Valentine's Day is really more of a marketing scheme than a holiday at this point; where people either end up depressed from being alone or bloated from all the chocolate they've consumed. Or a little of both. No good can come of this day. BUT if you're a believer in St. Valentine and Cupid and those little chalky hearts with sweet nothings written on them, then you might be interested in the below information. You sap.
Whether you've got a hot date this year or are just going out with friends, some good old wining and dining is the answer to this over-indulgent holiday. And as we have learned from restaurant week, you can't go wrong with a delicious prix-fixe menu. Because remember, nothing says romance like "I don't feel like spending a lot of money on you." Awww…
Marfa on the LES sounds like a delicious deal for $32 pp, you get three courses with choices like lump crab cake with smoked chipotle pepper aioli or grilled filet mignon with pink peppercorn sauce and tequila. Pink!! And of course, there's a selection of rich desserts to tempt your tastebuds. See below for menu.
Coconut Flakes and Raspberry Sauce
Speaking of Aphrodisiacs, Esperanto's prix-fixe menu actually has supposed aphrodisiacs in the ingredients. They call it "love spices," we call it "yum." It's a sweet deal too: $35 pp gets you three courses, a cocktail of your choice, and live music as well. Start your meal with their shrimp avocado ceviche with red pepper and ginger (two known romantic stimulants…who knew?), and try their signature Banana Leaf Flounder with Secret Aphrodisiac Spices. Oh my. Menu below.
Passion Fruit Punch or
Open Your Appetite With…
Shrimp Avocado Ceviche with Fresh Ginger and Red Pepper or
Plantain crusted Goat Cheese Appetizer with Sauteed Leeks
Who wouldn't want love spices on Valentine's Day?? Well, I guess you wouldn't if your mom was your date. But if you have a non-relative as your date (good for you!) and feel like speaking the language of love, Italian may be the way to go. Emporio is offering a $69 pp prix-fixe menu that sounds amazing. Appetizers range from steak tartare with mushrooms and Parmesan cheese to lobster salad with chickpeas and crispy guanciale, and for something fun, why not try a pink risotto? Champagne and strawberry risotto to be exact. Mmmm. Top it all off with some strawberry and banana tiramisu and you'll be gazing lovingly into each others eyes all night. I'd probably be gazing at the tiramisu, but that's just me. Menu below.
What's better than that? Nice to know Valentine's Day is good for something. Here's to love food!