Best Restaurants To Take Your Significant Other Out For Valentine’s Day (in NYC)

In light of Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I thought it would be nice to share with you guys some of my suggestions for what I think are some of the best, romantic looking places in NYC to take your significant other for that special day.

And regardless of whether you’ll be celebrating it on the day of, or waiting until the weekend to do something, I think the suggestions I’m going to mention in a moment are nonetheless cute places to go to for a date night sort of thing with your significant other.

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Side Note: If the types of foods served at the restaurants I’m going to mention all are similar and/or the same, that’s completely coincidental. When Diego and I go out and find these places, we’re not actually looking for any sort of particularly cultured food, it just so happens that a lot of them tend to be similar.

Now, in no particular order, here are my recommendations:

  1. Almond Restaurant

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Location: East 22nd street, near Madison Square Park.

Type of food served: Bistro, French comfort food.

Ambience: Rustic, dim lit and comfortable feel.

Diego and I had come here for a date night of ours, without actually having it in mind to dine at. We kind of just stumbled upon it one night when our original dinner plans fell through, BUT, I’m kind of glad we ended up here. It was super cozy, good food and not that expensive either. Service was good, and it definitely had a romantic feel to it with the dim lighting and candles on the tables.

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2. Haven Rooftop

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Location: West 47th Street, on the rooftop of the Sanctuary Hotel, near Times Square.

Type of Food Served: French influenced dishes.

Ambience: Cabana styled, glassed-in rooftop spot.

I actually took Diego here for the first birthday that I had spent with him when we got together. He had mentioned to me that he really wanted to celebrate his birthday on some sort of rooftop, and since I know he’s not necessarily the party type, I did my research, found this spot and figured why not take him to a late lunch/early dinner at this popular rooftop spot?

The food was really good, and since they were just switching over from lunch to dinner, we ended up being some of the first guests here and had the place to ourself. And although I remember it being a fairly gloomy day when we came, the views from the top were still really great. Diego’s birthday is in April, so it was still pretty cool outside, but it’s closed in by glass, so it was still comfortable.

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3. Molo’s Restaurant 

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Location: Weehawken, New Jersey. Definitely on the far side compared to all the other places I’m mentioning, but 100% worth the trip if you decide to come here.

Type of Food Served: Mediterranean eatery, specializing in seafood.

Ambience: Modern, upscale riverfront with an AMAZING view of the city.

Probably one of the, if not THE most beautiful and romantic ones I can recommend. I brought Diego here for his birthday 2 years ago and it legit left an imprint on us…I don’t typically care for seafood, but I know that he does, so I figure why not?

It was about an hour and a half drive but generally it was nice to be able to listen to music and talk. And the location itself was stunning. I remember we had arrived about half hour early, so we got to walk along this boardwalk type thing and take pictures, which was really nice. And then when we finally got to be seated, we managed to get a seat right by the window which was absolutely beautiful to see the view of the city, especially since it was late afternoon and we got to watch the sunset from inside.

The servers were super nice, quick and helpful and the food was good. Although I should mention that this is more on the pricier side, but regardless think it was 100% worth every penny. If you can, I definitely recommend checking this place out.

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4. And finally, Serra by Birreria

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Location: this is another rooftop location atop Eataly in the Flatiron district, right near Madison Square Park.

Type of Food Served: Italian cuisine, house brewed ales and high-end imported beer.

Ambience: At the moment it’s sort of like a themed pop-up restaurant, in that, it’s supposed to make you feel like you’re taking a trip to the Italian Alps, while also being in a Winter Wonderland sort of feel.

I suppose this is kind of cheating to some extent, because we haven’t actually tried this place just yet (we’re supposed to be going next Monday). BUT,  I found this place online and read some pretty great reviews on it. It’s apparently a pretty popular place. It seems to have some pretty good food options, and personally, I think it looks to be a pretty romantic and/or comfortable setting regardless of whether you go with a significant other or friends. I can’t wait to be able to check it out next week and actually give you guys my full opinion on it!! (Stay tuned for that 😉 )

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I could literally probably go on FOREVER giving you guys suggestions of restaurants Diego and I have gone to and loved, but I think (thus far) these 4 are probably the most romantic-feeling ones that I can recommend with Valentine’s Day approaching.

*Also, all of these places take reservations, and they’re all available on OpenTable to be able to do that if you’re interested.*

I really hope you guys enjoyed this post, and that it helped you in some way, shape or form, whether you’re celebrating it on the day of, or just looking for some nice new restaurants to try out.

Also, I’m really sorry that things like this are subjected to the New York area only, but it is where I’m from and that’s all that I REALLY know.

Once I begin to travel a little more soon, I’ll be able to suggest more to you guys for things and places outside of New York.

But nonetheless, as I said, I hope you enjoyed. Please like, share, comment and follow and I’ll see you guys in my next post! ❤

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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What I Eat Throughout My Diet

Hi Guys and Happy Sunday!

For today’s post I thought it would be good to share with you guys what it is I’ve been eating throughout my diet recently (similar to a what I eat in a day type of post).

*I also am going to end up doing a fitness update/progress in my diet type of post in the days to come to show you guys the type of results I’ve been seeing in my body recently, so stay tuned for that as well!*

Something to keep in mind is that, as I’ve mentioned in several other posts of mine, I am an EXTREMELY picky-eater, which definitely has its ups and downs. But because of that, I’ve had to finds ways to work around that with my diet (which I’ll go a little more in depth about later on in the post).

For those of you that don’t know, because I am a picky-eater, I don’t eat any of your usual “healthy foods” like salads, vegetables, fruits, etc.

*Cue the dramatic judgments and criticisms…..I’ll wait……🙄*

Done? Okay let’s move on.

I’ve heard it time and time again🤦🏻‍♀️. I know that I should and need to be eating these things, but it’s hard when I’m 23 years-old now, have never really eaten any of these things before, and now suddenly just start. It’s a slow and steady process, but trust me when I say I’ve been working on it and little by little I’ve been trying and liking more “healthier” foods.

Although I have been slowly starting to expand my healthier food options, for the sake of this post, I’m just going to be mentioning the things that I eat/drink fairly regularly.

So without further adieu, let’s get started! 🙂

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Two important things to note about all of the foods, drinks, snacks, etc. that I’m going to mention are that 1. I weigh everything that I eat (unless they’re little snack packets like you’ll see below) and 2. I track everything I eat and drink in my Fitness Pal app which I’ve mentioned in a few different posts now.

For those of you that may be interested, the specific food scale that I got was actually from Amazon, and it was only like $17. I’ll leave that linked here in case you guys were interested in checking that out.

Weighing my food has really been good at teaching me about portion control and just generally being more knowledgeable about the amounts of carbs, protein, fats, etc. that my body is intaking. It’s something that Diego introduced me to do about a year ago at this point, so if you’ve never done it before, I highly suggest that you do.

But let’s continue….

Breakfast:

Personally. I am SUCH a breakfast person. It’s not something that I feel like I NEED in order for my mornings/days to officially start, but if I do have it, it just makes my morning THAT much better. However, although I may love being able to have breakfast, because I tend to be a procrastinator in the mornings, and just generally really slow, I don’t always get to have it.

In a week, I would say I probably only get to make or get breakfast about 3-4 times throughout the week (including weekends, which isn’t TOO bad).

BUT, if I do end up being able to, chances are I’m going to have 1 of these 3 things:

Egg and cheese omelet

Nothing crazy or special.

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Bacon, egg and cheese

(Egg whites, turkey bacon and cheese, absolutely BOMB from this place called Cafe Basil if you’re in the city!!).

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Reduced Fat Turkey Bacon sandwich

From Starbucks, which just has egg whites, reduced-fat white cheddar cheese, and reduced-fat turkey bacon on an organic wheat English muffin.

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I’m a coffee gal. So every single day religiously, if I don’t have breakfast, I AT LEAST have to have my coffee. My usual Starbucks order is a Grande Caramel Macchiato with an extra shot of espresso (3 instead of 2), instead of vanilla syrup, sugar free vanilla syrup, and skim milk instead of regular.

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Now during the holidays, however, I’m a sucker for the holiday drinks in Starbucks, so I’ll typically treat myself most mornings to the Caramel Brûlée Latte (shown below).

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After my morning coffee, I’ve gotten into the habit of drinking tea. I used to be one that HATED tea, and never wanted to drink it because of the taste or smell of it, but now I literally LOVE it.

Let’s keep in mind at the moment, it’s only from this specific brand (Yogi), but nonetheless it’s tea and I’ve tried quite a few different flavors and I actually really like them.

The “flavors” from this brand that I’ve tried and like so far are the DeTox one (shown below, and is also my favorite), the Lemon Ginger, the plain Ginger, etc. But I only drink it once a day, after my coffee.

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After my coffee and tea, for the remainder of the day after that, I drink nothing but water. WATER. WATER. WATER!!! This is super important.

I typically try to drink at least 1 gallon of water a day. However, I don’t buy the entire jug of water and drink that. What I do is I have my 16.9 fl. oz bottle of water, and just constantly re-fill and drink that throughout my day.

1 Gallon= 128 fl. oz. Throughout my work day, I can generally drink about 5 bottles of water, which equals to about 84.5 fl. oz. Add in the fact that I go to the gym after work, and throughout my workout I drink another 20 oz from my shaker cup, that’s 104.5 oz. THEN once I get home, I drink one of those Essentia water bottles, which is another 33.8 oz, that’s 138.3 oz at the end of my day.

Keep in mind it doesn’t always work out like that every single day, but most times that’s usually how it goes while I’m at work.

Lunch:

Please don’t judge the type of foods that I tend to eat for lunch. These are things that not only do I actually like, but they’re also pretty good with my diet, and not too high or bad for my macros (carbs, proteins, fats) that I should be intaking.

(Yes, I know I’m a pretty plain eater)

White rice and honey battered chicken.

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Mashed Potatoes with Grilled Chicken Thigh and Grilled Chicken Leg.

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Fettuccine Alfredo Pasta With Cut-up Pieces of Chicken Breast.

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That is obviously not all of the foods that I eat every single day for lunch, but I just figure I mention a few of my favorites for the sake of not making this post super long.

Snacks:

I’m a BIG junk food person, so when I decided that I wanted/need to turn my health around, the hardest thing for me to give up was junk-food. That being said, I knew going into this that I HAD to look for healthier alternatives because I wasn’t going to be able to cut everything out cold turkey.

So these were a few things that I ended up finding:

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I don’t really tend to eat dinner anymore, just because I don’t usually get hungry at that time the way that I used to. But if I did, I’ll either make a little something, eat some leftovers that may be in the house at the time, or just settle on having one of my little snacks.

This is kind of separate, but on weekends (mainly Saturdays, but occasionally Fridays too) is when I’ll usually have my cheat days and won’t count calories or really care about what it is I’m eating. Especially since those days are usually when Diego and I will have our date nights.

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Well that’s it. Those are pretty much the majority of the things I tend to eat throughout my diet. I don’t necessarily know if this will help anyone at all, but I thought it would be nice to share this with you guys.

Hopefully I can do a more updated post about this in a few months when I’ve expanded the type of healthier foods I eat, but for now this is it.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, thanks so much for reading, and I’ll see you all in the next one! 🙂

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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On The Menu Today: P.J. Clarke’s

What’s up everybody?! Happy Sunday! 😀 Hope you guys had a great weekend and are getting yourselves ready to kickass this coming week!

Today’s post is (finally) another food/restaurant one! 🙂 I know it’s been a while, but we haven’t really been able to go out and try different places as often the way that we used to, for a variety of different reasons. BUUUUT nonetheless, we finally did and so here we are today! 😉

The place I’m talking about is called P.J. Clarke’s, which I know they actually apparently have quite a few different locations around New York, but I’m specifically going to be speaking about the one in Brookfield Place, near the Freedom Tower.

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Background Story:

I find that whenever I do one of these posts, I always end up giving you guys a little bit of background information for how we came across the restaurants that we do, so I figure why not continue on with that mini tradition lol.

Ultimately, this is the restaurant that Diego and I had went to when we celebrated our 4-year anniversary.

If I remember correctly, we were just kind of walking around the Brookfield Place mall (which is humongous and absolutely STUNNING, if you haven’t been there before, you HAVE to make the trip over!!), and we went in because Diego wanted to walk around the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Store, so while he was walking around, I just kind of looked out the window, looked down, and saw that there was a ton of like large “fairy” lights strung all around the trees. So, I told Diego about it and we figure we go check it out, and when we did, we obviously saw that it was a restaurant, and just decided to try it.

Being that it was like in the middle of the summer, we did get to sit outside, which was absolutely beautiful because it was right next to the water. The scenery was beautiful, the food was amazing, and the service was just as great; so of course we decided we wanted to go back again, which we did last Saturday, but this time we went with my best friend Michelle as well.

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It’s obviously no longer summer, and it was actually really chilly last weekend when we went, so we opted for sitting indoors, which wasn’t bad at all because it was actually pretty cozy.

The general decor of the restaurant (although I really liked it) gave me major Italian vibes for some reason, even though they’re predominantly known for their burgers and ‘raw bar’.

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Food & Service:

One thing to keep in mind with us (all 3 of us specifically whenever we get together), is that we always like to incorporate at LEAST a little bit of alcohol, and a whole lot of food….we can EAT.

So with that being said, of course we started off by ordering a bottle of rosé wine, which Diego picked out for us, and it was SO good. Personally, I’m a white wine type of girl and I know Michelle is too so that was right up our alley.

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Next, of course came the appetizer, which is anyone at all surprised that we ordered wings for that? Because you really shouldn’t be at this point….we’re major wing lovers haha.

I never used to be one to care for spiciness in any of my foods/meats, but I guess dating Diego for as long as I have has actually made me grow really fond of it because now whenever we go out I’m usually the one to order hot/spicy wings (although my tolerance for it really isn’t anything crazy yet). That being said, we ordered wings that had a bit of a kick to it, but were still REALLY good.

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Next up for us came the entrées.

I guess I was the only one being fake boujee this day, because everyone else just got burgers while I got a steak lol.

Diego got the Smoky Poblano burger (shown below), which pretty much has Roasted Poblano, Sharp Cheddar and Green Herb Sauce, and he said it was pretty good.

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Michelle got a burger as well, but she actually got the The “Cadillac” which has Double Smoked Country Bacon, Onion, and American Cheese (we forgot to ask her to take a picture of her burger). Although she did tell us it was really good and a decent sized burger as well.

For me, I was REALLY craving the steak again that I had gotten the first time we came here for some reason, so that’s what I ended up getting (see below). I got the Prime Skirt Steak Frites, and that was absolutely delicious to me.

*All of our orders came with fries btw*

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Anddddddddd then all of our class went out the window….

Jk, we did decide to end up taking a shot though which was fun, and something we don’t do all that often altogether haha. It was just a regular shot of Patron…no real relevance to the post other than that it was a really funny experience for all of us including the server we had.

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And FINALLY, dessert….I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m a huge dessert person. If I’m at a restaurant and I know they have good desserts, 100% I am going to get something.

The first time Diego and I came here, we got this huge piece of chocolate cake and OH-MY-GOD. It was SO freakin’ good, seriously. Personally, I’m a chocolate-lover so this was everything to me lol, and the piece they gave us was HUGE, I’m not really sure if it was intentional or not, but regardless we really liked it (see below).

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The second time we went, I fully intended on getting the chocolate cake for all of us to split again, until I saw the dessert menu and saw that they had a seasonal PUMPKIN PIE CHEESECAKE!!!! You guys KNOW I had to get that as soon as I saw it, and Diego 100% agreed because he loves that as much as I do lol.

I also just generally think that they tend to give big portion sizes of their foods/desserts (which I’m totally not complaining about), because we got 2 slices for all of us to share thinking it wasn’t going to be enough, but both slices were HUGE, and we were just feeling extra fat and craving ice cream so we got the vanilla ice cream on the side as well ❤ _ ❤ (see below).

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Final Thoughts:

Overall, we all really liked this restaurant, the first time Diego and I came here for our anniversary in July, and the second time we came last weekend with Michelle. The food was just as great this time around as it was the first time. Our servers the first and second time were super friendly and helpful with any and all indecisiveness that we may have had in picking certain things. And the general ambiance of the restaurant was really nice as well as it’s surroundings with the waterfront and mall.

I will say that this restaurant is more on the pricier side as opposed to some of the other ones I’ve mentioned/recommended before, but I also think it was very much worth it, so I do 100% recommend you guys come and try this place if you haven’t already and are in the New York area.

Let me know if there are any other particular restaurants or food spots (predominantly in the New York area) that you would recommend for us to try and review, and we’ll definitely try it!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, please like, share and follow if you haven’t already, and I’ll see you guys in my next one! 🙂

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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