February 12, 2015
There are only 3 days until Valentine’s Day! Do you have reservations yet? If not (or if you are single and plan to spend Valentine’s Day crying into a pint of ice cream), here are some great NYC restaurant ideas for you and your significant other!
The great thing about living in New York City is that you have such a wide variety and selection of restaurants at your disposal, BUT when it comes to Valentine’s Day, you need to make sure you have reservations. Check the restaurant’s website or call them in advance to see if they are participating in a Pre-Fixe meal. Sometimes these can be a good thing, but a lot of the time, it’s just an overpriced chicken breast and glass of wine for $100 a plate.
Below are a few suggestions on where you and your significant other should go for dinner this Valentine’s Day:
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1. The Barrel
This is one of my favorite places in the city. Tucked away on a side street in the East Village, this tapas-style restaurant has some fantastic options, perfect for sharing. From the patatas bravas to the mushroom flatbread, you will fall in love with the cozy décor and amazing food. And don't forget the macaroni and cheese - I never do. It is one of the best in the city. And you can trust me on that!
Located in historic Little Italy, La Bella Vita is a somewhat new addition to Mulberry Street with a modern menu and an even more modern interior. This place is the perfect spot to enjoy a great and authentic Italian dinner with your partner.
Home is one of New York’s only farm-to-table restaurants and is located in the beautiful and charming West Village. This place has some of the freshest food I have ever tasted, but beware – the restaurant only holds up to 20 people at a time and usually participates in a Pre-Fixe menu, so check online prior to making any reservations.
If you are an Astoria native, like myself, you have probably at least heard about Diwine. It is located on the corner of 42nd street and 31st avenue and has one of the best menus I have seen (so far) in the Astoria area. From fantastic pizzas to beef tar tar and escargot, this restaurant has a touch of elegance. If you do make a reservation for DiWine, try to reserve a canopy table so you and your date have some privacy.
Not looking for your classic restaurant experience? Hit up Ippudo with locations in the East Village and Hell’s Kitchen. Mostly known for its generously sized ramen, this place has so many other great dishes you and your significant other should try, namely, the pork buns.
I hope that some of these suggestions helped you and your significant other decide where to go this Valentine’s Day. Please take a picture of your meal and use the hashtag #cheesebemyValentine and I will be posting my favorites! Enjoy love birds!
6. Bar Bacon
Yes, you read that right. There is a place in Hell’s Kitchen that serves bacon in every form. From a bacon martini to a bacon flight to bacon beer to JUST BACON, this place has everything you and your bae(con) could ever want. Or need.