There are plenty of romantic things to do in on Valentine’s Day in NYC, but the most sought after are the incredible meals in its world-renowned restaurants. Throughout the month of January, restaurants fill quickly with reservations, so take your pick and make yours before its too late. Here are Hotel 48LEX’s recommendations for the best Valentine’s Day restaurants in NYC.
To Feel Like a New York Local: Grand Central Oyster Bar
Walking Distance from Hotel 48LEX: 8 minutes
It doesn’t get more New York than the Grand Central Oyster Bar. Along with Grand Central Terminal, it opened more than 100 years ago and has since become a New York institution. Head here for a romantic atmosphere on Vaneltine’s Day in NYC, complete with a Gustavino-tile ceiling and checkered tablecloths. On the menu are oysters of course, sourced locally from Long Island as well as far-flung destinations across Canada and beyond.
Grand Central Oyster Bar: 89 E 42nd St, (212) 490-6650
For a Fancy Night Out: Gabriel Kreuther
Walking Distance from Hotel 48LEX: 14 minutes
Take a short walk to Bryant Park, which is finally calm again after a busy season of ice skating and holiday shopping. The tranquil setting is the perfect location for Gabriel Kreuther, a luxurious restaurant that offers a six-course French menu. Get fancy with Wild American Sturgeon Caviar, a rarity in the Americas, or go all-out with the four-course prix fixe menu ($155 per person) including three savory courses and one dessert, or the Chef’s Menu Carte Blanche ($235 per person).
Gabriel Kreuther: 41 W 42nd St, (212) 257-5826
For a Night on the Water: Hudson’s at Pier 81
Taxi Distance from Hotel 48LEX: 15 minutes
Searching for a Valentine’s Day Cruise in NYC? Come aboard Hudson’s and enjoy city views up and down the Hudson River and New York Harbor as you enjoy your Valentine’s Day dinner, complete with a four-course menu, a festive rose, and a champagne toast.
Hudson’s at Pier 81: Pier 81, W 41st St and 12th Ave, (212) 630-8840
To Escape New York: Maison Premiere
Taxi Distance from Hotel 48LEX: 20 minutes
Step off Bedford Avenue and into the Big Easy at Maison Premiere. Come for creative cocktails and stay for the four-course prix fixe menu at this Williamsburg, Brooklyn favorite, including dishes like dark cocoa ravioli and dayboat scallop with radish and aji dulce.
Maison Premiere: 298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, (347) 335-0446
For a Romantic Night In: Lexington Brass at Hotel 48LEX
Walking Distance from Hotel 48LEX: 0 minutes
Stay at Hotel 48LEX and get exclusive access to a three-course prix fixe dinner menu ($30). Start with tuna tartare tacos, move on to mushroom spaghetti, and finish with a selection of famous Junior’s cheesecake. For a more intimate setting, enjoy cocktails in The Lounge, for guests of Hotel 48LEX only, or enjoy in-room dining from Lexington Brass.
Lexington Brass: 517 Lexington Ave, (212) 392-5976