Valentine’s Day dinner in NYC
Maison’s sunny sister, Sauvage is a great bar masquerading as a great restaurant. That’s not to say you can’t have a good meal at this Greenpoint follow-up, named after the French word for “wild”—you certainly can. Eat in the handsome dining room—as smartly dressed as its sibling, with potted ferns, handblown glass chandeliers and plenty of French walnut.
Price: $65 for a 4-course dinner
What we love: Boneless lamb ribs with brussels sprouts and honey crisp apple
The all-day brasserie near Union Square uses the park's frequent market to stock its seasonal menu from from Chef Ron Rosselli (Locanda Verde).
Price: $55 for a 3-course dinner
What we love: Lobster tagliatelle with soft herbs, lemon and fresno chili
In the sleek space outfitted with gray and black tiles and walls of nautical rope, you can order fish flown in daily from Japan, such as tuna-tail steak with teriyaki sauce, salmon or yellowtail marinated in sweet Saikyo miso, grilled cod, sushi rolls and sashimi. Fun fact: The name Wokuni comes from the Japanese word for fish (“wo”) combined with chef Kuniaki Yoshizawa’s first name.
Price: $75 for an 11-course omakase
What we love: Cream Spicy Shrimp
Robuchon is back, this time in the Meatpacking District. “Oh, that’s just objectively amazing,” said our dining companion—a well-traveled foodie who regularly eats at the city’s (and world’s) best restaurants, including the earlier L’Atelier—upon his first spoonful of the amuse-bouche, a foie gras parfait in port reduction and Parmesan foam. The magic never relented. “Flawless,” he said after dessert, a chocolate sensation with Oreo (pardonnez-moi, “Oréo”) crumble. “From start to finish.”
Price: $275 for a 4-course dinner
What we love: Black bass, lemongrass, young leeks and curcuma
Four veterans of Public are behind this seasonal American restaurant in Brooklyn Heights. Paying heed to the current barnyard-chic aesthetic, the rustic eatery showcases a vertical herb garden, grown on a wall dividing the bar and dining areas.
Price: $85 for a 4-course dinner
What we love:Halibut with root vegetable ratatouille and caviar dill butter sauce
Thomas Chen’s wood-fitted Chinese charmer will offer two seatings for a romantic five-course affair. Both will offer entrees such as beef with smoked potato and bone marrow jus.
Price: $115 per person for first seating (5:00pm), $130 for second seating (6:30pm)
On the menu: Foie gras mousse with scallion pancake and bosc pear
Chef-owner Alfred Portale made his name with towering New American constructions, and though the menu doesn’t push any boundaries, the execution is impressive—as is the restaurant’s soaring, masculine space.
Price: $175 for a 4-course dinner
What we love: House-made bonbons made with Taittinger Champagne
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Naturally, meat is the focus of this 320-seat West Village bistro (boucherie is French for "butcher shop"). A dedicated butcher counter sources cuts from big-name purveyors (Pat LaFrieda) and smaller local farms to be used in composed dishes from Pastis alum Jerome Dihui: an herb-crusted rack of venison, a for-two côte de boeuf with bone marrow, and a dry-aged burger topped with caramelized onions and aged Gruyère. Beyond the beef, you can find French classics like escargots gratiné (roasted snails in garlic butter and béchamel) and moules a la Normande (mussels in cream with mushrooms and bacon), as well as house-made pastas, like ricotta cavatelli with braised rabbit and root vegetables. The sprawling space takes cues from the Belle Époque, with framed mirrors, mosaic floors and a large wooden bar overseen by bartender Anthony Bohlinger (Maison Premiere, Seamstress), who turns out French-riffing cocktails (a mescal-and-Suze Franco-Mexican War) and absinthe drips.
Venue says French classic, timeless bistro favorites, and our new seasonal menu! Come visit our new location at 225 Park Ave.