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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Image result for dominique ansel bakery

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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Image result for little cupcake bakeshop nyc

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: 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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