Just in case you still don’t have any “love” day plans, make a reservation at one of this weeks picks for a delightful Valentine’s Day. Most restaurants are serving tasty prix-fixe menus at affordable prices.
Le Boite en Bois (75 West 68th Street) This traditional and cozy French restaurant is a romantic option for any date night. Service is pleasant and attentive without the New York City rush to turn over tables. They always offer a pre-theatre prix-fixe menu for $60 helping to turn any day into Valentine’s Day. Choices include homemade soups and raviolis prepared daily. I recommend the Roasted Monkfish with caramelized leeks in a white wine shallot sauce and the Lamb Stew with garden vegetables and mashed potatoes. The beautiful brownstone and rustic atmosphere will transport you to a French countryside.
Sojourn (244 East 79th Street) Sojourn is a New American restaurant with globally influenced dishes. For Valentine’s Day their three-course prix-fixe menu is $65 from 5-6:45 p.m., and from 7 p.m. to close, it changes to a $75 prix-fixe with optional wine pairing for $25. Start with Spicy Yellowfin Tuna Tartare Crostini with sunny side up quail egg or the Duck Confit Spring Rolls in a sweet and spicy plum sauce. For dinner, pig out on Grilled Hanger Steak and Roasted Mushrooms or Roasted Long Island Duck Breast with swiss chard whipped potatoes in a pomegranate sauce. There are no corkage fees on Sundays and live music on Monday and Tuesday nights. Sunday through Friday from 4:30-7 p.m. select food and wines are $7. On weekends, brunch includes your choice of one entree and one side with two hours of unlimited Bloody Marys, mimosas and sangria for $32.99.
Barawine (200 Lenox Avenue) This modern bustling French bistro is serving a three-course prix-fixe menu for $55 on Friday. Start with a Prosciutto and Arugula Salad or Clam Chowder. Pick from entree choices like Norwegian Salmon and Pan Seared Hanger Steak with “Bara” fries. For wine lovers, choose from two hundred finely curated bottles and twenty five varietals by the glass. They have a DJ Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and live music for brunch on Sundays at 1 p.m. Happy hour is from 4-8 p.m. daily with $6 beers and $7 wines. They definitely sport a laid back European vibe, so if you’re in a rush, grab a meal elsewhere.