10 Last-Minute Valentine's Day Reservations to Make Right Now

It's not too late to make some romantic dining plans
February 12, 2015
by Patty Lee

It's not too late to plan a romantic Valentine's Day date — these 10 spots still have tables open on February 14th.

Racines: So you couldn't make it to the City of Light for Valentine's Day? Cozy up to the sprawling marble bar at this New York offshoot of a Parisian bistro. The six-course dinner ($95) from chef Frederic Duca will feature modern French dishes such as steamed egg with creamy polenta, seared scallops in a sunchoke and hazelnut oil broth, plus a chocolate and caramel tart. An extra $60 will get you and your date a luxe black truffle supplement.

94 Chambers St.; 646-644-6255

Raines Law Room: Go the boozy route at the midtown branch of this intimate speakeasy. A $125 cocktail package includes three handcrafted drinks per person, plus a canape stand of bar bites.

24 E. 39th St.

Pig & Khao: Nothing says 'I love you' like a Balinese duck feast for two ($45 per person). Presented whole, the bird is first smoked and roasted, then served with curry paste, a Gado Gado salad (endive, potato, peanut dressing) and Indonesian yellow rice. 

68 Clinton St.; 212-920-4485

Valentine's Day cocktail at Daniel (photo by Jessica Lin)

DanielSorry procrastinators, but it's too late to get into Daniel Boulud's Upper East Side flagship — at least for dinner. Luckily, the elegant French restaurant will open early for a four-course prix-fixe lunch ($225 per person, optional wine pairing for $125) featuring Maine sea scallops, oven-baked sea bass and roasted veal tenderloin. For dessert, along with a choice of steamed honey cake or chocolate tart, lovebirds will get a special raspberry-rose mousse with lychee cremeux, lime biscuit and dark chocolate gianduja cubes.

60 E. 65th St.; 212-288-0033

Louro: Love stories may not always have a happy ending, but dinner at David Santos' cozy West Village eatery never disappoints. In an unexpected twist, the chef will present a seven-course Tragic Lovers in History tasting ($95) inspired by not-so-successful couples like Romeo and Juliet (cocoa-cured branzino) and Cleopatra and Mark Anthony (beer, honey, figs). 

142 W. 10th St.; 212-206-0606

Brushstroke: The special prix-fixe ($300, $150 for vegetarian) at David Bouley's upscale Japanese restaurant is sure to impress with dishes like oak-smoked Hudson Valley duck breast and a donabe rice bowl with dungeness crab, lobster and winter bamboo shoots.

30 Hudson St.; 212-791-3771

Burke & Wills: Take a trip down under at this chic Aussie bistro. Diners will be greeted with a champagne cocktail, followed by a four-course prix-fixe ($75) that includes an amuse bouche (foie gras mousse), appetizers (burrata and smoked tomato, butter-poached oysters), mains (quail egg ravioli, roasted sirloin) and dessert (warm chocolate cake, cheese plate).

226 W. 79th St.; 646-823-9251

Caraway ployes at King Bee

King Bee: This quaint newcomer — a collaboration between beverage consultant Eben Klemm and Ken Jackson (Herbsaint in New Orleans) — pays homage to Acadian cooking, which fuses together Creole, French and Canadian flavors. In the works for Valentine's Day: caraway ployes (buckwheat pancake) topped with trout roe, oyster gumbo and tasso duck breast with farro, foie gras and kumquats.

424 E. 9th St.; 646-755-8088

Tuome: Late tables (10:30, 10:45 and 11 PM) are still available at Thomas Chen's modern Chinese hot spot. Expect dishes with plenty of fine-dining finesse from the Per Se vet, like uni-topped pork shu mai, duck with sunchoke and blood orange and chocolate-lemongrass mousse. The six-course dinner ($105) comes with a glass of bubbly.

536 E. 5th St.; 646-833-7811

River Styx: Chef Dennis Spina will roll out an a la carte menu highlighting his most popular dishes. Choose from specialties like an Italian crepe stuffed with caviar and poached oysters ($14), pine nut spaghetti ($18) or lamb and chickpea stew ($24). To drink: a complimentary glass of Italian winter melon punch and list of special pink drinks ($12). Tables are still open at 9 and 9:30 PM.

21 Greenpoint Ave.; 718-383-8833

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