Valentine’s Day should be filled with love and fun, but it can also be quite stressful for couples who want to dine out in Manhattan on a limited budget. Restaurants create exceptional menus for a special evening, but they often come with a hefty price tag.
There are hundreds of places to choose from in NYC, so here are five choices for with special Valentine’s Day menus to enjoy at a moderate price:
Il Vino Wine Bar: This intimate setting is rustic and romantic. A great choice for a date or dinner with friends on Valentine’s Day. The 3 courses prix fixe menu for $41 per person includes: Prosciutto & Burrata with tomatoes or a 3 cheese platter to start. Cherry Tomato Ravioli with basil & Stracciatella or Mushroom Pizza with white truffle oil for the main course and Creme Brulee or Chocolate Fondue for dessert.
Address: 1728 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128
Phone: (212) 426-0919 www.ilvinowinebar.com
Spice Symphony: This is an Indian gem with a little Chinese influence fused in. They describe themselves serving “Grandmother” like cooking from different regions of India and Chinese food with Indian fusion. The 4 course prix fixe menu for $35 per person includes: A glass of Prosecco per person as a toast, soup, appetizer, entree, and dessert. Spice Symphony's Indo-China cusine has garnered rave reviews from NY Times and Open Table.
Address: 182 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016 Phone: (212) 545-SPICE www.spicesymphony.com
Giano Restaurant: This East village Italian favorite brings us all of the delights from Milan. They will be offering a special 3 course prix fixe dinner menu for $49 per person. This is a great value since all of the choices are outstanding. Start with Arugula Salad, Grass-fed Meatballs or Fresh Seafood with a Spicy Pepper Sauce. For the main course there is a choice of Homemade Pasta or Gnocchi prepared with delicious sauces, Cioppino, a traditional fish stew or Braised Lamb Shank with Truffle French Fries, YUM! Finish with Cassata Siciliana, a special Zabaione and chocolate gelato served with a flute of Prosecco.
Address: 126 E 7th Street, New York, NY 10009 Phone: (212) 673-7200 www.gianonyc.com
State Grill and Bar: If you are a fan of the romantic movie An Affair to Remember, or Sleepless in Seattle, you will love dining at the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a 3 course prix fixe menu for $55 at this East side newcomer. This fixed menu invites you to start with Oysters or Foie Gras, with the main course: a choice of Duck Breast, Gnocchi, Seared Day Boat Scallops or a decadent NY Strip served with Short Rib and Marrow Ravoli. Finish with one of three mouth watering desserts. Bonus: all married couples at Empire State Building’s Observatory Tower will receive a complimentary Champagne toast and chocolate truffles on 2/14.
Address: 350 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10118 Phone: (212) 216-9693 www.patinagroup.com
Ruth's Chris Steak House – Midtown: This classic steakhouse never disappoints. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a surf and turf combination. Special offer includes Twin Cold Water North American Lobster Tails (5 oz. each) with 6 oz. Filet for $48.95.
Address: 148 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 245-9600 ruthschris.com