New York is widely-known as one of the world’s most romantic cities, a place made for strolls in Central Park, intimate nightcaps at downtown bars, and cozy dates perusing the art at some of the city’s world-renowned museums. However, if you really want to take your romance up a notch this Valentine’s Day, it’s time to pull out all the stops with a NYC getaway and make a reservation for an amazing dinner for that special someone. And while New York has plenty of good restaurants, if you want to make the big day really stand out, it’s well worth it to book a table at a great one. Not sure where to look? We’ve rounded up the best Valentine’s Day date restaurants in the city.
Café Boulud | 20 East 76th Street
While a table at any of Daniel Boulud’s New York eateries probably wouldn’t go unappreciated this Valentine’s Day, booking a table at the intimate Café Boulud will definitely show your significant other just how much you care. Better yet, this Michelin-starred French restaurant is offering a four-course prix fixe dinner this Valentine’s Day, including dishes like tai snapper crudo, dry-aged striploin, and a pistachio soufflé, as well as an optional wine pairing to go along with your meal.
Momofuku Nishi | 232 8th Avenue
Looking to put some creativity on the menu this Valentine’s Day? Then look no further than Momofuku Nishi. This unique restaurant—the brainchild of Momofuku founder David Chang—combines Asian, Italian, and American influences to make one of the most creative menus out there, including a special four-course Valentine’s Day prix fixe.
Gramercy Tavern | 42 East 20th Street
Valentine’s Day reservations at this Danny Meyer gem certainly won’t go unappreciated. This year, guests can enjoy a special Valentine’s Day four-course lunch or dinner tasting menu. However, even if you can’t get a reservation, you can still enjoy some of Gramercy Tavern’s treats by shipping a box of their 23-karat-gold-topped truffles to that special someone.
abcV | 38 East 19th Street
You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy a world-class meal this Valentine’s Day—even if you’re vegan. Case in point: Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s vegan eatery abcV is serving a Valentine’s Day menu that includes tender spinach in lemon broth, butter bean and fennel cassoulet, and lychee rose sorbet for just $88 per diner.
Per Se | 10 Columbus Circle
You can’t go wrong with a table at Thomas Keller’s Per Se this Valentine’s Day. While reservations may be hard to come by at this beloved eatery, if you can snag a table for two, you can enjoy one of the restaurant’s rotating menus—maybe even the $595 multi-course menu the restaurant has pulled out for the day of love in the past.
Before you buy another bouquet that will wilt or a box of chocolates that will go uneaten, dare to think different this Valentine’s Day. A great meal at one of New York’s premier eateries might just be the most romantic gesture there is, so treat your significant other—or that person you’re hoping will be your significant other by this time next year—to a culinary adventure they won’t soon forget. Only in New York!