Valentine’s Day is the second-busiest holiday for restaurants, behind only Mother’s Day. The National Restaurant Association reports that in 2013 more than a quarter of American adults enjoyed a romantic dinner out, spending an estimated $3,9 billon. The numbers for this year are expected to follow suit.
Here are is a small sampling of special Valentine Day offerings:
Ruth's Chris Steak House is offering a special Valentine's Day Surf & Turf menu. In addition to Ruth's Chris signature steaks, guests can enjoy the Twin Cold Water Lobster Tails with a choice of Filet ($47.95) or Ribeye ($57.95). Ruth's Classics, which start at $42.95, are also available—a complete meal with starter, entrée, personal side dish, and dessert.
- Tryst, located just outside of Boston in Arlington, MA, offers a special three-course prix-fixe menu, created by executive chef and owner Paul Turano. Specials including Duck & Kabocha Tart, Cioppino, Bucatini Carbonara and Beef Short Rib, as well as desserts such as Baked Apple Dumpling, Chocolate Brownie Bread Pudding, and Italian Bignè. The special menu is priced at$45 per person (pp), with an optional $25 wine pairing.
- Ristorante Olivio, also in Arlington, seduces with a $65 pp three-course menu created by executive chef and owner Angelo DiGirolamo. Dinner begins with starters such as Prosecco Risotto with lobster meat, roasted fennel, tomatoes, and parmigiano or Shrimp Cocktail di Gamberoni. The main course includes a classic Manzo, 8-oz. beef tenderloin topped with oyster butter, red wine sauce, served with rosemary roasted potatoes and asparagus, and Chicken Rollettine, stuffed with asparagus, prosciutto and mozzarella, and finished with a Marsala wine sauce and roasted vegetables. The meal ends with a selection of house desserts.
New York City and environs
- Alobar, found just outside NYC in trendy Long Island City, is heralding its nose-to-tail cuisine and large whiskey selection with a romantic three-course menu, five whiskey flights, and a Founders Brew Tap Takeover with suggested beer pairings. Starters are Beet Salad, Lobster Ravioli, or Loaded Potato Gnocchi. Entrée options are Mushroom Toast; Skate with melted leeks, chorizo, mussels, and soubise; and NY Strip with caramelized onions, fingerlings, gorgonzola, and horseradish cream. Chocolate Cake with red velvet sauce finishes the meal.
- Crescent Grill, in nearby Dutch Kills, has two seatings for those seeking a romatic interlude. The three-course tasting menu—spolighting the restaurant’s seasonal American fare—with champagne toast costs $85 pp. First-course offerings are Pan Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Slow Poached Hen Egg, and Wild Mushroom Tartlet. Second course selections include Butter-Poached Lobster, Braised Colorado Lamb Shank, and Braised Veal Cheeks. Featured desserts include Chocolate Pistachio Dome, Vanilla Panna Cotta, and Port Poached Bosc Pear.
- Bell Book & Candle, in Greenwich Village, offers a prix-fixe menu for individuals ($75 pp) or couples ($200 per, with a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck champagne included). The seven-course menu features Marinaed Tuna, Roasted Celery Root Soup, Lobster Taco, Warm Burrata with Wilted Lettuce, Seared Diver Scallop, Roasted Long Island Duck Breast, and “Sweet Happy Endings.”
- 508 Gastro Brewery also in the Village, offers a beer lovers menu, created by Chef Jennifer Hill. The gastro pub’s $75 four-course prix-fixe Valentine menu includes a complementary glass of sparkling wine or housemade beer. The second course is for sharing, and guests can choose from Kale & Artichoke Parmesan Dip, Flatbread Pizza, or Salmon Tartare. Entrée include Creekstone Farms Shortrib, Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops, Half Roasted Chicken, Lobster, Rock Shrimp Pappardelle, and Truffled Mushroom Tagliatelle.