The best Valentine’s Day aphrodisiac menu items

Louro pours on the sexy. Credit: Michael Tulipan
Louro pours on the sexy.
Credit: Michael Tulipan

We scoured Valentine’s Day menus for ingredients that’ll give your love life (or at least your sex drive) a little lift on Feb. 14. Pop the cork and toast to a sexy night.

Bananas

The phallic fruit is loaded in B vitamins and potassium, which help the body make sex hormones, as well as chelating minerals, thought to bump up male libido.

Find it in:
Prawn and banana curry on Louro’s Tragic Lovers of History menu (seven courses, prix fixe: $95, 142 W. 10th St., 212-206-0606)
Dark chocolate cremeux with coffee crumble, bananas and whisky marshmallows at Dovetail (four courses, prix fixe: $115, 103 W. 77th St., 212-362-3800)
Chocolate-Banana Trio (a chocolate-banana opera cake, caramelized banana and cup of hot cocoa) at Rouge Tomate (four courses, prix fixe: $125, 10 E. 60th St., 646-237-8977)

 

Basil

Basil’s flavonoids ward off inflammation, which boosts circulation throughout the body — including “down there.”

Find it in:
Oyster ceviche ($16) at Dos Caminos (multiple locations, www.doscaminos.com)
Arugula salad at Patsy’s (three courses, prix fixe: $65, 236 W. 56th St., 212-247-3491)
Scallop crudo at Boqueria (six courses, prix fixe: $65, 53 W. 19th St., 212-255-4160)

 

Strawberries

The heart-shaped berry’s tiny seeds are supposed to symbolize fertility, but it’s really dudes who get the benefit here: Strawberries’ folic acid and vitamin C up sperm count and motility.

Find it in:
Strawberry zabaione at cozy Jade Hotel restaurant Grape & Vine (four courses, prix fixe: $65, 52 W. 13th St., 212-300-4525)
Fondue au Chocolat at Brasserie 8 ½ (four courses, prix fixe: $65, 9 W. 57th St., 212-829-0812)
Passionfruit pavlova at The Musket Room (10 courses, prix fixe: $195, six courses, prix fixe: $125, 265 Elizabeth St., 212.219.0764)

 

Almonds

Just the smell of these nuts is said to turn women on (who knew?) But they’re also a good source of fatty acids, which boost fertility, libido and hormone production.

Find it in:
Truffled almond soup at Nerai (five courses, prix fixe: $95, 55 E. 54th St., 212-759-5554)
Foie gras with hibiscus almond dust at Juni (five courses, prix fixe: $165, 12 E. 31st St., 212-995-8599)
Chocolate Caramel Tart at The Harrison (three courses, prix fixe: $75; 355 Greenwich St., 212-274-9310)

 

Oysters

Zinc, found in these bivalves, is thought to benefit sperm production, libido, fertility and reproductive health. These restaurants are serving them on V-Day:

Maison Premiere (four courses, prix fixe: $95, 298 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, 347-335-0446)
A Voce Madison (seven courses, prix fixe: $95, 41 Madison Ave., 212-545-8555)
BLT Fish (three courses, prix fixe: $95, 21 W. 17th St., 212-691-8888)
Cull + Pistol (four courses, prix fixe: $55, 75 Ninth Ave., 646-568-1223)
Il Buco (five courses, prix fixe: $125, 47 Bond St., 212-533-1932
Betony (six courses, prix fixe: $195, 41 W. 57th St., 212-465-2400)
Manzanilla (four courses, prix fixe: $95, 345 Park Ave. S., 212-255-4086)
Colonie (four courses, prix fixe: $95, 127 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, 718-855-7500)
Rusty Mackerel ($15/half dozen, 209 Pinehurst Ave., 212-928-4888)

 

Chocolate

When you take a bite, you release dopamine into your system, the same chemical that causes a high. It also contains the amino acid arginine, which increases arousal and sensation in both sexes.

Find it in these standout Valentine’s desserts:
Chocolate-dipped stemmed strawberries at Gemma ($12, 335 Bowery, 212-505-9100)
S’mores at Edi and the Wolf (three courses, prix fixe: $59, 102 Avenue C, 212-598-1040)
Flan de chocolate at Gran Electrica (three courses, prix fixe: $65, 5 Front St., 718-852-2700)
Hazelnut dark chocolate cheesecake at Red Rooster Harlem (three courses, prix fixe: $55, 310 Lenox Ave., 212-792-9001)



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.