Cupid is most often regarded as the son of Venus and Mars, whose love affair represented an allegory of love and war.
Focusing on the Venus aspect and without a date, I took Cupid along with me to devise this list of interesting and romantic places to dine in the city this Valentine’s Day (Wednesday, February 14th.)
Here’s what you need to know.
#5: Oscar Wilde Restaurant: Tucked away on West 27th Street is an eatery dedicated to this prescient, brilliant and often glib writer. It’s the perfect hot spot to celebrate the heart with your literary loved one.
“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde
Tip: The 3-course prix-fixe menu is $50 and includes items like Lobster Bisque and Oxtail Ravioli.
Oscar Wilde NYC
45 West 27th Street
NY, NY 10001
#4: JoJo: The staid and buttoned-up Upper East Side has been home to JoJo since 1991. This creation is brought to us by award-winning Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten and is the go-to-place for those who live in the hood. Cupid informed me that Jojo is the proprietors nickname from his youth.
Tip: The holiday menu is $98 per person and includes Seared Diver Scallops and Roasted Wagyu Beef Tenderloin. Cupid likes the latter.
160 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065
#3: MAMO: Head to Tribeca with your lover of Italian and French Provincial cuisine. The Valentine’s Day menu includes foie gras with apples and truffle as well as lobster ravioli and fresh herbs. For dessert, they offer a white chocolate cake with raspberries, almonds and marinated pineapple. You may also want to kick off the holiday with their Negroni Cocktail. Cupid got tipsy but his aim is still accurate.
Tip: There is a prix-fixe menu but I suggest going a la carte with the Veal Milanese – the chop is succulent, mouth-watering and plenty for two to share.
323 West Broadway
#2: Feinstein’s 54 Below: This Theatre District restaurant and cabaret is in the basement of the infamous disco of the 1970’s, Studio 54. This is a great opportunity to celebrate your evening with fine cuisine and many performers from The Great White Way. The restaurant/club is presenting “Favorite Couples from Broadway” with musical director Benjamin Rauhala. The line up is something not to miss for those who love…
Tip: There are two seating’s, one at 7:00 (doors open at 5:00) and the other at 9:30 (doors open at 8:45). Make your reservations now. Food and drink is available at both performances.
Feinstein’s 54 Below
254 West 54th Street
NY, NY 10019
#1: One if by Land, Two if by Sea: Located in Greenwhich Village in a carriage house built in 1767 (I believe once owned by Aaron Burr), this awesome and infamous restaurant opened in 1973. With chandeliers, fireplaces and live piano music, your evening will be romantically timeless and nothing short of epic. The cuisine under the leadership of Chef Gary Volkov is impeccable.
Tip: Order the Beef Wellington.
One if by Land…
17 Barrow Street
NY, NY 10021
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