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Foodie Valentine's Day Dinner on the Early Side?

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joshwa Feb 9, 2008 11:40 AM

We are on the waitlist for the Chocolate Room's V-Day special at 10pm, and yours truly has dropped the ball on a suitable dinner reservation for beforehands to give us enough time to make it back for this.

My wife and I are both hardcore foodies, so "decent" is not what we're looking for. A tall order, I know, especially given the short time frame.

So what *really good* eating experiences are likely to have a reservation for 2 on the early side on the big day? We're okay with offbeat, as long as it will be something to remember and enjoy experiencing together. All cuisines are open... e.g. really good soba recs?, but chinatown is out (has to have at least the possibility of being nominally romantic).

Your thoughts? Please keep me out of the doghouse!

  1. ZerlinaVania Feb 10, 2008 03:39 PM

    I'm not sure if you can still get reservations, but my boyfriend and I had a lovely experience at DB Bistro Moderne. I'm not sure what they have going on for Valentine's Day, but their regular menu items are relatively reasonably priced. The food and the service were excellent... I'm partial to the duck confit. http://www.danielnyc.com/dbbistro/

    1. k
      kobetobiko Feb 10, 2008 03:35 PM

      Based on Opentable there are still tables at around 5 or 6pm at Alto, Bar Blanc, Aquavit, I Trulli, Fleur de Sel, etc. Those are fine places for celebrating V-day.

      1. r
        RGR Feb 10, 2008 10:23 AM

        We've been to Park Avenue Bistro (fka Park Bistro) since they re-opened. Food's better than ever and while the ambiance is quite different from the original location, it is very attractive. You might be able to score an early res. Here's the menu:

        VALENTINE'S DAY 2008

        LOBSTER TREAT

        APPETIZERS

        Lobster Bisque - Homemade creamy lobster bisque

        Gourmande Salad - Fresh Foie Gras on a bed of mixed greens with roasted shrimps and black truffle vinaigrette

        Mini Lobster Tacos - Traditional Lobster salad with sliced mango and ripe avocado in one perfect bite with baby arugala greens

        Warm Goat Cheese Salad - Endive and watercress lightly tossed in a citrus vinaigrette
        topped with a warm golden layer of farm fresh goat cheese

        Lobster Ravioli (available as an Entree) - Homemade Ravioli stuffed with fresh Lobster covered with baby shrimps, scallops and tender calamari in a white truffle champagne sauce with shaved aged parmesan

        Blue Point Oysters - Six freshly shucked Atlantic blue point oyster with spicy cocktail sauce or shallot and pepper vinaigrette

        MAIN COURSES

        Roasted Halibut - Oven roasted halibut wrapped in feuilles de brique with sauteed leeks and portabella mushrooms topped with a roasted red pepper

        Surf and Turf ($10 added charge) - Grilled ¼ pound lobster tail with salted butter, petit filet mignon and classic béarnaise sauce with potato galette and asparagus tips

        Long Island Sea Scallops - Jumbo North Fork sea scallops with a rich cauliflower puree drizzled with fresh chive oil

        Poor Man's Lobster Risotto - Pan sauteed Monk Fish on a bed of lobster risotto
        finished with a saffron sauce

        Medallions of Veal - Sliced medallions of herbed rubbed veal with a port wine sauce
        creamy lobster timbale with broccoli rabe and dramatic potato gaufrettes

        Crispy Duck - Oven brown breast of duck sliced over braised red cabbage with a brandy griottine cherry sauce

        Rack of Lamb - Grilled rack of lamb au jus with a mint pear chutney and traditional potato gratin with baby vegetables

        SWEETS

        Vanilla Creme Brulee - Classic crème brulee with fresh vanilla beans

        Chocolate Tart - Warm chocolate cake with pistachio ice cream

        Apple Tart - Warm apple tart on puff pastry with vanilla ice cream

        L'amour - Creamy white chocolate mousse stuffed with fresh raspberries

        $85 per person

        Park Avenue Bistro
        377 Park Av. S.
        Between 26th & 27th Sts.
        Tel:(212) 689-1360

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        1. re: RGR
          dawnfawn Feb 10, 2008 03:11 PM

          Cornelia Street Cafe is only 55 bucks and is wonderful as always

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          idia Feb 9, 2008 06:02 PM

          I don't know about "offbeat" but Gotham Bar & Grill will deliver a delicious meal -- and isn't that the bottom line?
          Another fine meal is Vice Versa. And another is davidburke and donatella -- especially if you get there on the early side.
          There are so many to suggest but I am sure others will weigh in with some of their favorite choices as well.

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