If you’re reading this, congratulations. You have the motivation to do something other than sitting on a couch surrounded by Dove chocolate wrappers that say mildly uplifting things. No matter if you’re looking to celebrate on a heated patio or with a great meal at home, these specials should give you some inspiration. Happy Valentine’s Day.
Fondue-for-two is a sensual sport, with various cocktail weenies dripping with Emmentaler cheese, long sticks present, and mouths agape. That’s probably enough imagery, but if you’re on the Upper East Side and looking for a special-occasion outdoor dinner that includes fondue, consider Hütte’s $90 three-course dinner with an optional Austrian wine pairing. And if you aren’t so into vats of molten liquid, there are plenty of other Central-European-inspired dishes to choose from as well.
Some of us are in a long-distance relationship this Valentine’s Day. And others are simply in a long-distance relationship with pastrami. In case you fall in either category, Katz’s is shipping a Valentine’s Day care package of smoked meat, pickles, rye, sandwich accoutrements, babka, and rugelach anywhere in the country. It even comes with a chocolate egg cream scented candle pictured here.
If you want an outdoor dining experience downtown that you can book in advance, the Valentine’s Day special from Extra Virgin will likely end your search. And even if you have no desire for plans, their special whole roasted jerk chicken might convince you otherwise - it comes swimming in onions, carrots, and crispy potatoes. Extra Virgin also has a couple of sides and hot cocktails you can order a la carte, as well as options for takeout and delivery. Make a reservation here.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve lost count of how many times we’ve watched Cher and Nicholas Cage fall in love in Moonstruck. If you haven’t allowed yourself the same privilege, celebrate Valentine’s Day with Parklife’s outdoor Moonstruck screening in Gowanus. They’ll also have cocktails and tacos for sale during the movie. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot (they only have a limited amount).
Under typical circumstances, you’re probably not leaving Il Buco on Valentine’s Day without spending at least $100. But this year, the Noho Italian restaurant is offering an at-home, four-course menu for $95 per person. Each meal comes with parsnip soup, bread, beet salad, lobster risotto, duck breast, and two desserts. You can place your order for pickup and find more information here.
Forget oysters, shrimp cocktail, or steak - Ursula in Crown Heights is selling the most crucial Valentine’s Day food: candy. They have a limited supply of “erotic boxes” filled with cookies shaped like sex toys, honey cakes, fig-jam shortbread, spicy truffles, and dark chocolate cherries. It costs $50 and comes in a wooden box, which is the highest form of takeout container. You can preorder yours for pickup starting February 5th, and opt into buying a $5 raffle ticket for a vibrator and a massage candle to benefit the Sex Worker’s Project at the Urban Justice Center.
This Korean steakhouse in Flatiron recently set up sleek outdoor cabanas where each table gets its own private heated space with a couple of open windows. For Valentine’s Day, they have a special prix-fixe dinner that costs $150 per person and comes with a ton of meat, scallops, longevity noodles, and soft serve. In case that’s not celebratory enough, they also have an option to add on things like caviar and lobster tail. Alternatively, you can get their dinner to go with cocktails and Champagne.
In case you’re looking for a Sunday brunch option where you can soak up any warmth from the sun, Shalom Japan in Williamsburg is serving a $65 prix-fixe meal on their heated outdoor patio. Each meal comes complete with three Japanese-Jewish-inspired courses (including chocolate banana challah bread pudding for dessert). Shalom Japan also has a six-course $125 dinner special for outdoor dining.
Instead of venturing to Duane Reade for a $16 bag of chocolates, you could check out this Lower East Side bakery for Valentine’s Day sweets. They’re selling a red wine red velvet cake for two, and heart cookies by the half dozen. And if you’re looking for a gift for your partner, Partybush Bakeshop’s bread-of-the-month club is a fantastic idea to explore (you get three special loaves for $14.50 a month). Get more information and preorder your Valentine’s Day dessert here.
It’s possible your at-home Valentine’s Day priorities are less about food and more about wine. For Valentine’s Day this year, this great Inwood wine bar is selling a $50 dinner with things like stuffed shells, pão de queijo, and dark chocolate truffles. There’s also an option to add five half glasses of curated natural wine for an extra $45. Find more information and place your order here.
If you’re interested in going out to dinner, there are significant advantages to celebrating Valentine’s Day on Friday night instead of Sunday this year. The biggest one being that you can just stay in on the 14th and wear pajamas. If that sounds enticing to you, this Caribbean restaurant in Williamsburg is hosting an outdoor Valentine’s day special that comes with Champagne and three courses for $95 per person. Kokomo also has Saturday and Sunday brunch specials available.
Biryani is one of our favorite takeout meals in the history of takeout meals. And one of the spots we love happens to be offering a two-person special for Valentine’s Day this year. Their reheatable chicken, lamb, vegetable, or goat biryani packs are available for delivery or pickup at Adda in LIC, Rahi in the West Village, or The Masalawala on the LES. Place your order here.
We liked this restaurant in Harlem long before they named their Valentine’s Day meal kit, “FUValentines 2021.” But now we like them a little more. This year, Reverence is offering a Mexican-French-inspired meal kit for pickup and delivery, as well as a brunch kit with wild salmon gravlax terrine and pastries. An important detail: each of these specials come with booze. Find more details and place your order here.
Thaimee Love opened in November of 2020 with a six-month pop-up in the West Village, specializing in Thai dishes like pork laab and khao soi with kale noodles and honeynut squash. On Valentine’s Day, they’re serving a three-course menu of mocktails, noodles, a khantoke platter with lots of sai oor, nam prik noom, and sticky rice, and a Thai-inspired fondue dessert. It costs $195 for two people, and you can preorder it for takeout before February 10th here.
Bar Boulud on the UWS has a $105 three-course menu that’s available for outdoor dining on the UWS as well as for takeout and delivery. It comes with your choice of a whole lobster or pork osso bucco for two, among other appetizers and desserts. Make a reservation here.
If all you want to do for Valentine’s Day this year is consume pizza and wine on the couch, we are in full support of that. To add slightly more celebration, Williamsburg Pizza’s Lower East Side location is offering a special $40 combo that comes with a heart-shaped pizza, a bottle of Yes Way Rosé, and a tote. You can order through their website here.
We would order Crown Shy’s special just to eat their savory pull-apart bread, which happens to come with caviar for Valentine’s Day. Their $195 at-home meal kit also includes scallop crudo, black truffle risotto, roast short rib with burnt ends, and a kale caesar salad. Find more information here.
If you’re looking to go out in the Prospect Park area, James in Prospect Heights is serving a four-course menu on their heated outdoor patio. The special costs $95 per person, and comes with oysters, your choice of beet ravioli or smoked trout, short rib or mushrooms, and chocolate cake or poached pears for dessert. We see no reason why you and your partner shouldn’t order opposite dishes so you can try it all. Make a reservation here.
Kubeh is one of our favorite Middle Eastern restaurants in Manhattan, which is why we’re excited about their four-course Valentine’s Day special. It costs $90 per person and comes with all the dips and salads you could want, a broccoli rabe dish with ouzo pine nuts and mint labneh, your choice of main, and a kadayif with fruit and chocolate ganache for dessert. Make a reservation for their heated patio here.
The team at this West Soho spot is taking over room service at the Hotel Hugo for Valentine’s Day. That means you can plan a luxurious night away from your apartment, and order the famous Houseman burger straight to a king-sized bed you’re not responsible for laundering.
For the first time in Eleven Madison Park’s history, they’re offering a meal you can eat at home while you consider the fact that cupid is just a naked baby. This Valentine’s Day, Eleven Madison Park is serving a special dinner that feeds two people for $325. It comes with eight dishes (like lobster pie and bone-marrow-crusted beef tenderloin), reheating instructions, and pick-up options all over the tri-state area. Plus, for every takeout order, Eleven Madison Park will donate 10 meals to New Yorkers facing food insecurity.