Where to eat on Valentine's Day

Romantic meals for two in NYC.



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Yerba Buena Perry

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Settle into this eatery's antiques-filled dining room for a four-course prix-fixe dinner ($65). Chef Joe Dobias offers dishes like crispy duck and foie gras "winter roll" with bourbon cherries and pistachios, and rib eye with scallop croquettes and homemade spicy mustard. To drink, knock back couple-themed cocktails ($11) such as the His (High West Double Rye, wildflower honey, orange bitters and preserved kumquat) and the Hers (Juve y Camps Cava, blood-orange ice cube and rosemary). 45 E 1st St between First and Second Aves (212-780-0262, chefjoedoe.com)

Dominique Ansel Bakery
At his brand-new bakery, former Daniel pastry chef Dominique Ansel will prepare all of his immaculate treats in shades of pink and red in honor of the holiday. Pick up classic sweets like a triple-chocolate cake topped with pink raspberry meringues ($5.75), tarte Tatin covered with caramelized apples ($5) and a salted caramel religieuse (a traditional French pastry similar to a cream puff; $5). You can also opt for more whimsical offerings, such as pink champagne clairs ($5) and boxes of heart-shaped pink and white macaroons ($2.50 each). 189 Spring St between Sullivan and Thompson Sts (212-219-2773, dominiqueansel.com)

Rouge Tomate
Treat your beau without busting your waistline at this health-conscious eatery, where chef Jeremy Bearman and in-house nutritionist Kristy Lambrou have collaborated on a three-course tasting menu ($115) that won't leave you too full for postdinner activities. In addition to the savory courses built with luxurious ingredients like black truffles and caviar, enjoy gratis extras like a glass of ros champagne and a box of homemade chocolate truffles to take home. Three pairing options are available: nonalcoholic drinks ($35), pink-tinted wines ($45) and cocktails ($45). 10 E 60th St between Fifth and Madison Aves (646-237-8977, rougetomatenyc.com)

Ai Fiori
Michael White channels the Italian and French Rivieras at this eatery, located in the swank Setai hotel. For Valentine's Day, he's put together a splurgeworthy $150 six-course prix fixe, with the option for a $110 wine pairing. Starters include a choice of branzino served with American sturgeon caviar and Meyer lemon, or a torchon of foie gras with Bosc pear, almond zabaglione and toasted brioche. For mains, move on to blue crab and bottarga spaghetti or Amish veal chop saltimbocca. Live swing music will set the mood, so bring your dancing shoes. 400 Fifth Ave between 36th and 37th Sts (212-613-8660, aifiorinyc.com)

Buttermilk Channel
Cozy up with chef Ryan Angulo's comfort food at this Carroll Gardens charmer. The three-course prix-fixe menu ($75) highlights local ingredients like butter-poached lobster from the Red Hook Lobster Pound and a duck meat loaf served with brussels sprouts, black-trumpet mushrooms and bittersweet-chocolate jus. Clink flutes of Gruet Rose Brut (glass $10, bottle $36) and finish the meal with a pecan pie sundae, made with Van Leeuwen ice cream. 524 Court St at Huntington St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-852-8490, buttermilkchannelnyc.com)

Vesta Trattoria
Astoria lovebirds can find a buzzy atmosphere and modern rustic cuisine at this Queens trattoria. The popular Italian eatery offers hourly seatings for its three-course prix fixe ($50), featuring a gratis glass of prosecco and choices such as braised pork shank or charred gnocchi with roasted cauliflower, cipollini onions and truffle oil. Wine pairings are available for an extra $20. 21-02 30th Ave at 21st St, Astoria, Queens (718-545-5550, vestavino.com)

Fish Tag
Head to Michael Psilakis's uptown seafood joint to find a four-course prix fixe ($45), with special beer ($20) and wine ($25) pairings for the occasion. Brew lovers can sip a Speakeasy Prohibition Ale paired with a braised beef cheek with country polenta, Thumbelina carrots and pearl onions, while oenophiles can enjoy diver scallop ceviche matched with Yoshinogawa sake. Whichever route you choose, the evening will kick off with a starter of Sunken Meadow Gem oysters, crispy mushrooms and caviar. 222 W 79th St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (212-362-7470, fishtagrestaurant.com)

Yerba Buena, Yerba Buena Perry
Both locations of this Pan-Latin eatery offer a Valentine's feast: The three-course prix fixe ($50) starts with a gratis amuse-bouche and includes a special cocktail for the evening—the La Rosita, made with blackberries, basil, Herradura Blanco, agave and lime juice. Dig into dishes like spicy lobster tacos with avocado and cilantro, and chocolate panna cotta with strawberry salsa. 23 Ave A between 1st and 2nd Sts (212-529-2919) * 1 Perry St at Greenwich Ave (212-620-0808) * ybnyc.com

Take your seafood-loving soulmate out for a three-course tasting menu ($75). If you're feeling decadent, shell out an extra $25 for a seafood platter for two, or just dig into pescatarian options such as calamari carbonara and tuna tartare. Other classics—like filet mignon with potato mousseline and a chocolate mousse bar with raspberries—round out the options for your Gallic-inspired spread. 92 Madison Ave between 28th and 29th Sts (212-889-7100, millesimerestaurant.com)

Treat your date to three courses of upscale American fare at Top Chef winner Harold Dieterle's eatery. The $65 prix fixe includes options like a rack of Colorado lamb and crispy lamb's neck served with quinoa, eggplant puree and yogurt. There are also vegetarian-friendly options, such as house-made lasagna bianca with cloud-ear mushrooms, artichokes and cardoon bchamel. 9 Jones St between Bleecker and W 4th Sts (212-929-6868, perillanyc.com)

If jetting off to France for Valentine's Day seems a bit pricey, settle for a night at this transporting, Lyonnaise-style bouchon. The three-course prix fixe ($59) allows you to choose an appetizer, main and dessert (some dishes will include an additional charge) from the regular menu—standouts include fluffy pike quenelles in lobster sauce and braised tripe tossed with merguez sausage and topped with crisp garlic bread crumbs. You can also score specials like rack of lamb and lobster salad with tobiko. 118 Greenwich Ave at 13th St (212-242-5966, lyonnyc.com)

There's nothing sexy about waiting for a table, so for one night only, the Italian megamarket is breaking with the no-reservations policy at three of its sit-down eateries: Le Verdure ($50), Il Pesce ($75), and La Pasta and La Pizza ($75). Each will offer candlelit four-course dinners. Whisper sweet nothings over Il Pesce's gamberetti con polenta—seared rock shrimp with sage, butternut squash and creamy artisanal polenta—or try a sampling of three different pizzas at La Pasta and La Pizza, including ricotta with prosciutto cotto and a classic Margherita. Wine pairings are available for $25. Those going stag this year can head to La Piazza and mingle over charcuterie plates, wine by the glass and other casual offerings. 200 Fifth Ave between 23rd and 24th Sts (212-229-2560, eataly.com)

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