Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, togetherness and health? Okay, maybe the last one isn’t for everyone – but it’s certainly for us! How about you ditch the chocolates this time, and head to one of our favorite New York City's restaurants for a delicious yet healthy meal? Here are 5 of the best spots in NYC for you to enjoy a healthy and romantic meal this Valentine’s Day.
One of our favorite midtown restaurants, The Little Beet Table combines delicious, fresh ingredients with perfect seasoning. The casual atmosphere allows for the beautifully plated food to be the real star.
Our Picks: The Organic Almonds, Seared Tuna, and Baby Kale make for great starters. Grilled Shrimp Salad and Grilled Chicken Paillard are our recommended entrees and the Brussel Sprouts and Grilled Beats make for great sides.
Phone Number: (212) 466-3330. Located at: 333 Park Ave S, New York, NY
2. Little Park
Located in Tribeca, Andrew Carmellini (the brilliant chef that brought us The Dutch and Bar Primi) brings you the next best health conscious, yet delicious restaurant, Little Park. All ingredients are seasonal and the portions are small, which gives you variety and allows you to share with your dinner partner.
Our Picks (The Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu is $95): The Avocado Tartare, Cauliflower Custard, Green Lasagna with Wild Mushrooms, Diver Scallops and Veal Cheeks are what we highly recommend.
Phone Number: (212) 220-4110. Located at: Smyth Hotel, 85 W Broadway, New York, NY
3. Dirt Candy
The aptly named Dirt Candy refers to the delicious “candy” that can come from the ground. The entire menu is vegetarian, but don’t let that scare you away. The intelligent and crafty ways chef-owner Amanda Cohen is preparing dishes will make you forget you’re feasting and getting full off of veggies.
Our Picks:The Tomato Cake with Smoked Feta is our absolute favorite, the Brussel Sprout Tacos (perfect sharing option), and the Fennel dish are all great treats and still within our healthy standards!
Phone Number: (212) 228-7732. Located at: 86 Allen St, New York, NY
If you are searching for a trendy yet casual spot, Dimes is the perfect spot for you. Located in Chinatown, the California vibe is strong in this chic café. Dimes is well known for their super power foods and delicious, yet aesthetically pleasing bowls.
Our Picks: The small plate options are great for sharing and some of our favorites include: The Stuffed Dates, Cauliflower Gratin and Faro Risotto. For large plates, consider trying the Roasted Cod and Pulled Pork Bowl.
Phone Number: (212) 925-1300. Located at: 49 Canal St, New York, NY
If you are interested more in the wine-and-dine atmosphere, Almanac is for you. Owned by Chef Zamarra (the talented owner of Mas), enjoy a constantly shifting menu that is serving food based on what’s in season. They offer a 3, 5, and 8 course tasting menu.
Our Picks: Since the menu is literally changing all the time, we can’t make any concrete suggestions. We will say that every fish option is stellar.
Phone Number: (212) 255-1795. Located at: 28 7th Ave S, New York, NY
In case any of these options are all booked on Valentine’s Day, fear not. Here are some other options you should consider:
Did we miss one of your personal favorites? Leave a comment below! We’d love to try it out.
*All images used on this blog post do not belong to us, and have been taken from each of the restaurants website or social media for the purpose of this article.