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Jan 23, 2012 08:24 AM

Valentine's Dinner Suggestions

I want to take my boyfriend out for Valentine's Day on the weekend following Valentine's Day (Feb 18). I'd like to spend less than $250 with tip. If it goes a little over that's fine but I don't want to get up in the $300 range. We normally get a bottle of wine with dinner. He is very into steak but I want to be open to other options. Please no Brooklyn suggestions, just Manhattan. We love tasting menus but I'm not sure whether or not I can find one in my price range. A romantic feel would be great! I want this to be memorable!

Thank you!!!!

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  1. Del Posto, Bouley. There arent any good choices in Brooklyn anyway

    Del Posto
    85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

    163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: foodwhisperer

      Once you add a bottle of wine to either, you're well into the $300 range - heck, Del Posto would be $250 menu price for two people, before even adding tax or tip. Bouley'd be around the same, maybe a smidge less.

      A bit of math: To keep it under $250 after tax & tip, the food & wine would have to come to a little under $100 menu price per person, total. Assuming an inexpensive bottle of wine at $40 or so, that's around $80/pp, food price.

      First thing I'd do is check out the deals on - SHO Shaun Hergatt and Aquavit are probably the the two "fanciest" places that regularly offer deals on there. For a $10 fee, you get 30% your entire bill - a heckuva deal. Both restos are actually good value for the money to begin with, though - $85 (give or take) prix fixe for 4 (Aquavit) or 5 (SHO) courses - and while some of the menu options at SHO carry a supplement, with 30% off... you could easily come in under budget. Both have been very good of late as well, especially given their price point. Even without the discount, they're a good deal for what you get. There's also a Tasting Menu at Aquavit for $115 - or about $80 with the discount. A steal. I probably prefer Aquavit slightly of the two, but I'm partial to the Nordic flavor profile for some reason.

      65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

      SHO Shaun Hergatt
      40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

    2. touqueville- very romantic

      1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

      1. Don't do it: coincidentally, i had this same discussion tonight w/ a server at a nice restaurant: she and i both agreed that going to a restaurant on V-Day is a fool's game...why?...restaurants never give you their A-game...they usually serve a set schlocky overpriced menu w/ some heart-shaped dessert and charge extra for the tacky touches...and the staff are usually pissed off that they are working (as opposed to being w/ their loved ones) so the overall vibe is just %^#&....

        My prefered V-day schedule is to perhaps get a very earlier (6pm) snack of oysters/lobster/wine w/ my date at some nice raw bar, and then spend the rest of the night at home w/ great food like smoked salmon, cheeses, great wine, chocolate...

        That said, if you want to take your bf for steak, Keens might be a fine option, as i'd guess they'll have their regular menu of steak, prime rib, mutton, etc and it's an old-school non-tacky place...if you want to go out, go there :)

        72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

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        1. re: Simon

          I think the Op's doing the dinner on Feb 18?

          I agree with you though. Not good to eat out on Valentine's Day itself.

          1. re: Cheeryvisage

            Whoops, yeah -- on the 18th, anywhere should be fine...

            Scarpetta might be nice...or Keens...or perhaps French-Vietnamese bistro Rouge et Blanc -- i believe they have a steak-for-two on menu, as well as comfy romantic booths and excellent wines...

            72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

            355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

            Rouge et Blanc
            48 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012