Valentine's Day prix-fixe meals
Romantic dinners for two.
Fri Jan 29 2010
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Find inspiration for your V-Day love paean at this American bistro—the mirrors will be covered in romantic, handwritten poems by bar-manager-cum-wordsmith Patrick Costigan. The aphrodisiac-heavy menu includes raw oysters, chocolate ganache and a champagne toast. Lovers can order wine pairings or sip on cocktails like the Mole Alejandro (berries, Godiva dark chocolate and tequila). 90 W Houston St at West Broadway (646-448-4559, barhenry.com). 4--11pm; $65 per person, wine pairings $35--$55.
Community Food & Juice
Couples looking for a less restrictive take on Valentine's Day decadence can enjoy Community's special la carte offerings. Balance out the grass-fed sirloin ($29) and lobster mac and cheese ($19) with a V-Day veggie plate for two ($15), featuring caramelized cauliflower and maple-roasted squash. 2893 Broadway between 112th and 113th Sts (212-665-2800, communityrestaurant.com). 5--9:30pm.
Indulging your carnal desires doesn't require eating animals. Chef Whitney Aycock's comfortable East Village eatery caters to vegan lovers with a four-course prix fixe, including heirloom-garlic consomm and pan-seared seitan over red quinoa cake. For an additional $25, pair the Make Love, Not War cocktail (vodka or gin, peach bitters and honey) with the Truffle Trio (cinnamon-cacao crunch, sea-salted lavender, toasted hazelnut). 105 First Ave between 6th and 7th Sts (212-982-5870, counternyc.com). 5pm--midnight; $65 per person, with wine pairing $95.
Find a perfect candlelit setting at this Italian joint, housed in a West Village brownstone. The three-course menu includes a choice of appetizer and entre (options include heart-shaped lobster ravioli and slow-roasted veal), plus a chocolate napoleon for dessert. 139 W 10th St between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl (212-206-9229, desantosnyc.com). 6--10pm, $55--$65 per person.
EN Japanese Brasserie
You won't get California rolls and sake bombs under chef Koji Nakano's watch. His special Valentine's Day kaiseki (a traditional multicourse Japanese dinner) features a parade of authentic small dishes, such as tofu custard with dashi sauce and grilled duck with sonsho pepper. Try a well-curated sake pairing for an extra $55. 435 Hudson St at Leroy St (212-647-9196, enjb.com). $95 per person, with sake pairing $150.
Hetero couples who don't like to share can order Falai's four-course lui and lei (his and hers) menu for $80 each. If she really loves you, she'll let you try her veal with milk skin, pistachio cream, blueberries, celery root and polenta. 68 Clinton St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-253-1960, falainyc.com). 5:30--10:30pm, $80 per person.
Request the private table for two at David Burke's UES seafood spot. The $65 five-course prix fixe includes whole roasted red snapper, pretzel-crusted crab cake and sauted prawns, and a chocolate "can o' cake" to share. 135 E 62nd St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-754-1300, fishtaildb.com). 5--11pm, $65 per person.
Treat your sweetheart to seasonally inspired New American fare at Saul Bolton's Smith Street bastion. The $95 four-course prix fixe includes Hudson Valley foie gras, wild Atlantic halibut and buttermilk-poached guinea hen. To seal the deal, there's a warm chocolate gratin with dulce de leche ice cream. 140 Smith St between Bergen and Dean Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-935-9844, saulrestaurant.com). 5:30--11pm; $95 per person, with wine pairing $155.
Find a slightly more youthful (but still classy) take on the Saul experience at this buzzy Prospect Heights gastropub, also helmed by chef-owner Saul Bolton. On the special day, $75 gets you a four-course dinner featuring Chatham cod, roasted squab, and artisanal pasta with artichokes and arugula pesto. 570 Vanderbilt Ave between Bergen and Dean Sts, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-623-0570, thevanderbiltnyc.com). 5:30--11pm, $75 per person.
Astoria lovebirds can find a buzzy atmosphere and modern rustic cuisine at this trattoria. The three-course prix fixe includes choices such as Hudson Valley foie gras terrine, porcini and veal breast roulade with braised veal cheek, and Baby Jesus Cake. 21-02 30th Ave at 21st St, Astoria, Queens (718-545-5550, vestavino.com). 5, 7, 9pm seatings; $55 per person, with wine pairings $75.
Reservations are recommended for all of these restaurants.