Valentine’s Day Dining Around New Jersey

Romantic table setting in New Jersey

We hope this list of restaurants offering special Valentine Day dinners inspires a wonderful night with that special someone. If we have missed your restaurant, contact us, and we will gladly add your details. 

Ama Ristorante - Driftwood Cabana Club, 1485 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright, NJ 07760 (732) 530-9760
http://www.amaristorante.com

At Ama you have only one day to declare your love and enjoy his amazing Valentine’s menu. It is available only on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. So make your reservations quickly by calling or visit opentable.com.  In addition to Ama’s nightly featured a la carte menu, here are the special items on Chef Pat’s menu of love: Cauliflower and Poached Oyster Ragu, Shaved Winter Black Truffle; Baby Burrata with Biellese Coppa, Lucky Tomato, Hot House Basil, Pickled Red Onion; Cold Water Lobster Risotto, Melted Lardo, English Peas, Pecorino Tuscano;  24-Day Dry-Aged Porterhouse (38oz) for Two, Florentine Style, PeeWee Potatoes, Baby Organic Spinach; Whole Roasted American Red Snapper for Two; Tuscan Olive Caponata, Broccoli Rabe, Purple Potatoes; Red Velvet Cake, Mascarpone Cheese Frosting.Open 5 p.m. for dinner Tuesday – Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Major Credit Cards Accepted.

BIN 14 – 1314 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030. 201-963-WINE.

http://bin14.com
Chef Anthony Pino has crafted a special menu for this evening:
Three-Course Dinner: $65 (Prices are per person and do not include taxes or gratuity).

Three seatings: 6:00 / 7:45 / 9:30
And you’ll fall in love with our Valentine’s Day Wine & Cocktail Specials – wines and specialty drinks created specifically for this occasion.
~Submitted by Veronique Deblois

Casa Giuseppe - 487 Route 27, Iselin, N.J. (732) 283-9111

http://www.casagiuseppe.com/

Enjoy a delicious, authentic Italian meal on Valentine’s Day. Some specials for the evening include Risotto Al Filetto di Manzo ($35), Arborio rice simmered with tips of filet mignon, sundried tomatoes and pignoli nuts in a light red sauce. Tagliatelle Con Gamberi ($26), Fettucine pasta tossed with Jumbo Shrimp, broccoli rabe in a sauce of oil, garlic and white whine. Lobster Ravioli ($25), Homemade heart shape ravioli filled with lobster and ricotta served with a delicate sherry wine cream sauce. Chicken Valentino ($32), Breast of chicken stuffed with roasted peppers, Portobello Mushrooms and fresh Mozzarella in a demi glaze brown sauce. Veal Scalopine Roasemary ($30), Tender medallions of veal scaloppini pan seared with hot cherry peppers, sausage, potatoes and fresh plum tomatoes in a rosemary white wine sauce. Red Snapper alla Griglia ($35), grilled filet of red snapper served with asparagus, mushrooms, finished with a honey mustard vinaigrette sauce. Filetto di Manzo Al Pepe ($35), Center cut filet mignon cursted with peppercorn and pan seared in a demi glaze brown sauce.

Finish Line Pub – at the New Jersey Motorsports Park, 8000 Dividing Creek Road, Millville. 856-327-7202
http://www.njmp.com/facility/food-beverage/finish-line-pub-millville-nj-dining.html
February 14 – 16
Bring your sweetheart for a romantic dinner at the Finish Line Pub. Ed Fahey will be providing charming music on the piano, with complimentary champagne for two and flowers for the ladies.
Pre-fixe 5 course dinner – $80 per couple
Reservations required.

Just - 2280 Route 9 South Old Bridge, NJ 08857

http://www.justrestaurantnj.com/

Appetizers: Tuna Avocado Tower; Hawaiian Big-Eye Tuna, Crispy Shallots, Lime-Ginger Ponzu; Carpaccio Tenderloin; Black Winter Truffles, Meyer Lemon Dressing, Arugula and Shaved Reggiano; Milk-Fed Veal Cheeks; White Polenta, Black Truffles, Sweet & Sour Pearl Onions, Thyme Demi ; Seafood Ceviche; Day Boat Scallops, Wild-Caught Shrimp, Passion Fruit-Orange Vinaigrette, Avocado

Just Sliders: Wagyu Beef, Foie Gras, Brioche Buns

Field of Greens; Baby Mixed Lettuce, Port-Poached Bosc Pear, Maytag Blue, Michigan Tart Cherries, Caramelized Walnut Dressing

Main Course

Atlantic Halibut

Oven-Roasted, Chive Couscous, Baby Leek & Shallot Butter Sauce

Pepper-Dusted Filet Mignon

Gorgonzola Potato Risotto, Baby Spinach Purée, Foie Gras Demi

Chilean Sea Bass

Pan-Steamed, Miso-Glazed, Shiitake Mushroom Dashi Broth, Baby Asian Vegetables.

Muscovy Breast of Duck Risotto

Arborio Rice, Mango, Pomegranate, Reggiano Cheese

Australian Loin of Lamb

Porcini Crust, Eggplant Purée, Port Rosemary Demi

Butter-Poached Lobster

* $8.00 supplement

Butternut Squash Flan, Lobster-Tarragon Nage

Dessert

Chocolate Decadence

Molten Cake, Chocolate Ganache, Chocolate-Dipped Long-Stem Strawberry

4-course prix-fixe $50 per person

does not include tax or gratuity

menu subject to change

Kuzina by Sofia – Sawmill Village 404 Rt. 70 West, Cherry Hill, NJ
856-429-1061
www.kuzinabysofia.com
This Valentine’s Day plan your special evening as you see fit. Pick Your Special Dinner Moment.
Make a dinner reservation with Kuzina by Sofia and enjoy their Special Valentine’s Dinner Celebration Menu (view the menu on the website under the ‘menu’ tab)
Four Courses for just $35.00 per person including a Special Dessert and Take Home Gift!
Available February 14 through 16.
OR
Take-Out or have delivered to your home a romantic Dinner for Two (or more.) Complete four-course Chateaubriand or Seafood Feast Dinner. $90.00 per two persons.
~submitted by Kerry Brown

Mamajuana Café Meadowlands – 875 Route 3 East, Secaucus, NJ.
201-558-1200
www.mamajuana-cafe.com
3-Course Menu with Champagne Toast – $65 per person.
Menu features Seafood Bisque, Guacamole with Lobster, Rib Eye Steak and Paella. For a complete Valentine’s Day menu, click here.
~Submitted by Veronique Deblois

Maritime Parc – 84 Audrey Zapp Drive, Liberty State Park – Jersey City, NJ 07305.
201.413.0050.
www.maritimeparc.com
Executive Chef Chris Siversen and team devised a luxurious 3-course prix-fixe menu that will be available starting 2/14 through Saturday, 2/16 — more time to enjoy the sleek ambiance and stunning NYC skyline views!
Starters
Baby Spinach Salad Crispy Prosciutto, Spiced Pine Nuts, Macerated Figs or House Smoked Salmon Warm Corn Blini, Pickled Mustard Seed or Scallops Crispy Potato Cake, Hen of the Woods or Foie Gras Canteloupe-Honey Gastric, Brioche Toast (+$10)
Mains
Black Cod Lobster and Fingerling Potato Hash or Niman Ranch Filet Mignon Smoked Mushrooms, Glazed Onions, Red Cress or Bucatini Guanciale, Sunflower Seed Pesto, Farm Egg
Desserts
Milk Chocolate Praline Torte Citrus Ice Cream, Candied Kumquats or Chocolate Hearts for 2 Passion Fruit Chantilly, Dark Chocolate Ganache, Raspberry Gelee or Red Velvet Cheesecake Blackberry Sorbet, Strawberry Compote, White Chocolate Pearls
Cost:  $75pp (exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity)
~Submitted by Veronique Deblois

Osteria Morini – 107 Morristown Road, Bernardsville, NJ.

908-221-0040.
http://osteriamorini.com/new-jersey/index.php
February 14th:
3-Course Lunch Menu – $40 per person
4-Course Dinner Menu with Complimentary Assagino and Cheese Course – $95 per person

February 15 and 16:
4-Course Dinner Menu – $80 per person
~Submitted by Veronique Deblois

Salt Creek Grille, 4 Bingham Avenue, Rumson, NJ 07760  Waterfront Location

(732) 933-9272
Special prix fixe dinners from 5 p.m. to close: Thursday, February 14; Friday February 15; Saturday February 16; Special A La Carte Menu & Children’s Menu are also available. The special $100 prix fixe dinner starts with a champagne toast for two, a choice of soup or salad for each guest; a shared appetizer; a choice of an entrée for each; a shared dessert; and a shared bottle of wine. Tax and  gratuity are not included. Children’s menu is also available on these nights.

Reservations suggested. Complimentary valet service. All major credit cards accepted.

Sam Mickail’s CUT Steak House – 466 Prospect Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052.

973.474.9896.
www.cutsteakhousenj.com
Celebrating its first Valentine’s Day, CUT features a seductive menu prepared by Executive Chef/Partner Sam Mickail:
Starters
4 Blue Point Oysters w/Ahi Tuna+Caviar or Classic Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail or His & Hers Salad – Pink Champagne for her, Balsamic for him
Mains
Grilled Filet Mignon w/Pink Peppercorn Sauce or Chilean Sea Bass Encrusted w/Macadamia Nuts or Honey Roasted Organic Chicken Breast
(each w/sautéed aromatic asparagus+creamy mashed potatoes)
Desserts
Profiterole Swan w/Chocolate Mousse, Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel Taffy Sauce, Raspberry Coulis or Mascarpone Cheesecake Hearts or Messy Chocolate Fountain Cake w/Exotic Fresh Fruit+24K Gold Orgasmic Whipped Cream
Cost: $85 pp (includes champagne toast; exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity)
~Submitted by Veronique Deblois

Samba – 7 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 973-744-6764.
www.montclairsamba.com
Samba’s cozy, romantic ambiance is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Owner Ilson Goncalves added several delicacies to his a la carte menu of truly authentic, homestyle Brazilian fare, including:
Bolinho de Mandioca ~ 3 little pastries made with yuca filled w/dry beef+butternut squash $9.95
Mussels ~ spicy red sauce and fresh herbs $14.95
Clams ~ white wine and fresh herbs $15.95
Soupa de Lentilhas ~ Lentil soup $6.00
Feijoada ~ Brazilian national dish of black bean stew, prime meat+rice, fresh orange, collard greens, farofa & vinaigrette sauce $24.95
Mariscada ~ `Mixed seafood of mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari+scallops in green sauce w/fresh herbs $29.95
~Submitted by Veronique Deblois

Strip House at Westminster Hotel – 550 West Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston, NJ 07039. 973-548-0050.
www.striphousenewjersey.com
Dine in the sexy, seductive atmosphere of Strip House and enjoy Executive Chef Bill Zucosky’s updated steakhouse menu, augmented with sumptuous à la carte specials:
Crab Fondue ~ Jumbo Lump Blue Crab, Alaskan King Crab, Gruyere Cheese, Pumpernickel + Sourdough Crostini $18
Bone in Dry Aged Prime Rib ~ Stilton Cheese Popovers $52
Vanilla Panna Cotta ~ Strawberry Consommé $12
~Submitted by Veronique Deblois

Tavro 13 - 1301 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ. 856.467.8413
http://tavro13.com

Starters:  Green Salad with baby greens, pickled roast beets, rye crumble and maytag mousee; Seared Nantucket Bay Scallops with meyer lemon jam, crispy brussel sprouts; Fire River Oysters with champagne mignonette ; Smoked Salmon with a dill pancake and red onion crème; Lamb belly with braised quince, harissa, and honey

Pasta: Cavatelli with broccoli florets and a garlic chip; Butternut Squash Tortellini with black truffles

Entrees: Golden Tilefish with walnut romesco, roasted peppers, ovendried tomato, braised fennel;; King Salmon with wild mushroom ragout, gnocchi, and a chive puree; Surf N Turf ; Smoked Duck Breast with glazed pearl onion, salsify, parsnip, and cumin-carrot puree; Prime Strip Steak with braised kale, beef pat potato, red wine sauce

Dessert:  Lemon olive oil cake, meyer lemon curd, candied lemon; Chocolate ganache cake with vanilla gelato; Apple Crisp with empire apples, streusel topping, vanilla whipped cream; Cheese plate: upland’s pleasant ridge, bleu de basque, robiloa di bosco, apple butter, crackers

THE DINING ROOM at Anthony David’s – 111 Tenth Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030. 201-222-8359.
http://www.anthonydavids.com
Chef Anthony Pino has crafted a special menu for this evening:
Enjoy a romantic 3-course meal for $75.
Reservations available between 5:00 and 10:00 pm.
~Submitted by Veronique Deblois

The Gables –  212 Centre Street Beach Haven, NJ 08008 609.492.3553 888.LBI.GABLES

www.gableslbi.com

Thursday, February 14, Dinner from 5:30 . Reservations only.

Seafood Bisque - Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops with Spanish Sherry and Timbale of Baked Fusilli Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives & Feta Cheese

Choice ofCabernet Braised Short Ribs with Caramelized Pearl Onions; Eggplant Wrapped Scottish Salmon with Parsley Pesto or Stuffed Breast of Chicken with Fontina, Roasted Red Peppers, Fresh Basil

Accompanied by: Saffron Potato Mousse and Mixed Seasonal Vegetables

Viennese Dessert Table

$75 Per Person

The Orange Squirrel – 412 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ. 973-337-6421.

http://www.theorangesquirrel.com
Six-Course Dinner $95/person* and all full size bottles of bubbly 40% off.
Course I
White asparagus puree or lobster bisque
Course II
Truffled risotto or pea gnocchi
Course III
Vitello tonatto or beet salad
Course IV
Head on shrimp & grits or veal meatballs
Course V
King Salmon Pinwheels / spinach cream / pomegranate or Chicken Breast and Leg Ballotine / cherry butter or braised beef short ribs / boniato
Course VI
Bitter chocolate sacher torte or lemon ice box wedge
*not including tax or gratuity
~Submitted by Veronique Deblois

Tiramisu:   20-26 Maple Ave  Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
201-791-6612
http://fairlawntiramisu.jimdo.com

Italian cuisine. This restaurant is small but intimate. They have a pre-fixe menu every year for Valentine’s Day and it is usually quite inexpensive.  The perfect spot for a local romantic dinner if you live in the area.  In addition they are a BYOB establishment which helps the wallet as well.  Reservations suggested.
~Submitted by Michael Arp

Twisted Elm Tavern – 435 River Dr., Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
(201) 791-3705
http://www.twistedelm.com/

American Fare.  Fantastic gastropub perfect for foodie couples, especially if they love craft beer.   The chef will be preparing a special Valentine’s Day menu that can be found on the their facebook page.  Some of the highlights include:

Appetizers:
Almond Crusted Brie- $9:00
Crispy Thai Calamari

Entrees:
Roasted Prime Rib Au Jus-  $29.00
Pork Shank Ossobucco-  $24.00
Dessert:
Red Velvet Cake- $8.00
~Submitted by Michael Arp

VB3 - 475 Washington Blvd. Jersey City, NJ 07310.

201.420.4VB3(4823)

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Author:Veronique @ Food & Wine Chickie

Foodie & baker with a penchant for wine (Pinots, Zins, Rieslings, Cabs). http://www.foodandwinechickie.com

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