Til the Sun Comes Up — January 28, 2015 at 3:35 pm

A Valentine’s Day Evening to Remember

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It’s never too early to start planning ahead, especially where Valentine’s Day is concerned. Each year people seem to expect more and more from their significant others and it can be quite a challenge planning a picture perfect evening. In New York City the struggle is narrowing down all the thousands of options given to you. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to lighten your load by picking out our top nine evening activities and dinners for you to wow your hunny on Valentine’s Day.

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Bell, Book & Candle will be serving a very special (and romantic) seven course menu of tasty, healthy and hearty food for $75 per person, or $200 per couple (with a bottle of Piper Heidsieck). The dinner is available from 5:30-11pm. Additionally, a small a la carte menu will be available at the bar. Make your reservations asap.

Sugartooth Tours’ Sweeter than Sugar Tour will take customers throughout the Chelsea neighborhood, where they will have the opportunity to indulge in sweet treats like cookies, hot chocolate and more. During the tour, attendees will also learn about the history of Chelsea, as well as Valentine’s Day history and trivia. Each tour will enjoy six amazingly tasty stops, as well as have the chance to explore Chelsea Market before heading over to the Meatpacking District and finally ending in the West Village. Here, guests have the option of adding a wine or beer pairing with their final sweet treat. Tour dates are available on February 7, 8 and 13-15 at 5:30pm for $50 a person. There will be additional tours on the 14th and 15th at 2pm. Get your tickets now!

If you’re looking for a Valentine’s extravaganza, The Musket Room, known for their tempting New Zealand fare, is offering diners intimate and romantic options for the big day. For $125 a person, you can experience a six course tasting menu that showcases a number of aphrodisiac ingredients, such as lobster with brown butter and New Zealand deer. For an additional $85, you can have your meal paired with beverages, along with additional courses like oysters and caviar ice cream. Couples can alos enjoy bar direcotr Chris Barry’s special V-day cocktail for two, which puts a spin on the Negroni with créme de cacao strawberry-infused clarified milk punch. Additionally, couples will leave the restaurant with a box of aphrodisiac-flavored macarons, chocolates and petit fours to enjoy later in the evening.

For those of you not attached at the hip with a significant other, head to Sons of Essex, where you can enjoy complimentary Mionetto Prosecco from 7-9pm at the bar. Think of it as the anti-Valentine’s Day and enjoy being surrounded by plenty of singles. Hey, you might even meet someone worthy of a date.

The ever-creative Louro will be hosting a seven-course Tragic Lovers in History tasting menu from February 13-15 for $95.  The menu, which celebrates the most famous tragic love stories of all time (think Cleopatra, Taj Mahal, etc.), pairs historical figures with aphrodisiac ingredients like oysters, eggs, truffles, bananas and more. Additionally, the restaurant will also offer a three course prix fixe menu for $65 on the 13th and their a la carte menu will be available on the 15th.

Score a three-course prix fixe menu at The Lambs Club, available February 13th and 14th for $105 (or $125 for four courses). Highlights from the menu include foie gras, diver scallops with Kaluga caviar, butter poached Nova Scotia lobster, champagne semifreddo and more. Additionally, on Friday and Saturday evening, The Mezzanine at The Lambs Club will offer an a la carte menu and on the 14th Melanie and The Bianco Martini’s will play live jazz in the bar from 7-11pm.

Got a hankering for blood orange? Almond NYC somehow anticipated that, and have prepared a four course prix fixe menu for $75 a person, featuring items that include the fruit. Get your fill with the duck and foie gras agnolotti a l’orange with pistachios and fried sage, move on to the Peconic Bay scallops with blood orange gastrique and crispy Brussels sprouts, and finish dinner with smoked heritage prok with roasted fennel puree and blood orange mostarda. In case that’s not enough orange for you, dessert in the form of Mexican chocolate tart with crystalized blood orange and ancho chile should remedy the situation.

Go all out for V-Day at Il Principe, the Italian restaurant located inside Hotel Hugo. The restaurant will be offering a special Italian menu for $80 a person, with the option for wine pairings for an additional $45. Additionally, the hotel’s rooftop lounge Bar Hugo will be offering complimentary glasses of Brut Champagne to those who dined at Il Principe following their dinner. Complimentary Brut will also be available to the public from February 13-16 from 5-6:30pm. If you want to take things up a notch, Il Principe is also offering a special Pernod Belle Epoque Rose dinner package for $500, which includes a custom engraved bottle of Belle Epoque Rose (make sure to book in advance!).

Bistro Chat Noir, a romantic French bistro, is offering customers a romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Situated close to Central Park, the restaurant will be offering a special four-course prix fixe dinner for $125 a person. Two seatings will take place at 6pm and 8:30pm and includes a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne. Menu items include items such as Red Wine Braised Meyer Short Ribs, Sweet Curry Lobster Salad and Chocolate Soufflé for Two.
Twisted Talk: What’s your ideal Valentine’s Day look like? Will you be dining out at any of these locations? Discuss below!

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