Dining briefs: Valentine's Day edition
Mermaid Oyster Bar's oysters should get you in the mood for love.
Looking for a place to impress your Valentine's Day date? Here are some varied options, with something for everyone.
470 Sixth Ave., 212-243-8226
Feb 14th: 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Menu highlights: Truffle mac n’ cheese with herb crumbs and bacon lardons ($7), Love Boat sliders ($14) and strawberry n’ cream shake with Godiva and graham crackers ($11)
SHO Shaun Hergatt
The Setai, 40 Broad St., 212-809-3993
Feb 14th: 6-9:30 p.m.
Five-course prix fixe is $150 per person, $100 wine pairing
Menu highlights: Salt-pressed petuna Tasmanian ocean trout with nashi pear; Milk-fed veal tenderloin and warm chocolate pavé with fresh raspberries, and meyer lemon ice cream
The Mermaid Oyster Bar
79 MacDougal St., 212-260-0100
Feb. 14th: 5-10 p.m.
Menu highlights: A $35 seafood platter-for-two, complete with oysters, crab claws and shrimp cocktail
Gotham Bar and Grill
12 E. 12th Street, 212-620-4020
Feb 14th: 5-10 p.m.
Four-course prix fixe is $140 per person
Menu highlights: Nantucket Bay scallops crudo, Seared foie gras with concord grape gelée.
240 Central Park S., 212-582-5100
February 14th: 5 p.m. -11:30 p.m.
Four-course prix fixe is $125 per person
Menu highlights: ASTICE: nova scotia lobster, burrata, eggplant al funghetto, basil; FUSILLI: durum wheat pasta, red wine braised octopus, bone marrow; SAN PIETRO: sautéed john dory, marinated salsify, roasted brussels sprouts and TORRONE: torrone gelato, black cocoa cake, sour cherry compote.
21 W. 52nd St., 212-582-7200
February 13th: 5:30-10 p.m.
Three-course prix fixe is $160 per person (includes a flute of champagne, tax and gratuity)
Menu highlights: Carrot and coconut soup with shaved coquitos, spicy grilled gulf shrimp for two, pan-roasted lobster tail with tagliatelle Pasta, and lemon pudding cake.
6388 Woodhaven Blvd., Flushing, 718-894-8084
Feb. 12-13: 4-10 p.m., Feb. 14: 2-10 p.m.
Four-course prix fixe, $160 plus tax (without prosecco) and $185.00 plus tax (with prosecco). Reserve 48 hours in advance.
Menu highlights (no substitutions): Two jumbo lump meat crab stacks with avocado and mango, lobster bisque for two; three-pound lobster for two with jumbo lump crab meat stuffing, a "Dark Chocolate Bag" for two filled with raspberry mousse, whipped cream, mixed berries and raspberry drizzle, Romance-to-Go Kit with votive candle, rose petals and a bottle of prosecco (optional)
Love Shuck Raw Bar
$25 per person
Menu highlights include:
A shucking lesson, three oysters to shuck (selections include Wellfleet, Blue Point and Kumamoto) and glass of Champagne.
Macao Trading Co.
311 Church St., 212-431-8750
Feb 14th: 5-11 p.m.
Menu highlights include: Jasmine tea-smoked duck confit spring rolls with coriander plum sauce ($11) and an eight-treasure claypot with five-spice char sui pork loin, golden roasted duck, shitakes, aged soy steamed bok choy and organic brown rice ($24). Macao will also offer a Secret Crush cocktail, an original take on a traditional Champagne cocktail ($14).
Havana Central at the West End, 2911 Broadway, 212-662-8830
Havana Central Times Square, 151 W. 46 Street, 212-398-7440
Havana Central Union Square 22 East 17th Street, 212-414-4999
Feb. 14th: 11a.m.-10 p.m.
Three-course prix fixe is $45 per person
Menu highlights include: Trio of ceviche with sour orange marinated shrimp, lemon cilantro marinated octopus, and lime-blackberry marinated lobster; Grouper Santiaguero in a lemon saffron butter sauce; and Chocolate-Banana Empanadas. Dinner includes one Havana Central Signature drink.