New York City is always romantic. The city is full of every type of love. Between couples, between friends, between families, between someone and a pair of shoes they can’t quite afford. One love affair most New Yorkers have is with food. From tiny Italian neighborhood spots that only take cash, to the swanky new sushi place that’s filled with celebrities, New York City is a food haven for all to fall in love with.
This Valentine’s Day, celebrate with an amazing meal, no matter what your relationship status. One woman who knows good food -and New York City- like none other is Jess Young. The stunning brainiac blonde is the founder of Bubble, an online health food marketplace, (that’s backed by Karlie Kloss!) that is redefining clean eating, one delicious product at a time. Their first product release, a chocolate spread called Hella, sold out faster than you can say “yum” but don’t worry - it’s back in stock. When she’s not running her growing empire or concocting new binge-worthy foods in the kitchen, Jess, like every New Yorker, is trying restaurants. Who better to guide us on where to eat on the 14th?
Single or Friendzoned: Ichiran
You can seamless in any regular night of the week, and just because you’re single at the moment doesn’t mean you can’t leave your house. Ichiran’s solo booths won’t make you feel conscious about eating alone, and you can order as many refills of noodles as you want without anyone judging. And, if you end up with someone you’ve left in the friend zone, the wall between the both of you solidifies that status and saves you from any potential Lady In The Tramp situation. 132 W 31st St
Casual Hookup: Stay in with Hella
Who says you have to be in a relationship to have a sexy Valentines? Skip dinner, and head straight to the bedroom with your lover and some Hella. This gooey chocolate hazelnut, when warmed up, makes for a fun night in! getintothebubble.com
Tinder Date: Superiority Burger
You’ve been on a couple Tinder dates but let’s be real you met on Tinder, so how serious could it really be? This quaint, fast food spot doesn’t require much commitment either, in a popular, tiny restaurant like this you can’t occupy the table for too long so grab their signature Superiority burger and if the vibes are good, end with a gelato. It also doesn’t hurt that this vegetarian spot solidifies to your Tinder date that you indeed, didn’t lie about being healthy and fit in your profile. 430 E 9th St
Newly Committed: Blanca
You have officially declared yourself bf and gf, have dropped the L bomb and met each other's friends. Show your man or woman they are definitely #1 by scoring seats at one of the most exclusive spots in town. This new partnership is definitely a cause for a celebration so there’s no harm in splurging in Blanca’s 19 courses Valentine’s Day tasting menu. For those not in the know, Blanca is the 12 seat, reservation only spot located behind Roberta’s that holds 2 Michelin stars. 261 Moore St
Getting Serious: Oxomoco
If you are looking at furniture together and are talking about meeting the parents, you have a ride or die on your hands. The friends, family and distant cousins know what the relationship status is and will definitely be asking where you are going out for Valentines. Usher in Oxomoco, the newly rated 1 Michelin star by the chef of Speedy Romeo and Perry Street, which will send all the right signals. 128 Greenpoint Ave
Married With Kids - Mountain Bird
Let’s be honest. You probably don’t get out to try as many new spots and don’t even care to go to the trendiest places (those are now reserved for anniversaries). Keep it low key, although this is one of the highest rated restaurants in the area, and head to Harlem for a romantic night at Mountain Bird which is known for their foie gras dumpling consomme (served in teacups), and then out to Paris Blues or Minton’s Playhouse to shake it up with some live jazz for a truly New York night out. 251 E 110th St