2006_02_food_heartclock.jpgOkay, Valentine's Day is Tuesday and you still haven't pulled anything together. What the hell have you been waiting for?! In addition to checking out Open Table you'd better hit up some of the options listed in the various V-Day roundups (visit each one for individual links):

Time Out NY gives you a range of options, from $48 to $850,000, depending on your budget. If you really love them, we'd suggest the $850,000 option. HA!

Gayot's calendar lists special Valentine's day menus at Triomphe, Nolita House, Counter, Zocalo, Gusto, Colors, Caviar Bar at Emperor's Roe, Gradisca, Moda, Ribot, Cafe Opaline, 718 Bistro, Lentini, and Pair of 8's.

Citysearch rounds up more specials at Chocolate Bar, EN Japanese Brasserie, Aroma, Barmarche, Jovia, SushiSamba, Grotto, Marion's Continental, Ideya, Agave, Opia, Gusto, Dizzy's, Chanterelle, Angel's Share, The Bourgeois Pig, Lexington Bar & Books, Monkeytown, Flatiron Lounge, and Obivia.

We've also heard about even more specials: Porcão is serving passionfruit cocktails ($10-12 each) in addition to their regular riodizio menu ($50.90); Partage and Paradou are serving up lucious multi-course French tasting menus for $60 ($80 with wine pairings); get a taste of Spain (nine-courses worth) at Ureña for $175; at Xing Geishas will be serving a $65 aphrodisiac-based menu; Public will be serving a decadent menu for $75 lit by the light of 1000 candles placed throughout the restaurant; and Camaje is having a Valentine's Day dark dining dinner for $95 (you can take the blindfold home for more fun after dinner).

If reservations fail, try a gift for your food-loving valentine. As we mentioned earlier, nothing says romance like cheese (unless your sweetie is lactose intolerant, in which case you would be sending a somewhat hostile message), so the gang at Murray's created the Love Box: a gift basket filled with two French Crottin, nuggets of goat cheese aged in our caves; a heart-shaped Camembert, bloomy ripe from the Hudson Valley; a rich, triple creamy Delice de Bourgogne; a vial of dark buckwheat honey; and a threesome of mini chocolate bars from Barcelona, for $49.99. And you can stay in.

Finally, you can always try your hand at cooking, which is far more romantic in our book. Visit Epicurious and the Food Network for ideas.

Really, it's so much easier to be single sometimes.