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Valentine’s Day is typically one of the biggest nights for the restaurant industry. But with dining restrictions still in place across the country, February 14th is bound to look a little different this year. However, that doesn’t mean you and your special someone can’t enjoy an incredibly romantic—and downright delicious—date night celebration from the comfort of your home.
Many Michelin-starred restaurants have found ways to be extraordinarily creative, offering exceptional fine dining experiences and curated packages themed to the holiday love fest—available for takeout or delivery. Here, 14 of the nation’s most critically-acclaimed establishments invite you to fall head over heels over a truly unforgettable meal.
Note: since Michelin postponed the release of their 2021 guide, this list is based on 2020 star ratings.
Eleven Madison Park, New York City
Chef Daniel Humm’s three-Michelin-starred stunner (which held the number one spot on 2017's World's 50 Best Restaurants list and is an American Express Global Dining Collection partner) launched ‘EMP at Home’ to offer curated dinners from its prestigious kitchen while the restaurant remains closed. The Valentine’s Day menu is the ultimate treat for two, featuring foie gras terrine, lobster pie, and bone marrow-crusted beef tenderloin, along with a winter greens salad, duo of vegetable sides, and dark chocolate tart with passion fruit. Select wines from the cellar and bottled cocktails to share—such as a Cacao Manhattan and English Milk Punch—round out the offerings. Bonus: for every dinner purchased, 10 meals will be donated to New Yorkers in need through Rethink Food NY. Pickup is available at multiple locations throughout the tri-state area from February 11-14 (order here).
Grant Achatz's temple of molecular gastronomy in Chicago is delivering its innovative cuisine nationwide for Valentine’s Day. Savor Alinea’s five-course tasting menu (dishes include Osetra caviar with passionfruit, ginger, and Champagne, diver scallops with Perigord black truffle and orzo, and ribeye of American beef with a wild mushroom tart, cherry bordelaise, and parsnips) from the comfort of your own abode. A deluxe box of creative canapés can be added to further elevate your romantic rendezvous. This specialty dinner, which can be ordered for even party sizes (minimum of two), is available for pickup at multiple locations throughout the city and surrounding areas from February 12-14, as well as delivery across the nation thanks to 2-day shipping (order here).
Saison, San Francisco
Delight your date with a four-course dinner of Saison’s favorites—from the two-Michelin-starred kitchen right to yours. Each meal-for-two includes: scallop with gooseberry and citrus, reserve caviar, seaweed rolls with cultured butter, a salad with Meyer lemon, dry-aged duck, a cassoulet with duck confit and farm beans, and a chocolate tart for dessert. All menu items are precisely prepared and ready to finish at home—Saison even provides instructional videos to lead you through the process. Pickup and delivery are available from February 12-14 (order here). Also noteworthy: Michelin-starred sister restaurant Angler is offering a superb seafood-centric dinner package for pickup from February 10-14 (order here).
Daniel, New York City
Global Dining Collection chef Daniel Boulud’s eponymous two-Michelin-starred flagship devised a decadent three-course prix fixe for two which comes with a bottle of Pol Roger Brut Reserve Champagne NV and a selection of indulgent Valentine's Day sweets prepared by Daniel’s acclaimed pastry team. Sumptuous dishes—such as Maine lobster salad with Ossetra caviar, black truffle-crusted Dover sole “Ballotine,” and duo of Pennsylvania duck with foie gras and citrus—are sure to impress you and your partner. Pickup and delivery are available from February 12-14 (order here). Also noteworthy: this opulent Champagne and caviar pairing for two.
This exciting new-American restaurant in Chicago’s West Loop, which was awarded two stars in the 2020 Michelin Guide, is offering a four-course feast lovingly prepared by chef John Shields. Set the mood with a starter of Kaluga caviar or foie gras ganache, followed by sumptuous Maine Sole with beurre blanc or a soul-satisfying beef short rib with bordelaise—both entrées come with an endive and parsnip salad, a truffled turnip and rutabaga gratin, and a heavenly chocolate truffle tart. Luxe supplements (including 10 grams of Pèrigord black truffles, Champagne, and ‘Love Island’ milk punch cocktails) can further enhance your evening. Pickup and delivery are available from February 13-14 (order here).
Maydān, Washington D.C.
Spice up your celebration at home with Maydān’s knockout Middle Eastern fare. Treat yourself and your sweetie to a curated spread of flavorful share plates—such as fire-charred kebabs, roasted vegetables, and savory dips and spreads—served with pillowy signature flatbread, which is made-to-order in clay ovens. Chocolatey semolina cake and a ‘Love is the Bridge’ cocktail for two (tequila, pomegranate, lime, and Ancho Reyes Verde liqueur) will make your meal extra special. Since dining packages are priced per person (and not limited to a couple) here, Maydān is also an outstanding option for Galentine’s Day or feasting with your quaran-team. Pickup and delivery are available in the D.C. area from February 12-14 (order here).
Acquerello, San Francisco
For more than thirty years, Acquerello has offered an unparalleled Italian fine-dining experience in Nob Hill. Spoil your significant other with their extravagant Valentine’s Day menu (for two, four, or six guests) featuring several divine dishes (such as butter-poached Kusshi oysters with Champagne and caviar sauce; campanelle pasta with Norwegian king crab and salmon roe; and Anderson Ranch lamb with Swiss chard, chanterelles, and marbled potatoes) and assorted sweets to finish. Supplemental luxuries include Champagne, caviar flights, and even a dozen red roses. Pickup and delivery are available on February 14th (order here).
Gramercy Tavern, New York City
Danny Meyer’s beloved Flatiron institution invites couples to celebrate over a swoon-worthy prix fixe. Showcasing all the vibrant, seasonal ingredient-driven flavors expected from executive chef Michael Anthony and team, the menu for two includes: green market stir-fry with spicy shrimp, your choice of mains (chicken pot pie with root vegetables or roasted monkfish with cauliflower, barley, and olives) and chocolate molten cake with salted caramel for dessert. A selection of luxurious nibbles—such as oysters Rockefeller and house-smoked trout with caviar—can enhance your meal, along with bottled martinis made with chocolate or pink gin. Pickup is available from February 12-14 (order here). You can also send your sweetie a Gelato Gram: a specialty pint of Caffè Panna gelato with a personalized card and floral bouquet (available for pickup or delivery).
Providence, Los Angeles
This two-Michelin-starred sustainable seafood mecca from award-winning chef Michael Cimarusti debuted an utterly romantic ‘En Voyage’ menu for the holiday weekend. Indulge in six courses of pure decadence including oysters with Kaluga caviar and crème fraîche, wild Japanese Tai sashimi, Santa Barbara spot prawns, New Zealand John Dory, wagyu beef with black truffle, and a chocolate tart with local raspberries. Pasta kits, premium caviar, cocktails, and wine are also on offer through the Providence Pantry. Pickup is available at the Hollywood restaurant from February 12-14 (order here).
Jean-Georges, New York City
The two-Michelin-starred jewel of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant empire will bring fine-dining extravagance to your romantic date night. The standout menu serves two and includes: tuna tartare with caviar and brioche, mushroom and shrimp risotto with black truffle, steamed black sea bass, peppercorn-crusted beef tenderloin, and a dark chocolate passion fruit tart with linzer heart cookies for a sweet finish. Wines from the cellar and exclusive JG x Dante collector bottled cocktails can deliciously complement your meal, as well as special add-ons like a Valentine’s edition chocolate box. Pickup and delivery are available from February 12-14 (order here).
Helmed by chef Iliana Regan, this lauded farm-to-table restaurant in Lincoln Square is serving a fantastic four-course prix fixe of specialty dishes. Charm your love on Valentine’s Day weekend with Elizabeth’s handmade beet and rose pierogi topped with caviar, a robust cheese board with tasty accoutrements, rustic black truffle noodles with lambrusco-braised beef, and a raspberry ruby chocolate brownie with toasted vanilla marshmallow to finish. Dinner enhancements include artisan chocolates, select wines, and Champagne. Pickup and delivery are available from February 12-13 (order here).
Cote, New York City
Manhattan’s acclaimed Korean steakhouse has curated a royal feast for you and your special someone. Cote’s Valentine’s Day menu serves two and includes ‘steak & eggs’ tartare, four grilled cuts of steak (filet mignon, American wagyu, Japanese A5 wagyu, and marinated galbi), two stews, scallion salad, pickles, kimchi, and a delightful dessert from Stick with Me Sweets. Pair with a couple-sized Princess Peach cocktail (Casa Dragones tequila, Cocchi Rosa, lemon, peach syrup) or pop a bottle of lovely La Caravelle Rosé Champagne to make it a truly unforgettable occasion. Pickup is available from February 13-14 (order here). Also noteworthy: Cote’s ‘Chateaubriand & Caviar Feast for Two’ available for national delivery via Goldbelly.
Little Pearl, Washington D.C.
This Capitol Hill gem is serving up a delectable Valentine's week experience that comes with your choice of robust entrées (beef Wellington or king salmon en croûte for two) along with signature sides, dessert, and chocolates. Up the luxe factor with tempting add-ons—from Osetra caviar and fresh black winter truffles to sommelier-selected Champagne and beverage pairings. Pickup is available at Little Pearl from February 11-14 (order here). Also noteworthy: Michelin-starred sister restaurant Rose’s Luxury is delivering a special five-course menu of elevated classics leading up to Valentine’s Day (order here).
NoMad, New York City
The illustrious restaurant in the NoMad Hotel has designed three appropriately themed Valentine’s Day dining packages. Seduce your partner and your palate with the ‘Hot Date,’ which includes the NoMad’s legendary whole roasted chicken—arguably New York City’s most celebrated dish for two—along with signature sides, an apple crumble pie à la mode, a few surprise goodies, and a couple-sized spicy and smoky margarita. There’s also an ‘Indulge Me’ package of sweet treats and ‘Champagne for the Pain’—a bubbly and fried chicken bundle for anti-V-Day celebrants. Pickup and delivery are available from February 12-14 (order here).