This Valentine’s Day, New York City’s best chefs and restaurants are planning romantic evenings full of culinary delights for all the lovebirds out there. Here are some of the best dining ideas in New York this February 14th, 2019.
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A Taste of Italy at MAMO NYC
MAMO Restaurant, one of New York City’s leading Italian restaurants, is back. The renowned SoHo restaurant celebrates the flavors and sensibilities of Italian cuisine and brings those to New York City. MAMO has reopened after a fire closed its doors this past summer. While this type of unfortunate event could signal the end of many dining establishments or a departure to a new location, the team at MAMO, headed by restaurateur Mike “Mamo” Mammoliti and Executive Chef Salvatore Marcello, remained firm in the belief that the 323 W. Broadway location, its ambience, and the style of cuisine were a winning combination unrivaled by many. This Valentine’s Day, MAMO NYC will delight couples looking to dine in a rustic chic atmosphere, with a Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe menu including: tonno e salmone scottati, lamponi e carciofi (seared tuna and salmon, artichokes, raspberries), raviolini al tartufo, their signature fresh truffle raviolini, and capesante arrosto, broccoli, cavolfiori, salsa all’astice (Roasted scallops, broccoli, cauliflowers, lobster sauce).
MAMO is comprised of two distinct spaces, an intimate downstairs lounge and a comfortable 100-seat dining room upstairs. The multi-level space boasts rustic Provencal décor with old family images and movie posters that make guests feel instantly transported to the French Riviera. The extensive wine list includes hand-selected bottles from Italy and France, and the cocktail list features special concoctions with an Italian twist.
323 West Broadway (Btwn Canal & Grand Sts)
New York, NY 10013
Authentic French Fare at Demarchelier
A taste of the city of love, authentic French bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier (brother of famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier), is sure to impress your date this Valentine’s Day. Demarchelier brings a little piece of France to New York City. Every meal that leaves its kitchen aims to capture the essence of authentic French bistro fair. The family owned and run Upper East Side restaurant radiates a comfortable, colorful, warm and familial spirit that has made it a neighborhood fixture for a quarter-century, ideal for a quick bite to eat, a romantic rendezvous, or a simple family meal. The traditional menu is paired perfectly with a wide range of predominantly French wines.
This Valentine’s Day, Demarchelier is serving a special Prix Fixe menu for you and your loved one at $48 per person: appetizer, salmon pastrami or terrine de foie gras; main course, lamb chops with string beans and tomato Provençal or filet of halibut with a sorrel sauce; dessert, Valentines cake served with a complimentary choice of Prosecco, Chardonnay, or Merlot.
50 East 86th Street
(Between Madison & Park Ave)
New York, NY 10028
Traditional Russian Dining at Russian Samovar
This elegant, lively eatery is the perfect spot to celebrate Valentine’s Day. 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).
Russian Samovar Restaurant & Piano Bar
256 West 52nd Street (At 8th Avenue)
New York, NY 10019
Romantic Ambiance at Lea Wine Bar
This Valentine’s Day, Lea Wine Bar is the perfect destination for romantic cocktails, an evening rendezvous, or late-night dinner. Born of a union between French nightlife magic and Italian fashion sensibility, Lea is an intimate, warm and sophisticated space reminiscent of an era that offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan. Under the expert guidance of wine connoisseur Antonio Ricciardella and Iron Chef Julian Medina, Lea offers an impressive worldly selection of over 100 wines and an assortment of mouthwatering global tapas alongside an extensive sushi menu. In addition, mixology-inspired top shelf cocktails and a wide selection of spirits make Lea a rounded, harmonious experience for adults of varying cultures, ages and tastes.
Lea Wine Bar
230 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10169
Beijing-style Valentine’s Dining at Philippe Chow Downtown
Serving its signature, family-style menu of Chinese cuisine since 2005, Philippe Chow has gained quite the following over the years, and the new downtown location brings a more buzzing atmosphere to guests – both old and new. Chef Philippe Chow promises to bring the same menu of extraordinary Beijing dishes downtown, but this outpost is likely to become a pre- or post-party hotspot. The large dining space is outfitted with a grand gold-encompassed DJ booth, bringing you a rotating line-up of DJs to set the tone, while a private room is perfect for those in need of a more exclusive experience.
This Valentine’s Day treat your loved one to one Philippe Chow’s crowd-pleasing favorites, including Peking duck (carved table side and served with pancakes), salt and pepper lobster, and Mr. Cheng’s hand-pulled noodles (topped with the chef’s signature ground pork sauce). Dim Sum runs on the menu too, including options such as steamed crystal dumplings and crispy Peking duck spring rolls. Top off the evening with one of their exceptional desserts like the cotton candy-covered baked Alaska, lit on fire for good measure, or a dark chocolate pound cake dressed up with gelatin balloons and a show-stopping sparkler.
Philippe Chow Downtown
355 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
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