Valentine's Day and the City
Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM | Dana Prigge
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It's about that time again! Quicker that you can utter the words, "he loves me, he loves me not" Valentine's Day 2013 will be here in a flash. Whether you're looking for a romantic dining experience, a more laid back spot, or going to spend the evening having some fun with your friends -- Joonbug breaks down the festivities in our handy little list. Je t'aime ( I love you in French).

David Burke's Townhouse:  The decor alone at David Burke's Townhouse on the Upper East Side exudes a Valentine's Day vibe with crimson red leather seating done in an ultra-chic way. Renowned Chef David Burke has created an amazing Valentine's Day menu that most definitely sets the backdrop for the perfect Vday experience. Their three-course menu features delicious and exquisite cuisine, such as green garlic soup, tuna parfait, foie gras terrine, whole roasted red snapper, veal chateaubriand, and lobster stuffed filet wellington. Chef Burke will make your evening even sweeter with dessert selections such as; chocolate nougat glace, coconut cake, warm drunken donuts, and their signature cheesecake lollipops.

133 East 61st Street, New York, NY

Cafe Tallulah: This new, Upper West Side gem is sure to please. As you walk in you're greeted by a gorgeous bar and iconic images of timeless beauties such as Brigitte Bardot and Mia Farrow. Their signature cocktail “Tallulah,”  is made with Rottenhouse rye, Dolin Rouge, Orange Curacao and bitters is a crowd favorite.  Appetizers such as Grilled Octopus (White bean, togarashi, Greek labne, shiso almond) and Steak Tartare ( Frites, dijon, mayonnaise, capers, onions, parsley) really tempt our taste buds. There’s something sexy about sharing plates with your date and their tender whole roasted chicken, Poulet Roti is really delicious. The chicken comes whole for 2 people. You can add a side of  tasty Truffle fries, if you’re in the mood to indulge. The Tarte Tatin is a fabulous follow-up to a nourishing meal. Puff pasty gelato, apple mousse, bourbon jam, buttermilk pana cotta and shiso are the ingredients that complete this after meal masterpiece.

240 Columbus Ave., at W. 71st St, New York, NY

Benjamin Steakhouse in Midtown located just one block from Grand Central Station is a wonderful place to enjoy a superb steak with all the tasty accompaniments. Think of it this way: he gets his steak, she gets the cozy fireplace and amazing vaulted ceiling with spiral staircase atmosphere. A lobster cocktail with little neck clams on the half shell is a great way to start off your meal. The 36-ounce porterhouse is cooked to perfection, rib eyes and tender filet mignon will tempt your taste buds. The steak literally melts in your mouth, fabulous sides such as hand-cut potatoes, creamed spinach, decadent desserts, and a beautiful bar with top notch service make Benjamin Steakhouse a cut above the rest in Manhattan.

52 East 41st Street, New York, NY

Cooking class for two with Chef Bouley: Maybe trying something different is your thing? There is nothing more romantic than cooking for your loved one on Valentine’s Day. Throw away those take-out menus! Chef David Bouley personally teaches you how to master and compose with superb ingredients a four course meal to share at home for an intimate evening. Also learn how to create your own Valentine’s Day cocktail. After the course, the Chef adds amazing dishes he has also made and you enjoy a special feast like no-other! This is a special experience and you can learn culinary skills that take you from a memorable Valentine's Day feast and beyond.

163 Duane Street, New York, NY

Ken & Cook Restaurant and Bar is a great place to kick back and enjoy a delicious dinner. Located in the heart of Nolita, Ken & Cook is the inspiration of Jean Georges alumnus Artan Gjoni and Chef Richard Diamonte. Chef has created a Contemporary American menu with signature dishes including Oyster Rockefeller, Monkfish, & Fried Chicken. The restaurant also features a fresh Raw Bar for diners to enjoy seasonal Clams, Oysters, Shrimp, and Lobster. Ken & Cook's industrial brasserie design includes painted original brick, pressed tin ceilings, wood paneling, vintage leather banquettes and a friendly atmosphere. Their Valentine's Day menu features; Oyster Rockefeller (spinach, pernod, breadcrumb), Short Rib (fingerling potatoes, creme fraiche, horseradish), and delightful desserts such as the Beinet (ricotta, blueberry, lavender).

19 KENMARE St, New York, NY 

Beauty Bar located on the Eastside is the place to gather with your girls for martinis and manicures! Valentine's Day is a time to love thyself. A little pampering goes a long way. This one-of-a-kind beauty saloon pumps the best music and will definitely enhance your mood! The best part? The price is always just $10 for both the manicure and a beverage. Talk about retro-cool!

231 E 14th St, New York, NY

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