Valentine’s Day at a restaurant can be lovely, if you’ve got a reservation at a top spot. At lesser restaurants, however, the meal often comes off as rushed or in the form of an uninspired three-course prix-fixe. If you believe that Valentine’s Day out is for amateurs, but you still don’t want to cook, how about Valentine’s Day in — with delivery from some of New York City’s best restaurants? (This year, Netflix is even giving couples one more reason to stay home on Feb. 14 with its release of the entire season of House of Cards Season 2.) We’ve scouted five New York City restaurants that will bring romantic decadence right to your door. Note: All restaurants deliver through Seamless and there may be restrictions on delivery depending on where you live.
Momofuku Milk Bar
If sweets are the way to your partner’s heart, you’ll want to be ordering dinner from Momofuku Milk Bar. The home of crack pie and cereal milk soft serve also does serious delivery, starting off with steamed pork buns with scallion and cucumber or steamed veggie buns with mushrooms and caramelized onions. After you polish off the buns, move on to the centerpiece of the evening: dessert. Slices of pie, milkshakes, and packets of cookies and truffles are all on offer. Locations in the Upper West Side, Williamsburg, and Carroll Gardens currently deliver; milkbarstore.com
Some of the best delivery is a little sloppy — a concept that Parm has mastered. Order early from this always-packed restaurant and tuck into chicken parm or eggplant parm sandwiches, baked ziti, and a side of Brussels sprouts with Parmesan, olive oil and lemon. You could live without the pizza knots, but you wouldn’t want to. These knobs of fried pizza dough are equally addicting hot or cold. For dessert, there’s coffee cake. If you’re too full, it will be just as good for breakfast the next day. 248 Mulberry St., 212-993-7189, parmnyc.com
If you want to recreate the romance of a restaurant in your living room, invest a little more than you would to order a pizza. The menu at Comodo, a charming neighborhood spot in SoHo, is full of tasty options, from the lamb sliders on homemade Brazilian cheese bread with chipotle cream to the poblano pepper pasta, a classic Bolognese sauce mixed with poblano peppers. Don’t skip dessert — try the brigadero cake, a chocolate cake with saffron cream and pepitas. 58 MacDougal St., 646-580-3866, comodonyc.com
The three-course prix-fixe delivery, at $38, is a tempting choice at Sarabeth’s with roasted chicken, salmon or stick frites available for entrée, appetizer choices such as a salad or silky cream of tomato soup, and dessert options including pumpkin tart or chocolate truffle cake. Beyond the set menu, comfort food is plentiful — including chicken pot pie, seafood risotto or a sirloin burger. Apple crumb pie or chocolate pot de crème are desserts worthy of sharing. Locations in Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Midtown West, Tribeca and Gramercy all deliver; sarabeth.com
If you had the time and energy, wouldn’t you make mac and cheese for Valentine’s Day? Rich and creamy, it’s an ideal dish for a frigid February night. Choose between the SoHo restaurant’s menu options at Macbar like the Classic (a blend of swiss, cheddar, and American), the spicy Mayan Chipotle (with chicken diablo and Chihuahua cheese), or lobster mac (stuffed with rich lobster). The whimsical noodle-shaped take-out containers will add a dash of the playful to the evening. 54 Prince St., 212-226-0211, macbar.net
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