Best Restaurants to Dine at For Valentine’s Day (in NYC)

Hey guys,

Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a great weekend and a good, productive start to the new week.

It is officially Valentine’s week and I am SO excited for it! I absolutely love this time of year and the feelings surrounding it. And while I agree and am a firm believer the your love for yourself, your significant other, etc. should not just be showcased that particular day, but everyday, I think it’s still really sweet to make that day special for yourself and/or someone else. I just love love and any sort of romantic gestures like that.

So, in light of Valentine’s Day being this weekend AND NYC getting the green light to open indoor dining at a 25% capacity, I wanted to create a post highlighting some of the best restaurants that I’ve been to with Diego that not only have great food, but also a cute, romantic-ish ambiance to it that could give you guys some suggestions for where to take someone on a date this weekend if you’re planning on it.

I also want to just mention quickly that I am well aware that we are still in the middle of a pandemic and am in no way, shape or form ENCOURAGING people to go out and gather/dine in restaurants, however, I know that people are going to do it regardless of this fact unfortunately. So, I do want to just encourage you all to do your research and if you are planning on going out this weekend, please take the necessary precautions to be safe and distant from other people that are not apart of your group(s).

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I have 6 different restaurant suggestions on my list that vary in price range, ambiance and food. While I’m going down the list, I will make brief suggestions for what we’ve gotten and I recommend you try, talk briefly about the prices and the service we received while there.

So, without further adieu, let’s get into it….

  1. NoMo Kitchen – SoHo
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This restaurant was so cute. All of the greenery, the hearts designs and open feel to it. We’ve only ever come here for brunch, so that’s what I will recommend it for, but they also do lunch and dinner.

They have a bottomless brunch special here where for $29 per person, you choose an entree and get an unlimited specific drink (we usually do mimosas, but they also have Rose Royale, Bloody Marys, NoMo Pimm’s Cup and Virign Salty Dogs) for 90 minutes.

Some suggestions you guys should definitely try:

Avocado Toast
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
French Toast

Service: The first time we went, the service was pretty great and fast. We really enjoyed ourselves and even without having to call over the server, they kept refilling our glasses. The second time we went, however, the service wasn’t as great unfortunately. We did the bottomless brunch and the service was so much slower. There were times where we couldn’t even find our server for periods at a time, which considering we were paying for the unlimited mimosas for 90 minutes, was obviously annoying.

Price wise: $$

Overall, I would say to try it out if you’re really interested in it and come to your own conclusions. I know a bunch of people that went after we did and had a GREAT time.

Final thought & fun fact: There’s also a hotel attached to this restaurant, which Diego and I stood at once and really liked as well. Rooms were kind of small, but it’s cozy and in a great location in SoHo.

2. The Greens: Pier 17

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Cabins have been all the rage recently since indoor dining was shut down again and the only way to be able to eat at restaurants in NYC were either outdoor dining or takeout. EVERYONE has been doing their own versions of cabins or igloos, which I actually think are really cute.

Diego and I came here for a random date night and I loved it. Not only did we have the cabin to ourselves, but it also had heaters within it (that we could control) and air purifiers. It was all contactless ordering and paying, and minimal contact with everyone.

Price: $$ – $$$ depending on what/how much you order.

I will say, the menu is pretty minimal. They don’t have TOO many options for food or drinks, but there was enough that we obviously both got something we liked.

Some of the items to consider trying:

The burger
The fried chicken
The grilled cheese
The bottle of rose

Something else to keep in mind: when making the reservation, you have to pay $50 to hold the reservation (it’s prepaid, and my only guess is because of how popular it’s been) AND each reservation is only 90 minutes (although I’m not sure if you’re able to extend your time because we didn’t try doing that).

3. PJ Clarke’s

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When things were normal, Diego and I loved to go to this place. The food, service and location/views are AMAZING. They have 2 locations for this restaurant, but the specific one we love going to is in Brookfield Place, near the Freedom Tower. We’ve gone here for regular date nights, anniversary dates, and just because.

Price: $$ – $$$

Our favorites:

Prime Skirt Steak Frites
The Clarke Burger
Grilled Shrimp & Shishitos
Buffalo Wings
Berne Romance rosé
Chocolate cake

4. The Crooked Knife

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This restaurant has like 2 different locations in the city as well, but the particular one we usually go to is in 14th street. This is actually where Diego and I went for our Valentine’s day date last year.

This is another great brunch spot that does a bottomless boozy brunch for $42 per person. You get any entree with unlimited bloody Mary’s or mimosas for 90 minutes.

The service was great and so was the food.

Diego loves his burgers so he usually gets that or the steak & eggs, and I get the Govn’r omelet which is SO bomb.

Price range: $$

5. Bowery Meat Company

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This is actually the restaurant that Diego and one of my best friend’s took me for my birthday this past year. Located in downtown NYC, just off Bowery and 1st street. This is a bomb ass steak house. They have all kinds of steaks that you can possibly imagine, plus pastas and other things, but they are predominantly known for their steaks.

Now I will say that this is the MOST expensive place out of everything I am suggesting, so I 100% believe that it’s worth it, but just keep in mind that you will be spending a pretty penny here.

Some of the things we got and that I recommend:

Prime New York Strip
Whipped Potates
Kung Pao Chicken lollipops (weird name, but SO freakin’ good)
Spinach Sauteer
Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip cookies (with vanilla ice cream)

Price: $$$$$

6. Lola Taverna

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This is a place that we have yet to try, but I/we saw this on TikTok recently and thought it looked so cute and it’s definitely something we hope to try soon. It’s a Greek cuisine themed restaurant. The floral decor outside looks so beautiful and the reviews are pretty great for the most part as well.

Price: $$

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That is basically it for my restaurant suggestions, BUT I wanted to throw in 2 dessert place recommendations as well, because why not, right?

  1. Dominique Ansel Bakery
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I made an entire TikTok video about this about a month ago, but it’s definitely a must try if you haven’t already. It can be a little pricey, but again, I think it’s definitely worth it. They have great desserts here. It’s located in SoHo (Spring St.).

Some of my absolute favorites to have:

Cronuts
Chocolate chip cookie shots
Croissant
Chocolate chip cookies

Price: $$

2. Little Cupcake Bakeshop

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This is a great bakery shop in SoHo as well (Prince St.). It isn’t too expensive and you can actually get a bunch of different things for like $50. They have everything from cookies to cupcakes to cheesecakes and regular full sized cakes.

Price: $-$$

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I hope that you guys enjoyed this post and it helped you in some way, shape or form!

If you end up going to any of these places, please hit me up and let me know what YOU end up thinking about it. I would LOVE to hear your guys thoughts on them.

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Thank you guys so much for reading, and I’ll catch you in the next one!

-Xoxo, LeoGirl 

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On The Menu Today: Old Rose

Hi Guys! 🙂

Today’s post is FINALLY another/new restaurant review post!! 😀

The restaurant I’m going to be reviewing today is called Old Rose, which is located in the Jane Hotel near the Highline.

I REALLY need to get into the habit of writing down how the heck it is that I find these places, especially when I plan on doing reviews on them, because I ALWAYS forget lol smh. 🤦🏻‍♀️

BUT, I’m sure I just stumbled upon it on Instagram somehow like I typically do, looked up the restaurant’s profile, as well as fellow Instagrammers posting about it, and looked up reviews online to see whether or not it was actually a place I wanted us to try, and sure enough, it was!

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From all the pictures I was seeing online, it looked like such a cute, sort of elegant spot to eat, so I figure why not go there for brunch so that we could get dressed up, take pictures, etc., and that’s exactly what we ended up doing!

Walking to the restaurant was ROUGH, because it was FREEZING this day and it was such a long walk from where we got off the train (in 14th Street) to the place. But we didn’t want to let that ruin the experience at all, so we stayed optimistic about the entire thing.

The Ambiance

Walking into the restaurant the immediate feeling I got was like some sort of old school ballroom, that got converted into a chic coffee shop in the West Village; with the marble-ish table tops, black and white tiled floors, and simplicity of it’s decor, I immediately felt comfortable.

When we finally got there, it took us about 5-10 minutes to get seated while they finished getting our table ready. It really wasn’t that bad or long, and in that time we got to sit at the bar and order ourselves a mimosa, so we were pretty content. 😂

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The tables were fairly small and rounded, but once the food started coming we actually saw that it was kind of the perfect size for everything that we had ordered.

Generally, the service was pretty good and quick, and the server we had was really friendly and helpful with anything/everything we needed (again, I wish I had gotten her name to be able to give her a quick shout-out, but I completely forgot to ask her).

Even the bussers were super friendly and helpful if we wanted or needed anything, which I thought was pretty cool considering most times you go to a restaurant they kind of just do what they have to and don’t really interact with the guests.

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The Food

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Overview of our table.

As sort of our “appetizer” we got the Vodka Burrata pizza pie, which was enough that we each got 2 slices out of it (there were 3 of us there). This was one thing that I kept seeing all over their website, as well as posts people would put up from here so we figure we try it. The server we had also highly recommended it and said it was one of her favorites, so it gave us the extra push to actually order it.

I definitely liked it, especially since I’ve never had anything like it before, and it was generally really tasty, you guys know I’m pretty picky so I was kind of surprised at how much I liked it, so that was pretty exciting! Lol.

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The Vodka Burrata pizza pie

 

After our little “appetizer” and mimosas, came the main course.

For me, it was relatively early still and I was craving somewhat of a traditional breakfast, so I got their ‘American Breakfast,’ which consisted of scrambled eggs, bacon, crispy smoked potatoes, grapefruit, and sourdough bread.

Overall, I liked it, but wish it didn’t have as much of what I can only really assume to be parsley, all over it because it was a lot, and there just really wasn’t much need for it. A little bit, sure, but that was a lot sprinkled all over my eggs and potatoes.

But, other than that, I was pretty happy with my dish. Again, it came out relatively quick, everything was cooked well the way that I wanted it, and it was a decent portion size for me, especially after eating the pizza just before this.

If you’re anything like me (in the sense of a picky eater), or just looking to have something more traditional here, I definitely recommend this.

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The ‘American Breakfast’.

Diego and Geno opted for the Lamb burger, which had goat cheese, roasted tomato, pickled red onion, with fried potatoes.

They both made it clear to me that they REALLY enjoyed the burger. They both thought it was well cooked and generally tasty, so they definitely recommend this if you’re anything like them and tend to opt for mainly burgers whenever you go out to eat haha.

The only thing Diego personally didn’t care for was the fact that they didn’t actually have regular french fries here at all. It was either the fried potatoes, or nothing. We both agree that the potatoes were good taste wise,  but he felt it went a little better with something like the dish that I got as opposed to the burger they both got, which I can understand and agree to.

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The Lamb burger.

And finally, the “dessert” portion of brunch.

Only Geno and I ended up getting something for this, partially because Diego doesn’t usually tend to care for any sort of desserts, and partially because they didn’t have too many options to begin with.

Geno had ordered their Housemade Granola which came with Ronnybrook yogurt, honey, and fresh fruit in it. This was probably the only thing out of the entire time we were here, that actually took forever to come. We’re still not sure why honestly, especially since it was just yogurt pretty much, but it did.

And when it finally arrived, Geno said he didn’t actually care for it, and I’m not exactly sure if it’s because it took as long as it did to get to him or if it just really wasn’t that exciting at all, but those were his honest, general thoughts on it.

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This is their ‘Housemade Granola’.

For me, I really wanted to be able to try their coffee, because I had heard a LOT of good things about it, so that’s what I did. I got one of their lattes, as well as a chocolate croissant because all of the pastries looked SO good sitting in the case by the bar (don’t judge me).

Being that I always go to Starbucks where you can 100% customize your drink to your liking with how many sugars, what milk, sweetener, etc., I was a little nervous about trying/drinking a regular coffee without having any of the usual stuff I tend to put in it, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised.. it was definitely strong coffee, but also pretty good tasting which I was happy about.

And the croissant was pretty standard and good tasting, the only thing with that though is that I wish it could’ve been warmed up. I’m not sure if they don’t do that there, or maybe they do but I had to “specially” ask for it, but even then, that really didn’t bother me too much, it just would’ve been a nice little added bonus.

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Latte and Chocolate Croissant.

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General Thoughts

Overall, I have to say that I personally, really liked the place. Generally, the service and food was good, and it wasn’t TOO expensive either. Considering everything we ordered (food, drinks, etc.) and the location of the restaurant, I would say it was pretty moderately priced.

It doesn’t take too much to impress me for things/places like this unfortunately being that I am a picky eater, but I also don’t have any problems being honest about certain things that I may or may not like about places like this.

But also, as always, take what I say/suggest with a grain of salt and come to your own conclusion about these places.

Out of 100%, I would give this place an 80-85% rating. But I do definitely think that it’s worth trying at least once. So go, come to your own conclusions about it, and let me know what YOU guys ended up thinking about it!

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Let me know in the comments below or through social media if you guys have been here before, if so, what were your thoughts on the place?!

Also, let me know if there are any other places you would like to see Diego and I check out in the near future, and we’ll be sure to go and write an entire post about it.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Please like, share, follow and comment and I’ll see you guys in the next one! 🙂

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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On The Menu Today: Nomo Kitchen in SoHo!

Hi Guys! 🙂

Last Sunday (the 19th of August), me, Diego and our good friend Genaro went out to brunch in the city to celebrate my birthday. The place I chose was actually one that we had all been to before, for Diego’s birthday.

That place is called NoMo Kitchen in SoHo, which is what we’re going to be talking about today.

I found this place online back in April for Diego’s birthday, and loved it so much that I told him I wanted to come here again for mine.

I mainly chose it not only because I saw the menu and ambiance of the restaurant and thought it looked nice, but also because Diego LOVES SoHo. Ask him what part of New York City he loves the most, and he’ll most likely tell you that haha. And because of him, I’ve grown pretty fond of it as well. I mean who wouldn’t? There’s great stores to shop at, great restaurants all over, and cool street art all over the place to take great pictures.

So I figure, what better place to take him out for his birthday then in his favorite area right?

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Entrance & Decor of the restaurant:

One thing to mention about this place is that it’s both a hotel AND restaurant. So when you first walk-in, you see this really pretty, lit up archway, which is one of the (if not THE) most popular place in the vicinity to take pictures. We took a few, but because it’s so popular, it’s a little hard to get any without someone or people being in the background of it lol.

I literally fell in love with that archway. It’s SO cute, and I’m dying to come back and check it out at night. I can only imagine how much more pretty it must look…*too cheesy? Okay sorry, let’s move on!!*

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After you walk through the archway, comes the actual restaurant. I really like the set up of the entire thing. All of the greenery, graffiti on the walls and overall decor is really nice.  It’s chill, but looks nice and “fancy enough” to make you want to dress up for it still.

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The first time we went we had sat at a corner table, which was fine except when I wanted to take a picture by the hearts wall because I thought it was SO cute (clearly it’s the little things that please me lol). There were 2 different hearts walls, which both had a table in front of them, and every time one of the tables cleared and I wanted to get up to take a picture in front of it, new guests were seated at the table; so it just really wasn’t workin’ out for me.

When we went for my birthday brunch, we got to sit in front one of them, so you guys can imagine how excited I was!

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Food & Drinks:

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So as I mentioned in the beginning, we came here for my birthday brunch (as we did for Diego’s birthday back in April, because let’s be real, who doesn’t love brunch?).

The first time we went for Diego’s birthday, we just kind of ordered whatever food, drinks, etc. we wanted and went a little crazy. But for my birthday, we decided to do the hour and a half bottomless brunch special for $29 per person (with our specific drink(s) being mimosas).

If you’re unfamiliar with what a bottomless brunch special is, ultimately, it’s you paying one set price to have unlimited access to the specific drink of your choosing for a set time that the restaurant gives you, with your desired meal as well. A lot of restaurants, pubs, bars, etc. tend to do this special, so if you haven’t tried it out somewhere I definitely recommend doing it.

I completely think it’s worth it, being that it’s literally unlimited mimosas or whatever drink it is you choose for an hour and a half, especially since the cost for lets say 4-5 mimosas is already going to probably be over $30 as it is and adding your meal into that you’ll most likely end up paying double.

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I don’t at ALL remember what drink specifically this was, but it was super good and sweet tasting and the cup was hilarious to me for some reason. Reminded me of Medieval times for some reason.

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I thought the food was amazing, presentation and portion wise. I’m a huge breakfast person, so I ended up getting the Eggs your Way dish with potatoes, turkey bacon, toast and french fries on the side (pictured below). I’m the type that I can EAT, but when there are a few different things coming with my meal the way that this did, a portion size like this is the perfect amount.

Our friend Genaro got relatively the same thing as me, the only difference is he substituted the turkey bacon for sausage and got the avocado toast on the side (which he said was AMAZING and he highly recommends for anyone to try), also pictured below.

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Diego is a HUGE burger lover, so he just ended up getting the double cheeseburger (which he mentioned was really good) and an order of the lemon ricotta pancakes on the side for me and him to split.

Guys I just gotta say…if you know me, you know that when it comes to food I LOVEEEEE to eat, but to the same extent, I’m pretty plain when it comes to my food. Not in the sense of no seasoning or anything like that, but like I don’t care for my food to be made super fancy or look crazy and expensive or different crazy flavors or anything like that, does that make sense? I just mean that I like what I like and that’s that.

For example, with pancakes, I really only typically tend to like and eat plain pancakes or chocolate chip ones occasionally, but any flavors out of that realm has always been a hard pass, but these….OH MY GOD.

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These lemon ricotta pancakes are the bomb.com x 10!!!! They taste SO good, it’s actually insane. They’re so little and cute and delicious. You definitely taste the lemon in the pancakes, but it’s not in an overpowering, tangy way. It’s light and sweet. 10/10 recommend that if you come here, these are a MUST to try, along with the avocado toast that Geno had and suggested.

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General Thoughts:

Overall, I completely love and recommend for anyone that reads this to try out NoMo’s Kitchen if you’re in the city and in the SoHo area. Price wise, the place is a little bit pricey, but I think it’s worth it to try.

The food was great, the ambiance and decor were SO nice, and the service was pretty good. I will say though that the first time we came here for Diego’s birthday, the service was better then when we came this time around for my birthday.

The lady we originally had started off pretty good, but then suddenly left and didn’t really say anything to us about her leaving or us getting a new server. And then the new male server we got, service wise, was kind of slow. He almost looked like he could careless about being there and waiting on us, which listen, I used to work at a restaurant myself so I I get it to some extent, trust me. But at the end the day, we are paying for a service, and you don’t have to be our best friend, but at least be quick when it comes to bringing us/refilling our drinks you know?

So that was a little bit of a downer, but it is what it is I guess. I’m not going to let that hinder my overall impression and liking of NoMo’s, which is that I really loved it. Everything else was pretty great, and I think that the general prices of everything was pretty worth it.

Originally, my overall rating of this place was a 10, but after the no-so-great service we got on Sunday, sorry guys, you got dropped to an 8-9. I would recommend that you guys come and try it out for yourselves at least once though.

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Well, that’s all that I’ve got for you guy’s today on this restaurant post. Let me know what you guys thought about it. Did you end up trying it? What did you think about it if you did? Let me know!

Also, let me know if you guys have any recommendation’s of restaurants, fast food places, coffee shops, etc. that you think I should try and review. I love getting recommendations from you guys! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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