Vivacious Valentine’s Day

Cafe du Soleil Valentines Day NYC 365 Guide New York City Monica DiNataleLove is in the air! Even if you’re in “like”, Valentine’s Day is a good excuse to go out for a great meal. Call your love, friend or family member and show them they are appreciated next week.

Café du Soleil (2723 Broadway) For authentic French dining on Valentine’s Day, take advantage of this three-course prix-fixe dinner at Café for $69. Cafe du Soleil offers traditional French fare with the warm hospitality of a neighborhood café. It’s like stepping into a Parisian bistro. Start with Classic French Lobster Bisque or Salad de Margret de Canard with smoked duck and roasted pecans in a raspberry vinaigrette. Next, feast on Filet Mignon Sauce Perigourdine with a maidera truffle sauce. I like that they offer different prix-fixe menus on Thursdays that include a bottle of wine.  Saddle up to the bar every day from 4-7 p.m. and all night Tuesday with $5 wines, beers and cocktails. There are a plethora of food specials like Escargot ($8) and Salmon Terrine ($9). Monday is Mussels night with Moules et Frites in many flavors that includes fries and a glass of wine or beer for $21.

Fig and Olive Valentine Day NYC 365 Guide New York City Monica DiNataleFig and Olive (3 locations) Fig provides that cool New York City atmosphere combined with contemporary food. They invite guests to experience the Joie de Vivre while enjoying inspired Mediterranean cuisine. All locations are serving a four-course prix-fixe menu for $65-$75 with optional wines pairings for $35-$45. You’ll surely make an impression on a new love or an old flame after this meal. Start with Beef Carpaccio with eighteen year balsamic and white truffle oil. For dinner, choose the Halibut à la Diable with house made spicy diable sauce or the Braised Veal Osso Bucco with kabocha squash risotto. You’ll share a dessert tasting of Chocolate Obsession Cake with a raspberry and chocolate glaze and Brûléed Cheesecake. Generally, it’s a great place to meet friends for drinks or delectable bites.

db Bistro Moderne Valentines Day NYC 365 Guide New York City Monica DiNataledb Bistro Moderne (55 West 44th Street) To really impress on Valentine’s Day, splurge with Daniel Boulud’s three-course prix-fixe menu for $115 and optional wine pairings for $65. Enjoy roasted Sea scallops with white sturgeon caviar and sauce Normande or the Beef Duo including Roasted Tenderloin and Braised Short Rib with king oyster mushrooms. They are a good pick for pre- and post-theater dining and offer a Midtown business lunch or breakfast “à L’Express”. The lunch prix-fixe is $39 for two courses and $45 for three. Every day they provide a $60 four-course prix-fixe dinner as well. Visit from 3-6 p.m. daily for discounted bites like Tarte Flambée and House-Cut Fries for $6. Beers and wines are $6 and cocktails $11.

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Monica DiNatale is Deals Expert and author of "365 Guide New York City" which is full of restaurant deals and bar specials in NYC. Her weekly column in Metro NY “Drink. Eat. $ave. NYC” is the source for deals in The Big Apple. Paperback and ebook are available on Amazon.

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