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Valentine’s Day – Dining Out

Posted on Feb 8, 2008 in Best Of, Spring Eats

It’s getting down to the wire for Valentine’s Day and you can probably write off all the usual dining suspects.  Yes, they’re completely booked.  But there are still plenty of restaurants and some off-the-beaten path spots to celebrate the romantic occasion.  Without further ado… Meskerem 124 MacDougal Street New York, NY 10012 (212) 777-8111 There’s nothing more sensual than eating with your hands.  This dimly lit Ethiopian spot affords an exotic and lowbrow evening, where couples can dine on wonderfully tangy flatbread as well as fiery stews spiced with berbere pepper.  Round out the meal with the spongy rum cake. Saul 140 Smith Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 935-9844 This intimate spot on Smith Street always manages to dazzle without a hint of pretension.  Chef Saul Bolton issues a refined, five-course meal ($100) for lovers as well as their...

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Best Valentine’s Day Chocolates

Posted on Feb 3, 2008 in Best Of, Spring Eats

If your special someone is the type who gets teary-eyed over those Jared jewelry commercials, she/he will be probably expect a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day.  Of course, you could take the easy way out and grab a Whitman’s Sampler or even Russel Stover’s “Private Reserve” from Duane Reade.  Instead, we suggest you seize the opportunity to indulge in the city’s finest chocolates.  We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite chocolatiers and their truffles: Jacques Torres Chocolate (pictured right) 350 Hudson Street at King Street New York, NY 10014 (212) 414-2462 One of the world’s premier chocolatiers, Torres celebrates Valentine’s Day with his “Champagne Kiss,” a box of champagne-laced chocolates for $15.  Torres takes a more daring turn with its dark chocolate sauce labeled “Love Tonic” and raspberry “Body Paint,” both for $9. Roni Sue’s Chocolates...

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Best Valentine's Day Restaurants 2008

Posted on Jan 29, 2008 in Best Of, Spring Eats

Where Valentine’s Day is concerned, there’s nothing more romantic than dining out in New York City. While veterans at the reservation game may have already secured some of the most coveted tables, there’s still a handsome selection of enchanting venues. Here are 10 of the city’s most romantic spots. RAOUL’S 180 Prince St., between Sullivan & Thompson Sts., (212) 966-3518. This quintessential SoHo bistro and its classic French fare make for an effortlessly romantic evening. The three-course meal ($75) features chestnut and foie gras ravioli as well as sea bass with Maine mussel fondue. Request the cozy enclosed garden, then retreat to the upstairs loft for an after-dinner reading from the resident fortune teller. ELEVEN MADISON PARK 11 Madison Ave., at 24th St., (212) 889-0905.  Serious food lovers can feast on acclaimed chef Daniel Humm’s outstanding French fare and...

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Best Valentine’s Day Restaurants 2007

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 in Best Of, Spring Eats

Valentine’s Day maybe Hallmark’s favorite holiday, but it may not be yours.  If you’re lucky enough to score a date, you might want to start contemplating your restaurant options now.  Veterans at the Valentine’s reservation game have probably already secured their reservations (or enlisted their assistants), so I thought I’d offer a few Restaurant Girl Suggestions of my own: Splurge Spots Le Bernadin – If you want the best, this is pretty much as good as it gets. 155 W. 51 St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves., (212)554-1515 Cafe Gray – Go for the magnificient park view, stay for the sumptuous short ribs. 10 Columbus Circle, 3rd floor, (212)823-6388. Gramercy Tavern – They don’t call Danny Meyer the king of hospitality for nothing. 42 E. 20th St., btwn. Broadway & Park Aves., (212) 477-0777. Veritas – Even the snobbiest...

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