Well, contrary to what I've read here on some posts and other food sites, I found that many restaurants were not fully booked on February 14. I'm of the conclusion now that people seem to be booking and talking about the same 12 restaurants, plus or minus, over and over again. Restaurants like Babbo, Gramercy Tavern, Craft, Blue Hill, Bouley, Daniel, are consistently booked all the time and IMO it's getting tiresome to just eat at those places, however good they may be. There's lots of wonderful, delicious food to be had at other restaurants and cafes and IMO we need to support many of them in these times and not just frequent the usual suspects as mentioned above.
For example, yesterday afternoon (Feb 14) I stopped in for coffee & pastry at Cafe Mozart on West 70th Street. The place is very cute and has a European vibe to it (along with free Internet access). They were offering a prix fixe Valentine's Day dinner that looked appealing. Of course it's not gourmet or trendy. I thought, "Yes, let's get out of the mindset to keep going to the same ole, same ole." Cafe Mozart is just a example of mine. In my mind NYC is big and offers a huge assortment of choices.