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10 Valentine's Day Reservations to Make Right Now

By Billy Lyons
January 14, 2014

We just turned the page on our calendar and noticed something unique - and a little bit scary - about today's date. One month from today, restaurants across the city will paint the town red with Valentine's Day specials. From complimentary glasses to historically-themed dining, we're guessing if you want to remain on your better half's good side for the rest of the year, you'll want take advantage of one of these offers:

21 Club: If love is indeed a mystery, why not spend Valentine's Day dining at a former speakeasy? The historical midtown dining room is offering up two special menus in honor of the occasion: a four-course prix fixe at $110 per person as well as a six-course tasting menu for $125 per guest. Either way, gentleman will get to break out their fancy jackets (required) and fall in love with at least a piece of New York history (212-582-7200).

AYZA Wine & Chocolate Bar: If you don't really want to think about what makes a good dining choice on February 14, we think a venue with the words wine and chocolate on the sign outside is a pretty safe bet. Both the midtown and West Village locations will cover their tables with rose petals in celebration of the big day in addition to offering a $67 per person reservation. For those who can't wait, Ayza is also offering a Valentine's Day menu sneak peek with chocolate guru Jacques Torres on February 2. Tickets for the early preview tasting can be purchased here (212-714-2992/212-365-2992).

Chez Josephine: We're sure nothing shouts "L-O-V-E" quite like 1920's Paris, which is why the addition of live piano music during dinner is an added bonus. Oh, there's also an $85 three-course dinner offering French fare in case you prefer to eat your feelings. A 50 percent deposit is required when making a reservation (212-594-1925).

Jungsik: We realize that Valentine's Day is all about making a bold statement. Luckily, this upscale Korean kitchen is taking the pressure off us by serving up one of its complex, delicious tasting menus. Chef Jung Sik Yim is preparing a special $200  eight course feast, that comes with complimentary glasses of rose champagne and dessert wine (212-219-0900).

KTCHN: We know the dinner and a show package is a timeless classic for loved ones, so why not find a place that combines both? This Hell's Kitchen hotel dining room is offering up a lovely $95 four course prix fixe for two, with live music scheduled throughout the evening. The restaurant is notorious for throwing a great party, including its live drag performances during brunch, so there's no telling what might happen when love is in the air. A $30 wine pairing is also available with dinner reservations (212-868-2999).

Louro: If thematic dining is what you love most about dining out, David Santos is paying tribute to the greatest - and most tragic - love stories of all time. The West Village spot is offering a special seven-course "Tragic Lovers in History" menu for $95 focused on lovely ingredients like honey, oysters and truffles. The menu will be offered from February 13 through the 15th, with an additional three-course prix fixe menu including dry aged short rib with uni pudding for $65 (212-206-0606).

Mojave: If you're planning to spend Valentine's Day in Astoria, feel free to spice things up at this southwestern kitchen. The restaurant is offering a complimentary cocktail with a special three-course prix fixe for $49 per person along with live music throughout the evening (718-545-4100).

Pera Soho: For the stylish scenester looking to wow their partner, this downtown Mediterranean spot with an outdoor deck is pulling out all the stops to create a romantic dining atmosphere. Complimentary roses, live jazz, and champagne are all included in the restaurant's $67 per person four-course dinner - though finding a dark corner is all up to us (212-878-6305).

The Elm: Paul Liebrandt's Williamsburg dining room is now accepting reservations for a three-course $75 per person prix fixe. Foie gras, short rib and a lobster cassoulet for two are a few of the courses available on the special menu, with buttermilk panna cotta and roasted white chocolate providing a sweet end to the occasion (718-218-7500).

The National: Entrusting our Valentine's Day meal to Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian can take the stress of choosing the right place out of the high performance holiday. Zakarian's Midtown East dining room is offering a special $80 per person three-course prix fixe menu features black bass, roasted duck and artichoke risotto (212-715-2400).

Places Mentioned

Jungsik

Korean • TriBeCa

Food27 Decor26 Service27 Cost$136
 
 
 
THE NATIONAL

American • Midtown East

Food19 Decor18 Service17 Cost$53
 
 
 
Mojave

Mexican • Astoria

Food20 Decor24 Service22 Cost$34
 
 
 
Chez Josephine

French • Hell's Kitchen

Food21 Decor22 Service22 Cost$55
 
 
 
Pera Soho

Mediterranean • SoHo

Food20 Decor20 Service18 Cost$57
 
 
 
Louro

West Village

Food26 Decor23 Service26 Cost$62
 
 
 
21 Club

Midtown

Food23 Decor25 Service25 Cost$81
 
 
 
The Elm

French • Williamsburg

Food25 Decor23 Service24 Cost$91
 
 
 
 
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