This is the time to start making reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner if you haven’t already. Restaurants tend to get crowded, especially if they’re new. This list of restaurants contains places to try in Brooklyn as well as Manhattan, with cuisines ranging from French to steakhouses. And no, Nusr-Et is not on this list.
Sure, you don’t have to go out on Valentine’s Day. You can celebrate on a day when you won’t be bumping elbows with people at the table next to you. Here are some restaurants to try that recently opened in NYC:
Lilia – Williamsburg
The Brooklyn classic is the perfect place for an intimate dinner. Eating comfort food like some homestyle Italian can make any experience feel cozy. With fresh pasta dishes tossed in butter or covered in grated parmesan cheese, it won’t feel like you actually left the house for Valentine’s Day dinner. But even the best of us can’t make dishes like the ones you’ll find here.
Emily – Brooklyn
Pizza, pizza, pizza. This little place is cozy and smells delicious 24/7. I mean, how could it not when the kitchen is constantly bringing out little rustic dishes and wood-fired pizzas? The great about this place is the different sauces for each pizza as well as gourmet toppings. But the coolest has got to be the burger.
Cote – Flatiron
This restaurant serves up Korean barbecue and classic American steakhouse fare. The different cuts of meat include USDA prime strips and porterhouses, so a romantic date for two can be perfected by splitting a huge portion of a sizzling porterhouse or tomahawk steak. American Wagyu, a hybrid of Japanese Wagyu and American Black Angus meat is also available.
Brigitte – Lower East Side
Opened in September, Brigitte is a restaurant serving quality French fare that is mainly all gluten-free or vegan. The restaurant is also offering two different Valentine’s Day prix-fix menus priced at $65 and $69. There is no guarantee that you’ll get seated right away, and the best of luck making a reservation. However, the restaurant is great to visit any day of the week; you won’t be disappointed.
Don Angie – West Village
The dishes at Don Angie have an American twist on Italian classics. Try any pasta dish, including the lasagna “for two.” The food is decadent and craftily put together to create an amazing treat for your tastebuds as well as your eyes. This place is aesthetic in every sense of the word.
Fausto – Park Slope
Like Don Angie, Fausto is an American take on traditional Italian dishes. The restaurant is classy and you’ll feel special as you sit on a chestnut-colored leather booth (have your date sit in the chair) and eat some tortelloni. What’s that? Oh, you’ll be delighted. It’s like the older brother of regular, puny tortellini, a pasta with a pocket of cheese, covered in a toasted, nutty sauce. It’s perfection.