NYC’s Best Valentine’s Day Food and Drinks in 2022


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NYC's Best Valentine's Day Food and Drinks in 2022

NYC’s Best Valentine’s Day Food and Drinks in 2022

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Photo: Courtesy of Bread Bakery

Here we go again, love and hate. Valentine’s Day is still a week away, and even if the whole world still feels particularly unromantic, magic can be found as long as you know where to look. So here are 22 delicious, exciting ideas—top butcher sauce, boogie cookie gram—to make your 2022 Valentine’s Day as special as possible.

At the delightful Agi’s counter in Crown Heights, Chef Jeremy Salamon will serve up a five-course home-style menu for two nights, catering to Eastern European hotel dinners (and Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel). Some highlights include snails, duck pate, roast beef and creme brulee. This is a super limited event at a much-loved new restaurant, so make your reservations before it’s too late.

The 36-year-old dining establishment Gotham has reopened (again) after being closed for 19 months. Dinner reservations are a great way to support a place we’ve all but lost – or you can buy some of the restaurant’s namesake chocolates, including champagne candies that feel as timeless as the restaurant.

The beautiful Peruvian-inspired Contento in East Harlem has indoor and outdoor tables and only 35 seats, guaranteeing date nights feel intimate. To add to the good vibe, Yannick Benjamin, owner of Contento and co-founder of Wine on Wheels, designed the restaurant with accessibility and the disabled community in mind—both inspiring and essential.

Dinner is sure to feel romantic at Zou Zou’s, the new wood-fired Eastern Mediterranean restaurant by Chef Madeline Sperling, offering endless shareable meals. The menu celebrates the flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean region, with Lebanese, Israeli, Turkish, Egyptian, Syrian and Jordanian influences. Think about it: a whole bunch of dipping sauces, like grilled eggplant and raw ricotta, served on warm bazillama bread. Or, hot casserole cheese is lit at the table and served with bread for dipping. Its fire-roasted leg of lamb is carved tableside and more enticing than anything else: all your friends will be jealous of your wonderful evening.

Mediterranean restaurant Sami & Susu on the Lower East Side has just launched dinner service and has become an instant nighttime destination. On Valentine’s Day, it’s offering a special — and at $45 per person, very reasonable — “Hearts and Bubbles,” a name you can definitely take literally. It will include chicken hearts, zhug roast duck hearts, lamb heart pastrami toast and beef hearts au poivre, all served with a glass of champagne.

Bar Blondeau is the new rooftop bar at the Weiss Hotel, with stunning views and reliable and charming French cooking. Elsewhere in Williamsburg, Westlight Winter Village on the roof of the William Valley Hotel is a truly magical scene with private cabins, fondue and chicken pie. Book your own private cabin, get hot pot, get tempura sea bass bread, get spicy chicken enchiladas, and get romance. When you get there, it’s almost impossible not to.

Via Viaggio, a CBD gummy brand by author Silvana Nardone, has a Verus Amor option that combines organic CBD with “libido-boosting” botanicals, romantic rose petals and the tantalizing flavor of strawberry saffron.

If you’re coming from the city center, take a seat at Yamada’s Kaiseki Room, a brand new ten-seat counter led by Chef Isao Yamada. On Valentine’s Day, guests can enjoy a special nine-course traditional Japanese kaiseki meal, including luxurious creations such as Hokkaido Nori Chawanmushi and Foie Gras Sushi.

Nai is a lively two-story snack bar in the East Village. Chef Ruben Rodriguez’s menu features tapas that pay homage to his Galician heritage (Chennai Means “mama” in Galician), mussels escabeche with potato chips and lemon mayo, or mushroom carpaccio with Marcona almonds and Manchego cheese.

SONA offers two special menus for guests dining at home and in restaurants. Diners can enjoy a seven-course meal that includes Lobster Malay Curry and Perilla Leaf Tea. Meanwhile, its “Date Night for Two” is available for takeout and delivery, and includes fan-favorite dishes like Blackened Spiced Grilled Chicken and Masala Chai Chocolate Truffles for two.

Ipsa, a chef-prepared meal service, has a February menu that includes two new lasagna, Belgian Beef Stew with Egg Noodles, and beloved frozen biscuits such as Chocolate Sauce, Rye Cherry Chocolate Chunks or Chewy Honey . As long as you can hide the packaging, no one will know that other people do most of the work for you.

In the West Village, Temperance Wine Bar offers a sweet little V-Day program that includes blind tasting of four and a half glasses of wine for a flat $30 price. If you guess all the wines correctly, you can win some bonus wines. The bar also has a heated outdoor patio that you can use whether you guessed it or not.

Views of Manhattan from Dumbo’s Celestine are always spectacular, and Valentine’s Day is a good reason. Its Valentine’s prix fixe features oysters with black truffle, dry cooked rib eye, grilled scallops, raspberry cream pie and more.

Erika Nakamura and Jocelyn Guest, aka Butcher Girl, make a home spread that includes 24 ounces of bone-in rib eye and marrow butter, and caviar, and A full bottle of small batch vodka or gin to use in martinis. It’s $275, half what you’d spend at a restaurant, and they’ve done all the hard work for you.

For one night only, Edy’s Grocer will be Edy’s Chop House, a Middle Eastern twist on a classic New York steakhouse dinner hosted by Bill Clark and Edy Massih. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Ali Forney Center, a nonprofit that funds and supports homeless LGBTQIA+ youth in New York, menu highlights include tahini caesar salad, pomegranate mint lamb chops, twice baked potatoes with labneh, and dessert Sumac Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Ballura, Just opened in the East Village and will offer a $90 Valentine’s Day menu featuring grilled oysters, pozole risotto, grass-fed steak, scallops, and more. But the real draw might be beverage director Julio Xoxocotla, who has one of the most ambitious mezcal collections in the city.

Whether you have Valentine’s Day gifts, galentine gifts or palenine, just go to the Grand Army. On the 14th, it serves oysters, complimentary chocolate strawberries and a special Balvenie cocktail. Bonus: It has a powerful outdoor setting and a wonderful fireplace.

The food packages curated by Slow Table are as close as possible to the family restaurant experience. For a date night experience for two, the Mini Crew is a shepherd’s dream of all kinds of meats and cheeses.

Jasper Hills Farm in Vermont has a Valentine’s Day package in honor of the late Anne Saxelby. Its Victory Cheese Box consists of some of her favorite cheeses and her book, and 10% of the $99 price of the box will go to the Anne Saxelby Legacy Fund.

Levain has launched a “cookie gram” program, where single cookie flavors have “to” and “from” at the top. You can order through DoorDash or Caviar, or buy at any of Levain’s stores. These gifts are perfect for teachers, super or harmless secret crushes.

Disset Chocolate, which specializes in artisanal chocolates on Long Island’s North Fork, just launched its Chocolate Club. Just like the wine club, this is a membership that offers new chocolates throughout the year.

Head over to Breads Bakery in Union Square for $7 for a heart-shaped baguette that just begs for salted butter. Share with your loved ones.

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