a welcoming glass of Moet rose.

A dark brown bar.
The inside of Saishin.
David Mitchell/Saishin

Few places are as luxurious as this small bar with built-in grills tucked behind Korean restaurant Oiji Mi. Among the highlights on the 13-course, $275 omakase, there’s caviar with red date and tofu; king crab with anchovy; wagyu with Perigord truffle and smoked trout roe; and Dalton raspberry pavlova for two.

Uni and caviar on a plate.
Uni and caviar at Bōm.
Bōm

Isabelle's Osteria

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Oenophiles will savor the extensive and well-priced wine list at this upbeat Italian, helmed by chef James Tracey, who stayed in the Gramercy neighborhood after stints at Craft and Gramercy Tavern. Choose the inviting interior, or the well-heated outdoor veranda, and tuck into a $125 menu that includes crispy artichoke; truffle burrata with roasted mushrooms and balsamic; branzino with fregola and fennel broth; pork chop with polenta and braised greens; and chocolate flan with caramel and peanuts.

Isabelle’s Osteria.
The Valentine’s scene at Isabelle’s Osteria.
Isabelle’s Osteria

The Noortwyck

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This charming little neighborhood restaurant punches above its weight when it comes to food and drink. With just right lighting, cozy nooks, and a slip of a bar, it’s an intimate setting for the holiday. The Valentine’s Day menu includes a three-course menu with choices like fluke crudo, tortellini, beef Wellington, and striped bass for $110 - $120. The restaurant is also selling a box of chocolates that will be offered at dinner or can be picked up ahead of time.

A blue awning and tables spilling out onto the sidewalk.
Outside the Noortwyck.
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Roscioli

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Keeping on trend makes some lovers’ hearts race, and this restaurant of the moment, an outpost of a much loved Roman spot, is offering two separate menus — one for $135 per person that includes a Champagne toast, tuna crudo, pasta carbonara or Amatriciana; porchetta; and tiramisu. The other, for $200, includes wine pairings, with indulgences such as burrata and caviar; black truffle risotto; and polpetto with beef, kale, and pesto.

Pasta with a wine glass.
A dish from Roscioli.
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Fans of unique flavors might be excited by the offerings from chef Anjuman Hossain, who worked in the kitchens of Le Crocodile and Del Posto. Feast on oysters with pomegranate and mint; spaghetti with uni; halibut with sour cherry and tarragon; and mussels with za’atar and lemon. A combination of chocolate, tahini, and Mandarin makes a perfect finish to the $75 prix fixe.

The dining room at Huda.
The dining table at Huda.
Louise Palmberg/Huda

Le Gratin

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For some, a classic romantic meal has to be French, and this brasserie owned by Daniel Boulud is serving up Lyonnaise specials from the chef’s hometown. Among the offerings on his $120 prix fixe are mushrooms velouté with truffle whipped cream and chestnut chips; snail tempura with pig trotters; quail with foie gras, duck and black truffle sauce; braised artichokes; turbot with Champagne caviar sauce and, for the vegetables, braised artichokes with glazed vegetables and truffle butter. 

The dining room at Le Gratin.
The dining room at Le Gratin.
Le Gratin.

This Mediterranean Dumbo newcomer is providing a full night of entertainment, beginning with cocktails, moving on to a seated dinner with live band, and culminating with a DJ driven party, all for $100. Among the culinary highlights are beef kabobs served on cinnamon sticks with tahini; tuna ceviche; fish shawarma; chicken skewers; pita tacos with slow cooked short rib stew; and warm Nutella babka.

An eggplant dish at Nina.
Eggplant carpaccio at Nina.
Delaine Dacko/Nina

Margie's

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Margie’s in the Rockaway Hotel, within steps of the sand, is a good bet — it’s also a great deal at $65 for the prix fixe, which includes scallop rigatoni a la vodka, lobster bisque, and filet mignon. After downing a strawberry marshmallow cream tart, visitors can retreat to the hotel’s winter pool house, and enjoy the cedar saunas, fur throws, and cold plunge, if you dare.

A spa and pool at a hotel.
The hotel’s winter pool house.
Margie’s.

Rampoldi

If elegance is a passion, this haute European-style outpost that’s a favorite of Monaco’s royal family is ideal. Toast with red crystal glasses against a background of hand-cut Italian marble accented walls and floors. The $150 prix-fixe includes foie gras, sea scallops carpaccio, and filet of beef, followed by pistachio cake, and chocolate with raspberries. Those looking to make the occasion extra special can indulge in sturgeon caviar and oysters.

A high drama dining room.
The dining room at Rampoldi.
Rampoldi.

Bella Blu

If a price fixed menu is too structured, this Upper East Side longtime favorite Italian features a full menu of a la carte Valentine specials. Consider the shrimp ceviche; grilled langoustine with salmoriglio; heart-shaped butternut squash ravioli with butter and sage; fettuccine with fresh porcini; spaghetti with lobster; Dover sole with asparagus; duck breast with berries and carrot puree; and filet mignon with green peppercorn. Chocolate torte or passionfruit sorbet is a just right finale to the holiday meal.

Lobster at Bella Blu.
Lobster at Bella Blu.
Bella Blu.

The Regency Bar & Grill

Dining at a hotel restaurant can be a little sexy, and this iconic spot on Park Avenue, with deep booths and mirrors, is ideal for a celebratory meal. Among the highlights on the $175 special menu, largely sourced from regional organic farms, are white asparagus soup; foie gras terrine with balsamic figs and ginger pear chutney; celeriac carpaccio; parsnip tagliatelle; sea bass with root vegetables and Key lime; and filet of beef. Finish with chocolate lava cake, and you might still be around for the power breakfast.

A chocolate lava cake.
Dessert at the Regency Bar and Grill
The Regency Bar and Grill

Empire Steak House

If red meat raised your temperature, this classic steakhouse with large booths elevated for additional privacy, should fit the bill. The $112 menu includes a glass of prosecco, and selections like jumbo shrimp cocktail, oysters, bone-in ribeye; and lobster ravioli.

Oysters from Empire Steak House.
Oysters from Empire Steak House.
Empire Steak House.

Point Seven

Lovers of New York’s urban grandeur will enjoy the setting of a classic city tower in Franklin Becker’s Met Life newcomer that celebrates seafood. His three-course, $115 menu features oysters and caviar along with cauliflower leek veloute; scallop crudo with orange and bergamot; butter poached lobster with beets and fennel, as well as dishes such as mushroom risotto with black truffles; or roasted duck with rutabaga and orange whipped honey. Chocolate-raspberry tart with pink peppercorn is an on-point finish, and the a la carte menu featuring seafood towers and sushi will also be available.

A dining room with a fish chandelier.
The dining room at Point Seven.
Emily Andrews/Point Seven

Koloman

Koloman is offering a special dinner for Valentine’s Day as well as pastry offerings. The prix fixe is $165 per person (with an option of a $65 wine pairing) and includes charred scallops with ginger lemon vinaigrette, kingfish crudo, grilled lobster, bone-in New York strip steak for two, and a fraisier cake. The pastry shop options include heart-shaped linzer torte ($14 for two cookies) and that fraisier cake with strawberry jam and the vanilla-like tonka bean ($90).

Three heart-shaped cookies.
The linzer tortes at Koloman.
Nick Johnson/Koloman

Black Barn Restaurant

For those who long to have a home in Bedford, the cozy, rustic vibe at this farm-to-table Madison Square spot is an alternative to a slick urban environment. The $120 Valentine prix fixe includes such choices as oysters with caviar vinaigrette; sweet potato salad with grapes, labneh, lentils and hen of the woods; NY strip steak and tiger prawns with black truffle mac and cheese; beet cured halibut with Champagne sauce; chocolate caramel pear tart with gold leaf and raspberry coulis; and toasted almond pavlova with honey mascarpone and balsamic macerated strawberries.

A charcuterie and cheese board.
Black Barn’s charcuterie and cheese board.
Black Barn.

Saishin

If a killer view makes your heart race, this bird’s eye vista of the Empire State Building from the newly transformed roof of the Gansevoort might be your place. A 15-course, $250 indulgent omakase will include wagyu, lobster, caviar, and truffles, as well as a welcoming glass of Moet rose.

A dark brown bar.
The inside of Saishin.
David Mitchell/Saishin

Bōm

Few places are as luxurious as this small bar with built-in grills tucked behind Korean restaurant Oiji Mi. Among the highlights on the 13-course, $275 omakase, there’s caviar with red date and tofu; king crab with anchovy; wagyu with Perigord truffle and smoked trout roe; and Dalton raspberry pavlova for two.

Uni and caviar on a plate.
Uni and caviar at Bōm.
Bōm

Isabelle's Osteria

Oenophiles will savor the extensive and well-priced wine list at this upbeat Italian, helmed by chef James Tracey, who stayed in the Gramercy neighborhood after stints at Craft and Gramercy Tavern. Choose the inviting interior, or the well-heated outdoor veranda, and tuck into a $125 menu that includes crispy artichoke; truffle burrata with roasted mushrooms and balsamic; branzino with fregola and fennel broth; pork chop with polenta and braised greens; and chocolate flan with caramel and peanuts.

Isabelle’s Osteria.
The Valentine’s scene at Isabelle’s Osteria.
Isabelle’s Osteria

The Noortwyck

This charming little neighborhood restaurant punches above its weight when it comes to food and drink. With just right lighting, cozy nooks, and a slip of a bar, it’s an intimate setting for the holiday. The Valentine’s Day menu includes a three-course menu with choices like fluke crudo, tortellini, beef Wellington, and striped bass for $110 - $120. The restaurant is also selling a box of chocolates that will be offered at dinner or can be picked up ahead of time.

A blue awning and tables spilling out onto the sidewalk.
Outside the Noortwyck.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Roscioli

Keeping on trend makes some lovers’ hearts race, and this restaurant of the moment, an outpost of a much loved Roman spot, is offering two separate menus — one for $135 per person that includes a Champagne toast, tuna crudo, pasta carbonara or Amatriciana; porchetta; and tiramisu. The other, for $200, includes wine pairings, with indulgences such as burrata and caviar; black truffle risotto; and polpetto with beef, kale, and pesto.

Pasta with a wine glass.
A dish from Roscioli.
Cole Wilson/Eater NY

Huda

Fans of unique flavors might be excited by the offerings from chef Anjuman Hossain, who worked in the kitchens of Le Crocodile and Del Posto. Feast on oysters with pomegranate and mint; spaghetti with uni; halibut with sour cherry and tarragon; and mussels with za’atar and lemon. A combination of chocolate, tahini, and Mandarin makes a perfect finish to the $75 prix fixe.

The dining room at Huda.
The dining table at Huda.
Louise Palmberg/Huda

Le Gratin

For some, a classic romantic meal has to be French, and this brasserie owned by Daniel Boulud is serving up Lyonnaise specials from the chef’s hometown. Among the offerings on his $120 prix fixe are mushrooms velouté with truffle whipped cream and chestnut chips; snail tempura with pig trotters; quail with foie gras, duck and black truffle sauce; braised artichokes; turbot with Champagne caviar sauce and, for the vegetables, braised artichokes with glazed vegetables and truffle butter. 

The dining room at Le Gratin.
The dining room at Le Gratin.
Le Gratin.

Nina

This Mediterranean Dumbo newcomer is providing a full night of entertainment, beginning with cocktails, moving on to a seated dinner with live band, and culminating with a DJ driven party, all for $100. Among the culinary highlights are beef kabobs served on cinnamon sticks with tahini; tuna ceviche; fish shawarma; chicken skewers; pita tacos with slow cooked short rib stew; and warm Nutella babka.

An eggplant dish at Nina.
Eggplant carpaccio at Nina.
Delaine Dacko/Nina

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Margie's

Margie’s in the Rockaway Hotel, within steps of the sand, is a good bet — it’s also a great deal at $65 for the prix fixe, which includes scallop rigatoni a la vodka, lobster bisque, and filet mignon. After downing a strawberry marshmallow cream tart, visitors can retreat to the hotel’s winter pool house, and enjoy the cedar saunas, fur throws, and cold plunge, if you dare.

A spa and pool at a hotel.
The hotel’s winter pool house.
Margie’s.

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