Takeout Your Valentine's Day Meal
Go balls-to-the-wall with your lovers favorite takout on V-Day.
There's something to be said for shelling out $100 plus per person for luxury ingredients and romance, but sometimes it's better to just eat at home, for a number of reasons. A) It's cost-effective and the economy sucks. B) You can control the setting and light as many candles and roses as you'd like. C) It's a shorter distance to lead your date from the dinner table into bed. However, cooking a huge, impressive meal...well that could just be a disaster.
Little Italy Amore:
Nothing says romance like a Lady and the Tramp-style spaghetti and meatballs meal. Now throw in some cured meats and Parm's killer chicken francese and you've got yourself a table full of date-worthy food. Seal the deal with Ferraro's cannoli.
This wallet-friendly menu steers clear of pomp and circumstance, favoring big flavors. At just 85 cents per pop, Mei Li Wah's pork buns are clearly one of the best deals in the city. Turn the heat up with some spicy cumin lamb topped noodles, then bring it back down with a scoop of not-too-sweet ice cream.
Perhaps licking the barbecue sauce off your lover's fingers makes your heart pitter-patter. Or maybe you just love meat. Either way, this Brooklyn menu goes down and dirty starting with a mac that's studded with chunks of bacon and ending with a sweet peanut butter-chocolate concoction.
Pair this meal with a gift of fancy chopsticks and you'll be one step closer to the perfect Valentine's day. It's best to pick up your cake before heading to Katsuhama for perfectly fried pork cutlets and on to Yasuda.
App: Sashimi from Sushi Yasuda
Dessert: Green tea mille fueille from Lady M Cake Boutique
Sit down on the floor and eat with your hands for a fun Feb. 14 that takes all of the pressure off. Dig into some hummus before moving onto Kefi's "souvlaki party" -- Chicken Souvlaki, Vegetarian Souvlaki, Pork Souvlaki, Chips and Greek Salad, Tzatziki and Pita. Then top it off by feeding each other the gooey-est chocolate chips Manhattan has to offer.
App: Hummus platter from Hummus Place
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