Valentine's SOS: Forgot to Book Your Table? 11 Worthy Options
Valentine's day is largely about sex, and sex, in primates, is largely about competition. And right now, if you haven't booked a table for Friday's day dinner, you've been bested by super-organized, type-A New Yorkers and devoted hopeless romantics, who booked every good seat in town a month ago.
Image via Flickr It needen't come to this.
But while you may not be getting into Sushi Nakazawa, NoMad, or the River Cafe, this city still affords choices aplenty for sweet romance over dinner, and we've rounded up an array of options for every taste where, most importantly, reservations are still available.
Fung Tu, 22 Orchard Street, 212-219-8785
6:30, 6:45, 9:30, 9:45
The food at this new Chinese/American joint is unlike anything you'll find coming from the kitchens of its Chinatown neighbors, but it's a fun destination for eaters with a curious palate. Sidle into a booth with your lover and let the gracious, capable staff expand your idea of what Chinese food means.
Photo via Flickr Sexy piggies dine a few steps down.
The Bourgeois Pig, 111 East 7th Street, 212-475-2246
7:00, 9:30, Midnight
This East Village romantic is cleverly selling seats via Eventbrite, which makes dinner a ticket ($150 per couple plus tax, tip, and drinks), not a reservation. There are still tables available for those who may enjoy a five-course meal in one of the city's coziest gilded rooms.
Dekalb, 564 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-857-7097
Dekalb dining room by Hannah Palmer Egan
Last week, we had an early taste of newly-opened Dekalb restaurant in Bed-Stuy, and we really liked what we ate -- dishes like salt-roasted beet salad and braised lamb neck will bring us back for more, and the glowy, soft-lit space and quaint vintage decor whispers "come hither." The best part is that it's still pretty under the radar, so it's not all booked up just yet.
Zenkichi, 77 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, 718-388-8985
6:30, 6:45, 10:00
This Willyburg sushi den has curtained booths, affording privacy for whatever dubious flirtations your filthy mind can conjure. Take in an eight-course omakase tasting ($65 per person) or go a la carte from the grill, sushi bar, or noodles.