The 10 Best NYC Restaurants for Valentine's Day, 2015

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Emily Andrews

If you haven't yet made a reservation for the upcoming day of love, you're already behind — so get going. And if you're racking your brain for an ideal reservation, we've got you covered. Here are the ten best places to celebrate this year.

The 10 Best NYC Restaurants for Valentine's Day, 2015
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10. Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-632-5000 If you've got a few hundred dollars to drop and you really want to pull out all the stops, head to the revamped Rainbow Room, where a few different experiences await. In the main restaurant, you'll be served a $350 five-course prix fixe that includes items like Salad Landaise (foie gras rolled in black truffle, roasted Amish chicken, French beans, and watercress), and poached dover sole filets with peekytoe crab tortellini, artichokes, and pink grapefruit. Your reservation includes one cocktail and endless chances to spin on the rotating dance floor while you're serenaded by a live band. Comparatively more affordable is the $225 aphrodisiac-themed tasting menu on offer in the lounge; you'll eat caviar, raw bar items, and a chocolate tart; you'll split a half-bottle of Champagne; and you'll still have your chance at the dance floor.

9. Buvette, 42 Grove Street, 212-255-3590 You can't make a reservation for Buvette, which means you're leaving it up to chance as to whether you'll find a table — or a spot at the bar — in a timely fashion. But we say it's worth the gamble, especially if you've been dating someone for long enough to be comfortable chatting over a wait, for this West Village French bistro is fiercely charming. Share a bottle of wine and get down on some unpretentious food, like coq au vin or cassoulet. The restaurant is open until 2 a.m., which means you can linger late into the night.

The 10 Best NYC Restaurants for Valentine's Day, 2015
Laura Shunk, Village Voice

8. Birds & Bubbles, 100B Forsyth Street, 646-368-9240 This new fried chicken joint is built in a multi-room space, which means that every table feels intimate. What's more, it specializes in poultry, sure, but also Champagne, and what's more romantic than bubbly? Pair yours to a half-bird, biscuits, and some deviled eggs, and then have chocolate peanut butter pie or a little birthday cake for dessert.



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