Print Restaurant at Ink48
Ink48: Before we even get to dessert, it's worth noting that Ink48 is launching a unique series of "Heat Meter" packages for Valentine's Day, available in three different temperatures: "Low Heat" ($399/night, including a trip to the Museum of Sex and an aphrodisiac basket), "Medium Heat" ($409/night, including an in-room wine tasting), and "High Heat" ($899/night, including an in-suite photo shoot). But the real draw here are the farm-to-table desserts by the hotel's Executive Pastry Chef, Geoff Koo. A selection of the dishes was featured on DessertBuzzNYC, though our favorite has to be the Pear Almond Tart which comes with cinnamon ice cream and cranberry sauce.
The Wythe Hotel: Over at Andrew Tarlow's trendy restaurant inside the Wythe Hotel, the origin and preparation of food is almost as important as the taste itself (a NY Times critic wrote this summer that "everything that comes out of the kitchen is chosen by hand and cooked with firewood.") Good thing the kitchen is putting its best foot first with a $75 prix fixe Valentine's Day menu, featuring a Mast Brothers chocolate torte. Droool.
The Algonquin: The classic hotel is offering up a $75 Valentine's Day prix fixe menu, but if you're just after something sweet, that's OK too. The Profiterole with Chocolate Sauce ($14) is a light and fluffy pastry filled with fresh cream, then drizzled in a warm chocolate sauce and dusted with powdered sugar.
The Surrey: Always on the prowl for new and unconventional ways to pamper guests (remember those in-room mixologists?), Chef Noah Carroll at Cafe Boulud has devised two "his and hers" desserts for guests of the Relais & Chateaux property. For ladies, there will be a Vanilla Bavarois, with hibiscus meringue, a creme fraiche biscuit and yuzu sake sorbet. Gents can indulge in the Jivara Mousse, served with passion fruit, caramelized bananas and rum ice cream. But we know you'll just end up eating off each other's plate, anyway, you old love bugs.
[Photos: Four Seasons New York; Ink48]