Valentine's Day Prix-Fixe Meals
by Chris Schonberger and Jessie Cacciola, Time Out New York contributors, 02/09/2010
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Find inspiration for your V-Day love paean at this American bistro—the mirrors will be covered in romantic, handwritten poems by bar-manager-cum-wordsmith Patrick Costigan. The aphrodisiac-heavy menu includes raw oysters, chocolate ganache and a champagne toast. Lovers can order wine pairings or sip on cocktails like the Mole Alejandro (berries, Godiva dark chocolate and tequila). 90 W. Houston St. at West Broadway (646-448-4559). 4–11pm; $65 per person, wine pairings $35–$55.
Community Food & Juice
Couples looking for a less restrictive take on Valentine's Day decadence can enjoy Community's special à la carte offerings. Balance out the grass-fed sirloin ($29) and lobster mac and cheese ($19) with a V-Day veggie plate for two ($15), featuring caramelized cauliflower and maple-roasted squash. 2893 Broadway between 112th and 113th Sts. (212-665-2800). 5–9:30pm.
Indulging your carnal desires doesn't require eating animals. Chef Whitney Aycock's comfortable East Village eatery caters to vegan lovers with a four-course prix fixe, including heirloom-garlic consommé and pan-seared seitan over red quinoa cake. For an additional $25, pair the Make Love, Not War cocktail (vodka or gin, peach bitters and honey) with the Truffle Trio (cinnamon-cacao crunch, sea-salted lavender, toasted hazelnut). 105 First Ave. between 6th and 7th Sts. (212-982-5870). 5pm–midnight; $65 per person, with wine pairing $95.
Treat your sweetheart to seasonally inspired New American fare at Saul Bolton's Smith Street bastion. The $95 four-course prix fixe includes Hudson Valley foie gras, wild Atlantic halibut and buttermilk-poached guinea hen. To seal the deal, there's a warm chocolate gratin with dulce de leche ice cream. 140 Smith St. between Bergen and Dean Sts., Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-935-9844). 5:30–11pm; $95 per person, with wine pairing $155.
Find a slightly more youthful (but still classy) take on the Saul experience at this buzzy Prospect Heights gastropub, also helmed by chef-owner Saul Bolton. On the special day, $75 gets you a four-course dinner featuring Chatham cod, roasted squab, and artisanal pasta with artichokes and arugula pesto. 570 Vanderbilt Ave. between Bergen and Dean Sts., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-623-0570). 5:30–11pm, $75 per person.
For more prix-fixe Valentine's Day dinners, visit Time Out New York.