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The best restaurants for Valentine’s Day dinner in NYC

Here’s where you should have Valentine’s Day dinner on February 14th

By Emma Orlow

Come February 14th, lovebirds can cozy up at one of New York's bars with fireplaces, watch one of the 100 best romantic movies of all time or enjoying dinner at the city’s most romantic restaurants or romantic bars for Valentine’s Day. But whether you’re sharing the holiday with lovers or friends, don’t miss out on special, one-night-only menus and dishes from some of the best restaurants in NYC.

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Valentine’s Day dinner in NYC

DIRT CANDY carrot waffles
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Dirt Candy

Restaurants Vegetarian Lower East Side

The high-end vegetable-forward restaurant, Dirt Candy will host a “A Very Vegetable Valentine’s Day Dinner.” The seven-course menu will include dishes such as a Brussels sprout larb and vegan caviar service. Knowing Amanda Cohen’s expertise, this should not disappoint.

Price: $125 per person (includes tip, but not tax)

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Restaurants Mediterranean Bedford-Stuyvesant

Bed-Stuy hot spot, Hart’s will host its 4th-annual “Love Stinks” dinner. Throughout the playful meal, you can try dishes such as beef tongue with puntarelle and anchovies, latkes with uni and aioli as well as a blood orange ricotta tart. According to the team's Instagram, it’ll be “three courses that taste aces and remind you that real love has smell, taste, flavor and funk.” 

Price: $70 per person

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Restaurants Indian West Village

Experimental Indian restaurant, Rahi will offer two tasting menus to celebrate the love-filled holiday. Both menus will begin with baingan bharta, a tomato and cilantro shorba, and kulfi for dessert. The menu differs from there, based on whether you’ll be eating meat or not. For the meat-eaters, you can just dishes such as shahi chicken with poppy seeds, cashews and onions or a lamb korma. For vegetarians, dishes such as truffle khichdi will entice. 

Price: Both tasting menus are $88 per person

Il Fiorista
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Il Fiorista

Restaurants Flatiron

Just a few short blocks from the Flower District, Il Fiorista serves blossom-accented plates in its restaurant and bouquets in its attached shop, for a memorable meal where the floral theme never feels overdone. This could be especially relevant come Valentine’s Day, when the team is planning a three-course prix-fixe menu which will feature options such as artichokes with Calabrian chillies and celery salad, dover sole with fig leaves and rose chocolate cake. 

Price: $85 per person

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Restaurants East Village

In Bengali, this restaurant’s name translates to “new and unexpected.” Here, you’ll find two promising tasting menus—one is vegetarian, and the other changes daily. For Valentine’s Day the East Village newcomer will offer a set seven-course menu, with, yes, a vegetarian version also available. 

Price: $95 per person for the main dining room and $135 per person for the chef’s counter

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Restaurants Italian Bushwick

At this Bushwick favorite, chef Kevin Adey will offer a five-course tasting menu of agnolotti with a wild boar ragu, foie gras with black truffles and halibut with parsnips. For dessert, there will be classic Valentine’s Day chocolates. 

Price: $115 per person

Brooklyn Cider House
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Brooklyn Cider House

Restaurants Bushwick

Nearby Faro, this spot specializes in dishes that pair well with a roster of house ciders. On the Valentine’s Day docket, expect options such as burrata with sundried tomatoes, vegetarian bibimbap or surf and turf. Finish it off with a warm and cozy apple pie. 

Price: $69 per person

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Fans of Dale Talde’s cooking have come to appreciate his take on a wide array of Asian cuisine with creative riffs. Now the celebrity chef has opened his latest venture in Tarrytown, New York, with a modern Chinese restaurant located inside a historic Hudson Valley mansion located about 25 minutes from New York City—perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway. For the occasion, Goosefeather will offer a prix-fixe menu featuring dishes such as lobster with a black bean brown butter sauce with potato, beef butter crispy rice cakes and green tea tiramisu. 

Price: $110 per person

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