16 NYC Spots To Order From On Caviar For Date Night
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Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Forget scouring the internet for a last-minute reservation. Instead, make your living room the ideal date night spot with a sushi omakase set, tender hanger steak, or whole grilled branzino from one of the excellent spots on this guide. An at-home meal from these 16 restaurants should make you want to throw on a blazer, light some candles, and curate a smooth jazz playlist to be played at a charmingly low volume.
Even if you don’t spend Valentine’s Day on the back patio at this Gowanus spot, a spread of Claro’s fantastic Oaxacan food can still be on your table. They have dishes like mole negro with braised short rib, tostadas topped with octopus, and churros you won’t want to share. Plus, they offer Mezcal bottles and batched cocktails for delivery. We recommend using all of this information, along with a looped video of ocean waves and a beach chair, to recreate your canceled trip to Puerto Escondido from your living room.
Ammazzacaffe is an Italian restaurant, but there isn’t any fettuccine alfredo or carbonara on the menu. Instead, there’s agnolotti with walnut pesto, reginette with pancetta and caciocavallo, and a few other pastas that you won’t see on most other menus. This Williamsburg spot also has dishes like tuna tartare, burrata, and other small plates you probably wouldn’t think to cook at home.
Whether you like to keep it light or go all out on dinner dates, this French-Senegalese spot in Crown Heights has something for you. Cafe Rue Dix’s menu has everything from shrimp fettuccine and a cheese board to a whole grilled branzino with a side of couscous. If either you or your S.O. has a sweet tooth, order some chocolate lava cake, bread pudding, or creamy gelato from their dessert menu.
Fact: the lima bean dip in your refrigerator will be extremely jealous of the excellent lamb shawarma, butternut squash, or sweet potato hummus you get from Miss Ada. But eating dishes from this Fort Greene spot in your own home is well worth it. Be sure to order enough sweet whipped ricotta to share with someone who you like, or who you want to like you. It could easily be considered dessert, but you should also end your meal with their chocolate babka.
You’re not going to impress your date by accidentally overcooking a ribeye. So order a proper steak dinner from this Williamsburg spot instead. Their butcher’s steak and pan-fried mashed potatoes will make you reconsider every other beef experience you’ve ever had, but they also have excellent chicken, lamb, pork, and fish options. And since the only alcohol you’ve got left is a bottle of vodka from your last birthday party, you should also order a bottle of wine or a few cans of beer to pair with your dinner.
We get it. Valentine’s Day also happens to be your six-month anniversary, and you want to celebrate without setting the bar at a once-in-a-lifetime high quite this early. Sushi Katsuei serves excellent sushi, but ordering takeout from this West Village spot won’t cost you as much as the down payment on a family-friendly SUV. For $65, you get nine pieces of really good fish plus a handroll, and in terms of quality and variety, it’s probably the best sushi option in the city for the price.
Dim the lights, put on a record, and eat Atoboy’s food with the confidence and leisure of someone who doesn’t have to do the dishes. This Korean spot in Flatiron has a special delivery and takeout menu with entrees like galbi, gochujang chicken, and sunchokes with oyster mushrooms. Almost everything comes with banchan, kimchi, and white rice, and they also have a wine list with bottles exclusively in the $30 range.
You don’t like to admit this, but staying home and eating pasta in sweatpants is your ideal date night plan. Now is your socially-acceptable moment to do just that. Order takeout from Anton’s in the West Village - their bucatini baczynski and angel hair francese can help you set the mood even if you’re living in a hoodie right now.
Chez Nick is an American bistro on the Upper East Side where you can get braised chickpeas or ricotta toast sent to your apartment for a romantic lunch or dinner with someone who thinks your “two truths and a lie” are clever. And since Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, you should also know that they deliver baked eggs and brunch cocktails on weekends. So before you run down to Citarella in your pajamas, check out their delivery menu.
Even if things were normal, it would take pop star-level hard work and dedication to get a table in Wayla’s backyard for Valentine’s Day. But regardless of where you eat it, a Thai meal from this LES will have you dreaming of lobster noodles, noodle-wrapped meatballs, and fried chunks of minty branzino for days.
This Basque spot on East Broadway is ideal for ordering some unusual wine and snacks to enjoy at home. We especially like the gilda skewer with tuna and the delicate potato croqueta, which has a bechamel center that tastes like the lovechild of chicken noodle soup and macaroni and cheese. It’s a neighborhood wine bar, but unlike other neighborhood wine bars, they serve a mountain of potato chips and ham to-go.
Maybe it’s your first time celebrating Valentine’s Day with the person you’ve been sharing a bed with and you want to have a memorable dinner to go along with a playlist you’ve been working on since before the two of you met. Order delivery from Quality Bistro, the massive French restaurant from the people behind Quality Eats and Don Angie. The French-leaning menu has everything from bone marrow and several preparations of filet mignon to a tarte flambee that tastes like a Detroit-style pizza.
When ordering from this all-day restaurant in Harlem, focus on the grain bowls with fonio (like light, nutty couscous) and tender grilled chicken with lots of garlic and lime. No matter which bowl you order, make sure to get a side of kelewele - spicy fried plantains that are crunchy on the outside and very soft inside. The most expensive bowl is $14, so it’s a great option for a special, yet affordable Valentine’s Day meal.
Take a bite of the smoky, pork-heavy feijoada from Berimbau, and you’ll realize this is the best Brazilian spot in the West Village. Then try the slightly sweet moqueca with four types of seafood, and you’ll see why this is the best Brazilian spot in Manhattan. After polishing off both of those stews, and the crispy, chewy pão de queijo, you’ll be ready to call it the best Brazilian restaurant in NYC.
If you just feel like watching a romcom surrounded by several containers of curry on Valentine’s Day this year, know that this Long Island City Indian restaurant does delivery and takeout. Get the creamy butter chicken or spicy goat that falls off the bone, and some cheese-stuffed naan to dab your tears as one beloved movie star confesses their love for another.
This LIC spot is our favorite Mexican restaurant in New York City. And while you should absolutely order their excellent guacamole and a frozen margarita to start, those are merely opening acts compared to Casa Enrique’s chile en nogada. The pomegranate-studded cream on top looks like a bedazzled satin sheet, and the poblano underneath is filled with enough fruit to convince your stomach you drank a smoothie. Like everything here, it also happens to be delicious.