François Payard Valentine’s Day Treats

French pastry chef François Payard has created a variety of holiday treats, from  raspberry-Champagne chocolate truffles to heart-shaped cakes, like the St. Germain Heart Cake, with raspberry mousse, vanilla bean ganache, and vanilla bean pound cake.

Available now in all locations and online
payard.com

A stop on the Sugartooth dessert tour. (Courtesy of Sugartooth Tours)
A stop on the Sugartooth dessert tour. (Courtesy of Sugartooth Tours)

Sugartooth Tours

For a unique date idea, try the Valentine’s Dessert tour, where attendees will get to sample some of the best cupcakes, macarons, cookies, hot chocolate, and other treats in the city. The tour will span 1.5 miles, starting in Chelsea and ending in the West Village. $50 per person.

Saturday, Feb. 6 & Saturday, Feb. 13
4 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 14
1 p.m. & 4 p.m
sugartoothtours.com

Schmackary’s Chocolate-themed Cookies

For the month of February, National Chocolate Lovers Month, Schmackary’s is serving special chocolate cookies, like the Chocolate Covered Strawberry cookie with semi-chocolate and strawberry bits, drizzled in strawberry glaze; the Chocolate Explosion with a dark cocoa exterior, semi-sweet chocolate filling, and chocolate cream cheese frosting, and Chocolate Diablo, with dark cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, cinnamon, and paprika.

Available now
Schmackary’s
362 W. 45th St.
193 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn
schmackarys.com

Nerai

Enjoy a five-course dinner at upscale Greek restaurant, Nerai, where chef Chris Christou has prepared dishes with aphrodisiac ingredients, including Kumamoto oysters with malagouzia foam and basil emulsion; Lobster Orzotto with butter-poached Maine lobster, asparagus, and creamy metaxa bisque; and Warm Chocolate Fondant with orange coulis, Greek cookie crumble, and vanilla ice cream. $135 per person.

Sunday, Feb. 14
Nerai
55 E. 54th St.
nerainyc.com

Lobster with kabocha squash, leek, and spring roll. (Courtesy of Tuome)
Lobster with kabocha squash, leek, and spring roll. (Courtesy of Tuome)

Tuome

Chef Thomas Chen has created a six-course tasting menu with dishes including Caviar on Egg with custard, fingerling potato, and chive oil; Sea Urchin Dumplings with pork confit and dashi; and Duck with sticky rice, dates, and savoy cabbage. $95 for first seating; $120 for second seating, which includes Champagne.

Sunday, Feb. 14
First seating: 5:30 p.m.–6:45 p.m.
Second seating: 7:15 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Tuome
536 E. 5th St.
tuomenyc.com

The Chef's Pass at Bouley. (Nicole Bartelme)
The Chef’s Pass at Bouley. (Nicole Bartelme)

Bouley

A slew of Valentine’s Day meals will be offered at Michelin-starred chef David Bouley’s restaurants. At Bouley Test Kitchen, the evening will start with a reception, with canapés and Champagne. Chocolatier Sarah Bouley will teach guests how to make chocolate truffles. Then, guests will be seated for a six-course tasting menu, paired with wines selected by Adrien Falcon, wine director at the Bouley restaurant. All guests will also take home a black truffle gift from La Rustichella Truffles USA. $430 per person.

At Bouley, a five-course lunch ($105) and a six-course dinner ($245) will be served. If you want to treat your partner to something truly exclusive, chef Bouley will prepare a tasting menu at the Chef’s Pass, an 8-to-13-seat private dining room at Bouley. For $995 per couple, the evening will also include a post-dinner champagne toast with the chef in the kitchen.

Saturday, Feb. 13 & Sunday, Feb. 14 
Bouley
163 Duane St.
Bouley Test Kitchen
88 West Broadway
davidbouley.com

The dining room at Black Barn. (Melissa Hom)
The dining room at Black Barn. (Melissa Hom)

Raaka Chocolate X Black Barn

In the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, Black Barn will serve a special prix-fixe menu of chocolate-inspired dishes, made with bean-to-bar Raaka Chocolate. The dinner is limited to 20 guests per night.

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 13, Black Barn will serve Valentine’s Day cocktails. For dinner, the restaurant will serve a four-course menu ($75) made with aphrodisiac ingredients, and a six-course menu with wine pairings for $175 per person. Each table will get to pick a gift, from chocolates to Champagne.

On Valentine’s Day, enjoy a brunch with dishes like Lobster Benedict with Sauce Charon; Fried Oysters Po’Boy; and Eggs Baked in Proscuitto with pesto, fontina, and salsa.

Monday, Feb. 8–Sunday, Feb. 14
Black Barn
19 E. 26th St.
blackbarnrestaurant.com

Red Rooster

Chef Marcus Samuelsson is serving a three-course menu at his Harlem restaurant, including Pear and Smiley Salad with roasted squash, marinated feta, candied pecans, and miso cider vinaigrette; Five Spice Hudson Valley Duck with squash grits, wilted swiss chard, liver macarons, and red wine sauce; and Chocolate Fondue With Caramelized Fruit. $55 per person.

Sunday, Feb. 14
Red Rooster
310 Lenox Ave.
redroosterharlem.com

Dirt Candy's carrot buns. (Courtesy of Dirt Candy)
Dirt Candy’s carrot buns. (Courtesy of Dirt Candy)

Dirt Candy

Chef Amanda Cohen is serving a special dinner for the single folks out there. For Solo Diner’s Week, chef counter seats will be reserved for solo diners only, where they can enjoy a six-course tasting menu. Dishes include Cohen’s signature plates: Korean Fried Broccoli, Portobello Mushroom Mousse, and Radish Spaghetti. $65 per person.

Tuesday, Feb. 9–Saturday, Feb. 13
Dirt Candy
86 Allen St.
dirtcandynyc.com

The Velvet Revolver cocktail. (Courtesy of The Third Man)
The Velvet Revolver cocktail. (Courtesy of The Third Man)

The Third Man

This Viennese-inspired cocktail bar is serving three Valentine’s Day cocktails and a cupcake flight, as classic Hollywood romcoms like “Some Like It Hot” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” play on-screen. The cocktails include the Velvet Revolver, with gin, raspberry, citrus, egg white, and basil; the Bleeding Heart, with cognac, blood orange, lemon, angostura and Hellfire bitters; and the Nero, with bourbon, Benedictine, port, and ginger bitters.

Sunday, Feb. 14
The Third Man
116 Avenue C
thethirdmannyc.com

The interior of Rebelle. (Courtesy of Rebelle)
The interior of Rebelle. (Courtesy of Rebelle)

Rebelle

This Michelin-starred restaurant will serve a prix fixe menu with French-influenced dishes like Braised Turnip with vegetable consomme, Black Bass with sauce bouillabaisse, and Smoke Lamb with beet and horseradish. $85 per person.

Sunday, Feb. 14
Rebelle
218 Bowery
rebellenyc.com

Oysters Escabeche. (Courtesy of Toro)
Oysters Escabeche. (Courtesy of Toro)

Toro

James Beard Award-winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette will serve special Spanish tapas with Valentine’s Day-appropriate ingredients, like Scallop Crudo with citrus, pistachio, and cherry blossoms; Oysters En Escabeche with pink strawberry verjus; and Lobster and Black Truffle Cavatelli.

Sunday, Feb. 14
Toro
85 10th Ave.
toro-nyc.com

Recette's Veal Chop. (Katie Burton)
Recette’s Veal Chop. (Katie Burton)

Recette

Chef Jesse Schenker’s West Village restaurant will serve a prix fixe menu with a variety of small plates like Fluke Crudo with pomegranate, fennel purée, caviar and crumble; Veal Chop with sweet potato hash, creamed kale, and jus; and Raspberry Mousse with lychee cake, rose “kisses” and raspberry compote. $150 per person.

Sunday, Feb. 14
Recette
328 West 12th St.
recettenyc.com

Maya's Huitlacoche and Wild Mushroom Enchilada. (Courtesy of Maya)
Maya’s Huitlacoche and Wild Mushroom Enchilada. (Courtesy of Maya)

Maya

If you and your significant other love Mexican food, go for a four-course prix fixe at chef Richard Sandoval’s modern Mexican restaurant. Dishes include Tacos de Langosta, with flour tortilla, black bean purée, avocado, poached lobster, and chile de arbol; Smoked Brisket Tostadas with crispy corn tortilla, chipotle black beans, cabbage salad, crema fresca, and molcajete sauce; and Huitlacoche and Wild Mushroom Enchilada, with roasted garlic, Mexican ricotta cheese, and fire-roasted poblano chile sauce. $75 per person.

Sunday, Feb. 14
Maya
1191 First Ave.
richardsandoval.com/mayany

The dining room at Ai Fiori. (Noah Fecks)
The dining room at Ai Fiori. (Noah Fecks)

Ai Fiori

At chef Michael White’s Michelin-starred Italian restaurant, a four-course dinner will include dishes like Crudo di Dentice (red snapper crudo with garlic crema, crispy shallots, and trout roe); Tortellini en Brodo with foie gras, black truffle, and hen broth; and Panna Cotta with pomegranate, blood orange, and almonds. $199 per person.

Sunday, Feb. 14
Ai Fiori
400 Fifth Ave., Second Floor
aifiorinyc.com

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Palm Court and The Lambs Club

The Lambs Club kicks off the celebration with dishes like Branzino for Two and Dark Chocolate Soufflé for Two with raspberry and mascarpone ice cream, as live jazz plays on. In the evening, a four-course dinner will include dishes like Braised Lamb Fagottini with Swiss chard, brodo, and black winter truffle; and Callote de Beouf with potato mille feuille, cipollini onion, Asian pear, and sauce bordelaise. A special holiday cocktail, the Passion Flip, with vodka and passion fruit purée, will also be available. $135 per person for dinner.

At Palm Court, chef Geoffrey Zakarian will serve afternoon tea for two, with sandwiches, scones, sweet treats, and champagne, for $120 per person. You can also enjoy a tier with sweet and savory snacks, while The Kat Gang Band plays live jazz. $75 per person.

Saturday, Feb. 13 & Sunday, Feb. 14
The Lambs Club
132 W. 44th St.
Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel
Fifth Avenue at Central Park South
thelambsclub.com
theplazany.com/dining/palmcourt

The Wonder 500 

Delve into Japanese inventiveness and craftsmanship at The Wonder 500 exhibit, curated to showcase 500 products from all 47 Japanese prefects—many little known outside Japan.

For example, you’ll find an Edo Glass Guinomi Sakasa Fuji (or Upside-down Mount Fuji Sake Cup), made according to tradition that goes back to the Edo period. You’ll encounter shottsuru fish sauce, which is aged 10 years using only fresh sailfin sandfish and salt.

A matcha green tea ceremony and tasting will take place every day from noon to 4 p.m. Visitors can sample snacks such as rice cakes, shrimp crackers, soda-flavored candy, sweetened dried black beans, and sweet bean jelly.

The Wonder 500 was shown at Paris Design Week last September. Free admission.

Through Feb. 9
11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Exhibition Hall
4 W. 43rd St.
thewonder500.com

The Naturalys cocktail. (Courtesy of Black Ant)
The Naturalys cocktail. (Courtesy of Black Ant)

Black Ant

East Village Mexican restaurant Black Ant has extravagant desserts for Valentine’s Day, like the Chocolate Truffle Torte with hazelnut, guava, white chocolate, espresso soil, champagne foam, and 24k gold decor; and Ya Supe Lupe Sundae, with avocado ice cream, torched marshmallows, choco mole cajeta sauce, chicharron, and flourless cake truffle. Wash it down with a red-colored cocktail like Naturalys, with Tradicional Reposado tequila, beet juice, ginger, lime, and agave.

Sunday, Feb. 14
Black Ant
60 Second Ave.
theblackantnyc.com

The interior of Vaucluse. (Courtesy of Vaucluse)
The interior of Vaucluse. (Courtesy of Vaucluse)

Vaucluse

Chef White’s French restaurant will serve a four-course prix fixe, with hors d’oeuvres like Terrine de Foie Gras with duck liver terrine, winter fruit confiture, and toasted sourdough, entrees like Turbot fish with romanesco cauliflower and meyer lemon vinaigrette, and dessert like Glacè à l’orange with valencia orange, almond meringue, and citron glace. $150 per person.

Sunday, Feb. 14
Vaucluse
100 East 63rd St.
vauclusenyc.com

The Musket Room's Ora King Salmon dish. (Signe Birck)
The Musket Room’s Ora King Salmon dish. (Signe Birck)

The Musket Room

Treat your partner to a luxurious six-course menu at The Musket Room. Chef Matt Lambert will serve oysters with trout roe and nasturtium; lobster with ham, shiso, and onion; and a chocolate, blood orange, and miso dessert. $150 per person.

Sunday, Feb. 14
The Musket Room
265 Elizabeth St.    
themusketroom.com  

Lunar New Year Specials

Fung Tu's Chinese New Year Scallop Wontons. (Michael Tulipan)
Fung Tu’s Chinese New Year Scallop Wontons. (Michael Tulipan)

Fung Tu

This Chinese-American restaurant will serve holiday dishes by chef Jonathan Wu, like Scallops Wontons in Mushroom-Celery Broth and Chestnut Mooncakes with Cashew Ice Cream. Seasonal cocktails are also available, like the Money Tree, with Fino and Amontillado Sherry, Cynar, and bitters; and Baijiu Bijou with baijiu (Chinese distilled spirit), Green Chartreuse, and vermouth.

Monday, Feb. 8Saturday, Feb. 13
Fung Tu
22 Orchard St.
fungtu.com

Yunnan BBQ

Chinese eatery Yunnan BBQ is celebrating with a holiday tasting menu, with dishes like Stir Fry Mushroom with Monkey head mushroom, Benton’s ham, and sawtooth; Firecracker Fish with market fish, chrysanthemum, and toban chili tomato sauce; and Eight Treasure Fried Rice with Chinese sausage, dried shrimp, dried scallop, chicken, duck egg, goji berry, and scallion. $48 per person. Each guest will walk away with a red envelope, with a gift certificate inside.

Wednesday, Feb. 10–Friday, Feb. 12
Yunnan BBQ
79 Clinton St.
yunnanbbq.com

Mokbar's Lunar New Year Spicy Rice Cakes and Dumplings Ramen. (Courtesy of Mokbar)
Mokbar’s Lunar New Year Spicy Rice Cakes and Dumplings Ramen. (Courtesy of Mokbar)

Mokbar Lunar New Year Ramen

Korean ramen eatery Mokbar is serving a special New Year’s Spicy Rice Cakes and Dumplings Ramen. Rice cake and dumplings are traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day in Korea to signify a new beginning. Mokbar’s version has pork kimchi broth, rice cakes, house-made Halmoni Dumplings, scallions, and nori. $17.

Available through Feb. 10
11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Mokbar 
75 Ninth Ave. (inside Chelsea Market)
mokbar.com

Chomp Chomp's Laughing Prawns. (Courtesy of Chomp Chomp)
Chomp Chomp’s Laughing Prawns. (Courtesy of Chomp Chomp)

Chomp Chomp

Singaporean eatery Chomp Chomp is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a seven-course feast. There will be auspicious dishes like Laughing Prawns cooked with salted egg yolk (shrimp pronounced in Cantonese is “ha”), Longevity Fish (steamed hake in hot oil sauce topped with sliced fresh mushrooms and lily bud flowers), and Prosperity Pork (pork shanks served with edible seaweed moss and shiitake mushrooms). $39.88 per person.

Monday, Feb. 8–Wednesday, Feb. 10
5:30 p.m.–10 p.m.
Chomp Chomp 
7 Cornelia St.
chompchompnyctest.squarespace.com

The interior of Mala Project. (Courtesy of Mala Project)
The interior of Mala Project. (Courtesy of Mala Project)

Mala Project

Enjoy a fiery hot Sichuan-style New Year dinner at Mala Project, with dishes like Fried Ribbon Fish with Szechuan Peppercorn; the restaurant’s signature Mala Dry Pot (a spicy stir-fry of seafood, meats, and vegetables); Dad’s Dumpling Plate; and Rice Balls in Rice Wine Soup for dessert. $38 per person. 

Sunday, Feb. 7 and Monday, Feb. 8
Mala Project
122 First Ave.
malaproject.nyc

Kings County Imperial

New Chinese-American restaurant Kings County Imperial will celebrate the New Year with a family-style feast, with dishes like Long Life Lobster Yee Mein with Maine lobster, scallion, ginger, garlic, and house soy; Tea Smoked Crispy Whole Duck with Chinese mustard greens; and Steamed Whole Black Seabass, steamed with Shaoxing rice wine and topped with scallion, ginger, and sesame oil. $55 per person.

Monday, Feb. 8
6 p.m.–1 a.m.
Kings County Imperial
20 Skillman Ave., Brooklyn
kingscoimperial.com

Wildair

This critically acclaimed restaurant is hosting chef Kris Yenbamroong of the restaurants Night + Market and Night + Market Song in Los Angeles for New Year’s Day. He will be creating Thai dishes for the evening.

Monday, Feb. 8
Wildair
142 Orchard St.
wildair.nyc

Mapo Spaghetti. (Courtesy of Pig and Khao)
Mapo Spaghetti. (Courtesy of Pig and Khao)

Pig and Khao

‘Top Chef’ alum Leah Cohen is teaming up with chef-owner Joshua Li Walker from Xiao Bao Biscuit in Charleston, South Carolina to cook up a Lunar New Year dinner. Eight dishes will be served family-style, such as Mapo Spaghetti with pork skin noodles, bolognese, tofu, and greens; Caramel Pork Belly with tea egg and pickles; Bo Bo Ji, fried chicken with hua jiao (Sichuan peppercorn) chili butter. $75 per person.

Wednesday, Feb. 10
Pig and Khao
68 Clinton St.
eventbrite.com 

Black Tree BK's Steamed Chicken Dumplings.  (Courtesy of Black Tree BK)
Black Tree BK’s Steamed Chicken Dumplings. (Courtesy of Black Tree BK)

Black Tree BK

For the week of Feb. 8, the Brooklyn location of seasonal restaurant Black Tree is serving a Chinese-influenced menu, with dishes like Crab Rangoon with house sweet-and-sour sauce; Dipalo Burrata with soy sauce and scallion; and Whole Fish with Spicy Garlic Sauce.

week of Feb. 8
Black Tree BK
261 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn
blacktreenyc.com