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11 Swoon-Worthy Spots to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in NYC

A guide to standout dining rooms to book for the holiday

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Romance means different things to different people, but for so many, it involves a table for two. In New York, that could be a perch overlooking a stunning cityscape, an intimate candlelit corner on a quiet street, or a convivial spot in a lively room. Here are some options.

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Jalao NYC

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Located in the Uptown Radio Hotel, the joyous decor includes tables hand painted to reflect Caribbean scenery, walls adorned with masks from Carnival, and bar stools upholstered in yellow, orange and purple velvet. The $95, three-course special menu offers selections like a sea bass ceviche shooter; crab cake croquettes; osso bucco; and a Latin inspired surf and turf.  A floral “Bee Mine” tequila cocktail, or a margarita mocktail are part of the deal.

North Miznon

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Soft lighting and wooden tables with flickering candles up the Valentine’s vibe at this Upper West Side Middle Eastern spot. The five-course $100 menu includes oysters; asparagus in butter; and entree choices of branzino with spicy tomato seeds; and lamb shawarma with wild herbs. Don’t skip chocolate brownies covered in strawberry perfume.

A bar with old-fashioned looking chairs and a lot of charm.
The barroom at North Miznon.
North Miznon.

The Regency Bar & Grill

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There is something inherently romantic about dining in a hotel, particularly a classic Park Avenue venue. You can start here with a cocktail at the bar and follow with the $275 four-course occasion menu that includes selections of caviar or jicama and asparagus with mint and pomegranate molasses; foie gras or tuna crudo with Meyer lemon broth and avocado; a palate cleanser of ginger sorbet; halibut, ribeye or pumpkin gnocchi; and olive oil orange cake or chocolate trio.

Lagos TSQ

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This West African spot in Times Square is offering a memorable night beginning with chauffeur pick up and bottle of sparkling rose. The $500 spree includes a private booth where you will be served a 10-course meal containing such items as lobster pasta; roasted sea bass with jollof rice; and strawberry bruschetta with mascarpone and honey.  A jazz trio and bouquet of roses complete the package.  There is a less extravagant $275 three-course option that also comes with live entertainment and roses, as well as such culinary choices as crab cakes or tiger shrimp pepper soup; steak and lobster tail; or seared salmon.

A mixed drink with a lime slice on top that’s on fire. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Monterey NYC

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Perched in Midtown resides this vast American brasserie with cozy booths and art deco accents. The $125 Valentine’s Day three-course menu starts with Kumamoto oysters with osetra; saffron risotto with uni; or wagyu carpaccio. Entrees include butter-poached halibut; truffle lasagna; and rack of lamb with Japanese eggplant. If you would rather order a la carte, the restaurant is known for its steaks and prime rib. Cloud cake with lime, strawberries, and whipped cream or choc souffle make nice finishing touches.

The dining room at a Midtown restaurant that’s pink hued and filled with art deco accents and lights.
The dining room at Monterey in Midtown.
Monterey.

Hav & Mar

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Marcus Samuelsson is offering a $95 celebratory prix fixe at his latest: a Chelsea dining room focusing on Ethiopian-leaning fare (tag on another $45 for wine pairings). After soaking up the atmosphere of votives and rose petals, and delving into the housemate breads and spreads of amaze and maple butter, diners can tuck into charbroiled oysters. Next up is a choice of lobster and udon with blue shrimp, lobster, uni and lemongrass cream; or lamb lattice lasagna with carrot and ginger puree. Spiced chocolate cake with lingonberry anglaise and honey ice cream makes a sweet end to the meal.

The kitchen doors and a view of the dining room at Hav & Mar.
The dining room at Hav & Mar.
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Sweetbriar

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Aromas from live-fire cooking with wood and charcoal make this Gramercy restaurant enticing. Located in the Park South Hotel, Sweetbriar will serve a five-course $185 menu including caviar and spring onion with kumamoto oysters and togarashi mignonette ($28 supplement); kohlrabi and smoked potato with ricotta ravioli, green garlic and peas; and smoked  chicken with sweet potato and figs.    

Isabelle's Osteria

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The pink-hued room with festive cocktails and well-priced wines is a good choice for a relaxed celebration. A three course, $125 feast includes options of tuna tartare with squid ink risotto crisp; scallop crudo with citrus creme fraiche; bucatini with lobster fra diavolo; and filet mignon with foie butter.

A server waits on a large table at a restaurant.
The dining area at Isabelle’s Osteria.
Isabelle’s Osteria.

Antidote

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If your idea of a heating things up includes spice, this Sichuan and Shanghainese spot in South Williamsburg — with an abundance of foliage and the moon peaking through a large skylight — is a good choice. Much of the food is sharable, including dan dan noodles; fried rice with shredded duck; stir fried beef; and steamed whole fish. Crab and pork soup dumplings are a fine way to stave off the February chill.  Don’t miss the gimme s’more cocktail with toasted marshmallow.

La Marchande

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This Wall Street brasserie features design and fabrics worthy of a top Parisian hotel, with cordoned-off private booths ideal for an intimate feast. The $95 Valentine menu will be offered all weekend, and includes steaming duck soup with confit wontons and duck breast; salad Niçoise; white truffle risotto ($90 supplement); and such entree selections as maiitake steak frites; pot au feu with turmeric chicken; porterhouse for two ($125 supplement) and Dover sole for two.  Chocolate souffle is the classic finish for this occasion.  

A table for two is flanked by drapes and stands in front of a wall papered with an art deco print.
A table for two at La Marchande.
La Marchande.

Bar Marseille

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If the beach and French food have amorous associations for you, this Provencal-influenced seaside spot might be the place. Classic options on the $65 holiday prix fixe include starters of escargot and steak tartare, entree selections of steak frites and salmon au poivre, and meal cappers of creme brûlée and chocolate covered strawberries.

A white bar with beachy decorations and waterfront views visible in the background.
Inside Bar Marseille.
Bar Marseille

Jalao NYC

Located in the Uptown Radio Hotel, the joyous decor includes tables hand painted to reflect Caribbean scenery, walls adorned with masks from Carnival, and bar stools upholstered in yellow, orange and purple velvet. The $95, three-course special menu offers selections like a sea bass ceviche shooter; crab cake croquettes; osso bucco; and a Latin inspired surf and turf.  A floral “Bee Mine” tequila cocktail, or a margarita mocktail are part of the deal.

North Miznon

Soft lighting and wooden tables with flickering candles up the Valentine’s vibe at this Upper West Side Middle Eastern spot. The five-course $100 menu includes oysters; asparagus in butter; and entree choices of branzino with spicy tomato seeds; and lamb shawarma with wild herbs. Don’t skip chocolate brownies covered in strawberry perfume.

A bar with old-fashioned looking chairs and a lot of charm.
The barroom at North Miznon.
North Miznon.

The Regency Bar & Grill

There is something inherently romantic about dining in a hotel, particularly a classic Park Avenue venue. You can start here with a cocktail at the bar and follow with the $275 four-course occasion menu that includes selections of caviar or jicama and asparagus with mint and pomegranate molasses; foie gras or tuna crudo with Meyer lemon broth and avocado; a palate cleanser of ginger sorbet; halibut, ribeye or pumpkin gnocchi; and olive oil orange cake or chocolate trio.

Lagos TSQ

This West African spot in Times Square is offering a memorable night beginning with chauffeur pick up and bottle of sparkling rose. The $500 spree includes a private booth where you will be served a 10-course meal containing such items as lobster pasta; roasted sea bass with jollof rice; and strawberry bruschetta with mascarpone and honey.  A jazz trio and bouquet of roses complete the package.  There is a less extravagant $275 three-course option that also comes with live entertainment and roses, as well as such culinary choices as crab cakes or tiger shrimp pepper soup; steak and lobster tail; or seared salmon.

A mixed drink with a lime slice on top that’s on fire. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Monterey NYC

Perched in Midtown resides this vast American brasserie with cozy booths and art deco accents. The $125 Valentine’s Day three-course menu starts with Kumamoto oysters with osetra; saffron risotto with uni; or wagyu carpaccio. Entrees include butter-poached halibut; truffle lasagna; and rack of lamb with Japanese eggplant. If you would rather order a la carte, the restaurant is known for its steaks and prime rib. Cloud cake with lime, strawberries, and whipped cream or choc souffle make nice finishing touches.

The dining room at a Midtown restaurant that’s pink hued and filled with art deco accents and lights.
The dining room at Monterey in Midtown.
Monterey.

Hav & Mar

Marcus Samuelsson is offering a $95 celebratory prix fixe at his latest: a Chelsea dining room focusing on Ethiopian-leaning fare (tag on another $45 for wine pairings). After soaking up the atmosphere of votives and rose petals, and delving into the housemate breads and spreads of amaze and maple butter, diners can tuck into charbroiled oysters. Next up is a choice of lobster and udon with blue shrimp, lobster, uni and lemongrass cream; or lamb lattice lasagna with carrot and ginger puree. Spiced chocolate cake with lingonberry anglaise and honey ice cream makes a sweet end to the meal.

The kitchen doors and a view of the dining room at Hav & Mar.
The dining room at Hav & Mar.
Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet/Eater NY

Sweetbriar

Aromas from live-fire cooking with wood and charcoal make this Gramercy restaurant enticing. Located in the Park South Hotel, Sweetbriar will serve a five-course $185 menu including caviar and spring onion with kumamoto oysters and togarashi mignonette ($28 supplement); kohlrabi and smoked potato with ricotta ravioli, green garlic and peas; and smoked  chicken with sweet potato and figs.    

Isabelle's Osteria

The pink-hued room with festive cocktails and well-priced wines is a good choice for a relaxed celebration. A three course, $125 feast includes options of tuna tartare with squid ink risotto crisp; scallop crudo with citrus creme fraiche; bucatini with lobster fra diavolo; and filet mignon with foie butter.

A server waits on a large table at a restaurant.
The dining area at Isabelle’s Osteria.
Isabelle’s Osteria.

Antidote

If your idea of a heating things up includes spice, this Sichuan and Shanghainese spot in South Williamsburg — with an abundance of foliage and the moon peaking through a large skylight — is a good choice. Much of the food is sharable, including dan dan noodles; fried rice with shredded duck; stir fried beef; and steamed whole fish. Crab and pork soup dumplings are a fine way to stave off the February chill.  Don’t miss the gimme s’more cocktail with toasted marshmallow.

La Marchande

This Wall Street brasserie features design and fabrics worthy of a top Parisian hotel, with cordoned-off private booths ideal for an intimate feast. The $95 Valentine menu will be offered all weekend, and includes steaming duck soup with confit wontons and duck breast; salad Niçoise; white truffle risotto ($90 supplement); and such entree selections as maiitake steak frites; pot au feu with turmeric chicken; porterhouse for two ($125 supplement) and Dover sole for two.  Chocolate souffle is the classic finish for this occasion.  

A table for two is flanked by drapes and stands in front of a wall papered with an art deco print.
A table for two at La Marchande.
La Marchande.

Bar Marseille

If the beach and French food have amorous associations for you, this Provencal-influenced seaside spot might be the place. Classic options on the $65 holiday prix fixe include starters of escargot and steak tartare, entree selections of steak frites and salmon au poivre, and meal cappers of creme brûlée and chocolate covered strawberries.

A white bar with beachy decorations and waterfront views visible in the background.
Inside Bar Marseille.
Bar Marseille

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