Eating + Drinking

A Toast…to Your Love! Reserve Your Table for Valentine’s Day

Dim candlelight, smooth tunes, and all the aphrodisiacs? Yep, it’s definitely February 14!

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Want to go big this Valentine’s Day? Great! We know a thing or two about romance, starting with the ultimate way to a person’s heart. (Spoiler: It’s through their stomach.) These swoon-worthy spots have just what you need to sweep your S.O. off their feet—and considering the 14th lands on a Friday, you can stay off your feet all weekend. 

Jungsik in Tribeca

For those who want: Ultraluxe Korean fare designed to spoil you and your beloved.
What you’re eating: Osetra caviar mounted atop tuna belly; the ocean’s foie gras (sea urchin) sitting pretty on roasted seaweed rice; lobster served two ways (grilled and confit); handheld tuna kimbap stuffed with truffled rice; and a whimsical showstopping dessert from pastry chef Eunji Lee.
What it will cost you: 
$325 per person; optional wine pairing for an additional $225.

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Photo courtesy of Jungsik

Belle Harlem in Manhattan

For those who want: Homemade romance served by two lovebirds.
What you’re eating: Smoky chicken terrine; dry-aged pork chops and fried apples in a champagne reduction; lobster crostini floating on a pool of chilled potato-leek soup; crab-and-caviar dip; a decadent selection of cheeses; strawberry cheesecake blended into ice cream; and a complimentary glass of bubbly to wash it down.
What it will cost you:
$200 per person.

Sushi Ginza Onodera in Midtown East

For those who want: A taste of the super-rare Omakase berry inside a sushi temple.
What you’re eating: Tropic-kissed coconut panna cotta with a luscious strawberry sauce; fruity takes on the French 75 and a G&T; a sweetly pink ichigo champagne; and rye whiskey and Suntory vodka dolloped with a fresh oishii strawberry.
What it will cost you:
À la carte.

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Photo by Lily Brown/Courtesy of Sushi Ginza

Hart’s in Bedford-Stuyvesant

For those who want: To completely forget it’s Valentine’s Day.
What you’re eating: Succulent beef tongue and fried herring; devilishly spicy chicken fra diavolo; garlicky head-on prawns and pungent garlic bread; uni-topped latkes with aioli; a citrus-forward blood orange ricotta tart; and a stinky cheese fondue.
What it will cost you:
$70 per person.

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Photo courtesy of Hart’s

701West in Times Square

For those who want: The height of luxury in midtown’s beating heart.
What you’re eating: A rose-shaped beet salad essenced with spiced oil and mulled wine sauce; sweet quail paired with polenta and black trumpets; an earthy black truffle tagliatelle accompanied by braised escarole and celery root; and dessert blushed in pink—sweet lychee sorbet with floral rose jam and beautiful hibiscus and raspberry hearts.
What it will cost you: 
$175 per person; wine pairing for an additional $125.

Senso Unico in Sunnyside

For those who want: Trattoria treats from born-and-bred Italian Vincenzo Garofalo.
What you’re eating: Creamy buffalo mozzarella paired with prosciutto and pistachio dressing; savory fish cakes and aioli with plenty of heat; lobster-stuffed ravioli swimming in saffron cream; the filet mignon of your carnivorous dreams; and a simply sweet strawberry shortcake.
What it will cost you: 
$49 per person.

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Photo courtesy of Senso Unico

Momofuku Kawi in Hudson Yards

For those who want: To be wined and dined on two consecutive nights by David Chang–approved chefs.
What you’re eating: Platters of kimbap and cured crudo; spicy roasted rice cakes; generously portioned dry-aged strip loin and a whole fish served with the works (we’re talking decadent potatoes, kimchi, and punchy pickles); and mile-high shaved ice.
What it will cost you:
$95 per person; drink pairings for an additional $45–$70.

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Photo by Andrew Bezek/Courtesy of Momofuku

Ilili in NoMad

For those who want: A colorful tasting around the Mediterranean.
What you’re eating: Lamb and beef meatballs blanketed in a cherry sauce; all kinds of exotic dips, from fresh labneh to the nutty-fruity mouhamara; freekeh-based risotto with maitakes and truffles; duck l’orange singing sweet notes of honey; raspberry mousse (literally) elevated by puff pastry; and savory salmon roe pancakes as an amuse-bouche.
What it will cost you:
$129 per person.

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Photo courtesy of Ilili

Hyun in Koreatown

For those who want: An intimately meaty affair in midtown’s most exciting stretch.
What you’re eating: High-quality A5 Wagyu beef served in four different dishes—raw chuck tender with sea urchin and caviar; marinated short ribs with soybean paste–topped radishes; tenderloin-stuffed serrano pepper skewers; and the chef’s cut with optional pickle pairings and grillable cheese.
What it will cost you:
$165–$195 per person; optional Korean drink pairing for an additional $35, or wine-and-sake pairing for an additional $60.

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Photo courtesy of Hyun

Atrium Dumbo in Brooklyn

For those who want: Four courses of Parisian enchantment.
What you’re eating: Tempura oysters and wasabi roe; exotic rutabaga-coconut soup with cardamom toffee; roasted monkfish and turnips with a creamy porcini broth; spaghetti tossed in a smoked yolk puree; and a pearly white panna cotta with rose-hibiscus gelée.
What it will cost you:
$85 per person; wine pairing for an additional $45.

Wallsé in the West Village

For those who want: A high-end taste of liebe.
What you’re eating: Pacific Northwest oysters and sturgeon caviar; blushing beet borscht spiked with horseradish; braised fennel kissed with pink grapefruit; hearty Wiener schnitzel and lingonberries; roasted lamb rack with chanterelles and semolina dumplings; and a dessert dome made out of white chocolate.
What it will cost you:
$165 per person.

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Photo courtesy of Wallsé

Olmsted in Prospect Heights

For those who want: A swoonable, family-style New American feast.
What you’re eating: Oysters galore—a modernized reimagining of a popular 1920s dish, lobster thermidor; stroganoff and spaetzle coupled with black truffle; kale crab rangoon served in a takeout box; duck straight from Long Island; and a Valentine’s sundae perfect for two.
What it will cost you:
$125 per person.

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Photo by Evan Sung/Courtesy of Olmsted

Pasquale Jones in Nolita

For those who want: Wood-fired comfort food that’s perfect for cuffing season.
What you’re eating: Wild bass and Maine uni crudo; 2019’s most notorious ingredient—foie gras—paired with cranberry mostarda; a sweet, nutty tortelloni; Dover sole coated with brown butter and Meyer lemon; 45-day dry-aged New York strip for two; a New Haven–style clam pie; and chocolate budino that’s equally salty, sweet, and savory.
What it will cost you:
$100 per person; pizza for an additional $25.

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Photo courtesy of Pasquale Jones

Ahh, love. Turn date night into a date weekend with our sexy suggestions.