Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is a week away, which means it’s officially crunch time for you procrastinators. While we definitely love food here at FBL, we also love love. So, what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the person (or people) you love!

Restaurants in New York can get booked up pretty quickly and sometimes there’s a great deal of pressure to pick the perfect spot. Not this year, we’ve done the leg work, so you don’t have to.

Oceana, 120 W 49th St, Manhattan, NY 10019 
Price: $$$
Reservation via OpenTable or call (212) 759-5941

Very intimate and classy, Oceana serves a very fresh array of artful seafood plates that will be sure to not only impress your date but you as well. Oceana offers two pre-fixe Valentine’s Day specials. The 3 course pre-fixe menu is $65/person and the 4-course pre-fixe menu is $95/person.

Oceana’s Sea Scallops with Black Truffles & Potato Puree are a favorite and part of their pre fixe Valentine’s Day menu. Photo by Oceana.

, 231 Lenox Ave, Manhattan, NY 10027
Price: $$
Reservation via OpenTable

Ranked one of the best restaurants in Harlem, the charming Cheri restaurant serves fresh farm to table, French delights in chic and artsy brownstone. With the options to dine outside in the garden or inside near the piano, you are sure to feel the warmth and love.

The Saint Austere, 
613 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Price: $$
Reservation via OpenTable or their website

In the heart of Brooklyn, The Saint Austere brings home-style Italian cooking right to your plate. They offer a four course pre-fixe menu for $70/person on Valentine’s Day. If you’d like to add wine parings to your dining experience, it’s $110/person.

The Saint Austere
Smoked chicken tonnato with cannellini beans and parsley. Photo by The Saint Austere.

Chez Josephine
, 414 W 42nd St, Manhattan, NY 10036
Price: $$$
Reservations via OpenTable or by phone (212) 594-1925

This restaurant is one of New York City’s gems found in the Theatre District. Chez Josephine provides an intimate, French experience for those looking for a quick trip outside of the hustle and bustle of Times Square. Dine to the romantic sounds of the piano while enjoying an amazing meal.

Blue Water Grill31 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003
Price: $$$
Reservations via OpenTable

While the seafood restaurant may be large in size, Blue Water Grill invites a classy dining experience with marbled walls and chic décor. The restaurant has a jazz room downstairs that will be sure to make your Valentine’s Day especially romantic.

Blue Water Grill
Is this the place for you and your boo? Try this hearty Ocean Brined Sullivan Farmhouse Chicken. Photo by Blue Water Grill.

Which place will you be booking for your Valentine’s Day festivities? Let us know in the comments below!

Note: At the time of publishing all listed establishments had available tables for Valentine’s Day. However, reservation availability is subject to change.

NYC Restaurant week 2017 summer
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Since its inception in 1992, NYC Restaurant Week has now expanded to four weeks of a financially friendly opportunity to explore and try restaurants you may otherwise feel out of your reach. With 390 restaurants participating, the options can seem a bit overwhelming. If you have no idea where to go, we want to help you make your choice during these last days. Note: NYC Restaurant Week ends tomorrow, Friday, August 18th. So make your reservations now!

So “how does this work?” you may be askingDuring NYC Restaurant Week, you can indulge in a 3-course prix-fixe meal, which will cost you $29 for lunch and $42 dinner (plus the cost of beverages, tax and gratuity). This menu is offered Monday – Friday and on Sundays at some locations. You can find out which restaurants are participating and explore the menus they are offering here.

NYC Restaurant week 2017 summer

To give you a taste of what to expect and to help you narrow your options, here is what a few of our hungry friends had to say:

Danielle, @DaniDares (Food Before Love Insider)

Where to go:

The Clocktower (Flatiron) (lunch)

What to order:

Appetizer: Shellfish linguini, lemongrass, king crab, lobster bisque

Entree: 36 Hour braised Pork Belly, crispy polenta, roasted apricots, golden thyme

Dessert: Peach Eton mess, almond whipped cream, vanilla meringue

Beverage: Gruner Ventliner

Favorite details of the experience: The entire experience was decadent. The walls are adorned with images of classic icons. It felt as if we were in someone’s home that was hosting us for lunch or the perfect setting for a game of clue. The bisque was fulfilling yet not heavy, and the pork belly melted in my mouth with such a succulent flavor.


Name: Jessica, @Jessbcause721

Where to go:

Schilling Restaurant and Bar (FiDi) (lunch)

What to order:

Appetizer: Chicken liver crostini with shallot marmalade, house pickles and dijon

Entree: Branzino w/ a black garlic broth, root vegetable fricasse and charred broccoli florets

Dessert: Tiramisu

Beverage: Traditional Austrian beer Hefeweizen

Favorite details of the experience:

I absolutely loved the chicken liver crostini! It was super rich and the sweetness of the shallot marmalade just literally melted in your mouth. I would go back just to have that. I also loved that the broth with the branzino was spicy. The branzino was tender and flaky, there is so much you can do with fish so I enjoyed that they kept the broth light and flavorful and kept the branzino as the star.I would give the food a 4, that tiramisu was heaven in a shot glass.

Ambiance of the restaurant is very farm to table as the location is an industrial converted garage with wooded accents, glowing string lights and plush pillow lined benches.  The door was pulled all the way up so we had a nice floating breeze. I adore restaurants like this that kind of invite the hum of the city in while you dine. You can always feel connected to the world around you..

Great for dates or just catching up with friends. The waitstaff was extremely friendly and were more than accommodating when my boyfriend and I wanted to sample a few of the beers before deciding. Service is definitely a 5. All in all I would love to go back, as I said before its cozy, I had a great time and the food was AMAZING!

Tagliatelle alla Bolognese

Haley & Sarah, @twotastebuds_nyc

Where to go:

Sant Ambroeus (West Village)

What to order:

Appetizer: Battuta Di Manzo (Steak tartare)

Entree: Tagliatelle alla Bolognese

Dessert: Gelato & Sorbet

Beverage(s): Bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon “La Contessa” 2015

Favorite details of the experience: The tagliatelle alla Bolognese was one of the best pasta dishes I have had in NYC and our waitress let us have a wine tasting while deciding which we wanted!

Where have you gone for NYC Restaurant Week? Let us know all about it in the comments below or tag us @FoodBeforeLove on instagram!