Nothing beats a romantic dinner over candlelight on Valentine's Day. But with hundreds of restaurants to choose from in New York City, finding the perfect place to dine with your sweetie can be tedious. Skip the stress and make a dinner reservation for Feb. 14 at one of the following restaurants, which boast flavor and ambiance as well as reasonable prices.
Ardesia Wine Bar – 510 West 52nd Street. Don’t care for a three-course meal? Make a reservation at this casual wine bar located in Hell’s Kitchen, where the kitchen will be serving its regular fare Saturday with its always-impressive wine list a la carte.
Botequim – 132 Fourth Avenue. This Brazilian restaurant located in the East Village is offering a special Carnival-Valentine’s prix-fixe dinner on Saturday for $75 per person. Watch Samba dancers while you enjoy traditional Brazilian Carnival dishes with your date, such as roasted suckling pig with collard greens and calabresa acebolada.
Brick Café – 30-95 33rd Street. This cozy Astoria spot is offering individually priced Valentine’s Day specials as well as their regular dinner menu Saturday night. Brick Café has a European-inspired menu featuring fresh pastas and a full wine list.
Candle Café – 1307 Third Avenue and 2427 Broadway. Is your Valentine vegetarian or gluten-free? Then have dinner at Candle Café, where the eco-friendly kitchen serves an entire menu of organic, vegan cuisine year-round. The Upper East Side location will serve a three-course prix-fixe meal Saturday night for $65 or with wine pairing for $95. The Upper West Side location will serve a three-course meal for $74 or with wine pairing for $105. The two menus feature completely different options for soups, appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts.
The Cecil – 210 West 118th Street. Head uptown to this restaurant in historic Harlem for some Valentine’s Day comfort food. The African-Asian fusion kitchen will serve a three-course aphrodisiac menu of butter-poached lobster, pan-roasted duck and Nyangbo chocolate marquis for dessert. The prix-fixe dinner Saturday is $60 per person or $100 with wine pairing.
Glasserie – 95 Commercial Street. This Brooklyn restaurant will serve a feast for two Saturday for just $68, including grilled whole market fish, preserved lemon and bean stew, griddle bread and labneh, and an herb salad. Dinner Saturday night at Glasserie is sure to win over any Valentine.