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Valentine's Day Suggestions?

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I was thinking about Perilla, but I was wondering if anyone had some other good suggestions!

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  1. really depends...what exactly are you looking for? something just like perilla?

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    1. re: smokeandapancake

      Could be but does not have to be.

      I am opened for ideas. Upscale, but not crazy priced.

      1. re: Nancy191

        aldea.
        Aldea
        aldearestaurant.com
        31 W 17th St
        The Red Head
        www.theredheadnyc.com
        349 East 13th Street
        Apiary
        www.apiarynyc.com
        60 3 Avenue

    2. Wherever you go you should call first and see if they're offering their regular menu. Lots of places switch to a "special" menu on big holidays. There's a reason for the scare quotes. Those menus offer a limited range of dishes, often substantially different from those on the regular menu and often unappealing choices. Then they charge you 50% more for the privilege of eating mediocre food.

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      1. re: Bob Martinez

        We had very meals at Le Bernardin, Esca and Cafe Boulud while in NYC this past November. :)

        1. re: Bob Martinez

          And enjoying sullen service from waitstaff who would understandably enough prefer to be with their SOs but in many cases are not professional enough to rise above it. V-Day is the second worst day for dining out in my opinion (the worst being New Year's Eve).

          1. re: buttertart

            Funny, my partner and I have always had a lovely time dining out on Valentine's Day. This year will be our 15th together. I guess it depends on who you are with and where you go. And as for "sullen...wait staff," if one takes a job at a restaurant, one should know he or she will have to work on such "holidays." I'm sure the better restaurants have professional wait staff who can and do rise above the status of "sullen."

            1. re: ttoommyy

              I am glad you've hit the right spots. It hasn't been our experience most of the time - and this in the "better" restaurants of several US and Canadian cities (last year at Tocqueville in NYC, the only time we did not enjoy eating there). I'm not talking about Valentine's Day at Olive Garden or something like that.

        2. I went to Ill bucco last year and had an AMAZING meal!!!! If you want super romantic request a table downstairs!

          www.ilbuco.com

          47 Bond Street
          New York, NY 10012
          (212) 533-1932