Manhattan Valentine's Day Restaurants & Events 2023
Manhattan Romantic Restaurants For Valentines Day in Manhattan on the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Midtown, East Village, West Village, SoHo, Tribeca & the Lower East Side
Valentine's Day is three weeks away. It's a good time to let your loved one know you care. Flowers, gifts and dinner are always welcome treats, and / or some thoughtful gesture that shows that the lady [or man] you're with, still means a lot to you.
This report provides an update on who's open and taking reservations, but also highlights a few local restaurant closures.
All events that have been asterisked are from 2022. Those restaurants without an asterisk have been updated to 2023, so watch the dates / year for 2023.
Unlike last year, there aren't any state CoVid guidelines for indoor dining. And the challenge of getting a reservation at the restaurant of your choice, is likely back to normal, which means if dining on the day of or the weekend before is imporant, you might want to act now.
Given Valentine's Day is on a Tuesday, it may be fair game to make your VDay reservation on Valentine's Day or any day of the preceding weekend. Also, many restaurants have retained thier outside dining capacity - so depending on the weather - NYC restaurants may have more capacity for Valentine's Day weekend than they did versus prepandemic.
But a number of restaurants were casualties of these pandemic times, so if you're thinking about doing something this Valentine's Day for dinner in or around the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Midtown or East Village; it's best to do your research early, and call a week or at least a few days ahead to make the reservations.
Valentine's Day History - Romantic Restaurants In Manhattan
The origins of Valentine's Day are not well documented. It's believed to have been named after Saint Valentine who was apparently a Catholic martyr who died over 1500 years ago. Today the holiday is not associated with religion so much as flowers, candies, cards and romantic dinners. And the holiday spokesperson is now Cupid, a Roman god of desire, and quite a mischief maker.
Click this link to view a brief guide of Manhattan Valentine's Day restaurants - Manhattan NYC where you will find links to Manhattan restaurants we've visited in the past or have reviewed. The restaurants we've reviewed include a mix of high, medium and budget priced restaurants that are spread throughout the borough and offer a large variety of ethnic cuisines. Enjoy.
Romantic Restaurants in Manhattan for Valetines Day 2023 MHTN NYC
Manhattan Valentines Day / Romantic Restaurants for Dinner on the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Midtown, East Village, West Village, SoHo, Tribeca & the Lower East Side - V Day
Valentine's Day will soon be upon us and it's time for all lovers to find the right restaurant for their romantic Cupid's Day dinner on the Upper East Side, Midtown, the Upper West Side, the East Village, the West Village, SoHo and Chelsea.
Valentine's Day Restaurants In Manhattan - Romantic Restaurants in Manhattan
Many of the following Manhattan restaurants include links to Manhattan Buzz restaurant reviews. These restaurants were selected based the food quality, the ambiance and the service of these restaurants which made them notable within their categories.
This is not meant to be an exhaustive list as there are many more fine Manhattan restaurants we wish to review. But in the meantime this is what we have to offer.
Valentine's Day Restaurants In Manhattan - French Restaurants on the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Midtown & West Village, American Restaurants in Gramercy Park, Midtown, East Village & Upper East & Upper West Sides, Italian Restaurants on the Upper West Side, Rooftop Restaurants in Midtown & Downtown, Manhattan Irish Pubs & Restaurants, and a Steak House on the UES
All of these are likely good restaurants for Valentines Day, but one size does not fit all. Most of them have some romance, but not all of them are romantic rendezvous restaurants. All of the restaurants shown here are located in Manhattan, and I have visited all of them presented here and believe them to be quite commendable for either food or ambiance or both - within their price range and category. Click the restaurant links below to essentially zoom into read the reviews of many Manhattan restaurants we visited to get a better idea of what to expect.
Valentine's Day Gifts & Events in Manhattan
The Manhattan Valentine's Day restaurants are broken out by neighborhood below. Usually there are a few events in Manhattan that precede or accompany Valentines Day that might also be of interest, which we'll post on the site in time for the Valentine's Day weekend.
Manhattan Valentines Restaurants & Events Upper East Side NYC
D'Orsay French Restaurant - Upper East Side Manhattan
Description. D'Orsay Restaurant is one of the French restaurants of the Upper East Side with real longevity. It has a classical early 1900's ambiance, French food and generally good service. Manhattan Valentine's Day restaurants on the Upper East Side of NYC.
Click here to read a review of the D'Orsay French restaurant on the UES - Manhattan Valentine's Day Restaurants - D'Orsay French Restaurant Upper East Side UES.
V DAY SPECIAL 2023 _ They are offering a special menu for Valentines Day, but it wasn't yet posted. But until then, they are offering the prix fixe Winter Restaurant Week [it's really a month] menu. They offer indoor and outdoor dining.
Location. 1057 Lexington Avenue
Contact. Tel - 212.517.6400 / https://www.orsayrestaurant.com
Photo. D'Orsay French restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
BLT Prime - Valentines Restaurants on the Upper East Side Manhattan NYC
Description. BLT Prime, which is also a steakhouse & formerly operated in Gramercy Park, replaced The Arlington Club restaurant sometime circa 2018. Manhattan Valentine's Day steak houses on the UES of NYC.
Click here to read a review of the Arlington Club restaurant on the UES - Manhattan Steak Houses - Arlington Club Restaurant on the Upper East Side UES.
V DAY SPECIAL 2023 _ They are offering a special Valentines Day menu with three courses. Unlike last year which was prix fixe, this year the pricing is ala carte.
Location. 1032 Lexington Avenue at 74th Street on the UES
Contact. Tel - 212.995.8500 / Website - www.bltrestaurants.com
Photo. The Arlington Club [now BLT Prime] on the Upper East Side a few years ago. The interior was redecorated. See their website for updated photos.
WORK IN PROGRESS 1.24.23 - ASTERISKED RESTAURANTS / EVENTS HAVE NOT BEEN UPDATED.
Manhattan Valentines Restaurants & Events Upper West Side
* CLOSED _ Cesca Italian Restaurant - Valentines Day on the Upper West Side
Click here to read a review of the Cesca Italian restaurant on the UWS - Valentine's Day Restaurants Manhattan - Cesca Italian Restaurants Upper West Side UWS.
Location. 164 West 75th Street
Contact. Tel - 212.787.6300 / Website - www.cescany.com
Photo. A delicious entree served at Cesca on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Update. They closed for the pandemic and according to their website, they expect to reopen when indoor dining is possible for 50% capacity. But that said, their telephone is not in service, and in December there was a report that there's litigation going on between the landlord and the owners. So stay tuned, but Valentine's Day isn't happening this year .
* OPEN _ Le Monde French Restaurant - Valentine's Day on the UWS Manhattan
Le Monde French restaurant is relaxed, comfortable Upper West Side restaurant with a welcoming ambiance of tiled floors, high ceilings and a feeling of space. It's a Columbia University and Barnard gathering place. Manhattan Valentine's Day restaurants on the UWS of NYC.
Click here to read a review of the Le Monde French restaurant on the UWS - Manhattan Valentine's Day Restaurants - Le Monde French Restaurant UWS Upper West Side.
V DAY SPECIAL 2022 _ They've not yet posted anything for Valentines Day, but they have a Winter Restaurant Week three course menu through Sunday, February 13 for $39. They are open and taking reservations for indoor / outdoor dining.
Location. At 2885 Broadway on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Contact. Tel - 212.531.3939 / Website - www.lemondenyc.com
Photo. Le Monde French restaurant on the Upper West Side along Broadway. It's a classic French restaurant and one of the Columbia University neighborhood favorites.
* OPEN _ Nice Matine - Valentine's Day Restaurants on the UWS Manhattan NYC
Nice Matine French Restaurant in the Lucerne Hotel on the UWS.
Click here to read a review of the Nice Matine French restaurant on the UWS - Romantic Restaurants Manhattan - Nice Matine in the Historic Lucerne Hotel Upper West Side UWS.
V DAY SPECIAL 2022 _ They've not yet posted anything for Valentines Day, but they have a Winter Restaurant Week three course menu through Sunday, February 13 for $59. They are open and taking reservations for indoor / outdoor dining.
Location. At 201 West 79th Street on the UWS of Manhattan.
Contact. Tel - 212.873.6423 / Website - www.nicematinnyc.com
Photo. One of the many fine entrees served at Nice Matine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in early 2020.
* OPEN _ Cafe Luxembourg - Valentines Day Restaurants in Manhattan
Description. Cafe Luxembourg Restaurant is a well established restaurant with a long history of serving the UWs and very good reputation for French / American food.
V DAY SPECIAL 2022 _ I didn't see any specials posted. They are open and taking reservations for the indoor and outdoor dining.
Location. 200 West 70th Street on the UWS
Contact. Tel - 212.873.7411 / Website - www.cafeluxembourg.com
Unfortunately Ouest on the Upper West Side UWS at 84th and Broadway closed in June of 2015.
Manhattan Valentines Restaurants & Events Midtown NYC
* OPEN _ Friend of a Farmer - Cozy Restaurants on Valentine's Day NYC
Description. The Friend of a Farmer is a warm, cozy, earthy place to take your loved one. They have been in business for over 35 years [since 1986] and were early pioneers of the farm to table movement. Manhattan Valentine's Day restaurants in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Midtown NYC.
Click here to read a review of the Friend of the Farmer restaurant on the UES - Romantic Restaurants Manhattan - Friend of a Farmer in Gramercy Park - American Restaurants Midtown NYC.
V DAY SPECIAL 2022 _ They have a Valentine's menu and taking reservations for indoor and outdoor dining. As they're a cozy restaurant with capacity limitations, you're advised to book early, but there's a $50 cancellation fee.
Location. 77 Irving Place near Gramercy Park
Contact. Tel - 212.477.2188 / Website - www.friendofafarmer.com
Photo. The Friend of a Farmer just a couple of blocks south of Gramercy Park in Midtown near the Village / Union Square Park.
* OPEN _ Bryant Park Grill - Convenient Location Restaurants V Day NYC
Description. The Bryant Park Grill is a favorite of tourists and locals alike. It's centrally located, just behind the Library at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan.
Click here to read a review of the Bryant Park Grill & restaurant in Midtown Manhattan NYC - Manhattan Valentine's Day Restaurants - Bryant Park Cafe American Restaurants Midtown NYC.
V DAY SPECIAL 2022 _ I don't see any V Day Specials posted. They take reservations for indoor seating and you can wait in line [no rsvps] for outdoor seating.
Location. Between 5th & 6th Avenues and between 40th & 42nd Streets in Bryant Park behind the NYC Public Library
Contact. Tel - 212.840.6500 / Website - www.bryantparkgrillnyc.com
Photo. The Bryant Park Grill behind the NY Public Library at 5th and 42nd Street adjacent to Bryant Park in the summer time.
Irish Pubs & Restaurants. Manhattan Valentine's Day Irish restaurants in NYC. Click here to read a report on the Irish pubs and restaurants in Manhattan - Irish Pubs in Manhattan NYC.
* The Rainbow Room, which is also located in Rockefeller Center, is only open for private events
* TEMPORARILY CLOSED _ Bar 65 - Rooftop Manhattan Restaurants on Valentine's Day
Description. Bar 65 is an exciting, art deco, historic rooftop experience. Bar 65 is nestled atop Rockefeller Center in the heart of Midtown, just across from the historic Rainbow Room. On Valentine's Day they're offering a prix fixe three course meal for $110 including tax and 20% gratuity. Drinks are separate. Manhattan Valentine's Day romantic roof top restaurants in Midtown NYC.
Click here to read a review of the D'Orsay French restaurant on the UES - Romantic Rooftop Bars Midtown Manhattan NYC - Bar 65 Rockefeller Center.
V DAY SPECIAL 2022 _ They are temporarily closed, awaiting an opportunity to safely reopen from the CoVid pandemic [confirmed 2/3/22].
Location. 30 Rockefeller Center on the 65th Floor across from the Rainbow Room
Contact. Tel - 212.632.5000 / Website - www.rainbowroom.com
Photo. Bar 65 in Rockefeller Center in Midtown over the holidays. They have a deck outside that you can walk around on.
* OPEN _ Francis & Staub La Rotisserie - V Day near the Flatiron Bldg Manhattan
Description. Formerly Le Coq French Restaurant which was a sophisticated, yet casual, French restaurant near the Flatiron Building in Midtown Manhattan. Manhattan Valentine's Day restaurants in the Flatiron District in Midtown NYC.
Click here to read a review of the Le Coq French restaurant in the Flatiron District of Midtown NYC - Valentine's Day Restaurants Manhattan - Le Coq French Restaurant Flatiron District Midtown NYC.
V DAY SPECIAL 2022 _ I didn't see any V Day Specials posted on their website. Normally they are closed on Sunday and Monday. I wasn't able to obtain confirmation of a change of such plans for the V Day Weekend, but you can get an update yourself using the Tel # below.
Location. At 30 East 20th Street in the Flatiron District of Manhattan.
Contact. Tel - 212.267.7426 / Website - www.larotisserienyc.com / formerly www.lecoqriconyc.com
Photo. Le Coq French restaurant near the Flatiron Building during prime time in the summer.
* OPEN _ Loeb Boathouse - Romantic Restaurants Manhattan NYC
Description. The Loeb Boathouse restaurant is a favorite of American style restaurant for tourists as well as locals for a Central Park 'lakeside' view. Manhattan Valentine's Day restaurants in Central Park near the UES, UWS and Midtown Manhattan NYC.
Click here to read a review of the Loeb Boathouse restaurant near the UES, UWS & Midtown - Romantic Restaurants Midtown UES UWS - Central Park Boathouse Manhattan NYC.
V DAY SPECIAL 2022 _ At present they are only open for weekend brunch and weekday lunch, and haven't posted any special V Day Specials. Still a nice setting for a romantic outing.
Location. Enter East 72nd Street and go to Park Drive which is the principal north / south road along the east inside of Central Park.
Contact. Tel - 212.517.2233 / Website - www.thecentralparkboathouse.com
Photo. The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park on a Sunday in the Spring.
* EVENT SPACE that occasionally organizes public happenings _ Water Club Restaurant - Valentines Day in Midtown Manhattan
Description. This is an event space with a rooftop, which sometimes organizes special events. In 2021 they held a 4th of July event that was a big hit and may do the same again this year - but as of this posting, nothing is planned. They are located along the East River at the East River and about 35th Street. There is also generally a boat or two departing from the nearby dock.
V DAY SPECIAL 2022 _ They are not hosting anything for V Day.
Location. At 500 East 30th Street at the East River in Midtown Manhattan.
Contact. Tel - 212.683.3333 / Website - www.thewaterclub.com
* OPEN _ Tex Mex Restaurants Open for Valentine's Day Manhattan
Description. El Rio Grande is a Tex Mex restaurant in Murray Hill on 38th Street & Third Avenue in midtown. The entrance is between 3rd Avenue and Lexington on the south side of the street in the ground floor of a large apartment building. El Rio Grande serves killer margaritas, thick crunchy chips and a pretty good Tex / Mex dinner.
V DAY SPECIAL 2022 _ Special ala carte V Day menu, with indoor / outdoor dining options with item costs ranging from $15 - $35 such as lobster, scallops, crepes and the like.
Location. At 160 East 38th Street off 3rd Avenue in Midtown East Manhattan.
Contact. Tel - 212.867.0922 / Website - www.elriograndenyc.com
* OPEN _ Rooftop at the Royalton - Valentines Day Dining in Manhattan
Description. Rooftop at the Royalton was the Gansevoort only a couple of years ago. The rooftop bar and restaurant offers worthwhile views and the food while the Gansevoort was excellent.
V DAY SPECIAL 2022 _ I don't see anything on the website. To rsvp for the rooftop restaurant you have to call the front desk of the hotel using the number and extension below.
Location. At 420 Park Avenue at East 29th Street in south Midtown Manhattan.
Contact. Tel - 212.317.2900 #0 / Websites - www.royaltonrooftop.com - the hotel is www.royaltonparkavenue.com
* OPEN _ Casa Lever - Romantic Italian Dining on Valentines Day in Manhattan
Casa Lever is located in the first glass and steel skyscraper in Manhattan built in 1955. I used to work in the building. The restaurant offers fine dining and was quite good the last time I was there.
V DAY SPECIAL 2022 _ Closed Saturday & Sunday, but open Monday thru Friday including Valentines Day 2022. At present they only have indoor dining, but are offering a V Day Special menu with ala carte options.
Location. At 390 Park Avenue at 53rd Street in Midtown Manhattan.
Contact. Tel - 212.888.2700 / Website - www.casalever.com
* CLOSED _ Bill's Townhouse - Romantic Restaurants Midtown NYC
Description. Bill's Townhouse Restaurant in Midtown has been a longstanding favorite and a bar and restaurant with a long history. Click the link above to see our restaurant review with photos.
Location. 57 East 54th Street in East Midtown near Lever House on Park Avenue.
Contact. www.billstownhouse.com / Tel 212.518.2727
Photo. Bill's Townhouse in Midtown over the holidays during prime time.
Update. They temporarily closed due to the CoVid pandemic in March of 2020, and then became a permanent closure either in 2020 or 2021.
Manhattan Valentines Restaurants & Events East Village / West Village NYC
* OPEN _ La Ripaille - Romantic French Restaurants West Village
Description. La Ripaille is a warm, cozy French restaurant in the West Village. Manhattan Valentine's Day restaurants in the West Village of NYC.
Click here to read a review of La Ripaille French restaurant in the West Village - Manhattan Romantic Restaurants - La Ripalle French Restaurant West Village NYC.
V DAY SPECIAL 2022 _ Normally they are closed Sundays and Mondays. BUT they will be OPEN for Monday on Valentine's Day with a special V Day menu.
Location. At 605 Hudson Street in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
Contact. Tel - 212.255.4406 / Website - www.laripaillenyc.com
Photo. Ripalle French restaurant in the West Village, near closing time, around the Thanksgiving holiday.
* OPEN _ Lil Frankies - Fun Restaurants in the East Village V Day NYC
Description. Lil Frankie's is a hip, nearly diner-style restaurant in the East Village of Manhattan. Manhattan Valentine's Day restaurants in the East Village of NYC. It's a CASH ONLY restaurant.
Click here to read a review of the Lil Frankie's restaurant in the East Village - Manhattan Valentines Day Restaurants - Lil Frankie's American Restaurants East Village NYC.
V DAY SPECIAL 2022 _ I don't see any V Day Specials posted on their website. When I called, the person who answered, said they weren't aware of anything planned - but wasn't certain one way or the other.
Location. At 19 First Avenue in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
Contact. Tel - 212.420.4900 / Website - www.lilfrankies.com
Photo. Lil Frankies in the East Village over the summer during prime time.
Bars & Books - Valentines Bars in the West Village of Manhattan NYC
Bars & Books is a cigar bar in the West Village. They moved from the Upper East Side, where this photo was taken a few years back. They have a cigar menu, wine, beer and hard liquor menu and light fare. Manhattan Valentine's Day cigar bars on the Upper East Side of NYC.
Click here to read a review of the Bar & Books cigar bar on the UES - Cigar bars in Manhattan NYC - Bar & Books UES Upper East Side.
No V DAY SPECIALS 2023 _ I didn't find anything posted for Valentines Day and have generally found that they don't do holiday related promotions.
Location. 636 Horatio Street near Hudson Street in the West Village.
Contact. Tel - 212.229.2642 / https://www.barandbooks.cz/hudson/
Photo. Bars & Books on the Upper East Side, late one night around the holidays.
Now in West Village, the Gansevoort was an enjoyable rooftop restaurant in Midtown, which they vacated and which has now become the Royalton Rooftop.
Manhattan Valentines Restaurants & Events Tribeca / Soho / Downtown Manhattan NYC
Editor's Note 2/3/22: Because office workers haven't yet returned to Downtown Manhattan, some of our favorite restaurants haven't either. In 2022 Manhattan should make its return. How robust that return will be remains unclear.
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* TEMPORARILY [?] CLOSED _ Manhatta - Rooftop Restaurants Downtown Manhattan NYC
Description. Manhatta is a modern American fare restaurant located in the Chase Building in Downtown NYC in the FiDi neighborhood. They have beautiful views looking mostly north and east along the East River - looking down on the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges. Manhattan Valentine's Day restaurants in Downtown NYC.
V DAY SPECIAL 2022 _ Nothing for 2022. See restaurant update below.
Location. At 28 Liberty Street on the 60th Floor in the Downtown / FiDi neighorhood of Manhattan.
Contact. Tel - 212.230.5788 / Website - www.manhattarestaurant.com
Photo. Manhatta restaurant in the FiDi District near the South Street Seaport, during prime time one evening in the Fall.
Update. In February 3, 2022 the phone was working, talking about reopening, but the website did not appear to have been updated since at least a year ago, or longer. Also the last Facebook page post was from December 2020 talking about hiring. Given they're part of a restaurant group it's harder to predict what's going to happen. In February 2021 they were temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Their website was running and their telephone referred us to the group owner ushgnyc.com where other restaurants operated by the group were open.
* TEMPORARILY or PERMANENTLY CLOSED _ Delmonico's - Classic Historic Restaurants Downtown Manhattan
Description. Delmonico's is an old Italian restaurant located in Downtown NYC in the FiDi neighborhood. It's one of the oldest restaurants in New York City, and is heralded as one of the restaurants that first brought fine dining to NYC. Manhattan Valentine's Day restaurants in the Downtown Financial District NYC.
Location. At 56 Beaver Street in the Downtown / FiDi neighborhood of Manhattan.
Contact. Tel - 212.509.1144 / Website - www.delmonicos.com
Photo. Delmonico's during the holidays during prime time.
Update. As of February 2022, there were several obscure posts of a New Yorker-like drawing of Delmonico's on Instagram / Facebook, and the website was still running, but not updated for over a year, the phone wasn't working. So my intrepretation of this, is that the reopening with the same crew is dimming. In February 2021 they were temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Their voicemail was full, their website was running and their last FB post was in the late summer / fall 2020.
* OPEN _ Fraunces Tavern - Historic Bars & Restaurants V Day Downtown NYC
Description. Fraunces Tavern is where George Washington is said to have given his Farewell Address to his men following the end of the Revolutionary War. Manhattan Valentine's Day restaurants near Wall Street in Downtown NYC.
V DAY SPECIAL 2022 _ They're not planning a special menu as of this post. They have opened a piano bar upstairs which runs from 6 pm - 11 pm on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays. It was unclear as to whether the piano [wo]man would return for V Day.
Location. At 54 Pearl Street in the Downtown / FiDi neighborhood of Manhattan.
Contact. Tel - 212.968.1776 / Website - www.frauncestavern.com and the adjacent www.frauncestavernmuseum.org.
Photo. Fraunces Tavern in the FiDi District over the holidays, very late, near closing time.
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