Wake up and smell the roses, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning your date night, like, right now. While NYC has an abundant amount of romantic restaurants that you probably already have on the top of your list, we’re here to show you some places that maybe, just maybe, you haven’t thought of just yet. So before you hit that reservation button on Open Table, check out some of these under-the-radar spots that are simply perfect for a romantic night out for you and your babe.
As you probably already know, we’re pretty big fans of The Eddy’s science project of a drink: The Bedrock Fizz. So once we heard this East Village restaurant was having a three day V-day extravaganza, we just had to talk about it. Starting Friday (Valentine’s Day weekend), nestle in the quaint corners of the restaurant as you and your date choose to eat from either the a la carte or $125 per person tasting menu. While the restaurant is already filled to the brim with charisma and romance, dishes like Artichoke Tortellini (Fontina, Bone Marrow Gremolata) and Braised Beef Cheek (Celery Root, Salsify, Black Truffle) are going to entice your taste buds with so much flavor that you will instantly fall in love over and over again with each bite you take.
Address: 342 E 6th St.
While you might already be familiar with the midtown wine bar and restaurant, Wine:30, we’re here to introduce to you its sister restaurant that so happens to live right down the street. Wine:34 is a cozy, romantic restaurant that has a robust selection of wines and cocktails, in addition to its seasonal menu that serves fresh and local ingredients (you know, the good stuff). The dimly lit space is perfect for when you want to feel intimate with your date as you explore through conversations of good wine and good eats — Two combos that are clearly a must when it comes to Valentine’s Day.
Address: 127 E 34th St.
If you’re not really feeling the hustle and bustle of NYC, why not visit this Brooklyn, brownstone restaurant for a romantic dinner with your main squeeze. Palo Santo is a Pan-Latin restaurant which is settled inside a Park Slope brownstone. Cozy up next to the fireplace and get a taste of their Latin and Caribbean-influenced menu, which is encompassed with strong flavors that never overlap one another. But if you want to celebrate in style, give the prix fixe menu a try. Not only does it include a three course meal, but a bottle of wine, too.
Address: 652 Union Street Brooklyn, NY 11215
Rebelle is the type of place that you will be talking about again and again. This French-flair restaurant is far from the stick-your-nose-up-in-the-air-and-wave-it-like-you-just-don’t-care attitude those other so-called Parisian spots so happen to be. Consisted with small plates that are modern but still nostalgic to their roots, each dish is going to make your mind explode with happiness with dishes like eggplant, citrus vinaigrette, eggplant jam, coriander and pork, piperade, romesco, brussels sprouts. In addition to their menu, they are also well-versed when it pertains to the vino. So bring your date here for the ultimate romantic experience. We’re positive you won’t regret it.
Address: 218 Bowery New York, NY 10012
Located in the Flatiron District, Kat and Theo is no stranger when it comes to romance. While their interior is filled floor to ceiling with brick and candles, there’s also a fireplace in the back room that will instantly warm your bod and also your soul. While executive chef Paras Shahs dinner menu is perfect just the way it is, he created a Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe menu that is far from boring with dishes like lavender poached lobster and Beef Cheek ‘Pot Au Feu’. Is there really any other reason why we should convince you to go here? No, we didn’t think so.
Address: 5 W 21st St
Last but not least, we’re traveling to Queens to check out this fun Oyster bar and restaurant that seems to have traveled back in time. Mar’s is a gastropub that is about good and honest food where you can hang with people you care about. While the space itself has a lot of character, it’s the perfect spot if you and your boo don’t really want to do the whole dinner romance thing, but still want to feel sexy. Eat from the killer menu that is complemented by modern takes on classic cocktails — which you surely will be dreaming about — while you listen to 1930’s tunes through the speakers.
Address: 34-21 34th Ave. Astoria, NY 11106
Feature Image via Kat and Theo