When Morning Comes

Take advantage of the long Valentine's weekend

By now, most dinner reservations for Valentine's Day are long gone. But thanks to a fortuitous calendar arrangement, this year's day of romance falls on a long weekend.

Extend your wooing through Sunday night and into Monday morning by booking a room at one of these hotels and making a breakfast date. Or skip the sleepover and just show up the next morning–it's almost as good as room service.

The Ace Hotel Squeeze in at The Breslin, if only for the plush pumpkin pancakes, fixed with a fast-melting scoop of chile butter and candied pecans. The savory-inclined should go big with the mammoth grilled-cheese sandwich: Layered with house-smoked ham and an egg, it makes good on chef April Bloomfield's artery-clogging reputation. 20 W. 29th St. (between Fifth Ave. and Broadway); 212-679-2222 or acehotel.com

The Jane Rowdy nights at this West Village hotel have drawn incensed reactions from neighbors, but its tranquil morning demeanor is ideal for lazy lingering. Stretch out over espresso and the paper at Café Gitane (pictured), the sophomore outpost of the Nolita original. Croissants arrive fresh from Balthazar, and baked eggs with smoked salmon and cream complete the indulgence. 113 Jane St. (at West Side Highway); 212-924-6700 or thejanenyc.com

The Standard Following a glitzy overnight at this architectural stunner, head down to the bright dining room for simple, artfully executed fare. Share a grapefruit half–its juices pooled beneath a brûlée'd sugar sheath–before delving into perfectly poached eggs; sop up their sea salt and olive oil coating with thick slices of country toast. 848 Washington St. (at W. 13th St.); 212-645-4100 or thestandard.com

Gramercy Park Hotel Danny Meyer's Maialino draws nearly as steady a crowd in the morning as it does for dinner, but anyone who has even one bite of the porchetta and fried-egg sandwich will understand the rush. While the kitchen is all over the current breakfast memes (boutique coffee from Four Barrel; a requisite olive oil-based pastry), other eclectic dishes–including poached eggs with tripe–keep this experience ahead of the curve. 2 Lexington Ave. (at 21st St.); 212-777-2410 or gramercyparkhotel.com