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The best restaurants for Valentine’s Day dinner in NYC

Reserve a table for a romantic night out at one of these spots ASAP.

Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Whether you love it or you’re still deciding which way to swipe, Valentine’s Day raises feelings like heart-shaped mylar balloons escaping to their destiny in the sky. For some, it evokes notions of romantic restaurants and big candy boxes. For others, it inspires a hasty run in the direction of the closest dive bar. In any case, the big day will arrive before you know it, and reservations fill up fast on February 14. These are the best places right now to book an evening to remember or an incidentally festive Monday night out.   

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Valentine’s Day for NYC

Valentine’s Day dinner in NYC

  • Restaurants
  • Crown Heights

This marvelous new cafe is still formally only open for morning and afternoon service, with the exception of dinner pop-ups like this Valentine’s Day fête. Tickets are available for five-course seatings at 5:30pm and 9:30pm. Expect items like “aphrodisiacs on the half shell,” escargots, salt-roasted beef and crème brûlée.

Price: $85 per person. An optional wine pairing is an additional $50. 



  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Financial District

The view from and surrounding The Fulton at Pier 17 is just so pulse-quickening it can make almost any occasion romantic, and its powers abound on love’s biggest night. Lap up the shimmering East River view with three courses including selections from the raw bar, seared diver scallops and whole roasted turbot for two, plus dessert. 

Price: $158 per person.

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  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • West Village

Skip the last-minute bouquet and take your date to Pinto Garden, which is already adorned in blooms and happens to have one of NYC’s finest hidden (and covered!) gardens. Its three-course menu includes a glass of sparkling wine, plus tuna tartare or scallops with caviar to start, followed by mains including red snapper and seared Waguy beef and chocolate cake or raspberry cheesecake to finish.

Price: $95 per person.

  • Restaurants
  • Midtown East

Home to one of NYC’s most exciting appetizers, Little Mad's sleek, industrial-chic dining room is imbued with literal and atmospheric warmth from its open kitchen. Its first Valentine’s Day four-course prix fixe includes caviar and Wagyu beef, plus a whole roasted langoustine and a mille-feuille.

Price: $165 per person. An optional wine pairing is an additional $69. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Williamsburg

This Time Out New York Best of the City award winning Caribbean-inspired restaurant celebrates Galentine’s Day on the 13th followed by its February 14 event featuring live music and specials. Its three-course Valentine’s Day menu includes your choice of apps like heart-shaped flatbread, mains including pan-seared salmon and one of four desserts like chocolate mousse. 

Price: $65-85 per person. 

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Upper West Side
  • price 2 of 4

The Boulud on Broadway boasts a three-course prix fixe in its casually-elegant, train car-like dining room this February 14. Choose from apps like lobster bisque or pâté, mains like duck a l’orange, halibut or a beef duo and dark chocolate entremet or an assortment of cheese for dessert.

Price: $105 per person.

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  • Bars
  • Roosevelt Island

Panorama Room opened last year with some of the most exciting new views in NYC from the Graduate Hotel’s 18th floor. Vistas from around the bar inside, and out on the terrace, are as breathtaking as they come, and reservations are still available for a mostly seafood, cocktail-oriented à la carte menu that includes oysters, raw bar towers and trout roe nachos. 

Price: Snacky items range from $18 for an order of truffle fries to $175 for a seafood tower with oysters, shrimp and lobster. Most cocktails are $18. 

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

Have your photo opportunity and eat it, too at Vestry, home of an Instagram Thing cheesecake that pairs the sweet treat with a darling little chutney “mouse.” The buzzy dessert finishes four courses like crab gnocchi, Berkshire pork belly, duck breast and Wagyu beef. 

Price: $150 per person.

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  • Restaurants
  • Williamsburg

Sensational snapshots are effortless from seemingly endless angles at the Wythe Hotel’s 70-seat, sixth-floor restaurant. Its three-course prix fixe offers options like tuna tartare, salmon tartine and filet mignon with foie gras, black truffle Bordelaise, and frites. In addition to its long cocktail, wine and beer list, Bar Blondeau also has a notable number of low- and no-ABV drinks.

Price: $90 per person. 

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Long Island City
  • price 3 of 4

An waterfront Italian restaurant, Maiella has some lovely photo moments, including swaths of the NYC skyline and the Pepsi-Cola sign that's also visible from all the way across the river. The three-course special available in its sprawling space includes items like burrata, ravioli, rigatoni and tiramisu. 

Price: $85 per person.



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  • Restaurants
  • Upper West Side

February 14 is also Dagon’s first anniversary, and its hosting a five-course dinner for the dual occasions. Salt-baked oysters with merguez, schug-crusted rack of lamb and a pomegranate sundae are all on the pretty spot’s special set menu. 

Price: $105 per person. 

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Asian
  • Flatiron
  • price 3 of 4

Options abound at stylish Hortus this Valentine’s Day, where the five-course prix fixe begins with a chilled lobster tail, yellowfin tuna crudo, shrimp cocktail and scallop platter for two, followed by your choice of apps like and mains from the crowd-pleasing à la carte menu.

Price: $75 per person. An optional wine pairing is an additional $40. 

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