The best restaurants for date night
There are infinite ways to define a romantic meal. You might opt for white tablecloths, tuxedoed servers and plated perfection, but you’d do just as well to hit the streets for a food crawl, order a heart-shaped box of street tacos or avoid the crowds with a weekday brunch or an afternoon wine tasting. The guide that follows is a hodgepodge of date ideas that ranges from messy handheld meals to limited multicourse engagements. While a few of these dinners are specific to Valentine’s Day, all of the options featured are worth visiting year-round.
The Boiling Crab
Banh Xeo Quan
Chinatown food crawl
Good Clean Fun
Poppy + Rose
Cupid’s Hot Dogs
Heart-shaped box of tacos
Popular Sunday Smorgasburg vendor Evil Cooks is also offering a heart-shaped box of tacos for Valentine’s Day. Each box comes with 10 tacos and your choice of up to two proteins, including signature off-kilter fillings like black pastor, carnitas, black asada and black vegetarian pastor for $50 plus tax. You can upgrade to octopus tacos, but the price will jump to reflect the market. A dessert box includes your choice of two flan or churro cheesecake tacos for $15 plus tax — or treat yourself (and your partner) to both for $60 plus tax. Orders can be placed via Instagram DM.
High tea and highballs
Just across the street is Armen Market, where you’ll find fresh pita, hummus and a variety of other dips along with baklava and other sweets from the local bakeries in the area. Pack a basket and a blanket and drive about five minutes southeast over to Victory Park for a romantic picnic.
If you’re plant-based, head to Burgerlords in Highland Park or Chinatown. The patties are made in-house with dozens of vegetables, nuts, grains and spices (this is not an imitation meat situation), and there are crispy tofu nuggets too.
Hai Di Lao
Pearl River Deli
Ice cream for dinner
Pa Ord Noodle
It's a date
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