With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, you may be feeling that sense of dread that comes with trying to plan the perfect romantic evening. Well, cut it out; this is supposed to be a happy occasion.
To make your life easier, here are some of the best prix fixe and special menus being prepared throughout Westchester this February 14. (All you have to do is make the reservation.)
Peekskill’s favorite craft beer hall and restaurant will be offering a four-course prix fixe menu for just $40. The meal starts with either shrimp or oysters, moves on to your choice of salads, and an entrée of tarragon leek salmon or steak with mushrooms and onions. For dessert, it’s impossible to go wrong when the choices are decadent chocolate fudge cake or Birdsall’s famous bread pudding.
Boro6 loves V-Day so much they couldn’t even contain it to Wednesday night. They’ll be offering their holiday menu both on Valentine’s and the preceding Saturday (February 10). Enjoy an amuse bouche, charcuterie boards, burrata, salads, soups, and desserts, all amongst the smooth jazz of the Augie Haas Trio.
For $85 per person, The Cookery is whipping up a tantiziling three-course menu. Starters like heirloom meatballs, duck tongue, octopus, and shaved cauliflower salad are followed by mains such as ravioli, fish, wild boar lasagna, and duck or ribeye for two. Desserts include choice of grilled persimmon & cream, chocolate polenta, sticky date cake, and a mysterious creation described only as “stickabutta pie milkshake.”
Reserve a table online, or call 914.305.2336
Right on Main Street, Dubrovnik is offering a special two-person prix fixe dinner, serving up Croatian fare with Valentine’s flare. Appetizers range from a half-dozen oysters with champagne mignonette to veal risotto slow cooked for eight hours. Mains include turbot, bass, Branzino, chicken, duck, veal, and even a dry-aged sirloin, while dessert grants you your choice of chocolate lava cake, cheesecake, apple strudel, and palaÄinke (Croatian crepes).
For those of you who’d to make Valentine’s a full night on the town, Empire City Casino is offering up a bevy of dining and entertainment options. Nonno’s Trattoria will have a special three-course meal for lovers of soup/salad, surf’n’turf, and cannoli cake at just $80 per couple. Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub will also boast two separate offers: soup/salad followed by Chateaubriand for two for $75 per couple, or seafood delight for only $45 per person. Both end with a decadent “Chocolate Lover’s Box” of dipped strawberries, truffles, and snowball cake.
After (or before) dinner, try your luck at any of the casino’s 5300 machines, or check out a free doo-wop performance by sisters Twin Gold in the Entertainment Lounge, or a comedy show that evening headlined by comic Bonnie McFarlane. (Comedy tickets are normally $25, but if you sign up for the casino’s free Empire Club you can drop that to just $5.)
For dining reservations call 914.457.2457.
This year Equus’ prix fixe menu includes champagne cured strawberry salad with aged goat camembert and vinaigrette, celery root bisque, or Nantucket Bay scallops ceviche, followed by filet mignon, halibut, grilled jumbo prawn, or handcrafted porcini ravioli, and a dessert of either port poached Hudson Valley apple or flourless chocolate cake with quince and champagne raspberry coulis. The menu is $95 for two, or $130 if you’d like to include wine pairing.
Sit atop the Ritz-Carlton tower in White Plains and enjoy spectacular views of Manhattan and the Hudson Valley while dining on a fabulous $125 six-course tasting menu of fresh ingredients prepared by Chef Anthony Goncalves and his team. The meal includes a tasting plate of three “snacks,” four mains from either the traditional (black cod, squash agnolotti, petit filet mignon, hamachi) or vegan menus (Japanese eggplant, slow-cooked beet, butternut squash ravioli, celery root with yuzu marmalade), before finishing out the evening with a classic chocolate mousse.
Reservations can be made online at kanopi.world/valentine
Speaking of te Ritz-Carlton, enjoy cocktails and dinner by the fireplace in the Lounge for only $65 per person. Appetizers will be a choice of lobster bisque or pink peppercorn crusted yellowfin tuna, which precede an entrée of either chateaubriand with a Romanesco and bordelaise reduction or applewood bacon wrapped scallops and ancho barbecue sauce. Dinner includes dessert as well as a glass of Lamberti Prosecco and a single red rose.
For reservations call 914.467.5717 at least 48 hours in advance.
Executive Chef Ethan Kostbar has crafter a three-course prix fix menu where $85 each grabs you an appetizer like local Blue Point oysters of fois gras, entrees like grilled salmon or thick-cut pork chop, and desserts such as Meyer lemon cheesecake and passion fruit crème brulée. (Plus an amuse bouche of a black truffle mac’n’cheese fritter.)
For reservations go online or call 914.730.0001
Incoming chef John Poiarkoff has has teamed up with sommelier Danny Roosevelt to craft a delightful prix fixe menu at $95 per person. For an extra $65 start with a half-dozen oysters and half-bottle of champagne, or skip straight to a first course of scallops, beef tartare, chicories, or foie gras. Follow that up with agnolotti, quinoa, or linguini and then fluke, pork loin, or dry-aged ribeye before dessert.
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Trust us, it’s worth hopping the border for this four-course prix fixe menu. $85 per person is a little pricier than some of the other options on this list, but it’s well worth the difference. The first course is salade of Serrano ham, figs, radishes, and heirloom carrots or chilled Kumomoto oysters with wasabi sorbet, green apple, and smoked trout roe. This is followed by lemon sole or tuna, and then duck breast with rose-honey, celeriac, lingonberries, and dandelion greens or lamb “triad” with butternut squash, spinach, and port wine. Finish it all up with a dark chocolate Napoleon or choux au Crauelin: vanilla Chantilly, hazelnut mousseline, and passion fruit diplomat.
Executive Chef Pete Kelly has crafted another marvelous $85 per person three-course supper this Valentine’s Day. The first course features dishes such as crepe of shellfish, homemade pasta, and black truffle and scallion risotto. The second highlights entrées like honey-and-sake glazed salmon, roast duckling, or rack of Berkshire pork with cranberry mostarda. Finally, end your meal with desserts including chocolate dariole, a passion fruit sabayon tart, and red velvet cake made with mascarpone frosting and rum crème anglaise.
Last alphabetically but never in our hearts, Yonker’s namesake craft brewery and restaurant is serving up a special three-course St. Valentine’s Menu from the 14th straight through Friday night. Starters include either beer-steamed clams with pesto, radicchio and endive salad with pears and lemon dressing, or goat cheese with honey and walnuts over a bed of baby field greens. Mains will consist of boneless braised short ribs with prosciutto wrapped asparagus and cauliflower puree, seared cod with roasted baby carrots and rosemary roasted potatoes, and chicken breast with prosciutto and peppers and balsamic truffle drizzle, maple acorn squash, and roasted baby kale and apples. You can end your meal with a chocolate-strawberry crepe, honey beer panna cotta with strawberries, or chocolate bread pudding with a chocolate and red wine reduction. All of this comes in at just $32.99 per person.