Don’t let the “Netflix and chill” phenomenon fool you; chivalry is not dead. This Valentine’s Day turn off your television, get off your couch, get fleeky, and head out for a sexy date night in Harlem. Harlem’s culinary renaissance is still burgeoning and there isn’t a shortage of dope spots to hit for a romantic evening on the town. Need some help identifying a good place to chow down, sip delicious cocktails, and enjoy quality time with your significant other? We’ve got you covered! Check out our list of four romantic restaurants for the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner date in Harlem.
So you planned on being in a villa in Venice sipping vino *Jay-Z voice* with your bae on Valentine’s Day, but you didn’t have the funds to do so. No worries, make your way over to Lido in Harlem. The Italy-inspired restaurant boasts an international feel. The décor, which includes interior brick and chandeliers, is nothing short of sexy. Some of the must have items on their winter dinner menu include Lobster Ravioli which consists of jumbo lump crab, white wine, pine nuts, mascarpone, and roasted tomato veloute as well the grilled lamb chops which is served with spiced plum chutney, barley, black rice, butternut squash and kale pilaf topped with toasted hazelnuts. Lido’s cocktail menu features delicious concoctions that include “Black Ruby” which is a mix of Tequila, ginger, house made black currant & sriracha puree as well as the “Il Tigre” which includes bourbon, benedictine, lemon, and ginger liqueur. Just an FYI, make sure you brush up on your Italian before coming here for dinner so that you’ll be able to correctly pronounce the items featured on the menu. Learn more about Lido here.
Row House Harlem
Row House Harlem is one of the newest additions to the neighborhood’s restaurant row. Ever since it’s opened up its doors it has received rave reviews. If you’re walking down the street the restaurant’s architecture is bound to catch your eye. The white wood and glass storefront, interior brick, and dim lighting conjures up romantic vibes. The seasonal eatery serves up sharable American classics that include lobster bisque croquettes, chicken pot pie and mac and cheese. Row House has put together a $50 prix-fixe menu specifically for Valentine’s Day. The three-course prix-fixe menu includes delectable choices like roasted beets, filet mignon, and black truffle ravioli. The dessert menu includes chocolate covered strawberries (sexy!) and warm white chocolate cake. Learn more about Rowhouse Harlem here.
BLVD Bistro is a cute and cozy restaurant in the heart Harlem with a down-home feel. The restaurant, which is the ground floor of a historic Harlem brownstone located on Lenox Ave., has a delicious southern-inspired menu that includes items like turkey meatloaf served with wild mushroom and Vidalia onion gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and the Cajun T-bone steak. Although the drink selection is limited, the cocktails featured on their menu are delicious. Try ordering “BLVD Spiked Tea” or their “Red Sangria” to wash down your meal. BLVD Bistro has a $75 Valentine’s Day weekend four-course prix-fixe menu which includes pan fried oysters, filet mignon with jumbo shrimp, wild salmon and a three berry cobbler served with vanilla icing to top it off. The meal is served with a complementary glass of champagne. BLVD Bistro’s customer service is unmatched. When you walk through their door you instantly feel like family. Executive Chef/Owner Carlos Swepson makes it a point to interact with all of his customers. Learn more about BLVD Bistro here.
Solomon & Kuff Rum Hall
Want your Valentine’s Day dinner date to have an island feel? Head over to Harlem’s Solomon & Kuff Rum Hall. The fairly new restaurant, which has received epic reviews from the likes of The New York Times, Time Out New York, and Haute Living has over 100 international rums. Their menu features unconventional dishes like the grilled herbed stuffed whole porgy and prime sirloin flap steak served with yucca chips, chimichurri butter, and tamarind ginger steak sauce. Built in a former industrial space, the restaurant has a lofty feel. What stands out about this eatery outside of its cuisine, endless rum choices, and décor is its story. Its name comes from the 18th century life journey of Venture Smith, who was captured and sold into slavery at the age of 10. Smith was sold for four gallons of rum and a piece of calico cloth. He went on to buy his freedom back and became a successful entrepreneur. He had two sons named Solomon and Kuff. Learn more about Solomon and Kuff Rum Hall here.