Romantic New York Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 01/28/2014
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria photo by Noe DeWitt • En Japanese Brasserie photo by Malcolm Brown
The pressure is on for the perfect Valentine's Day dinner. Time's a-wastin' to book a table. Look for open spots at Daniel Boulud's many romantic destinations; special prix-fixe menus are in effect February 14–15 at Daniel, Cafe Boulud, Boulud Sud, Bar Boulud, DB Bistro Moderne and DBGB Kitchen and Bar. Flowers and a poetic card are always nice but a lusty Italian dinner will earn you extra points, especially at downtown neighborhood gems like Hearth, Lavagna and Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria. If your mood is skewing more Asian, the West Village's dark and sexy En Japanese Brasserie has an elaborate Valentine’s Day kaiseki menu whose courses include sea urchin rice and Wagyu strip loin. Sitting side by side at a sushi bar is another intimate solution, and you'll be in the hands of masters at Sushi Yasuda, Soto and Ushiwakamaru. For our slideshow we have some more novel ideas, the most enchanting restaurants—both in terms of ambience and food—to open in the past year. They span Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens and come in all varieties: high-end spot and really cool dive, amazing steak house and offbeat Thai. Be this your first V-Day together or your umpteenth, these places should inspire amore.