So, its crunch time, and I’m not referring to the Captain, although I wish I was. I mean it’s almost V-Day. 4 Days and counting. Whether you have a new love, old love, or last minute love, you need to plan something. Unless of course you are unattached this holiday, and in that case, you can stop reading now.
If you are looking to impress your Valentine, or at least not piss them off, I have a few suggestions for you. Nothing says “I want to spend time with you like dinner.” Hey, there’s a reason most people go for drinks on a first date. But dinner isn’t just dinner on Valentine’s Day. So make sure to pick a restaurant that shows you put a little thought into this.
Here are a couple Bite- Sized Valentine’s Day picks…
Bobo. This French restaurant in the West Village is the perfect quaint and quiet backdrop for a romantic night. The food will impress. Just make sure you will too.
In Vino. This Italian restaurant in the East Village is warm and cozy. A nice bottle of vino at In Vino is sure to set the mood.
Marc Forgione. This rustic American bistro in Tribecca is known for their exceptional food and killer cocktails. What more could you ask for?
Going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day can be uber-annoying, especially if there is a pre-fixe involved. Pre-fixe has me predisposed to think overrated. Pre-fixe? More like please fix this ASAP, and get me a real menu. So, if the kitchen is more your scene than Kittichai, then you know what you have to do. Love is in the air, literally, if you cook at home. You’re entire apartment can smell like love, or short ribs, which is the same thing really.
Valentine’s day is a Tuesday this year, and it’s hard to prepare a whole meal after work. So, my suggestion, start early. Make things this weekend you can refrigerate, or freeze, until you are ready to serve them. Like soup, click here, here and here to see a few soup recipes. Another recipe you can make in advance? Gnocchi! Make the dough this weekend, precut the gnocchi and freeze them. On Tuesday, take them out of the freezer right before you want to cook them. They will just need a few minutes in the boiling water, and voila! You will have a meal sure to impress!!
Craving a little more spontaneity? How about breakfast? This oh so important meal can be a totally unexpected Valentine’s surprise. Start your morning with pancake hearts or a heart shaped egg in a hole.
Looking to heat things up, but not in the kitchen? Check out Shag Brooklyn. This unique adult store, art gallery, event space hybrid is hosting a Valentine’s event for the books. Aphrodisiacs and Amor is a blindfolded tasting meant to tease, tantalize and tickle your taste buds. Their words, not mine.
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen sex store, and head to Nitehawk Cinemas. This movie theater takes the idea of dinner and a movie to a whole new level. The theater has a full restaurant that delivers your food to your seats during the show!
Great, dinner down, but one gift to go…Check out Tasting Table’s Valentine’s Shop. Of course, this will only work if your Valentine is a foodie. Otherwise, best of luck to you!
What are you planning this Valentine’s Day?