The most romantic holiday of the year is quickly approaching, so make a restaurant reservation early to avoid disappointing your sweetheart.
Here are eight eateries around the boroughs offering specials and set menus this Valentines Day.
(123 West 52 St.)
This seafood spot in the Theater District is plating up a few specials to round out its regular offerings between 4 and 10 p.m. A Cupids Roll appetizer of bluefin and spicy tuna; and a foie gras stuffed beef Wellington entre with mushrooms and baby carrots are among the celebratory dishes. Try the festive Berries & Bubbles cocktail, a smoking creation made with dry ice and berries in Valentines Day-ready pink. Reservations can be made at ocean-prime.com.
(5 King St.)
Italian-American restaurant Charlie Bird in SoHo will feature a prix-fixe menu for $98 per person. Options include chilled Maine lobster with hearts of palm and Meyer lemon; a pappardelle pasta with chestnuts and black truffles; and a chocolate budino (or pudding) for dessert. Reserve online at charliebirdnyc.com for slots between 5:30 and 11 p.m.
Da Franco and Tony
(2815 Middletown Road, Bronx)
This Italian restaurant in the Country Club section of the Bronx has one of the more affordable Valentines Day dinner options in the city, without limiting its guests options. The $50 per person prix-fixe menu offers items like grilled octopus, baked clams, arancini (rice balls), gnocchi, chicken rolatini and branzino. Tiramisu, chocolate souffl and tartufo are just a few of the desserts to pick from. Reserve for spots between 5 and 10 p.m. by calling (718) 684-2815.
(905 Lorimer St., Brooklyn)
At French eatery Sauvage in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, diners can indulge in a four-course, $65 per person set menu from 5 to 11:30 p.m., with walk-in customers welcome at the bar until 1 a.m. Choices include boneless lamb ribs; acorn squash ravioli; and chocolate tart with pomegranates, hazelnuts and cultured cream. See sauvageny.com to book a table.
(127 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn)
Farm-to-table American food is served up at Colonie in Brooklyn Heights. On Valentines Day, the restaurant is offering a four-course tasting menu for $85 per guest. The prix-fixe items range from oysters and burrata to halibut and lamb loin, along with a warm chocolate cake for dessert. Guests can also order from the regular menu, with hits like pork chop with apricot; and a healthy mix of carrots, smoked ricotta, pumpkin seeds, cumin, oregano, and carrot top salsa verde. Email [email protected] for reservations between 6 and 10:30 p.m.
The Stone House at Clove Lakes Park
(1150 Clove Road, Staten Island)
The Stone House, tucked away in a scenic Staten Island park, is offering couples a set menu at $149.95 per pair. The four-course dinner at this New American eatery includes eats like calamari, Caesar salad, filet mignon and chocolate covered strawberries. A complimentary champagne toast will be served to each guest. For reservations for dinner from 5 until 10 p.m., call (718) 442-3600.
(4601 Center Blvd., Long Island City)
Romantically set just off the water on the Queens side of the East River is Italian spot Maiella. On Valentines Day, the restaurant will serve a three-course menu for $75 per person. Some of the options include rack of lamb, lobster bisque, a spicy seafood spaghetti fra diavolo and triple chocolate mousse cake. Reserve online at maiellalic.com for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.
(37-15 Broadway, Astoria)
Vietnamese spot District Saigon in Astoria, Queens, is adding several holiday specials to its regular menu of Southeast Asian flavors, ranging in price from $9 to $17. Dishes like mini soft shell crab banh mi; bone marrow pho; and Vietnamese caramelized ribs will highlight the nights offerings. Visit districtsaigonnyc.com to book a table between 5p.m. and 11p.m.