Finding the right locale for the perfect Valentine’s Day date can be daunting, however New York City and the East End offer a vast range of delicious options to choose from. Here are some of the best gourmet Valentine’s Day restaurants to impress that special someone with a romantic dinner, and treat your sweetie to a night of delectable Valentine’s Day Dining.
NEW YORK CITY
T-Bar Steak & Lounge
T-Bar Steak and Lounge is the popular spot for couples looking for a romantic dinner with outstanding cuisine in a casual yet elegant space. The restaurant’s charm is brought to life by a stylish, dark-wood accented dining room, frosted glass details and subtle back lighting. This Valentine’s Day under the watchful eye of Restauranteur Tony Fortuna, T-Bar will offer its regular a la carte menu, which features its signature prime beef steaks along with a mélange of grilled fish, chopped salads and pastas. Swoon over the decadent desert menu crafted by Executive Chef Ben Zwicker, which includes the famous Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles with coconut and caramel sauce.
1278 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021
This elegant, lively, eatery is the perfect spot to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Russian Samovar will be serving its regular à La Carte menu and offering a free glass of champagne or shot of infused vodka per guest, when they arrive for their Valentine’s Day date. Owned by Roman Kaplan and managed by his daughter Vlada Von Shats and her two sons Michael and Nicholas, this upscale establishment offers some of the finest authentic Russian cuisine in New York. Located in the Theater District, Russian Samovar boasts a 19th-century feel, complete with picturesque green and red shades and Russian folk prints.
Aside from its authentic Russian dishes, it is known for its 26 flavored vodkas prepared in-house, including ginger, horseradish, lemon and cranberry. Delectable appetizers include Beluga and Osetra caviar, Blinis filled with salmon or caviar, the Assorted Fish Platter (in-house cured Salmon Gravlax with dill, Smoked Atlantic Salmon and Smoked Butterfish), Vol-au-Vent (a wild mushroom puff pastry), traditional Borscht, a Pate Russe laced with brandy, and Pelmeni Stroganoff, veal or chicken with sirloin tips in a creamy mushroom sauce. It is its signature entrees, however, that have put Russian Samovar on the culinary map. House specialties include Shashlik Karski (rack of lamb marinated in Georgian spices), Beef Stroganoff, Veal Pojarksi (ground veal and breast of chicken cutlets), Chicken Kiev and Pelmeni (veal, beef and chicken dumplings).
256 West 52nd Street (At 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10019
MarieBelle New York
For those with a sweet tooth, MarieBelle is the one-stop-shop for an afternoon Valentine’s celebration. MarieBelle New York will be offering their all new Brunch, available Saturdays and Sundays starting Saturday, February 8, 2020; and their High Tea served all day, every day, starting Thursday, February 13, 2020. Perfect for those wanting to avoid long lines and reservations, you can enjoy a delicious Valentine’s meal all weekend with MarieBelle’s Brunch. Some brunch items include the Croque Monsieur with Black forest ham, gruyere, bechamel on a grilled loaf bread and mixed greens; Smoked Norwegian Salmon Pizza with Wasabi mayo, arugula and capers; and Huevos Rancheros Sunny-side up eggs, chipotle tomato sauce, feta cheese, cilantro & jalapenos. MarieBelle’s Hot Tea is ideal for light bites and comforting drinks. You and your loved one can enjoy mini pastries & petit chocolate fondue, scones, madeleines, jam & butter, assorted sandwiches like Salmon & dill cream cheese, and so much more! Those who come in for High Tea during Valentine’s week will receive a complimentary 2pcs Valentine’s Ganache Box.
While there, explore the boutique store and take home one of MarieBelle Chocolates’ signature artisanal ganache collections. Each ganache is decorated with a unique Valentine’s Day design that tells a beautiful love story. Or try the sweetest gift for that special chocolate lover in your life with their Izak Zenou Valentine’s Day Ganache Box, Truffle Box, and Chocolate Bars. The one-of-a-kind collections are adorned with the artwork of renowned fashion illustrator Izak Zenou.
MarieBelle New York (Soho), 484 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013
MarieBelle at the Kitano Hotel (Midtown), 66 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016
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Claude’s at the Southampton Inn
The award-winning Claude’s Restaurant, at the Southampton Inn, brings the distinguished taste of the Hamptons this Valentine’s Day and year-round for visitors to the Village of Southampton, New York. The beloved restaurant is the epitome of comfort, casual dining and entertainment. Claude’s serves breakfast daily, weekend brunch and dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.
Treat your special loved one with Claude’s Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner. The 3-course dinner includes a choice of an appetizer, Grilled Portabello, Roasted Red Beet Salad, or Tomato Bisque; a choice of an entrée, Steak Barolo, Chicken Provencal, Homemade Fresh Ravioli Hearts, or Flounder in Phyllo; and a choice of Desserts, Molten Lava Cake with Coffee Gelato, or Profiterole with Dark Chocolate Sauce, Red Raspberry Drizzle & Fresh Whipped Cream. The special Valentine’s Day Menu is $35pp and comes with a complimentary glass of Rosé Prosecco.
February is also Romance Month at the Southampton Inn where you can celebrate with your Valentine anytime throughout February 2020. Package for 2 adults includes an elegant overnight room, early check-in/late checkout, Prosecco in your room upon request, a special 3-course dinner and a delicious breakfast the next morning. $240, plus taxes and fee. 2020 room rate.
We look forward to welcoming you at the Southampton Inn!
For the latest packages, deals and rates, please call 631-283-6500, or visit southamptoninn.com.
91 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968
For those who spend Valentine’s Day in the Hamptons, Union Cantina offers a romantic, intimate atmosphere, combined with a modern Mexican menu crafted by award-winning Executive Chef Scott Kampf. The year-round eatery sits in the iconic Bowden Square, and features a festive atmosphere, combining dark woods balanced by the bright cerulean colored walls, which are also decorated with Mexican artwork.
Valentine’s Day couples craving Mexican with a spin will enjoy Union Cantina’s A La Carte Menu, featuring delectable dishes such as Beef Short Rib Tacos, Spicy Shrimp Deconstructed Enchilada, Avocado Fries, and UBB Burger. A selection of Chef Specialties will also be offered on the day. Union Cantina’s winning Everyday Happy Hour is offered as usual from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.
If you and your special someone are fans of delectable hamburgers, Union Cantina’s sister restaurant Union Burger Bar is right around the corner and is celebrating its one-year anniversary. The restaurant extension is co-located with the contemporary Mexican restaurant, offering an assortment of specialty gourmet burgers, fresh hand-cut fries, maniacal milkshakes & desserts and of course an elaborate craft beer and small batch bourbon selection. Union Burger Bar is first come, first served, no reservations, and is open for both lunch and dinner.
Union Cantina, 40 Bowden Square, Southampton, NY For reservations and more information, visit https://www.unioncantina.net/