The Gent's Guide To Booking The Right Valentine's Day Table

I got to thinking about Valentine's Day and how girly of a "holiday" it is when I realized, it's not about us ladies at all. You guys have been super tricky but I've figured it out. I see you, gents. Valentine's Day has been about you all along. It's that one day a year where you can show how sweet and romantic you are and come February 15th (aka. the day after Valentine's Day—keep up) your lady is comparing stories with her girlfriends making you look like a god.  

That said, I'm so not complaining. I for sure like to feel special. So do your best! And by "do your best", I mean, take my advice.

Once upon a time, a handmade heart-shaped card laden with stickers left in our cubbies were enough. Now, boys, it's time to ante up! Book a table at one of my restaurant recommendations below. Ooh, and, still bring a cute card and make sure it's attached to a little box filled with something sparkly and, hehe, ring-shaped.

Chefs Club

Chefs Club

275 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

For the girl who likes food enough to care about the chef making it. Chefs Club is one of my very favorite restaurants. That said, it takes a pretty unique approach to its menu. If you're considering this one, definitely click the button below for more info about it.

Lupa

Lupa

170 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

I hesitated to put this restaurant on my list because it's a Batali restaurant but if you can look past that at this time, and you love Italian food, the food here is absolutely incredible.

Fusco

Fusco

43 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

There's no more romantic moment than when Lady and the Tramp slurped up one long strand of spaghetti. Be that kind of romantic and take your better half to get this unbeatable spaghetti dish. If you're not a pasta lover, don't worry, there is so much to fall in love with on this menu.

Gato

Gato

324 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

If you know celebrity chefs, then you know Bobby Flay and you know that he can do no wrong. This Spanish style restaurant will for sure blow you and your date's minds.

Bedford & Co.

Bedford & Co.

118 E. 40th Street, New York, NY 10016

Dim lighting, fresh flavors, and a variety perfectly cooked dishes in wood-burning oven in the heart of Manhattan—there is so much to love. 

Bevy

Bevy

153 W. 57th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10019

There's farm-to-table and then there's Bevy. If you're better half loves flavors that feel like they were torn fresh from the farm by the chef and curated into a masterful dish that emphasizes their unique flavors, this is your restaurant.

Cafe Medi

Cafe Medi

107 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

Searching for more of a Mediterranean recommendation? Look no further. From the incredibly gorgeous ambiance to the thoughtfully curated dishes you'll love to share, Cafe Medi is a great choice for the big night out.

Cosme

Cosme

35 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

If your girl is a big Mexican food lover but you're kinda like "that doesn't feel like Valentine's Day material" here's your find! Cosme is an upscale swanky restaurant with crazy delicious elevated Mexican fare. 

Vaucluse

Vaucluse

100 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10065

If you're looking for that rich classy upscale French cuisine, look no further. You've found the right restaurant.

Cote

Cote

16 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

Feeling carnivorous? Also, really love the idea of an interactive meal? And want an upscale vibe? This is your perfect restaurant.

Black Barn

Black Barn

19 E 26th St, New York, NY 10010

Now, I love Black Barn. The details of the space alone is enough to get me back. That said, if you're a wine lover who loves amazing food, you absolutely must book your special night here.

Gabriel Kruther

Gabriel Kreuther

41 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

If it's the Michelin experience you are looking for, you will love Gabriel Kreuther. It is a pricier meal than the rest on this list but if you have it to spend it will be a truly special night.

Lincoln Ristorante

Lincoln Ristorante

142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

If you're planning on being glamorous and catching a show in Lincoln Center, tack on a little extra time and go for dinner at Lincoln Ristorante. It's the perfect addtion to your night and the food is outstanding (I highly recommend their elevated take on Eggplant Parmesan) 

Morimoto

Morimoto

88 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Sushi and beyond. You haven't had sushi until you've had sushi at Morimoto. I'm obsessed with this restaurant. It has a 90's modern aesthetic with a killer menu that hands-down absolutely cannot be missed. You and your date will love it!