Valentine’s Day is stressful, and all the coordination, expectation, and overall hub-bub often put a damper on things. And right now, if you’ve yet to make a plan for the evening (or are in need of a back-up), you’re likely feeling panic creep in. We got you. Here is a list of great V-Day events around the city that you can still book, some of which are worthy friend date destinations, too.
Dinner and the Dome with M. Wells Dinette and MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, 718-786-1800
Museum and restaurant doors open for a festive dinner and double feature movie evening. Diners will enjoy venison, smoked salmon, and a belly-warming cassoulet while they watch Some Like it Hot and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, beginning at 6 p.m.
BFF Valentine’s Party at The Empire Hotel, 44 West 63rd Street, 212-956-3313
Spend the day with your best friend, nosh on small bites, sip cocktails, and dance while astrologer Susan Miller reveals your future. The evening is hosted by Courtney Kerr, star of “Courtney Loves Dallas” on Bravo. Entrance is $85.
Gaby Brasserie Francaise, 44 West 45th Street, 212-782-3040
Partake in Sylvain Harribey’s decadent Valentine $75 prix fixe menu including oysters, foie gras, an assortment of smoked fishes, and more.
Nick and Toni’s Café, 100 West 67th Street, 212-496-4000
A la carte holiday specials are on the menu for one day, including foie gras, pan roasted red snapper, and a puff pastry “soufflé” with chocolate mousse. Additions range from $13-$29.
The Dutch, 131 Sullivan Street, 212-677-6200
An extensive $95 prix fixe menu features over twenty choices in appetizer, entrée and dessert.
KTCHN, 508 West 42nd Street, 212-868-2999
The cozy spot is serving a prix fixe four-course menu that traipses through Spanish mackerel crudo, cheddar cheese fondue, and braised short ribs.
Grata Restaurant, 1076 1st Avenue, 212-842-0007
Dine on a three-course prix fixe meal while a jazz trio of piano, bass, and violin serenades you.
Verde Coal Oven, 254 Irving Avenue, 718-381-8800
Make it a Brooklyn Valentine’s with a $49 three-course prix fixe meal of pizza, short ribs or lobster, and delicate desserts.
Afro Haitian Jazz Band Mozayik at Farafina Café & Lounge, 1813 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-281-2445
Listen to vibrant jazz while dining on a four course prix fixe menu with one complimentary drink per person. The evening costs just $49.95.
The Bourgeois Pig, 111 East 7th Street, 212-475-2246
During one of three seatings, enjoy savory and sweet fondue in a five-course prix fixe meal for two.
Cienfuegos, 95 Avenue A, 212-614-6818
During one of three seatings, fill up on a seven-course Cuban prix fixe meal for two. You’ll want to pair dinner to cocktails.
Missed Connections at New York Transit Museum, Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, 718-694-1600
You know the person who caught your eye on the subway? The gaze that held as the train left the station? Find that missed connection or someone new at this singles Valentine’s Day gathering with art, local Brooklyn beers — including brews from Brooklyn Brewery — valentine arts and crafts, a photo booth, food…and maybe your prince/princess charming.
Adult Prom Night at Alewife, 5-14 51st Avenue, Long Island City, 718-937-7494
This LIC bar takes it back to high school with 80’s tunes, spiked punch, jell-o shots, and the expansive beer list that makes Alewife a beer-fan favorite. Entrance is discounted (from $15 to $10) if you dress up.
Juni, BLT Steak New York, BLT Prime New York, BLT Fish, Casa Nonna, and BLT Bar & Grill
Finally, if you’re planning on getting engaged this year (and you probably should have been more on top of your plans if that’s the case), this restaurant group is offering extra incentive to book a Valentine’s Day table. Dine here tonight, and if you and your better half decide to put a ring on it before the end of 2014, you’ll get half off your rehearsal dinner at the same venue.
Happy Valentine’s Day!