Valentine’s Day Dining Guide: The Splurge

This Valentine’s Day, perhaps more than those of recent years, has a particular economy-aided flavor to it. So our little spin on the usual V-Day dining options rundown is to break it all down by price. Today: The Splurge.

• At Blackbird, $115 per person lands you and your loved one a special tasting menu featuring flounder with hazelnut, Swiss chard and blood orange molasses, short rib with passion fruit and carob, and some surprises. It’s capped with sparkling wine, mais oui.

TRU has a weekend-long Valentine’s Day deal (the 13th for your mistress, the 14th for your wife, and the 15th for your other mistress?) with a choice between the $200/person Chef’s Market Collection menu and the $250/person Aphrodisiac Collection. They’re also taking the guesswork out of the accessories — the restaurant is happy to arrange a box of housemade chocolates ($36) or flowers ($125), just to make sure you hit all the notes.

• A special 7-course degustation awaits you and your sweetheart at Everest, $145 with an optional wine pairing for $89 per person. The menu includes Warm Maine Lobster Salad, Pino Noir Carnaroli Risotto, and other lovable delights. Don’t forget that for a slim $15, you can be chauffered in a town car. So glam.

• You’d be hard-pressed to find a more romantic Valentine’s day setting than L2O’s $90/person, six-course Tête-à-Tête menu — which changes daily, depending on what’s at the peak of freshness — served to you in the insanely decadent white onyx booth. Le Swoon

Alinea, sadly, is all booked up. As always, the reservationista suggested that those in dire need of a table give them a call a day or two before V-Day — not such a bad idea, considering that pre-Valentine’s is a hot time for breakups, which means canceled reservations, which means Hot Potato Cold Potato for you and your loved one.

[Photo: The white onyx booth at L2O — chilly, expensive, and decadent. Perfect for offsetting a red dress, too.]


Valentine’s Day Dining Guide: The Splurge