Valentine's SOS: Forgot to Book Your Table? 11 Worthy Options

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It needen't come to this.
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.

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.

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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 dining room by Hannah Palmer Egan
Dekalb, 564 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-857-7097
Open availability
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.

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The Bourgeois Pig

111 E. 7th St., New York, NY

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77 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

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206 Spring St., New York, NY

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102 3rd Ave., New York, NY

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231 E. 50th St., New York, NY

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127 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

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700 Fifth Ave., New York, NY

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Duane Park

308 Bowery, New York, NY

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Dekalb Fine Foods

564 Dekalb Ave., ,

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