The Trendy Girl's Guide To Where To Eat On Galentine's Day
Valentine's day is a tricky holiday. It's polarizing. When you're with someone, it's kinda exciting (unless you're like me and play the, "eh, I don't really care about that kind of thing, I'm special all year round" card). When you're not in a relationship, it's a day that reminds you of just that. And, it doesn't end cause you know for the next week you're going to hear all of these romantic stories from your girlfriends in relationships (UGH, I don't want to hear it but fine I care cause I'm a good friend but like just give me the cliff notes version please).
Yes, I'm always recommending you go out and explore the awesome restaurants NYC has to offer, and now I'm going to continue to push for that with this "holiday". Use it as your excuse to go out with a great friend to an awesome restaurant, drink a fuck ton of wine, eat bomb food and make your own stories. Friendships are some of the most powerful relationships so let's make this another fab excuse to celebrate them!
I've comprised this guide of trendy restaurants that I lost track of time with my girlfriends at. A list where the drinks are as good as the food. So, be an awesome friend this galentine's day and go out to one of these too-cool-to-miss restaurants with a friend almost as awesome as you are.
Root & Bone
200 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009
I feel like a broken record with how often I recommend this restaurant. That said, there's a reason for it. It's seriously awesome. If you love a low key vibe and the comforts of fried chicken and one of the best mac and cheese dishes I've had to date, this is the restaurant for you.
La Pecora Bianca
1133 Broadway, New York, NY 10010 & 950 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022
I've never not had an awesome time diving into these pasta dishes and drinking my weight in the rosé made specifically for La Pecora Bianca (yep, it's their very own blend). That said, the last time I was there I had a couple glasses of their Pinot Noir and was not complaining (hence a couple of glasses. I think it was a Monday afternoon—note that for a moment when I seriously love my job). God, am I drunk now? I'm focusing way too much on the wines. If you love pasta (and wine) there are two La Pecora Bianca locations to pick from. You'll have a blast!
Blue Ribbon Sushi
308 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019 & 187 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
I constantly get asked what my favorite kind of food is. After eating sushi for the last six out of seven dinners one week and finding that I wasn't sick of it, I dubbed sushi my favorite cuisine. It was right about the time I revisited Blue Ribbon Sushi for the millionth time. It's hands down one of my favorite sushi spots. You'll love their platters and their lychee martinis.
55 Bond St, New York, NY 10012
Ordering a ton and sharing it all is such a fun way to go out with girlfriends. Doing that with the authentic Thai food at Fish Cheeks is the perfect fun night out.
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
53 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012
If you're looking for a more refined feel that's maybe not so trendy but is beautifully curated, I love the feel if Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria. With an Italian food market in the front of the store, you know they have the freshest dishes in their restaurant. And, while the pastas are great, the menu is far more vast. There is a lot of deliciousness to explore.
21 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014
There's trendy and then there's sceney rooftop trendy. Be above it all and eat an awesome array of seafood-focused dishes from sushi to lobster rolls and the not-so-seafood-centric mac and cheese and tacos. There's a lot to love. So doll up and make a night out of this galentine's day in the Meatpacking District.
945 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021
Going for those upscale refined moments? Flora Bar is hands down, no questions asked your choice. A higher price point than many others on this list, it's so worth it. I'm all about their seafood platters. They are incredible. Pair it with their artistic plating and you'll be the one snapping pics at dinner and adding them to your Instagram feed (tag me!—@coffeeandchampagne—I wanna see!).
1496 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10075 & 19 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014
I'm obsessing over this restaurant. They have such innovative and creative dishes that you'll absolutely love! Something as simple as a bacon dish or watermelon salad will blow your mind. Order it, you'll see!
They have a couple of locations in the city, so uptown or downtown, you're covered.
Ed's Lobster Bar
222 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
If you're going super duper laid back, hop up on a barstool at Ed's Lobster Bar. What's a better place to go than a place that focusses on lobster? I mean, I love lobster, lobster loves me (well, realistically they should fear me because like Charlie Sheen I have one speed GO—aka. EAT—when I'm around them). I digress.
I love how this restaurant has really focused its attention on making exciting lobster dishes in an environment that is so chill you'll think you're in a seafood shack out in the Hamptons.
507 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009
DIM SUM! I feel like I don't need to say more but I will. There are lots of places to get dim sum. Carma East is a trendy new(ish) spot that serves it up right. Plus that have some cool takes. Love how they have pink dumplings that are naturally dyed using beets—way cute and oh-so-perfect for your Galentine's Day Instagram stories.