Table for two: Local chefs dish on their most romantic meal ever

Executive chef Jeffrey Kreisel

As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, we asked local New York chefs about the most romantic meal they’ve ever had. While we don’t expect you to take your special someone to an international destination on Feb. 14 like some of these chefs did, you can learn some romantic tricks from the masters. In the future, though, a trip to the Amalfi coast definitely wouldn’t hurt.



Chris D’Amico

 
Gemma
335 Bowery St.
212-505-9100
www.theboweryhotel.com

“The most romantic meal that I had was on the Amalfi coast, just up the mountains in between Sorrento and Positano, in a town called Sant’Agata. There is a tiny, local pizzeria which overlooks the coast. During the evening the stars can be seen so clearly and look huge – there’s nothing more romantic!”


Chef Devon Gilroy
 
Amali
115 E. 60th St.
212-339-8363      
www.amalinyc.com

“My fiancee and I made time this past summer while Amali was being built to eat at Recette in the West Village. The food was simple but refined and we spoke at length about our time cooking together — rehashing openings and mishaps. It brought us back to an earlier time in our relationship that was more care-free.”


Chef/owner Huy Chi Le
 
Indochine
430 Lafayette St.
212-505-5111
www.indochinenyc.com

“The most romantic dinner I ever had was with my wife, Michelle, onboard a Halong Bay cruise in Vietnam last year. It was a fantastic way to experience Vietnamese culture in luxury and comfort. We dined by moonlight on the open deck. The crew would catch lobster, squid and fish as we sailed, and they would grill the day’s catch on deck in front of us nightly.”


Executive chef Marco Moreira
 
Tocqueville Restaurant
1 E. 15th St.
212-647-1515
www.tocquevillerestaurant.com

“The most romantic Valentine’s Day dish I have ever made for my wife was one year when we decided to escape the city to our beach house for a romantic getaway. That year, there was a huge snow storm and the lights went out. So we lit all the candles in the house and I prepared braised quail served over polenta with a bottle of Barolo wine.”


Executive chef Jeffrey Kreisel
 
Hotel Chantelle
92 Ludlow St.
212-254-9100
www.hotelchantelle.com

Penthouse808
8-08 Queens Plaza South
LIC, 718-289-6118
www.penthouse808rooftop.com

“One of the first dishes I made for my fiancee was something she grew up eating called Burek. Her mother, being from Montenegro, traditionally made it but I decided to make a more refined version to impress her.”


Chef Laurent Manrique
 
Millesime
92 Madison Ave.
212-889-7100
www.millesimerestaurant.com

“My most romantic meal is the memory of a Valentine’s Day with my wife where we spent hours in the kitchen cooking together and dancing between each course. Each meal was prepared in a way that we were able to eat with our hands and feed one another.”

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