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Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, and if you’re dreading it because you don’t share our affinity for romantical dining or you find yourself without a plus-one, we’ve rounded up some fun ways to spend the day — and the days leading up to it. Read on for a few of our favorite Valentine’s Day celebrations for singles 2017.
Balena, Chicago, Illinois
Have a very Parks and Rec kinda day when you join the folks at Balena on the 13th. Coined by the character Leslie Knope, Galentine’s Day celebrates the most important love of a lady’s life: her gal pals! Boka Restaurant Group’s Balena invites gal (and guy!) friends to celebrate camaraderie with a $20 for two glasses of Prosecco and a pizza offer from 5PM-9PM the night before Valentine’s Day. Make a reservation at Balena.
Petty Cash Taqueria, Los Angeles, California
How about a ‘No Pressure Valentine’s Day’? Escape the pressure of finding the perfect Valentine’s date and indulge in an affordable La Nina del Mezcal tasting with nachos for just $35 a person from 7PM-10:15PM on the 14th. Make a reservation at Petty Cash Taqueria.
Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar, Menlo Park, California
Do all things Cupid and red roses have you feeling queasy? Put down the Pepto and coat your stomach with the delicious “Heck no! Dismal Date” cocktail. This frothy pink beverage includes Vodka, Frangelico, Grenadine, and crème fraiche, served chilled and up with a mint leaf garnish. Make a reservation at Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar.
STK MIAMI, Miami Beach, Florida
Calling all The Bachelorette fans. Try to catch Josh Murray’s eye at the STK Miami Love Bites Anti-Valentine’s Day Party. With beats by DJ Sk1tty and a meet and greet with Josh, the gathering also features complimentary passed Champagne for the ladies from 6-8PM and an extended happy hour menu at the bar. RSVP to: STKRSVP@Workshopcollective.com. Make a reservation at STK Miami.
Brasserie S&P, San Francisco, California
In a true bromance? The elegant restaurant and bar/lounge inside Loews Regency San Francisco is serving up a fun for you and your real match made in heaven – your BFF. The PALentine’s Pairing, offered now through the 14th, features the playful and sweet cocktail, a blend of vodka, pomegranate juice, pinot grigio, white cacao and orange bitters. The cocktail is served with a mini basket of decadent truffle garlic fries complete with Mighty Mo sauce – and you don’t have to sweat having garlic breath. Make a reservation at Brasserie S&P.
We’re all about a bit of excess when dining out on February 14th (and every other day of the year, too, if we’re being honest). We’ve rounded up more than three dozen deliciously decadent Valentine’s Day desserts that await you and your date at restaurants this Tuesday.
Jema, Huntington, New York
At Jema, Long Island’s new-ish Michelin-caliber restaurant, chef Franco Sampogna, who has been behind the burners at the storied Guy Savoy and Alain Ducasses’s restaurant at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, is putting out a special $90 three-course (plus amuse bouche) menu with dishes including quinoa risotto and smoked Black Angus short ribs, but you’ll want to save room for the Valrhona chocolate creation. Because chocolate. This balanced and beautiful dessert that is served with smoked vanilla ice cream and a snap of salt will make you fall in love. If not with your date, at least with Jema and chef Sampogna. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Jema.
L’Etoile, Madison, Wisconsin
Have dinner for dessert, sort of, at James Beard Award winner Tory Miller’s L’Etoile. they spare no expense at dinner on most days, let alone on Valentine’s Day. Pastry chef Phil Rodriguez ideated a sweet and savory dessert that showcases that classic combination of apple and pork. He makes an ice cream with local apples and then crowns it with candied hickory nuts, spiced pork rind from Uplands Farm, and a delicate pork powder for an extra dose of salty, umami flavor. The end result is a rich and nutty dessert with pops of crunch and spice. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at L’Etoile.
The Bazaar by José Andrés, Beverly Hills, California
Seeking over-the-top awesomeness in a single bite? Right this way. Having studied the art of chocolate under some of the world’s top pastry chefs, pastry chef Kriss Harvey reveals years of precise dessert-making experience with this decadent, heart-shaped treat – filled from surface to core with layers of heavenly chocolate – and made with fleur de sel ganache and a chocolate biscuit get enrobed in silky chocolate mousse before coated in vibrant red cocoa. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at The Bazaar by José Andrés.
Kamuela Provision Co. at Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa, Hawaii
Spectacular views of the Kohala Coast — and local humpback whales — will make excellent dining companions while you celebrate your love with chef Eddie Enojardo’s Lover’s Heart. A flourless cake with white and dark creamy chocolate velvet and raspberry coulis, you’ll be swept away. Make a reservation at Kamuela Provision Co.
One Market Restaurant, San Francisco, California
Do you have a name – or can I just call you mine? You won’t need a pick-up line to stake your claim to this looker from pastry chef Patti Dellamonica-Bauler – just a table on Valentine’s Day. Part of the four-course menu, the Valrhona chocolate Napoleon is made with with Manjari chocolate cremeux, hazelnut-chocolate shortbread, and salted caramel ice cream. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at One Market Restaurant.
Spencer’s by the Sea at The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Key West, Florida
Let a wave of chocolate crash over you this Valentine’s Day while you sup by the sea. Okay, it’s the ocean, but still. Executive chef Jose Gomez has created the Chocolate Trio, featuring chocolate terrine, crumbles, and sorbet, blackberry gel, and peanut powder, as part of his three-course menu for February 14th. It’s sure to be the PB to your J. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Spencer’s by the Sea.
Indian Accent, New York, New York
This is basically beauty on a plate – so even if your date doesn’t catch your eye, this dish will. Typically eaten in the colder months, the Northern Indian specialty makhan malai from chef Manish Mehrotra is made with saffron milk, rose petal jaggery brittle, and almonds. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Indian Accent.
The Dutch at the W South Beach, Miami, Florida
Go Dutch on Valentine’s Day. This is the 21st century, after all. But even if you’re not splitting the check, split the Gripper’s Grail for Two. A decadent offering from award-winning pastry chef Josh Gripper, it’s got homemade chocolate and caramel ice cream, passion-fruit sorbet, brownie, housemade marshmallow fluff, hazelnut cream, caramelized banana, chocolate mousse, crunchy meringue, crunchy fuielletine, passion-fruit syrup, and shards of tempered dark chocolate, and chocolate sauce drizzled tableside. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at The Dutch.
TRACE, Austin, Texas
Nestled in Austin’s tony W Hotel, TRACE is all about love this Valentine’s Day. Each course has a cute name – Crush, Flirt, Love Sick, and Be Mine. And, let’s face it, the 14th is all about the Be Mine, a classic pavlova featuring blackout cake, housemade raspberry jam, and raspberry mousse. Yah, we’re yours. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at TRACE.
E&O Kitchen and Bar, San Francisco, California
Chef Sharon Nahm isn’t monkeying around with this dessert that we’re kinda bananas for. The Bananamisu adds a tropical twist to an Italian favorite by combining espresso ladyfingers, banana mascarpone mousse, and a plantain chip. Chomp! Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at E&O Kitchen.
Boulton & Watt, New York, New York
Def Leppard’s 80’s metal ballad has nothing on the Love Bites from executive chef David Rotter. Rose gelato mini cones are filled with dark chocolate and orange zest and topped with pistachio brittle for a shareable, finger-foody dessert on this romantic day. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Boulton & Watt.
Fixe, Austin, Texas
Every day is Sunday at Fixe – even Valentine’s Day. Chef James Roberts evokes the spirit of Sunday supper seven days a week – and that supper should always end with a proper dessert. A can’t-miss on the progressive southern menu is the chocolate truffle cake featuring wheatberry, hazelnut, and salted pretzel ice cream. Did you read that? Salted. Pretzel. Ice. Cream. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Fixe.
Del Frisco’s Grille, Nashville, Tennessee (and national locations)
Whatever DFG you spend Valentine’s Day at, you’re guaranteed a happy ending (no, not that kind!) with chef Shawn Quinn’s raspberry chocolate ganache tart. Topped with fresh raspberries, sea salt, and whipped cream, it’s made to share. Just let bae have the last bite, ‘k? Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Del Frisco’s Grille.
Juniper, Austin, Texas
The fine folks at Juniper tell us that the idea behind their homey-yet-elegant Milk + Honey dessert was to create and serve simple flavors with good technique. In the end, the result is a honeycomb pattern on top of a white chocolate semifreddo, featuring little honey pockets in the comb. Served alongside some chamomile toasted oats and a small scoop of Milk Ice cream, it’s a great pick for your honey. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Juniper.
Mastro’s, New York, New York (and national locations)
Ending a meal with a meal with Frangelico is a tradition for many folks. And when that Frangelico comes on your dessert? Even better. Executive chef Dusmane Abdoulaye Tandia offers a chocolate five-layer cake with rich chocolate mousse that’s brushed with citron vodka and – you guessed it — Frangelico. The edges are encrusted with cake drums and it is served with chocolate and caramel sauces, fresh raspberries, and fresh mint. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Mastro’s.
Searsucker, Austin, Texas
We’re not puddin’ you on when we say you’re going to love the smoked banana pudding at celeb chef Brian Malarkey’s ATX restaurant. With housemade nillas, chantilly cream, and a banana doubloon, it’s creamy and uber dreamy. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Searsucker.
Harding’s, New York, New York
We can’t hardly wait (a great date-night 90’s movie you should totally watch after your dinner on the 14th, btw) for the chocolate lava cake from executive chef Joel Zaragoza. With a melty dark chocolate center, it comes a la mode and is christened with a generous topping of chocolate sauce. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Harding’s.
The Grill at The St. Regis, San Francisco, California
This heart-shaped box is nirvana. Chef Franck Desplechin is serving a red velvet chocolate box as part of The Grill’s seven-course Valentine’s Day menu. The dessert is as functional as it is stunning – each box will have a special surprise inside. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at The Grill at The St. Regis San Francisco.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café, Washington, D.C.
It’s been said that you get what you pay for, but let’s be honest – three dreamy courses for just $29 a person is a bit more, especially when dinner ends with the nom-y Death By Chocolate Cake from baker Ricardo Herrera. Rich and creamy chocolate cake dressed with raspberry puree and whipped cream. Bonus: You can take advantage of this special menu February 10-19. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café.
Le Petit Paris, Los Angeles, California
Dessert is twice as nice at the luxe brasserie Le Petit Paris this year. The Raspberry Sweetheart and Chocolate Sweetheart are great for when you and yours can’t make up your minds. Choose from raspberry mousse with vanilla cream or dark chocolate mousse with chocolate filling – both in the shape of a heart. No coin toss necessary. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Le Petit Paris.
STK-NYC Midtown, New York, New York
The flirts at STK know that their desserts complete us. Case in point: their red velvet love cake with chocolate-dipped long stem strawberries will have you at hello. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at STK-NYC Midtown.
Believe it or not, New Yorkers, we’re well into February (I know, right?), and our favorite holiday is just around the corner. We’ve rounded up 22 Valentine’s Day NYC 2017 restaurants to help you find a table for a truly romantical, delicious celebration.
Left Bank, West Village
Chef Laurence Edelman will be serving a four-course meal for $75 highlighting some of his best hits, including the warming sunchoke and onion soup, a tapas-inspired grilled octopus with spicy chili aioli potatoes, heavenly strozzapreti cacio e pepe with pancetta, and a crispy iron-roasted split chicken with salsify and roots. For dessert, classics like chocolate mousse and tiramisu as well as his famous (within a 5-block radius) maple syrup pie with creme fraiche. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Left Bank.
Rossopomodoro, Greenwich Village
When the moon hits your eye like a heart-shaped pizza pie, that’s amore. Order an uber-romantical ‘za for two or the heart-shaped ravioli they’ll be serving on February 14th, and then take home their DIY Pizza Making Kit to extend the magic. It includes two Rossopomodoro doughs, buffala mo’ mozzarella cheese, Afeltra San Marzano pelati tomatoes, flour, salt, olive oil, basil, a rolling pin, a pizza cutting wheel, and a step-by-step recipe guide. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Rossopomodoro.
STK Downtown + STK Rooftop, Meatpacking District
Our friends at sexy STK have luxe offerings for two – because everything tastes better when you share it, right? You and the surf to your turf are invited to dig into the gorgeous surf and turf for two – a sumptuous 12-ounce chateaubriand steak served with bone marrow and caramelized onions, half of a two-pound lobster, and a herb truffle caviar beurre blanc. Wrap up the night with the red velvet cheesecake (for 2, ‘natch) served with chocolate covered strawberries. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at STK Downtown or STK Rooftop.
The Lambs Club, Theatre District
The Lambs Club at The Chatwal hotel will be offering a fantastic four-course dinner menu from chef Geoffrey Zakarian. Enjoy a decadent dinner in one of Manhattan’s most romantic dining rooms, adorned with plush red leather banquettes and a beautiful fireplace. Dishes include Hudson Valley foie gras terrine, agnolotti del Plin, roasted Skuna Bay salmon, and Baked Alaska for two, plus a special takeaway item at $135 per person. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at The Lambs Club.
Natsumi Tapas, Gramercy
Natsumi Tapas, a Japanese and Italian fusion spot from restaurateur Barbara Matsumura, is offering a tapas menu for $38 a person. The offer includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, a choice of one alcoholic beverage, and choice of two items (from either the sushi bar or the kitchen) as well as dessert. Expect to find dishes like grilled beef short ribs, the Lady Day sushi roll, and tempura-fried cheesecake. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Natsumi Tapas.
Molyvos, Midtown West
Executive Chef Carlos Carreto has put together a delectable $75 Valentine’s Day menu ($120 with pairings of selected Greek wines chosen by wine director Kamal Kouiri). Options include grilled baby octopus with warm toy box cherry tomatoes and thyme vinaigrette, braised beef short ribs with red wine, pearl onions, tomato, and spices and warm polenta. For dessert, chef Carlos is pulling out all the stops with Vinsanto chocolate souffle cake made with Valrhona chocolate sauce, vanilla thyme honey cream, strawberry spoon sweet, and pistachio crumbs. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Molyvos.
Le Coq Rico, Flatiron
The cheeky Valentine’s Wine Menu that features a range of swoon-worthy French and American wines each named after love (think Roger Lassarat Saint Véran ‘Cuvée Plaisir’ 2015 and Francois Crochet Sancerre ‘Les Amoureuses’ 2014) are the ideal match for Le Coq Rico’s four-course Valentine’s Day menu. Featuring legendary aphrodisiacs like black truffle (tucked into a richly flavorful stuffed brune landaise for two) and chocolate and ginger (both layered into a decadent millefeuille), this menu was made to be shared by valentines, galentines, and every sweetheart in between. A regular menu is also available day on 2/14. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Le Coq Rico.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Midtown West
Executive chef Brian Christman can help you wow your valentine with a high-class dining experience at one of NYC’s most iconic steak houses and baller options for two, like the aphrodisiac-filled “Oysters & Pearls” complete with raw oysters on the half shell, caviar and glasses of Veuve for $52 or the slow-roasted chateaubriand tenderloin paired with butter poached lobster ($150). Wash it down with the Blushing Valentini cocktail or chose from 2,000 bottles of award-winning wines. The Godiva Chocolate mousse cake makes for a picture-perfect happy ending. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House.
Trademark Taste & Grind, Midtown West
Tuck into thoughtful comfort food with someone you’re comfy with. Executive Chef Adrienne Guttieri has three fresh courses that are perf for veggies and omnivores. There’s a Little Gem Caesar, cauliflower steak, whole branzino, and more and desserts include The Big Banana (insert snicker here). Finish your meal with a cuppa to remember. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Trademark Taste + Grind.
Boucherie, West Village
This charming French restaurant is serving its regular a la carte menu, including the cote de bouef pour deux as well as special Valentine’s Day dishes including tartare de thon et de betterave (tuna and beet tartare), foie gras torchon with mixed berry compote, brioche croutons, and almonds, and a moelleux au chocolat (aka Montenegro chocolate cake). Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Boucherie.
Hakubai at The Kitano Hotel, Murray Hill
Kaiseki is delicate cuisine rooted in Zen Buddhism and the customary Japanese tea ceremony is a type of art form balancing taste, texture, appearance and colors using the rarest variety of seasonal ingredients and fish imported daily from Japan, served on finely crafted lacquer and porcelain dishware. Chef Sato is serving a Kaseiki eight-course dinner starring traditional Japanese dishes of seasonal ingredients and fish imported daily from Japan, including simmered angel shrimp, squid salad with citron dressing, grilled king crab with egg yolk, sashimi of the day, fresh oyster in ponzu sauce, and seared Miyazaki Wagyu beef for $150 per person. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Hakubai at The Kitano Hotel.
Boqueria, Soho (and other locations)
Share the deliciousness of Barcelona’s renowned food market with bae without ever leaving Manhattan. Chef Marc Vidal is putting out a menu of shared “Tapas, Raciness, and Sweet” served with wines of Rioja at just $85 a person. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Boqueria.
Loi Estiatorio, Midtown West
Loi Estiatorio, the well-known Greek oasis in midtown Manhattan, is the ideal place to spend Valentine’s Day this year with loved ones. Chef Maria Loi’s $85 per person dinner menu is a perfect match for you and yours. It includes three enchanting courses, featuring kalamari scharas (calamari), arnaki psito (lamb), canelopita (cinnamon cake), and more — plus a flute of complimentary sparkling wine. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Loi Estiatorio.
Benoit, Midtown West
Hit a high note when you celebrate Valentine’s Day the Parisian way at Benoit. Offering a prix-fixe menu for $125 per person, they’ll be serving dishes like marinated sea scallop with raw cauliflower, citrus, and caviar, and Muscovy duck with juniper crust, braised cabbage, and mango, along with delightful desserts, Benoit will also have live jazz music with vocalist Kat Vokes. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Benoit.