The Vegan Valentine: LuAnne’s Wild Ginger Pan-Asian Vegan
Also perfect for the romantic Valentine, this Little Italy restaurant tops our list for best ambiance. Order some Thai ice tea to sip (or gulp — we won’t judge) as you enjoy the scallion pancake appetizer and await the Sweet & Sour Sesame Soy Protein entree—which won’t break the bank at $13.00. Be sure to admire the details in the decor while you eat and enjoy compliments on your ability to pick the right spot. After some final cooing over how you feel like you’ve stepped through a portal from the freezing and windy NYC streets into a cozy local Thai eatery, order a dessert with some hot tea. Our rec: Try the cheesecake, and we’ll guarantee you the perfect end to a perfect dinner date.
The Wings & Beer Valentine: K-Town Chicken & Hof
There are few pleasures better in life than leaning back and enjoying some simple guilty pleasures with that special someone. This spot is not exactly known for its romantic mood; it’s in the middle of Koreatown, which is bustling on even the slowest night, and the restaurant itself is in a basement, no less. But it will hit the spot for your wings and beer craving, and you are sure to gain some extra brownie points for serving the best wings in Manhattan. But that’s just one blog’s opinion. Make sure you order the spicy wings and the K-Town peanut wings to turn up the heat on your Valentine’s Day
The Wine-Loving Valentine: Espoleta Tapas and Wine Bar
Walls of wine? Check. Candle-lit table? Check. Great food? Check. Espoleta is on our list of Valentine’s Day spots this year because even if wine is not exactly your thing, the atmosphere and food alone is enough to warrant a trip out to Bowery. It’s also a great in-between place – the mood is romantic but lively and with ingredients sourced directly from the Union Square Greenmarket, you can channel your inner European food snob while enjoying the friendly crowd. And did we mention that it has literally walls of wine? Make sure you order the pan con tomate…with a side of house-made sangria, of course.
The Photographer Valentine: The Robert at MAD
(Image source: Robert website)
The Robert has the best views, inside and out (guess where that picture of Columbus Circle came from), so where better to take your fave Instagrammer for Valentine’s Day in New York? After your date has snapped all the pictures his or her heart could possibly desire, order anything on the menu to satisfy the taste buds. The great thing about this spot is that it doesn’t matter if you do dinner or brunch here, the views will not go away. And if you go during the day, there’s the excuse of the night view (or vice versa) to come back, giving you a pre-approved date idea. Score.
The Sweet Tooth Valentine: ChikaLicious Dessert Bar
Chic and elegant, this small locale exudes an exclusive but welcoming feel. It’s also the only place in the city that specializes in serving a prix fix three-course dessert that is created right in front of your eyes.
You can see the love and care that the chefs put into each dainty preparation, reminiscent of those galleries that double as artists’ workshops. Here, dessert is meant to be worshiped. Along with your Valentine, of course.
Give one of these places a try this Valentine’s day, and share with us how you spent this most romantic day of the year!
Wild Ginger Pan-Asian Vegan Cafe
380 Broome St
New York, NY 10013
K-town Chicken & Hof
32 W32nd St
New York, NY 10001
Espoleta Tapas & Wine
New York, NY 10012
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
ChikaLicious Dessert Bar
203 E 10th St
New York, NY 10003
A foodie in perpetual wanderlust, Rose makes it a mission to sample the best ugly delicious delights around the world, but also enjoys the occasional dress-code-required fare and is always ready for a spot of afternoon tea. Currently based in the Boston area, she has been writing for GMF since 2013 and called DC, NYC, and Mexico City home. Rose is a graduate of the University of Virginia and New York University, and is on the board of the University of Virginia’s Asian and Asian Pacific American Alumni Network as well as the Thomas Jefferson Partnership Fund, which supports the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. She pays her bills by helping companies communicate with Wall Street as an investor relations professional.