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Feb 6, 2014 11:29 AM

Valentine's day ... restaurant

Hi everybody,
I'm coming from France for the first time in NYC (so happy !). It's a present that my wife made to me for my 30 th !

SO, as we'll be in NYC during the V day, i'd like to surprise her with a nice restaurant (she is romantic and she likes also trendy places).

Which places could you please advise me for a drink and then for dinner ?
What about The Mercer Kitchen for instance ?

Thanx a lot for you precious help ...


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  1. What's your budget per person before tax, tip, alcohol?

    You are planning VERY late for a dinner on 2/14 or 2/15, as the best restaurants book up a month in advance.

    In NYC, many restaurants will be doing prix fixe menus on 2/14 that are more expensive than their regular menus. Service and other factors can suffer as this is such a popular night to dine out.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks for your fast reply !
      Indeed, i just realise that every places i find i fully booked !
      There was a table available at the Mercer Kitchen (prix fix menu indeed). As usual you can find good and bad advice about every places on the web (the french one) that's why i'm looking for advices here ...
      Could you please maybe look at, sort table for the 02/14 diner and recommand me some ? (it'll probably be easier
      )The budget is about 100$ per person without alcohol.

      1. re: Benathan

        Andanada but you need to call to see if they are having a menu that fits your budget. Ditto Armani. Both show prime time availability on Open Table

    2. Mercer Kitchen is really long in the tooth, the last time I was there was years ago but the food was very disappointing. Perhaps more recent visitors can chime in.

      Do you know where you will be staying in NYC? How long will your trip be? What does she enjoy eating/dislike eating?

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      1. re: Pookipichu

        Hi Pooki,
        That's what i've been told about that place but it looks good ... BUT, for such a price (and event), the food as to be good or surprising at least.
        We'll stay in Manhattan for 6 days. She likes almost erverything. I'm looking for a romantic and trendy place.
        Any idea ?

        1. re: Benathan

          Do you have an American Express card (especially Platinum) by any chance? If so, the concierge may be able to get you a reservation at a place that appears to be booked up.

          1. re: Elisa515

            Good idea thanks but no, i have gold visa. I'll check by any chance if they deliver the same kind of sevices ... but regarding the price i pay for it i don't think so ;)

          2. re: Benathan

            Can you move your romantic dinner to another night then?

            1. re: Benathan

              This is a very difficult proposition because the food in France is so excellent and you are trying to make reservations on one of the most challenging days of the year :)

              Some suggestions based on Opentable availability:

              David Burke Kitchen - Very "American", the food is quite good, won't break the bank and the monkey bread is just wonderful. The room is not super romantic but the place has a lively trendy vibe.

              Felidia - There are romantic nooks and the restaurant overall lends itself well to romantic dinners, the food is hit or miss but can be excellent, hopefully they bring their "A" game on V-day. Not very trendy though.

              Michael Jordan's Steakhouse - the food is OK, it's more about the atmosphere. Grand Central is very romantic, would make for an unforgettable meal.

              Whatever you decide, make your reservation quickly! :) Hoping you and your wife have amazing experiences in NY.

              1. re: Pookipichu

                Hi !
                Indeed we love good food but regarding what i find i'm sure that the level we'll be very high in NY too ;)
                Thank you for the few propositions that i'll check immediatly to book and eventualy cancel the Andanada's.
                Have to make choices, as life is ;) only choices.
                I'll keep u up to date.

          3. On Friday there is virtually nothing,.. avoiding French, since you didn't come all this way to eat french...
            best I saw was I Trulli

            For Saturday there is Novita or Pampano

              1. re: kmzed

                If Andanada is available, I would strongly recommend it too.

                1. re: rrems

                  Thanks a lot. A made a reservation @ Andanada. I'll tell you the effect it made us ;)

                  1. re: Benathan

                    Be sure to try the meatballs in squid ink and the scorpion fish flan. The paellas are great.

                    1. re: rrems

                      How long has this place been there. I live right in the 'hood... and have never been. And good chatter on CH.. Yelp is mostly good but a few reviewers seem like paid slammers

                      1. re: dyrewolf

                        About a year, I think. I was a huge fan of Gastroarte, which was previously in that space, and was disappointed when it closed. My impression when Andanada opened was that it was just standard traditional Spanish, but now that I've been there a couple of times, I've found that to be incorrect. Though not as innovative as Gastroarte, some dishes are quite creative, and everything I've had was delicious.

              2. Not sure what time you want but I see Louro has a 5:45 on the 14th, maybe instead of drink and then dinner you could do dinner then drink. I am not a big fan of Louro but many many people on Chow love it to death.