Going out on Valentine's weekend. Ugh.
We have a few weekend nights away from our toddler coming up, unfortunately it will be the 15th and 16th of Feb. We want to go out for a fun dinner, but do not want to deal with lame Valentine's Day crowds and over-priced pre-fix menus. Can anyone recommend a unique and really tasty (doesn't have to be fancy, and please no Asian style restaurants) place we could go for dinner in lower Manhattan that weekend?
What's your budget, per person, for food only?
Do you want somewhere you can make a reservation or are you willing to wait for a table?
From what I have seen, most restaurants are only doing a special on 2/14 itself and not extending it into the weekend.
For that Saturday, for example, I see OpenTable has some availability at:
It's also been my experience that the prix-fixe menus also come only on 2/14, In fact, we've always found the day after Valentine's Day to be a fantastic time to go out to dinner.
Of course, things may be different with V-Day coming on a Thursday going into a weekend. My advice would be to decide what you want as if there were no holiday and then check opentable or call or email the restaurants
Our anniversary is 2/15. We will be married 26 years. In all of those years we have never run into a Valentine's Day menu or anything of the sort on 2/15.