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What is the best NYC, or top spots for valentine's day dinner? I want something romantic and different.

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  1. You have got to be kidding. You're lucky if anything is available less than two weeks out, let alone the 'top' and 'romantic' spots.

    Just looked at OpenTable and did see some 5:15, 5:30 and 9:30 slots still open at: Seasonal, Ai Fiori, Hearth and Aquavit.

    1. Sorry, but Valentine's Day is not the day to go out, if you can help it. So many places have pre-set menus and are so crowded that it is impossible to enjoy a meal.
      Order in, or go out the night before/after. Save yourself a lot of frustration.

      There are a bunch of threads on this board (and on every regional board I'll bet) about Valentine's Day and they all pretty much say this. I don't mean to burst your bubble, it's just that I can't in good conscience recommend anything for this day.

      1. Best place is at home. I have already ordered the caviar. Champagne will be on ice and short ribs will be in the oven. I can honestly say that some of the worst meals I have ever had in my life in NYC have been on Valentine's Day. Overpriced set menus with crowds of people and surly service.

        1. Hate to say it, but home. Get a steak from Lobels and the best red wine you can afford.

          1. Mybe some lobsters from Cheasea Market, bottle of champagne or white wine some candles...anything better than eating out on that night

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            1. re: princeofpork3

              Just an FYI for anyone planning this: Lobster Place is closed for renovations.

            2. Last Valentine's Day, my girlfriend and I went to Don's Bogam, a Korean barbecue restaurant that had no special menu. It was not the typical Valentine's Day place, and because of that, it was great. Another couple was celebrating in the same area. In general, thinking outside the box (at least for dinner) is a good idea on "amateur nights" like V-Day.

              1. Ilili appears to have a great prix fixe - it's on the high side but you seem to get a lot + a champagne. Lebanese, modern, sexy environment. Really good food. In the 20's on Fifth I believe

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                1. re: BobbiD

                  Just ate here last night. Outstanding food. The flavors were spot on. Definitely going back soon

                2. Del Posto is a great Valentine's place. Maybe if you call you can get a reservation for Valentine's 2014