Valentine’s Day can be an affair to forget whether you’re in a relationship or not. This is doubly true in NYC, where every trip to the drug store requires a walk of shame past garish novelty candy boxes and oversized teddy bears with hearts on their paws and glassy, shaming eyes. But the holiday has some upsides, too! It’s a great occasion to saunter into a restaurant you may not have otherwise visited, whether it’s an exclusively special occasion locale or a cuisine your partner/friend/League date loves that you’ve been hesitant to try.
In a sea of prix fixe specials, the hardest part of V-day planning can be pinning down a restaurant with food you’ll actually like, at a price that still allows you to pay rent this month. That’s why we’ve rounded up the places you’ll want to reserve ASAP. Just please don’t be that couple that spends the entire meal making out.