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By Candace Bryan

The weather outside is frightful, but we hope that doesn’t stop you from enjoying the romance of Valentine’s Day this year – especially when it’s such a great excuse for you and your special someone to indulge in a decadent meal together at one of New York City’s many wonderful restaurants.

If all the snow and all the Fashion Week has kept you from making plans already, no worries. We’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled a list of dinner deals going on at some of the most romantic hotspots around the city. Lucky for us, some of our favorite places are offering great deals, and we’re only sad that we won’t be able to stop by every single one. (If there’s anything we love more than roses and chocolates, it’s delicious prix-fixe dinners.) But hopefully some of you are still on the hunt for the perfect date night, and you can take advantage of these one-day-a-year opportunities, eating and toasting to true love.

Haven Rooftop
132 W. 47th Street

Not only does The Sanctuary Hotel offer a $125 4-course dinner with a complimentary round of champagne, it also offers breathtakingly romantic views from the Haven Rooftop Ski Chalet. It’ll be like taking a romantic getaway, without having to deal with the stress of actual travels. Dinner options include a Tower of Tuna Tartare, Caprese Salad, Steak Au Poivre and Crème Brûlée.

For reservations, visit, call 212.466.9000 or email

Cucina Ciano
181 E. 78th Street

On Valentine’s Day, Cucina Ciano is offering a Chef’s Tasting Menu for $85 per person. We’ve written about this delightful Upper Eastside Italian eatery before (here), and this Friday you can choose from signature dishes including Pan Seared Diver Scallops with Apple Fennel puree, Pancetta, Brussel Sprouts and Candied Walnuts, Tre Formaggi Raviolo, Butter Poached Lobster and a Sorbet Sampler to cap off the evening.

Plus, if you want a more intimate experience, Cucina Ciano is offering it’s private wine room (located through the kitchen) on a first-come first-served basis.

For reservations call 646.422.7550 or visit

KTCHN Restaurant
508 W. 42nd Street

From 5 to 11pm on Valentine’s Day, KTCHN Restaurant is inviting its guests to indulge in a Classic American-themed menu of a four-course prix-fixe dinner and wine pairing for only $95 per couple, and an additional $30 per person for the wine pairing. Menu highlights include: Spanish Mackerel Crudo, Braised Beer Short Ribs, or better yet, Aged Cheddar Cheese Fondue for Two.

For more information visit

36 W. 28th Street

Flatiron’s newest Mediterranean hotspot Pergola will offer a 4-course prix fixe menu for two for $150, which includes dishes inspired by Greece, Turkey, and the Middle East, as well as fresh fruit hookah with 12 different flavors. Plus you can sip on two glasses of champagne, wine, or Pergola’s specialty cocktails (like the to-die-for Lavender Lime Collins). What better place to bring the one you love on Valentine’s Day than to a former flower shop?

For reservations, please visit, call 212-679-4842 or email

Fabio Cucina Italiana
214 E. 52nd Street

For $60 per person, you can enjoy a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner at a new Italian restaurant in Midtown East. Executive Chef Fabio Hakill’s menu includes creamy Burrata, Pasta di Valentino, Salmon al Forno, Veal Scallopini and dessert offerings including an irresistible Tiramisu, heart shaped gelato and warm chocolate cake.

For reservations call 212-688-5200 or email

Originally published February 2014
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