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Best spot for valentines day

jtobacks Feb 2, 2013 10:43 AM

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

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    thegforceny RE: jtobacks Feb 2, 2013 11:21 AM

    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. iluvcookies RE: jtobacks Feb 2, 2013 11:58 AM

      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.

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        Bkeats RE: jtobacks Feb 3, 2013 06:35 AM

        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.

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          mwhitmore RE: jtobacks Feb 3, 2013 09:30 AM

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

          1. princeofpork3 RE: jtobacks Feb 3, 2013 09:39 AM

            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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              loratliff RE: princeofpork3 Feb 8, 2013 09:13 PM

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

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              Pan RE: jtobacks Feb 9, 2013 03:06 AM

              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.

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                BobbiD RE: jtobacks Feb 9, 2013 09:18 AM

                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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                  princeofpork3 RE: BobbiD Feb 10, 2013 03:23 PM

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

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                  foodwhisperer RE: jtobacks Feb 9, 2013 10:28 AM

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

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