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Make Your Valentine’s Day Dinner Date Extra Special at These Restaurants

An amazing meal never gets old, especially when the restaurant has a special prix-fixe menu for Valentine’s Day. Make your reservation and call the sitter for a night out at one of these spots! 1776...

REBECCA FERRIER PHOTOGRAPHY / BATTELLO

An amazing meal never gets old, especially when the restaurant has a special prix-fixe menu for Valentine’s Day. Make your reservation and call the sitter for a night out at one of these spots!

1776 by David Burke

67 East Park Pl., Morristown 973-829-1776

1776 by David Burke featuring Topgolf Swing Suite is a hip place to take your Valentine. There will be Valentine’s Day specials for lunch and dinner featuring treats like love letter pasta, filet mignon Steak Diane or miso-honey Chilean sea bass. For dessert, try a tin can cake for two: chocolate sauce, vanilla gelato, and a bit of whipped cream.

618 Restaurant

618 Park Ave., Freehold 732-577-0001

Each of the four courses on the menu comes with its own suggested complimentary wine tasting. Start with pear and marscapone sachetti pasta, crispy pork belly, or tuna tartare. The second course is burrata, baby greens salad, or short rib ravioli. Next up is a dry-aged NY strip steak, local scallops, or halibut. Finish with pistachio olive oil cake, carrot cake, or chocolate decadence mousse.

Avenue

23 Ocean Ave., Long Branch 732-759-2900

While this upscale French bistro on the beach is open year-round, many come out to hang at its beach club, nightclub, and bar in warmer weather. Tease your senses with a grilled octopus starter, then choose an appetizer like a mushroom tart. Steak frites or duck confit are just two of the fine entrees offered. Cap off the night with black currant creme brulee for dessert.

Battello

502 Washington Blvd., Jersey City 201-798-1798

Take in views of the Hudson while savoring an Instaworthy meal. The seafood tower is teeming with oysters, clams, shrimp, crab, tuna tartare, and lobster. Or, open up your appetite with Thumbelina carrots with candied sesame seeds and pickled onions. Share a “Lady & The Tramp” dinner moment with the mafalde cacio e pepe. Entrees include chipotle-grilled eggplant and fennel-crusted pork chop.

BLU ON THE HUDSON

Blu on the Hudson

1200 Harbor Blvd., Weehawken 201-636-1200

This beautifully designed modern American restaurant has breathtaking views of Manhattan’s skyline. The seafood and steak-centric Valentine’s Day four-course menu includes choices of sushi or steak tartare, Spanish octopus or spicy shrimp, wild mushroom agnolotti or prime boneless ribeye, whole branzino or Maine lobster fra diavolo, all with optional wine pairings.

Brick Lane Curry House

136 Newark Ave., Jersey City 201-402-4950

Brick Lane can’t fully promise to bring the spice back to your relationship, but they can deliver on romancing those taste buds with curry options like Jalfrezi; medium-spiced tomato curry with stir-fried onions, bell peppers, and tomato, Madras; medium to hot gravy tempered with mustard seeds, curry leaves, and finished with coconut milk, Vindaloo; a fiery combination of freshly roasted ground spices and condiments from Goa, cooked with potatoes, and of course, the excruciating Phaal Curry; composed of some of the hottest peppers in the world.

STAFF PHOTO / Brunchaholics Seafood Gumbo and Grits

Brunchaholics

1200 Haddonfield Rd., Cherry Hill 856-330-4857

Known for its awesome brunches, Brunchaholics will instead turn up the heat at night, offering a four-course dinner of appetizers, entree, salad, and dessert. Classic dishes include jerk salmon cheesesteak, seafood gumbo, pot pie, wings, and turkey burger.

Calandra’s Il Vecchio Café

234 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell 973-226-8889

Show how much you love her by ordering Mama E’s Meatballs, polenta with beef Bolognese, eggplant with ricotta salata, bucatini with porcini mushrooms, vegetarian flatbread, Panzanella salad, grilled filet mignon, mahi-mahi, or duck breast.

Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill

118 Rte. 46 East, Fairfield 973-575-6500

You and your love can share two arancini stuffed with meat and peas, eggplant served over sauteed spinach, cavatelli and broccoli, fusilli primavera, jumbo lump crab cakes, or linguini with chicken and pignoli nuts. Go simple with a cheeseburger or pizza or go fancy with lightly battered shrimp in a sundried tomato lemon butter sauce or pan-seared grouper served with peppers and onions in a light white wine tomato broth.

Char-Khol

38 South St., Freehold 732-780-2427

This new two-floor steakhouse is a romantic setting for a four-course dinner. Starting with housemade ricotta, charred octopus, or margherita pizza; continuing with a wedge salad or seafood platter; choosing salmon, short rib gnocchi, scallops, or cacio e pepe for your entree; adding on mac and cheese, creamed spinach, or garlic mashed potato; and finishing up with gelato, bread pudding, or s’mores cake. You can also order from the Butcher’s Block, which has a cowboy ribeye, filet, or NY strip steak cooked how you like it.

Charm Thai Montclair

600 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair 973-783-3800

If you are craving Thai food, you can get an appetizer like kanom jeeb or a curry puff; followed by pad thai, curry, fried rice, or basil kapow for dinner; and finish it off with strawberry mochi or chocolate lava cake.

City Perch Kitchen + Bar

2023 Hudson St., Fort Lee 201-582-7101

This resto is the concept of Chef Sherry Yard, a James Beard Award-winning chef (you might recognize her from Food Network) and is just downstairs from the super lux iPic movie theater, where you can savor signature cocktails and apps during a film. Start with oysters on the half shell, followed by root vegetable bisque, filet and lobster, and then pannacotta. You can add Champagne features to toast to your love.

HARD ROCK CASINO & HOTEL ATLANTIC CITY / Council Oak Steaks & Seafood

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood

Hard Rock Casino & Resort, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City 609-449-1000

The menu offers USDA prime cuts of beef, seafood selections, and more prepared by Council Oak’s chefs on the state-of-the-art J&R wood fire grills and Josper coal ovens. Order oysters, persimmon and burrata salad, Josper roasted salmon, coffee-encrusted ribeye, Chateaubriand, and wood-fired turbo with crab and lobster stuffing. Dessert options include Saint Valentine’s grand torte, rich red velvet cake, NY cheesecake, and chocolate mousse.

Cucina Calandra

216 Rte. 46 East, Fairfield 973-575-7720

Italian favorites include mozzarella in carrozza, fried calamari, pizzas and flatbreads, red snapper fillet, melon salad, baked sole, rigatoni alla vodka, chicken parmigiana, and pork chops.

Cuzin’s Seafood & Clam Bar

130 S. Main St., Marlboro 732-780-2526 78 Albany St., New Brunswick 732-979-2141

With a Jersey meets NY meets Miami vibe, either restaurant will be a beautiful spot to take your date. The seafood is fresh, the meat is aged, and the cocktails are specialty-crafted. If you’d like to share a meal, the 56-ounce tomahawk steak or surf-and-turf are good options. The brownie skillet is perfect for dessert.

DaRosario

31 E. Main St., Freehold 732-845-5440

The Soulmate Menu features Towers of Love (mozzarella, breaded eggplant, tomatoes, and roasted peppers). escarole with cannellini beans, and a seafood salad. Course Two options are heart-shaped cheese ravioli in a four-cheese sauce, sexy risotto a diablo, and passionate pollo sauteed chicken breast. For dessert, top off your meal with heart-shaped Nutella pizza, tiramisu, or red velvet cake.

Delta’s

19 Dennis St., New Brunswick 732-249-1551

This spot is all about comfort and soul food. Start with Southern specialties like peach BBQ ribs, catfish fingers, or soulfolk dumplings. For your main, try the southern fried chicken or fried whiting over jambalaya grits. Share banana pudding or sweet potato pie for dessert and toast to an evening well spent.


Driftwood Cabana Club, 1485 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright 732-530-9760

In addition to its custom-made lobster tanks and oyster spas on display in the dining room, there is now a market-style seafood case stocked with fresh selections displayed on ice where you can select your own “from-the-sea” seafood. On Valentine’s Day, celebrate with an a la carte menu from this coastal Italian-Mediterranean locale.

Ebbitt Room

25 Jackson St., Cape May 609-884-5700

February 14 Executive Chef Jason Hanin trained at The Culinary Institute of America in NY. Check out the raw bar menu for starters. If you prefer something from the oven, ask about the rabbit cavatelli, rainbow trout, or braised lamb shank. Pumpkin cheesecake or sweet ricotta doughnuts are enough for both of you to sample!

FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR

Fleming’s Steakhouse & Prime Wine Bar

500 North Route 73 N, #1, Marlton 856-988-1351

90 The Promenade, Edgewater 201-313-9463

Surprise your Valentine with more than chocolates this year. The extensive menu starts with sweet chili calamari, seared pork belly, or signature onion rings. After having a market salad or lobster bisque, choose from USDA Prime Cuts of ribeye steaks, a bone-in filet mignon, or NY Strip accompanied by diablo shrimp, crispy maitake mushroom, or truffle-poached lobster. You and your partner can share surf & turf or stay on land with a double breast of chicken or roasted portobello & cauliflower steak. For dessert, share bananas foster brioche bread pudding, chocolate gooey butter cake, or carrot cake.

The Frog and The Peach

29 Dennis St., New Brunswick 732-846-3216

Dinner appetizers include chestnut and ricotta gnocchi, crispy pig ears, roasted bone marrow, or Za’atar spiced flatbread. Entrees include cacio e pepe, grilled shrimp ragout, Long Island crescent duck breast, and a 14-ounce veal chop. Top it off with a quince crumb cake, peach sorbet with pizelle, or a chocolate tasting.

DAVID BURKE HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT / Love In A Can

THE GOAT By David Burke

1411 Rte. 36, Union Beach 732-264-5222

This playful Italian-American bistro with a menu that centers around a custom wood-burning oven has a fun and neighborly vibe decorated with amusing goat-themed original artwork. Valentine’s Day will feature a special three-course prix fixe menu or a la carte dishes. Day and receive 14% off the bill!

Gordon Ramsay’s Steak

Harrah’s Atlantic City, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City 609-441-5000

This oceanside casino and hotel is a fun and romantic choice for Valentine’s Day. Head to Gordon Ramsay Steak where English pub meets contemporary flair. After a trilogy of seafood tartare, enjoy a prosecco course, then mushroom risotto or chateaubriand for two. Dessert options are melted chocolate souffle and strawberry ginger salad.

GRAIN & CANE

Grain & Cane

250 Connell Dr., Berkeley Heights 908-897-1920

Couples looking for a nice, romantic meal together can sit down for a prix fixe menu including East Coast roasted oysters or Casarecce, seared Barnegat Bay scallops or dry-aged Crescent Farm duck, and grilled chocolate cake or assorted pastries. Holiday cocktails feature La Marca Prosecco D.O.C.G, Whiskey Smash, and Brooklyn Cosmo.

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Halifax

225 River St., Hoboken 201-253-2500

Halifax is located along Hoboken’s scenic waterfront, so you know this will be a romantic spot, overlooking the water and NYC. Executive Chef Seadon Shouse and Chef de Cuisine Daniel Drexler create a menu that highlights seasonal seafood, but there will be vegetarian options or steak for meat-lovers.

Harvest Moon Brewery

392 George St., New Brunswick 732-249-6666

Daily specials include pork osso bucco, crab and spinach dip, polenta nuggets, and minestrone soup. Some of the chef’s favorites include chicken schnitzel and spaetzle, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and pad thai. Discuss your love while chowing down on Brunswick wings, loaded potato dippers, or jumbo soft pretzel braids. There are dozens of burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas on the menu, too.

Haven

2 Main St., Ste. G, Edgewater 201-943-1900

Boasting New York City views, Haven is known for its contemporary American fare. The regular menu includes pretzel-crusted fried calamari or burrata & heirloom tomato salad, filet mignon or skirt steak, and seafood risotto or roasted duck. There’s a special menu with options for vegans and vegetarians too: sweet potato croquettes, crispy edamame dumplings, or plant-based “meatballs” and linguini. Save room for the dessert tasting for two: sample portions of white chocolate cheesecake, caramel apple tartlettes, hazelnut chocolate mousse, and key lime pie.

HARD ROCK CASINO & HOTEL ATLANTIC CITY / Kuro

Kuro

Hard Rock Casino & Resort, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City 609-449-1000

The restaurant specializes in contemporary artisanal dishes using locally sourced and imported ingredients directly from Japan. Menu items include fresh sushi, sashimi, and hand rolls, premium A5 Japanese Wagyu Beef, a variety of Robata Charcoal Grill skewers, and desserts. Dishes are divided into five sections based on the five basic tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami. On Valentine’s Day, there will be special His and Her Land & Sea items, plus the pastry team will make a special, surprise dessert.

Laurita Winery

85 Archertown Rd., New Egypt 609-752-0200

Wine and dine your Valentine with a four-course dinner on either February 10 or 14. Courses include farfalle pasta, grilled chicken Caesar salad, macadamia crusted salmon, filet mignon, and cauliflower steak. Finish with vanilla bean panna cotta and add on a selection of Laurita’s own wines.

The Mathis House

600 Main St., Toms River 732-818-7580

This gorgeous Victorian tea room will offer two afternoon seatings of a full Victorian tea, including soup, salad, scones, tea sandwiches, and desserts. At night, come back for a Great Gatsby Jazz Night complete with dinner and dancing.

The Melting Pot

584 Rte. 38, Maple Shade 856-499-5914

2 Bridge Ave., Red Bank 732-845-6536

250 Center Ave., Westwood 201-664-8877

Melted cheese and chocolate - does it get any better than that? This favored fondue spot is great for Valentine’s Day, where you can share veggies, meat options, and dessert dipped in a selection of hot creamy dips.

POOJA SHAH / Chile en Nogada

Meximodo Cocino Mexicana & Tequila Bar

5 Pearl St., Metuchen 732-395-7767

Fire up your Valentine’s Day with some spicy Mexican food - but don’t stop there: the newly opened restaurant has the largest selection of tequila and agave in the country. Appetizers include queso fundido with candied pumpkin seeds, chilaquiles (aka Mexican lasagna), Coconut Tiger’s Milk ceviche, and a variety of guacamole. The tacos come three per order and range from chicken and steak to roasted cauliflower and jicama. The Chef’s Favorite entree is pollo con mole: adobo-marinated roasted chicken with mole poblano sauce. The dessert menu includes chipotle chocolate lava cake, corn flan, and churros.

Molto Wood Burning Bistro

130 S. Main St., Marlboro 732-414-1293

Special dinner items include polpo al carbone (charred Spanish octopus), burrata e caponatina (panko breaded burrata), fettucine Bolognese, and a special Nutella pizza for dessert.

Ninety Acres

200 Natirar Dr., Peapack 908-901-9500; call 908-901-4710 for parties of 7 or more

Valentine’s Day will feature a three-course prix fixe menu, which includes amuse bouche and a take-home treat from the Pastry Team.

NUNZIO BY CHEF MICHAEL DeLONE

Nunzio By Chef Michael DeLone

706 Haddon Ave., Collingswood 856-858-9840

Have dinner while imagining yourself in a piazza in Italy. The special Valentine’s Day menu includes a potato croquette, chilled seafood, black & white truffle gnocchi, 32-ounce bone-in ribeye topped with crab and shrimp, and millefoglie (puff pastry with custard and strawberry compote). Options on the a la carte menu include charred octopus, pear salad, housemade fennel sausage, white and black truffle gnocchi, squid ink spaghetti arrabbiata, Kurobuta pork chop, roasted chicken piccata, and roasted carrots with gorgonzola and spiced nuts. The dessert menu includes zeppoli, chocolate torte, cannoli, and salted caramel budino.

The Olde Mill Inn

225 Rte. 202, Basking Ridge 908-221-1150

This restaurant has a ton of history—it’s been around since the 18th century. Savor apps like organic red lentil soup or mini taro chip tacos, go light with a seasonal salad or a harvest bowl. Mains include free-range turkey burger, all-natural Griggstown Farm chicken, and a 10-ounce bistro steak.

The Perch at Peacock Inn

20 Bayard Ln., Princeton 609-924-1707

The Perch is a great place for afternoon tea, but the restaurant is a beautiful place for dinner. If you’d like to share the tomahawk, it’s big enough for two. If you prefer individual entrees, try the scallops, halibut, or Creole cauliflower confit. Start the meal with smoked tomato bisque, crudite, or oysters on the half-shell.

Pop’s Corner

500 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant 732-892-1700

The breakfast and brunch spot at the Jersey Shore will open for a special V-Day dinner, with an exclusive menu that features French onion soup, lobster bisque, Caesar salad, raspberry walnut salad, crab cakes, spinach dip, stuffed mushrooms, arancini, short rib, pasta with chicken, stuffed chicken, stuffed snapper, surf ‘n’ turf, filet, Chef Izzy’s chocolate cake, apple pie, and cheesecake.

RAT’S RESTAURANT

Rat’s Restaurant

16 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton 609-584-7800

A premier French restaurant located on the 42-acre Grounds for Sculpture campus, Rat’s Restaurant provides a romantic escape for Valentine’s Day, especially if you go to see the Infinite Wave: Night Form exhibit after dinner.

Red Horse by David Burke

26 Ridge Rd., Rumson 732-576-3400

27 Minebrook Rd., Bernardsville 908-766-0002

This modern American steakhouse with an Asian twist is located in the romantic, historic building that once housed the legendary Fromagerie. The kitchen is where Chef Burke began his star-studded career as a teen as a line cook while a CIA student. The super chic, equine art-filled setting serves up a NYC-level dining experience in its bar/lounge, main dining room, and sushi bar loft.

Roots Steakhouse

Morristown, Princeton (Ocean Prime), Ridgewood, Summit

Roots is an old-fashioned New York-style steakhouse whose name comes from the iconic Roots clothing store, which was the location of the first Roots Steakhouse in Summit in 2006. The vault that held all of the mink coats still remains a part of the location. If you head there for Valentine’s Day, you can expect USDA aged prime beef sourced from the highest quality ranches in the Midwest. There are lots of options for appetizers, salads, steaks, vegetarian options, a raw bar, seafood, and sides.

Ruocco’s Restaurant

345 Rte. 9, Manalapan 732-851-5359

For a Valentine’s Day special, how about twin lobster tails, sautéed spinach, and fondant potatoes with a side of drawn butter? This is a neighborhood favorite, family-owned and -operated.

SAFFRON REDBANK MODERN INDIAN DINING

Saffron Redbank Modern Indian Dining

21 W. Front St., Red Bank 732-230-6700

Open up your appetite with sweet potato chat or a mix of potato and jalapeno samosas. Try the tandoor chicken or lamb, the various paneer (cheese) dishes, and the biryani (rice). Have a smokin’ hot time with the smoking kulfi - the homemade ice cream pops are served on a carousel that becomes smoky from dry ice. There are lots of vegetarian options on the menu. For Valentine’s Day specifically, order from a specially curated 3-course menu designed by Executive Chef Abhishek Patil.

SALT CREEK GRILLE

Salt Creek Grille

4 Bingham Ave., Rumson 732-933-9272

1 Rockingham Row, Princeton 609-419-4200

Go casual with soup, salad, or a burger, or class it up with an array of sushi and sashimi. Or, opt for the special Bubbles, Charcuterie & Three-Course Meal that’s exclusive for the 14th and includes options like white cheddar mac and cheese, lobster bisque, chicken florentine, oscar-style petite filet mignon, and butter cake.

SATIS BISTRO

Sátis Bistro

212 Washington St., Jersey City 201-435-5151

Couples love this spot for its small plates and modern Italian fare. Enjoy tasty love-filled treats from February 14-18, such as watercress and beet salad, roasted grape ricotta, picante pizza, a cheese or meat board, arancini (rice balls), crispy octopus, or chicken pomodoro. Larger plates offered include lamb chops, a Tuscan strip steak, or mixed grill. There is also an array of pasta made in-house. Treat yourself to a wine flight or mixed cocktail. The “Dolce” menu is chock full of sweetness, including tiramisu cheesecake, homemade doughnuts, and affogato.

Stone House at Stirling Ridge

50 Stirling Rd., Warren 908-754-1222

This spot has the same owners as Liberty House Restaurant (Jersey City), Ryland Inn (Whitehouse Station), and Hotel du Village (New Hope, PA). Start your meal with crab dip, chicken liver mousse, butternut squash soup, or other farm-to-fork favorites. Since it’s couples’ night, order the tomahawk steak or salt-crusted whole branzino, both made for two people. The meal ends with a selection from decadent desserts including raspberry tart and tiramisu.

VENTANAS

VENTANAS Restaurant and Lounge

200 Park Ave., Fort Lee 201-583-4777

Ventanas will be offering a 4-course prix-fixe menu, along with a complimentary glass of champagne. Menu highlights include salmon tartare, duck croquettes, beef filet tostones, lamb rack, lobster risotto, chocolate ganache cake, and chocolate-covered strawberries.

Whispers

200 Monmouth Ave., Spring Lake 732-974-9755

The First Course Menu features a lobster crepe, mozzarella burrata, and ancho grilled jumbo shrimp. The Second Course Menu is an organic baby arugula salad. The stars of the Main Course Menu are grilled shrimp, pan-seared salmon filet, roasted rack of lamb, and center-cut filet mignon. Dessert is the kicker: have warm apple strudel or the ultimate cookie cake or try a frozen dessert like coppa spagnola (vanilla gelato with an Amarena cherry sauce) or Nutty Almond Joy (toasted coconut center topped with milk chocolate and almond crumbs).

BIZTRO HOSPITALITY / Zinna’s Bistro

Zinna’s Bistro

10 Cedarbrook Dr., Cranbury 609-860-9600

This cute and elegant family-owned and -operated Italian restaurant will serve an intimate dinner for you and your loved one. Start with special options like mushroom barley soup, sun-dried salad, or burrata fritta; then order pretzel chicken, pan-seared scallops, or surf-n-turf. You can order off the regular menu as well.

Make your Valentine's Day dinner date unforgettable at one of these incredible restaurants. From upscale French bistros to playful Italian-American bistros, there's a perfect spot for every couple. Enjoy a romantic, delicious meal and create lasting memories with your loved one.

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