01/21/2011 10:32 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

V-Day a la Carte: Avoid The Prix Fixe


With V-Day fast approaching, snag a table at one of these guaranteed-to-get-you-sex spots that won't rope you into the the usual prix fixe gouge, as you're obviously roped in enough already.

Bar Henry
90 W Houston St, nr LaGuardia; West Willage; 646.448.4559
Order up bistro dishes (oysters, caviar, raspberry wine reduction-sauced duck breast...) and lube her with their 100+ strong vino list (most also avail by the half bottle) within the cozy, Italian marble-laden environs of the "last legal cellar in Manhattan", though if you knew where some of those illegal cellars were you probably wouldn't need a date.

250 Park Ave, nr 20th St; Flatiron; 212.995.0242
The arched ceilinged, pillow-laden Med joint's backing up their date-friendly menu of shared plates with V-Day specials like snapper ceviche w/ orange salad, and the rum ice cream-abetted Chocolate and Coconut Marquise, which is best enjoyed backed by the decadent arrangements of de Sade.

Blaue Gans
139 Duane St, btwn W Broadway and Church; Tribeca; 212.571.8880
The standby Austrian bistro's serving elegant homestyle noshes including steak tartare, spicy broth'd steamed mussels, and chestnut soup, but not chin-nut soup, as that's hopefully happening later.

335 Bowery; nr E 3rd St; East Village; 212.505.7300
The Italian go-to'll be plating their shareable cheese/meat assortments and rustic entrees in addition to a special menu including risotto Milanese with butter poached lobster, a good way to save some scratch on your date's Maine course.

88 10th Ave; btwn 15th and 16th St; Meatpacking District; 212.989.8883
Add a little Iron Chef to Valentine's with specialty V-Day cocktails complementing dishes like Wagyu beef carpaccio, and line-caught halibut w/ black bean sauce, hot oil, and shaved ginger, aka Carrot Top.

La Petit Maison
13-15 W 54th St; btwn 5th and 6th Ave; Midtown West; 212.616.9931
The date-friendly Frencherie's sexified menu includes a range of tastings for two (warm shrimp salad w/ basil, truffle macaroni...), sure to set the mood amidst the dimly lit, bi-level, tree-lined atrium surroundings, a good setting for warming your woman up for some hardwood.

141 W 69th St; btwn Columbus and Broadway; Upper West Side; 646.692.8762
The new uptown tapas joint's plating romantic sharing plates of lobster w/ "olive oil texture", bell pepper caviar, and Alaskan halibut w/ vegetable mosaic crust, which is tiled of being alone on Valentine's Day.
Score a spot now

Yerba Buena/Yerba Buena Perry
23 Ave A, nr 2nd St; East Village; 212.529.2919/ 1 Perry St; nr Greenwich Ave; West Village; 212.620.0808
Alongside their prix fixe, these sexy-can spots're offering a la carte goods like hamachi ceviche, and Brazilian paella stewed in coconut milk and palm oil, though if things aren't going well, you might want to save some for later.