No holiday gives us more inner conflict than Valentine’s Day. On the one hand, it’s a cheesy manufactured holiday, but on the other, it offers a lot of opportunities to eat candy and an excuse to go out for a nice dinner. If you’re interested in this last purpose, perhaps you’re the organized sort and have already made reservations for you and your sweetheart at L’Espalier. If, however, you’re not quite so on top of things, never fear! We’ve rounded up five great options that still have reservations available.
•For $75, dante will bring the romance with their outlandishly adorable four-course V-Day menu, stuffed with dish names like “menage a foie” and “love bird.” Aww. Reservations for two are available at 5:30 and 9:45 (hey, we never promised to find you reservations for prime times).
•After the infamous New Year’s Eve debacle at Vlora, the restaurant will presumably be on the straight and narrow for Valentine’s Day….or it will be a good story to tell your friends. Either way, the four-course $45 menu looks pretty yummy. There’s even steak! Seatings are available at 5:15 and 9:45.
•Get decadent at The Metropolitan Club with their a la carte menu. Guys, nothing says “romance” like langostino tails poached in butter and champagne. Reservations may be made for 5:30 and 9:15.
•We generally prefer our lobster to be as unadorned as possible, but we’d make an exception for the lobster thermidor cassoulet that’s part of Bouchee’s Valentine’s Day a la carte menu. Reservations are available at 5:30 and 9:30.
•If you want to eat at a reasonable hour, UpStairs on the Square is probably your best bet. Reservations are available in the Monday Room any time after 8:30. The $85 five-course menu includes a delightful-sounding terrine of duck foie gras with rose-scented gelee.