PLAN DATE: TUES / FEB. 12
The decadent, delicate French cuisine at quaint Harlem bistro RDV-Rendezvous flirts with a little Mediterranean flair which, along with the guidance of an expert Sommelier, brings you the tasting dinner of your dreams. The 5-course meal could include anything from starters like their exquisite Beef Tartare Tatin (goat cheese mix topped over puff pastry topped with layers of roasted beets) or Foie Gras au Torchon (cherry tomato confiture, spiced red wine reduction, to luscious mains like Almond Crusted Salmon (leek confit, butternut squash puree, pearl barley, beuree blanc). Perfectly paired with dreamy wines and a complimentary gift bag, this Aphrodisiac Tasting Dinner is exactly how you want to be pregaming Valentines Day.
This charming old-time establishment has all the magical, mystical feel of a miracle, and that’s exactly what the desserts taste like at The Hungarian Pastry Shop. Although a hub for Columbia students and scholars nearby, it offers a homey, rustic space to nab a little table for two and create your own private romantic world. The scrumptious spread of Eastern European treats spans the likes of fruity, crispy strudels (from the staple apple to a more interesting poppyseed) lindsor tarts, and fruity hamentashen to mountainous baklava, sinfully creamy Napoleon, and the most succulent cheesecake in New York.
Aside from absolutely exquisite sweets and Euro-themed espresso drinks, you’ll find yourselves situated in a truly idyllic, scholarly-chic setting, with low light, tables crammed together, and the same abstract, original art that’s been inspiring its many patrons since it first opened in 1961. Its close proximity to St. John the Divine means you and your love can even spoon each other treats under the awe-inspiring shadow of its gothic beauty if you want a change of scene.
Dinner, Drinks, Dessert
2072 Fredrick-Douglass Boulevard, Manhattan
idk tip: Their Sommelier is passionate about wine and loves to share his knowledge and experience with guests. So make sure you add a little something to your Valentine’s dinner by saying hi to Kfir. You’ll be treated to stories about the history of the wine and the wine-making process.
The Hungarian Pastry Shop
1030 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: This will be the best Hot Chocolate you’ve ever had, so make sure you bring cash to cop it with—58 years in the business and things are the same as they were in the sixties.