Love to Eat: Valentine's Day for Foodies

 Photo by @elizabethsungweddings

Photo by @elizabethsungweddings

Love food almost as much as your significant other? We'll help you plan the perfect Valentine's Day in Union Square for the foodie-fanatic. From a casual girls night to a fancy dinner date,  find the sweetest spots to eat with loved ones this Valentine's Day, no matter your budget.

KEEP IT CASUAL

DAILY PROVISIONS

Daily Provisions is one of the only places to start your day with espresso and donuts and end it with pasta and a glass of wine. And - it's the sister spot of high-end Union Square Cafe, with the same renowned chef, Chef Carmen Quagliata. This casual neighborhood cafe is open all day, and you have the choice of dining in their cutesy bistro for a breakfast, lunch or dinner date, or taking it to-go to snuggle up at home. Check out their full menu here

PASTA FLYER

Take your date to enjoy classic Italian cuisine on the go at Pasta Flyer. This new fast casual spot may have low-key vibes, but it's chef is high profile Mark Ladner of Del Posto. Customize your carbs by mixing and matching their hand-made pasta shapes with delicious sauces like pesto, marinara, and Nonna's meat ragu. You definitely won't break the bank, and you'll definitely leave full and satisfied. View all of their mix + match choices here

KELLOGG'S NYC

Want to try something really unconventional? Go on a cereal date at Kellogg's NYC! This DIY cereal cafe lets you customize your bowl with add-ins like chocolate, fruit, sauces, and various milk flavors like strawberry and peanut butter. Plus, you can make a whole day of it - hang out in the Kellogg's "living room" and play board games, watch TY, and take trendy pics of your snack at their social media station (Instagram foodies rejoice!). 

THE SWEET DATE

THE CITY BAKERY

As part of their Hot Chocolate Festival, The City Bakery is brewing up some Valentine's-themed hot chocolate concoctions. On Feb. 14th, their drink of the day is a "Love Potion Hot Chocolate," which features an extra serving of melted dark chocolate poured into their already-decadent hot cocoa. If you don't get the chance to go on Valentine's Day, stop in the rest of the month (Feb 1-28) to try a new cocoa flavor every day. Get the full list here

DYLAN'S CANDY BAR

Looking for gifts for a special someone with a sweet tooth? Dylan's Candy Bar has a new line of Valentine's-themed candies and chocolates. And if you're a fan of dō Cookie Dough Confections, you can now enjoy select flavors at the Union Square store. 

BREADS BAKERY

If you're looking for a love potion, try a Chocolate Babka from Breads Bakery - it's hard not to fall in love with this nutella-filled treat. Also Breads Bakery is offering a special Valentine's Day menu features heart-shaped everything: heart cookies, heart macarons, and even a heart baguette. To place your order ahead of time and surprise your S.O., pre-order by calling 212-633-BAKE (2253).

JUST DRINKS

UNION SQUARE WINES + SPIRITS

You and your boo would rather have a night in? Pick up a bottle of something to keep you cozy this Valentine's Day. Union Square Wines and Spirits has a wide selection of wines, liquors, and bubbly to celebrate. Take advantage of their Winter Wine Clearance Sale - mix and match any 12 or more wines and get 30% off of each bottle.

DEAR IRVING

Get glitzy this Valentine's Day with a night of craft cocktails and gorgeous decor. Dear Irving is a speakeasy bar that will transport you back in time with rooms decorated to look like the 1960s, 1920s, and even the Victorian Era. Try a decadent cocktails with ingredients like lavender, jasmine, spiced pineapple, and crème de cacao. See the full menu here.

LIBRARY OF DISTILLED SPIRITS

Keeping your options open? The Library of Distilled Spirits has floor-to-ceiling shelves stocked full of over 1,000 bottles of liquor and spirits. This library-themed bar is an intimate lounge located within the Hyatt Union Square New York. Craft your own cocktail or try a unique drink from their enormous "encyclopedia" of cocktails.

THE DATE FOR "THE ONE"

TOCQUEVILLE

This uniquely French-American restaurant is a coveted spot for an upscale celebration. Tocqueville is celebrating Valentine's Day with a table-for-two-only night and offering a 3-course prix-fixe menu for $135 per person. Entrees include scallops, lobster, and wagyu beef steak- we know you won't be disappointed. 

GRAMERCY TAVERN

Gramercy Tavern's fiercely seasonal menu consists of elegant dishes with a rustic influence that showcase the restaurant's relationships with local farms and purveyors. Treat yourself to a 6-course prix-fixe meal at this Michelin-Starred restaurant for $198 per person.

NUR

Get cozy in Nur NYC's intimate, romantic setting. This tiny restaurant packs a ton of flavor with their bold takes on classic Middle Eastern dishes. Chef Meir Adoni elevates street food staples to fine dining, and transforms classic flavors to a modern palate. Book reservations here or snag a seat at the bar - walk-ins always welcome.

GOTHAM BAR + GRILL

This stylish yet relaxed Michelin-Starred restaurant is the perfect setting for your Valentine's Day evening. Gotham Bar + Grill is offering a 4-course Valentine's menu accompanied by live music, requiring a $50 deposit per person. On top of dinner, treat your date to a box of Gotham's chocolate bonbons.