This Valentine’s Day, leave the generic and overplayed restaurants, store-bought chocolates and stale ideas behind, and surprise your partner with a sultry, romantic evening that is truly unique. Here are some of our NYC favorites:
Meet at an art gallery on West 8th Street, and the adventure begins. Gaze upon impressive canvas paintings from Painter Toma-L and to their surprise, allow for one painting to open up and welcome your date to a sleek and refined restaurant, with dimmed lighting and a warm ambiance.
At the Chef’s counter, you are presented a classic seasonal French menu, created by Chef Franco Sampogna. Pair it with and an equally impressive wine menu by Sommelier Quentin Vauleon (Best Young Sommelier in France, 2017), for a night to remember.
FREVO, 48 West 8th St. New York, NY 10011
Carmen lives up to her namesake- flirty, fun with a polished exterior. This two-story West Soho venue embodies the essence of Latin American culture by fusing together an outstanding culinary experience with an energetic scene. Dine, dance, and experience all that Carmen has to offer, including a new menu with vegan dishes, fresh seafood and classic desserts.
Her Name Was Carmen, 527 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
Experience high quality at affordable prices with Mizu’s Omakase Sushi Experience by Chef Nakao Hirakata. Located in the trendy Flatiron District, The experience offers the Chef’s choice of eight pieces of specialty fish (sourced from Japan) and a negitoro roll. Omakase selections can include King Salmon, Golden Eye Red Snapper (Kinme Dai), Scallop (Hotate), Fatty Tuna (Toro) and Sea Urchin (Uni). A la carte options like Black Cod Fish and White Tuna Truffle are also available.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day as if you were vacationing among the Greek Islands at Kyma Flatiron. A stunning ode to the many salt-bleached and sun-kissed islands that are ubiquitous to Greece, Kyma will offer a specialty Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu offering contemporary seafood-centric menu with delectable selections of Lavraki (branzino), Maine Lobster Fettuccini, Lamb Chops, and East + West Coast Oysters in a beautiful white aesthetic with traditional Grecian architecture and design. Pre-Fix menu: $100pp.
Kyma Flatiron, 15 W. 18th St. New York, NY 10011
Chef John DeLucie’s newest venture is a hidden gem in the HGU New York, which is the perfect place to get slow down and get cozy on Valentine’s Day. Sip a glass of wine by calacatta marble fireplace under beaux-arts plasterwork ceilings, or grab a seat in the velvet banquettes while sampling bites of Pollo Porchetta (roasted chicken with wild mushrooms, pancetta, celery root purée, and fermented garlic).
The Williamsburg Hotel
Nothing says romance like champagne. Iconic Billecart Salmon Champagne will be hosting a night of delicious pairings at the intimate Water Tower Bar, nestled atop The Williamsburg Hotel. Guided by a brand expert, guests will experience very special vintage pairings with a bespoke menu created by five-time Michelin Bib Gourmand Recipient, Melissa O’Donnell of the hotel’s very own restaurant Seven Seeds. 6-9PM – Pre-Fixe menu: $125 per person. To make reservations, click HERE.
Kimberly Fisher is a Pursuitist contributor. As a freelance writer and on-camera host, Kimberly has traveled the world and has published over 400 articles in over 44 publications including Sherman's Travel, Huffington Post, JustLuxe, Luxury Lifestyles UK, eHow, Examiner, Food Wine Travel Magazine, Luxe Beat, NiteGuide, Ocean View, and USA Today. Disclosure: Kimberly is under contract with Casa Del Sol.