Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year—great news for all the couples who'd rather not squeeze in a candlelit dinner between work, errands, and bedtime. (And, perhaps, even better news for the anti-V-Day singles, out making their own good time.)
With the whole day at your disposal, you could hit the town for a Valentine’s brunch. Or you could snuggle up under the covers, pick up the phone, and have breakfast come to you. What could be more romantic than breakfast in bed?
While we can't vouch for the piping-hot delivery of every pancake on this list, here's a selection of Manhattan breakfast spots that will bring their dishes to your door—letting you avoid the brunch crowds, stay in your pajamas, and pop the champagne for your own mimosas. (And did you forget the champagne? Get that delivered, as well.)
East Village: Veselka
The all-night Ukrainian diner delivers anywhere in the East Village from 8:00 a.m. on, for thick, fluffy waffles, banana pancakes, and appropriately Valentine-y cheese blintzes with raspberry sauce.
Delivery Radius: Broadway to Avenue C, 14th Street to Houston.
Delivery Cost: Free with $10 minimum. 212-228-9682
West Village: Bonsignour
West Village residents can get fresh fruit danishes, chocolate almond croissants, poppy yogurt cake, and more, without squeezing into the tiny Jane Street storefront.
Delivery Radius: South of 16th Street, north of Christopher Street, west of Fifth Avenue.
Delivery Cost: Free after $10 minimum. 212-229-9700
Chelsea and the West Village: Murray’s Bagels
Why go to the bagel store when the bagel store can come to you? Murray’s bagels, bialys, smoked fish sandwiches and Russian coffee cake are delivered free after a $9 minimum. Not hitting the limit? Add an extra side of schmear.
Delivery Radius: Multiple store locations on the West Side; check SeamlessWeb to see if you’re within range.
Delivery Cost: Free with $9 minimum.
Upper West Side (And Beyond): Murray’s Sturgeon Shop
One bagel-centric Murray’s downtown, one fish destination farther north. This Murray’s will deliver house-made cream cheese, salt-cured lox and Scottish smoked salmon, and accepts orders for immediate delivery or up to two weeks in advance.
Delivery Radius: All of Manhattan.
Delivery Cost: $5 between 57th and 120 Streets; $10 outside.
Upper West Side (And Beyond): Café Lalo
Decadent breakfasters might want to start the morning with an apple-walnut tart, sour cream Russian coffee cake, or fresh-baked Gruyere quiche.
Delivery Radius: Anywhere in Manhattan, though prices vary.
Delivery Cost: From $7 on the Upper West Side to as much as $17 all the way downtown. Check website for details. 212- 496-6031
Manhattan-Wide: Russ and Daughters
When only the best smoked fish will do, Russ and Daughters will deliver nova, sable, and Scottish salmon to your door, along with bagels or bialys and why-wait-til-dessert babka and rugelach.
Delivery Radius: Anywhere in Manhattan.
Delivery Cost: $20 minimum; on weekends, $25 delivery charge. 212-475-4880
‘Wichcraft happily wraps and delivers its excellent fried egg sandwiches, stone-ground grits, and steel-cut oatmeal.
Delivery Radius: Varies with location. Enter your address here to see if you’re within range.
Delivery Cost: Free with $10 minimum within range, $10 fee outside range.
And For The Champagne: Wakozi
If you didn’t remember the champagne last night for the mimosas this morning, enter your address at Wakozi.com—like the SeamlessWeb for alcohol delivery. Wakozi will list all the local wine shops, bodegas, and liquor stores that deliver to your area, free of charge; check out who’s got the Veuve Cliquot and place your order right on the site. And if you managed to forget the OJ, Wakozi lists your local deli’s non-alcoholic offerings, too.