Two weeks until Valentine’s Day. If you procrastinate like I do. There’s no need to worry. We’ve compiled not one, not two, but three lists of restaurants that are offering memorable Valentine’s Day menus. So get off your behind, pick up that phone and make those resos.
Abboccato: 136 West 55th Street – Central Park South/Midtown - This year, Abboccato will feature a special four-course valentine’s day menu with mozzarella in Carrozza, crispy mozzarella and brioche served with a salad of arugula, speck, walnuts, moscato-truffle vinaigrette, and much more. The menu costs $70 per person or $100 when paired with select Italian Wines.
Benares - 45 Murray Street – World Trade Center/Tribeca - Chef Peter Beck of the newly opened Benares in Tribeca will present a lush 4 course Indian menu on Valentine’s Day, comprised of regional seafood, vegetarian, and meat specialties from the 28 states of India at $45 per person. Dishes will include duck Pantra (duck breast crepe marinated in ginger, garlic, and spices), Cheema Thenga (marinated jumbo prawns simmered in coconut milk), and an assortment of Indian Sweets.
Hakkasan – 311 W 43rd St- Theater District/Port Authority - Hakkasan will be offering a 7- course prix fixe dinner for $98 per person, which includes a glass of rosé champagne. Featured menu items includes a steamed dim sum platter (nothing says love like dumplings), seared scallops with Nashi pear and sweet mango, and Kurobuta pork with aged vinegar sauce. You and your sweetheart can enjoy a chocolate orange with dark chocolate mousse, blood orange, marshmallows, and chocolate crumbs for dessert. The special Valentine’s Day menu will be offered in addition to the a la carte menu.
Hill Cafe – 17 Putnam Avenue – Clinton Hill – Brooklyn - This French American bistro in Clinton Hill will offer a 3 course prix fixe for $30 per person from chef/owner Samuel Beket. On the menu are items like crab bisque with truffles, truffle oil and chives, a grilled rack of lamb with butter beans, kale and potato cottage, and peach crème brulee for dessert. A vegetarian option will be available upon request.
Jones Wood Foundry: 401 East 76th Street – Upper East Side - Jones Wood will be catering to both those in love and those looking for love. Their 20 seat communal table will be set for those who are unattached and still want to have an amazing meal on this day of romance. The “Couples-Free” $45 3 course menu will include succulent dishes such as an open faced lobster and ox-tail ravioli, and an herb crusted rack of lamb. Those of you who are attached need not fret. Jones Wood Foundry has reserved its candlelit dining room as couples-only environment. The Valentine’s day menu at $55 per person includes dishes such as Chef Jason Hicks’s delicious savory pies such as lamb rosemary or steak & kidney pie.
La Mar Cebicheria: 11 Madison Avenue – Madison Square Park/Flatiron - Executive Chef Victoriano Lopez has worked with famed Peruvian Chef Gaston Acurio for over 18 years. They’ve created an a la carte Peruvian feast for Valentine’s Day. The menu is seafood heavy, which means that you will be light and ready for romance. There’s nothing worse for romance than an overly full stomach. Dishes on the menu include a Cebiche classico made of fluke in leche de trigre with red onion, habaneros, and Peruvian corn. There is also lobster & Cau Cau, grilled Maine lobster, creamy rice seasoned with Peruvian Cau Cau, diced potatoes, peas, carrots, and mint.
Molyvos: 871 Seventh Avenue – Central Park South/Midtown – You may not hit up Santorini for Valentine’s Day, but you can whisk your loved one away to taste its dishes. This Valentine’s Day, Chef Jim Botsacos has put together a 3-course prix-fixe menu featuring dishes such as seared Big eye tuna with a red endive salad, pan roasted sea scallops with wild mushroom, and more. The menu costs $55 per person or $85 when paired with select Greek wines.
Palo Santo: 652 Union Street – Park Slope/Brooklyn - Chef Jacques Gautier is preparing a five course menu with meat, fish and vegetarian options. The full menu features Montauk pearl oysters, lobster tacos, artichoke hearts, and special dishes for couples to share like grass-fed Ribeye and whole grilled sea bass for two. $150 per couple (add $25 per person for wine pairings).
The Quarter: 522 Hudson St. – West Village - The Quarter’s 4 course $60 Valentine’s Day menu will transport you to the Mediterrrean and the Far East. Get started with a flat bread accompanied by house made lamb bacon, goat cheese and Brussels sprouts. Then move onto the Pork & Clams, it’s a grilled double cut pork chop with Little Neck clams, peas, and crispy garlic.
Trattoria Cinque: 363 Greenwich Street – Tribeca - Milanese Chef Mirco Grassini brings you a touch of amore this Valentine’s Day with his 4-course prix fixe menu ($60 per person, $90 with wine pairings). Some choices include calamari with spinach, lobster risotto, turbot with artichokes, and for dessert Cioccolatissimo.
January 28th, 2013