The new year has just begun, but Valentine’s Day, i.e. the most romantic holiday of the year, is approaching quickly. Whether you’re in a long term relationship, just starting to date, or newly single, we’ve got you covered with the best places to wine and dine in New York City.
Craving a swanky French Bistro? Or perhaps you’re more inclined to low-key Sangria and tapas? The six restaurants we’ve chosen below will have you wishing it was Valentine’s Day more than just once a year. We’ve chosen the cream of the crop for your romantic evening. Be prepared to open your hearts (and wallets) this Valentine’s Day.
La Grenouille (French Cuisine)
Address: 3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12-2:30 p.m. & 5-10:30 p.m.
Phone: (212) 752-1495
La Grenouille is a quaint, romantic restaurant in Midtown East. Being that France is arguably the most romantic city in the world, it comes as no surprise that the decor of La Grenouille is like something out of whimsical romantic comedy. Floral arrangements fill the tables, sconces, and chandeliers and the seating is rosy pink. French is the language of love, after all! Foie gras, smoked salmon and oysters are a few menu items to try. Valentine’s Day is in full bloom here. Call Pierre, Armel, or Philippe for reservations. Availability is limited. Find their website here or make reservations on open table yourself.
Il Buco (Italian Cuisine)
Address: 47 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12-11 p.m. ; Friday-Saturday 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. ; Sunday 5-10:30 p.m.
Phone: (212) 533-1932
On Valentine’s Day we all need a little TLC, right? Il Buco will make you feel right at home with their rustic decor and open display of dishware, planter’s pots, and other seasonal accouterments lining the walls. Along with its rustic feel, their menu consists of eclectic Mediterranean (both Spanish and Italian) cuisine. The traditional fare and libations are inspired by the Iberian Peninsula. Il Buco makes a dedicated effort to source ingredients from Italy to ensure their dishes are local to that region of origin and fresh. This allows them to maintain a seasonal, often changing, menu. Both their refreshing food and ambiance are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Reservations can be made on their website.
Sala One Nine (Spanish Cuisine)
Address: 35 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12-11 p.m. ; Friday-Saturday 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. ; Sunday 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Phone: (212) 229-2300
This pick is for those of us who broke the bank during the holidays and New Years. Moderately priced, Sala One Nine, is an authentic Spanish tapas and wine bar. Come hungry and prepared to share and try your date’s food because Sala One Nine has an assortment of tapas and racions along with a wine list that consists of 100% Spanish sourced wines. This is a great spot to go to on a double or triple date or even with a group of friends. Make a reservation on their website before they’re all booked!
Gramercy Tavern (American Cuisine)
Address: 42 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003
Hours: Please refer to their website.
Phone: (212) 477-0777
Both a tavern and a restaurant, Gramercy Tavern was opened in 1994 by renowned restauranteur Danny Meyer. Serving a la carte rustic fare at the bar through the afternoon and evening and dinner in the main dining room. They serve an array of classic American Cuisine. But don’t mince our words because this ain’t your mom n pop burger shop. In addition to the one burger on their menu, which is served with mushrooms, cheese, and onion rings (instead of the traditional fries), the Gramercy Tavern has high-end American classics such as Chicken Breast and Thigh, Malfatti (Dumplings) with suckling pig, Pork Loin, and Beef Tar-Tar. Out of towners in search of a good ol’ American feast can rest assured that this is it.
Sushi Azabu (Japanese Cuisine)
Address: 428 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10003
Hours: Monday-Friday 12-2 p.m. & 5:30-10 p.m. ; Saturday 5:30-10 p.m.
Phone: (212) 274-0428
Ready for some authentic (read: expensive Sushi?) Food and Wine Magazine calls Sushi Azabu “the most expensive Sushi in the U.S. (that’s actually worth it). The fish here is imported directly from Japan daily and a majority of the Sushi is served a la carte. But it’s your choice on whether to choose the a la carte servings or one of the prix fixe menus. Take your pick from the familiar salmon and tuna or a more exotic variety such as gizzard shad. You can make a reservation on their website.
Philippe (Chinese Cuisine)
Address: 33 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10065
Hours: Monday-Saturday 12-3:30 p.m. & 6-11 p.m. ; Sunday 2-10 p.m.
Phone: (212) 644-8885
If the various shades of Valentine’s Day red don’t draw you into Philippe (by Philippe Chow), the food will. Inspired by traditional Bejing Cuisine, everything is meant to be eaten family style here. Dishes include Wok Seared Branzino and Sweet & Sour Chicken. For a treat, try their Peking Duck or Peking Chicken. Make your reservation here!