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Wine and dine your valentine at these NYC restaurants

It's almost time to impress that special someone for Valentine's Day.

A home-cooked meal can be great, don't get us wrong. But it can also go horribly, horribly wrong. So if you don't want to take any chances roasting that goose in your finicky oven or lighting candlesticks in your living room, let the hospitality professionals handle all the cooking and the ambience.

Restaurants around the city are gearing up to help you organize a night you and your better half will almost certainly remember. Here are the menus a few are offering:

Miss Ada

On the most romantic day of the year,
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On the most romantic day of the year, Israeli-born chef Tomer Blechman is serving a special three-course prix-fixe menu for $55 a person. Your options at the cozy Mediterranean restaurant in Fort Greene include baba ganoush with ginger aioli and eggplant chips; hummus with lamb shawarma; and za'atar-crusted salmon with labne (a house-made yogurt cheese), Japanese eggplant and shallots. End the evening with a labne mousse crowned with poached pears and pomegranate-sumac granita. (184 DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn, missadanyc.com)

P.S. Kitchen

The Hell's Kitchen restaurant, where profits go to
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The Hell's Kitchen restaurant, where profits go to charitable causes, has created an all-vegan five-course tasting menu for $85 per person. For $40 more, your meal -- kicking off with spiced roasted parsnip bisque and closing with a "chocolate raspberry sphere" (chocolate cake with mousse and raspberry purée) -- comes with wine pairings. You can also order a la carte dishes like bao stuffed with peking-glazed maitake mushrooms, radish, kimchi and onion ($14, pictured) and a Beyond Meat burger with queso, thousand island dressing and French fries ($18). (246 W. 48th St., Manhattan, ps-kitchen.com)

Soogil

The new Korean-French fusion spot in the East
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The new Korean-French fusion spot in the East Village is offering a $65 Valentine's Day menu featuring dishes like foie gras with chestnuts, brioche and Korean pear; grilled Spanish mackerel with rice wrapped in swiss chard and seasoned with the Korean hot sauce ssamjang (pictured); and fried Korean rice sticks served with vanilla gelato for dessert. (108 E. 4th St., Manhattan, soogil.com)

Anejo

Valentine's Day lasts all week long at the
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Valentine's Day lasts all week long at the Mexican restaurant in TriBeCa. For $93 per person, you'll get a five-course prix fixe meal from executive chef Ricardo Camacho along with tequila pairings from Don Julio. Sip your liquor alongside plates like crispy cauliflower tacos with lime aioli, snow peas and guajillo chili glaze; and Spanish rock octopus with chorizo cream, squid ink breadcrumbs and kombocha squash. Save room for the "lover's churros" (pictured) with maple chocolate ganache and strawberry champagne jam for dipping. (301 Church St., Manhattan, anejotribeca.com)

Merchants River House

The American bistro with splendid Hudson River views
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The American bistro with splendid Hudson River views has a special Valentine's Day menu featuring all kinds of seafood, including crab meat-stuffed shrimp ($16, pictured). For your entree, we recommend either the pan-fried branzino, with ratatouille and sautéed spinach ($24), or the seafood paella ($26). The evening's dessert special is a lava cake erupting with Meyer lemon. (375 South End Ave., Manhattan, merchantsriverhouse.com)

Momofuku Nishi

The recently reopened Chelsea restaurant, which has pivoted
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The recently reopened Chelsea restaurant, which has pivoted its focus from Korean-Italian fare to just Italian, is serving a four-course prix fixe menu for parties of up to seven people on Valentine's Day. For $70 per person, the menu offers antipasti like jerked duck heart crostini; primi piatti, as the Italians call the pasta course, like celery root tortellini with seafood; and entrées like roasted monkfish with braised leeks, mushrooms, polenta and red wine. Dessert is a "Heartbreak Sundae" that will heal any wounded feelings with a pint of vanilla ice cream and all the fixings. Get the special beverage pairing for $55 extra per person. (232 Eighth Ave., Manhattan, nishi.momofuku.com)

Salt + Charcoal

If you're coming to this Japanese grill in
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If you're coming to this Japanese grill in Williamsburg for the $100 five-course prix fixe Valentine's Day menu, you'd be remiss to order anything other than a dry-aged steak for your entree. Your options are a T-bone steak for two or a New York strip steak for one, both aged for 50 days and then charcoal grilled. Other highlights of the meal include a smoked duck skewer; croquettes made with lobster tail and smothered with bacon béchamel cream; and a matcha ice cream sandwich. (171 Grand St., Brooklyn, a href="http://www.saltandcharcoal.com">saltandcharcoal.com)

Brigitte

This French restaurant on the Lower East Side
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This French restaurant on the Lower East Side wants you to unplug on Valentine's Day. It's enforcing a strict no-phones policy during its $65 prix-fixed dinner service on Feb. 14, meaning you'll keep your iPhone stashed in a vintage cigar box throughout the meal. Inside that box, you'll find instructions for your romantic evening and a set of question cards to spark conversation. As for what you'll be eating, you can start off your night with the house foie gras, served on house-made brioche with chutney, advance to a Maine lobster risotto and end with a chocolate cake cup with mascarpone ice cream, almond crunch and cigar tuile. Dinner comes with cocktail, too. (375 Canal St., Manhattan, brigitteles.com)

YO! Sushi

The international sushi chain known for its unique
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The international sushi chain known for its unique conveyor belt delivery is serving a special eight-course omakase meal for the holiday. It features sashimi and rolls like one with teriyaki-glazed spam and another with scallop and sweet white miso. You'll pay $35 per person, and tack on an extra $15 for sake pairings. There will be two seatings, the first at 6 p.m., the second at 8:30. To book seats, email kaitenkasenyc@yosushi.com. (23 W. 23rd St., Manhattan, yosushiusa.com)

Bowery Road

This all-day neighborhood brasserie, which sources some of
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This all-day neighborhood brasserie, which sources some of its produce from the nearby Union Square Greenmarket, is serving a three-course prix fixe dinner menu for $55 per person. Dishes include: pumpkin pierogi with brown butter, sage and sour cream; lobster tagliatelle with soft herbs, lemon and fresno chili; New York strip steak with baby turnips, radicchio and black garlic; and passion fruit-chocolate puffs with coconut sorbet. (132 Fourth Ave., Manhattan, boweryroad.com)

L’ATELIER de Joël Robuchon

Take your sweetheart to watch cooks prepare your
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Take your sweetheart to watch cooks prepare your lavish four-course meal at chef Joël Robuchon's open-kitchen eatery. The $275-per-person menu, the only one offered at the restaurant on Feb. 14, which showcases dishes like Le Saumon (salmon tartare, caviar and shiso, pictured at right), Le Bar (black bass seasoned with lemongrass, leeks and turmeric, pictured) and La Passion au Chocolat (milk chocolate pudding, passion cream and cocoa sablé cookies). Splurge on a wine pairing for $95 or the more expensive $155 alternative. (85 Tenth Ave., Manhattan, .joelrobuchonusa.com)

Le Fanfare

Settle into this farm-to-table southern Italian eatery on
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Settle into this farm-to-table southern Italian eatery on Feb. 14 for a night of live jazz music and a three-course prix menu. For $60 per person, you'll get an appetizer like grilled octopus, an entree like tagliatelle in a lamb ragu with pecorino and a dessert like the pictured pair of cannoli. (1103 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, saltandcharcoal.com)

Epistrophy

This cozy NoLIta mainstay, outfitted with couches and
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This cozy NoLIta mainstay, outfitted with couches and some communal seating, is a sister restaurant to Le Fanfare and shares some of the same dishes on its special Valentine's Day menu. Consider setting the romantic mood with a light appetizer: branzino crudo with parsley and mint juice, cucumber and yogurt. For your main course, we recommend the spaghetti with fennel and caviar, and for dessert, try the chocolate mousse with vanilla-braised mixed berries and pistachio crumble. (200 Mott St., Manhattan, epistrophynyc.com)

Little Tong Noodle Shop

What's more romantic than slurping noodles with your
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What's more romantic than slurping noodles with your paramour? The cozy East Village noodle shop is hosting three dinner seatings on Valentine's Day, at 5:30 p.m., 7:15 and 9. An $80 ticket gets you and your date each a glass of sake, an appetizer like beef tartare or "ghost chicken," a bowl of the restaurant's signature Mixian rice noodles (which hail from the Yunnan province in China) and a dessert for two. (177 First Ave., Manhattan, littletong.com)

Rahi

The cheeky theme of the Valentine's Day five-course,
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The cheeky theme of the Valentine's Day five-course, $75 prix fixe menu at this West Village Indian restaurant is aphrodisiacs. Vegetarians will appreciate the all-veggie option, with dishes like lotus root kofta (meatballs) and asparagus artichoke chat (a crispy snack). For meat eaters, there's banana leaf chicken (pictured) and Kashmiri lamb ribs. No matter what diet you keep, end your meal with a dessert platter that features a dark Belgian chocolate mousse. (60 Greenwich Ave., Manhattan, rahinyc.com)

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse

Head to this midtown restaurant for a $75
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Head to this midtown restaurant for a $75 per person prix-fixe menu that includes red heart-shaped gnocchi with almond lemon butter (pictured). You will have to spend a little extra for an a al carte dessert, because your three-course meals includes only the pasta, an antipasto and an entreé. (447 Lexington Ave., Manhattan, davios.com)

DaDong

The first stateside location of chef-owner Dong Zhenxiang's
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The first stateside location of chef-owner Dong Zhenxiang's celebrated Beijing-based, roast-duck chain is pulling out all the stops for Valentine's Day, with a $195 fix-course pre-fixe menu that includes a complimentary glass of champagne. It wouldn't be DaDong if the menu didn't feature the Peking duck, but other dishes include squid ink soup, geoduck clams with green Sichuan peppercorns and short ribs. The showstopper at the end is a heart-shaped chocolate dessert emblazoned with the words "DaDong loves you." (3 Bryant Park, Manhattan, dadongny.com)

Gotham Bar and Grill

Live music from the Gorman Quartet will serenade
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Live music from the Gorman Quartet will serenade you as you dig into Chef Alfred Portale's four-course Valentine's Day meal. Reservations are available for parties of two to six people at this Michelin-starred restaurant with multiple James Beard Awards. While you are there, pick up a box of special Valentine's Day bonbons, pictured, and do your best not eat them all in bed in one go. (12 E. 12th St., Manhattan, gothambarandgrill.com)

Empellón Taqueria

The trendy West Village Mexican spot from chef
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The trendy West Village Mexican spot from chef Alex Stupak is serving a five-course prix fixe menu for $60 per person. The meal comes with courses of ceviche, veggies, melted cheese, pictured with shishito peppers and red and green chorizo, tacos and dessert, as well as a complimentary glass of sparkling Spanish wine and a bowl of guacamole with two different kinds of salsa for the table. (230 W. Fourth St., Manhattan, empellon.com/taqueria)

Sauvage

From the team behind the oyster and cocktail
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From the team behind the oyster and cocktail bar Maison Premiere, this Greenpoint "neo-bistro" will host a four-course dinner on Valentine's Day for $65 per person. The menu features seasonal options like kabocha squash soup with curried yogurt and pepitas; boneless lamb ribs with Brussels sprouts and Honeycrisp apples; and braised veal with hen of the woods mushrooms and Swiss chard. Don't fill up before the coconut cream pie hits your table. (905 Lorimer St., Brooklyn, sauvageny.com)

L'Appart

You will feel like chef Nicolas Abelo is
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You will feel like chef Nicolas Abelo is hosting you for a dinner party in his apartment when you dine at this intimate, Michelin-starred restaurant. L'Appart's French tasting menu for Valentine's Day features Wagyu beef tartare, foie gras topped with black truffle and a chocolate tart for sharing. A wine pairing for each course will add an extra $110 to the $195 you'll be paying per person. (225 Liberty St., Manhattan, lappartnyc.com)

Tuome

Well-reviewed East Village restaurant Tuome will offer a
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Well-reviewed East Village restaurant Tuome will offer a five-course menu, with the first seating starting at 5 p.m. and the second at 6:30 and 7:15. Dishes include foie gras mousse with scallion pancake and Bosc pear; beef with smoked potato, shishito pepper and bone marrow jus; and a chocolate tart with mascarpone and almonds. ($115 per person for the first seating, $130 for the second, 536 E. Fifth St., Manhattan, tuomenyc.com)

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