16 Hotspots to Heat Up Love Season in New York

Did you know chocolate is an aphrodisiac? What better way to celebrate the season of love, Valentine's and really any other way to express love than literally licking aphrodisiacs together? Only in New York, the shortlist for love, the sweet and savory way.

Amali will serve up special menu items on Valentine’s Day.  Dishes to indulge in on the 14th include a Tuna Carpaccio with Meyer lemon, avocado mousse, and mint, a "Lady and the Tramp" style Spaghetti and Meatballs dish and Happy Valley Filet Mignon with creamed Bloomsdale spinach, Maitake mushrooms and Maine lobster as the ultimate surf & turf. Red Velvet Chocolate Mousse with Morello cherry compote and Kirsch cream will be offered for dessert. These options will be offered a la carte and as a Valentine’s Day only price-fixe menu for $105 per person. 

American Brass (2-01 50th Avenue) on the water in Long Island City will offer a delicious Valentine’s Day menu from Executive Chef Kevin McGinley for $90 per person from 5pm - 10pm. The table will start with a glass of champagne and an Amuse Bouche of Osetra caviar on a potato rosti with creme fraiche before an unforgettable first course, which includes Steak Tartare with crispy sunchokes, smoked egg yolk and sourdough, Butternut Squash Soup or Wellfleet Oysters. The Second Course features Seafood Risotto with calamari, bay scallop and uni butter, Japanese Eggplant with crispy rice, vadouvan curry and golden raisin vinaigrette or Grilled Short Rib with pomme puree, baby leeks and smoked sauce ‘diable’. And desserts include an Apple Tarte Tatin, Chocolate Mousse and Red Wine Velvet Cake with cream cheese ganache, poached pear and graham cracker cookies.

Bar Marseille in the Rockaways will have a special Valentine’s Day menu to celebrate the holiday. Diners can enjoy a Roasted Beet Salad with endive, citrus and Humboldt cheese for $14, Lobster Bisque with Creme Fraiche and jalapeno lemongrass oil for $16, Ribeye for Two with pomme puree, brussel sprouts and au jus for $95, Scoglio Pasta with calamari, mussels, shrimp and tomato for $27 and Lemon Olive Oil Cake with rosemary, chantilly cream and honey for $14. Order one of their delicious cocktails to complement the experience with your special someone.

Calissa (1020 Montauk Hwy) in Water Mill will celebrate the holiday with a special full-course menu. The menu features a Winter Hummus and Grilled Langoustine for appetizers. Main course specials include Pappardelle with Lamb Ragu and Black Truffle in addition to Sea Scallops with Maine Lobster and Greek fava. Chef Bob’s Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting will be a delectable way to end a delicious meal with your sweetheart. 

Half pound cookies for the win! For those that like to get straight to solid, powerful taste of love, there's the seasonal stuff, like a hearts pie which is to die for (and filled with aphrodisiacs). Literally.

Clinton Hall has expansive indoor and outdoor seating at their FiDi (90 Washington St.), 36th Street (16 W. 36th Street), E. 51st Street (230 E. 51st), and Williamsburg (247 Metropolitan Ave.) locations for lovebirds to enjoy the decadent Valentine’s Day Waffle for $30 available on Friday, Saturday and Monday. The waffle includes 3 red velvet waffles stacked, chocolate ice cream, cocoa nibs topped with a giant Hershey’s Kiss, raspberry cheesecake brownie, Dizzy Pop, lip pops, M&M’s, Heart Swedish Fish, popcorn and Conversation Hearts. 

Catch one of New York’s breathtaking sunsets at Daintree, the intimate cocktail lounge and rooftop destination on the top floor of Hotel Hendricks in Midtown, with a Daintree Sunset special being offered Friday - Saturday from 4pm - 6pm. For $12, diners can enjoy a dozen oysters paired with a classic cocktail like an Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Negroni or Martini complemented by some outrageous views. 

Order a Pizza Love Fest Kit for your loved one from Fornino in Greenpoint anytime from February 11th - 14th. The celebratory Valentine's Day feast will be offered for dine-in guests and delivery and includes an Imported Cheese and Fruit Plate, Large Salad, Two Heart Shaped Pizzas, Tiramisu, Strawberries and a Bottle of Red or White Wine for $95 (and without wine the kit is $70). 

Haven Rooftop above the Sanctuary Hotel in Midtown will offer a special prix-fixe menu for Valentine's Day with the choice of an appetizer, entree and dessert complemented by a live Jazz band from 6pm - 9pm. Appetizers include Tuna Avocado, Crab Cake and Endive Pear Salad with pomegranate, candied walnuts and cherry vinaigrette, Entrees include a 6oz Filet Mignon served with truffle mashed potatoes and mushroom sauce, Salmon with asparagus risotto, Lobster Spaghetti with lobster brother and ‘Havenly’ Chicken served with Beurre Blanc sauce, Mesclun salad and fries. Top it off with Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Crème Brûlée or New York Cheesecake with Berries for dessert.  This prix-fixe menu will be offered for $89 plus tax and tip.

Juniper at The Vanderbilt (990 Corporate Dr Juniper) on Long Island will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a variety of specials on the night of the 14th. The first course includes a Hudson Valley Foie Gras with brioche and citrus Mostarda, Chicory Salad and Belon Oysters with Caviar and Bergamot cream. Fabulous featured entrees include Lobster Ravioli and dishes perfect for sharing like a Ribeye with mushrooms and root vegetable gratin for two and Whole Roasted Red Snapper with coconut rice for two. Dessert options include PB&J baked Alaska or Tristar Strawberries with yogurt sorbet and honey crumble for dessert. Champagne by the glass selections are available. 

Kintsugi will offer an unforgettable omakase experience in the heart of SoHo for Valentine’s Day.  Omakase lovers will be able to indulge in a 13 course classic and seasonal nigiri menu with a seasonal appetizer, chef’s choice handroll, tamago, miso soup, an extra taste of ‘Seasonal Premium Uni’ and dessert for $135 per person with seatings at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm.  Kintsugi will also offer an outdoor, heated omakase dining experience featuring 12 pieces of Nigiri for $75 per person. 

Kumi the modern Japanese and Korean American restaurant opening on February 3rd, will offer a Kiss Me Kumi Valentine’s Day Special for $85 per person. The menu includes 2 Kiss Me Kumi cocktails as well as a Citrus Green Salad, Shaved Vegetables, Steamed Edamame, Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice, Spicy Tuna Tartare, Fried Rice Hondashi Rice and Vegetables, Chef’s Selection of assorted sushi and rolls, Green Tea Smoked Chicken, Ginger Gochujang Glazed Salmon, Sesame Watercress, Sauteed Greens and Chef’s Selection of Desserts. Vegan and vegetarian options are available upon request and more information can be found online.

Sip on a Valentini at Loulou (176 8th Ave.) in the heart of Chelsea on Valentine’s Day or V-Day weekend. Served in a heart-shaped glass, the cocktail comes with muddled raspberries, mint leaves, lemon juice, simple syrup, yellow chartreuse, vodka and topped with Prosecco. 

Valentine’s Day at Nerai (55 E 54th St) will feature a Chef's tasting menu. The full course menu includes a variety of delicious appetizers such as the Amuse fruit plate, Seared Tuna, Pantzaria Salata, and Lobster Pasta. Entrees include a choice between Oregano Crusted Halibut or 28 Day Dry Aged New York Strip steak. Sokolatina chocolate mousse and Politiko Thessalonikis semolina cake are the shared dessert options. For $135 per person, the meal also includes a Valentine Petits Four Box with house-made truffle, finciar, and cookies inside. 

Don’t worry if you didn’t have the New Year’s Eve of your dreams.  NOIR in Chelsea picked a new day to celebrate the new year and it's Friday, February 11th.  Here’s to making your own rules this year. Tickets for this New Year’s Eve 2.0 party begin at $65, which includes a two-hour open bar and passed hors d'oeuvres complemented by a ball drop countdown to reset the clock and start 2022 anew. Reservations can be made by visiting https://tickets.noirny.com/e/noir-nye-2.

Slate, the upscale bar, lounge and club in the heart of Chelsea, will offer Pull Apart My Heart Pizza Stuffed Garlic Knots from Executive Chef Darryl Harmon as a special complemented by a special live Jazz band from 8pm - 11pm. 

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