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Valentine’s Day In New York City: Last-Minute Plans That Feel Super Thoughtful

Valentine’s Day In New York City: Last-Minute Plans That Feel Super Thoughtful
February 10, 2020 Media Team

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Forgot that Valentine’s Day is this Friday? No worries, you’re not alone. And you’re not going to be on February 14! In a city of over 50,000 restaurants, there are still plenty of tables to book for the most high stakes date night of the year, many of which are highly coveted, but just happen to have a few spots open. Stop procrastinating and reserve your Valentine’s Day dinner at one of these New York City hotspots.

Gabriel Kreuther

Two-Michelin-starred chef Gabriel Kreuther invites guests to celebrate love in style at his luxe, Alsatian-inspired restaurant. The romantic floral-lined walls honoring the beauty of Chef Kreuther’s hometown of Alsace, set the mood, alongside a special tasting menu, served Friday and Saturday. Romantic dishes will include red apple consommé en gelee with citrus cocktail and apple cider kombucha; gin-cured Greenwalk Hatchery trout cooked on a cedar plank with rillette; variations on Leeks en croute in roasted broth; Long Island duck aged in-house with confit hush puppies, foie gras terrine; and Baba for Two with Tahitian vanilla ice cream and a poached melange of fruits.  $185/person, 10 p.m. seating still available via

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Lekka Burger

If you’re in the mood for a more casual evening (and maybe a movie at the nearby Roxy Cinema) book a table at chef Amanda Cohen’s new fast-casual veggie burger spot, Lekka. For one night only, the vegan restaurant will be transformed with white tablecloths and reservations, plus a special menu featuring chocolate raspberry oat-milk soft serve topped with heart shaped sprinkles. Prefer a Netflix and chill date night? The entire menu will also be offered grab-and-go, as usual. Reservations can be made by e-mailing

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Mercado Little Spain

José Andrés’ first Manhattan endeavor in Hudson Yards combines a food hall with three full-service restaurants, plus four(!) bars. For Valentine’s Day, the restaurants will be celebrating truffles in all forms, adding affordable shaded truffles to Spanish classics. Guests can opt for three grams of shaved truffle for $15 and five grams for $25. Think: Crushed and fried eggs atop fries with truffles; creamy fried chicken croquettes with truffles; tuna tartare with truffles; octopus with truffled potatoes; seafood paella with truffles; wood-fired quail with truffles and foie gras and many more truffle-centric dishes.

Fish Cheeks 

Spice things up at this colorful NoHo Thai restaurant, which has curated a Valentine’s Day seafood-focused menu with unapologetic heat. Signature dishes include coconut crab curry, crab fried rice, and Manila clams with sweet basil. Fish Cheeks will also be serving their regular a la carte menu if for diners who prefer to choose their own adventure for the night. Set menus for two are $105, reservations on Resy

The Standard Grill

Book a room at the hotel to crash after a decadent three-course meal at this trendy restaurant. The dinner will start off with Kumamoto oyster with passion fruit, lavender and horseradish as an amuse bouche, followed by appetizer options like a baked beet tart or duo of foie gras including a foie gras Oreo, with pineapple, cherry, crème fraiche and pain perdu. Main course options include poached Maine lobster with Oyster leaf, champagne, apple and Osetra caviar; roasted rack of lamb with horseradish, gnocchi, mint and smoked peas; and monkfish with Parma ham, red wine, citrus and Littleneck clams. Dessert offers plenty of playful creations, like a spiked root beer float. $90/person, cocktail and still wine pairing $45/person, Champagne pairing $60/person, reservations at

Patsy’s Italian Restaurant 

Get cozy this Valentine’s day at this family-owned Italian spot that has been romancing West 56th Street for over 75 years. A four-course pre-fixe menu will start with heart-shaped ravioli or rigatoni fra Diavolo followed by a salad course of Tre Colore Salad. For mains, diners will have the choice of the shrimp fra Diavolo, chicken rollatini, cacciatore sausage pizzaiola or veal francese. And to top it all off, dessert includes chocolate mousse cake, Napoleons or cannoli. $85/person, reservations at

21 Club

Keep it nostalgic at this classic New York City restaurant that throws back to Prohibition with its still-intact speakeasy cellar and 1920s vibes. On Valentine’s Day, the Bar Room and Upstairs at ‘21’ will serve a special four-course menu. The menu includes several options for each course, like freshly shucked clams and oysters with mignonette and horseradish cocktail sauce, tuna tartare, burrata with eggplant caponata, tortellini with lamb ragout and butternut squash, filet mignon with potato confit and blue cheese butter, and more. For dessert, a chocolate lava cake with raspberry sauce is always the way to go. $125 per person, email