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Valentine’s Day Around the Garden State


Love is in the air. So is the aroma of amazing food! Here’s just a sampling of the great dinner options available around the state for Valentine’s Day.

ATLANTIC CITY

Dining on the 5th at Chelsea Hotel has a special three-course menu available February 13 and 14 for $55 per person. View the menu here. 111 South Chelsea Ave, Atlantic City.

Girasole is offering a three-course dinner menu for $33 per person, available February 13 to 15. Menu highlights include caprese salad, carpaccio, branzino Mediterranean sea bass filet, braciola gnocchi, New York cheesecake soufflé and organic artisan gelatos. 3108 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City.batt

The Iron Room at Atlantic City Bottle Company will offer a four-course dinner for $65 per person, which includes a glass of sparkling rosé. The menu can be found on their Facebook page. 648 N. Albany Ave, Atlantic City.

BERNARDSVILLE

The Bernards Inn presents a special three-course prix-fixe menu on Saturday for $118 per person. Click here to view the menu27 Mind Brook Rd, Bernardsville.

CAPE MAY

Blue Pig Tavern at Congress Hall has a special Valentine’s menu available February 9 to 15. Click here for the menu. 200 Congress Place, Cape May.

Ebbitt Room at The Virginia Hotel will host a four-course chef’s tasting menu for $75 per person on Valentine’s Day only. Click here for the menu. 25 Jackson Street, Cape May.

CLIFTON

Spuntino Wine Bar + Tapas will offer a special menu, in addition to its regular menu, from February 12 to 15. The four-course meal is $45 per person, or $65 with wine pairings. Click here for the menu. 70 Kingsland Rd., Clifton (Clifton Commons, on Route 3 East). 

The Shannon Rose, which also has locations in Ramsey and Woodbridge, offers a special menu from February 13 to 15. Click here for the full menu. The prix-fixe menu is $30 per person and includes a complimentary glass of premium champagne. The pubs will have a special on Stella Artois drafts, which are available for $4. 70 Kingsland Rd., Clifton (Clifton Commons, on Route 3 East); 1200 Route 17, Ramsey; 855 Saint Georges Ave., Woodbridge.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS

Grissini will have special a la carte menu including heart-shaped raviolis, and each table will receive complimentary chocolate-dipped strawberries. Make it dinner and a show by requesting tableside preparation, available with many menu items. 484 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs.

CALIFON

BEX Eatery & Catering Co. will offer a special menu for $65 per person. This event is by reservation and must be prepaid. Guests will start with a choice of lobster bisque, bittersweet salad, or mâche, blackberries, pancetta, chevre, and toasted cashews. Main course options feature filet mignon with béarnaise, roasted skillet lamb loin, grilled Barnegat Light sea scallops, harissa glazed sea bass, roast chicken with tomato butter, and roasted vegetable-stuffed Swiss chard. A trio of dessert options include chocolate roulade of red fruit with pistachio ice cream, vanilla bean chevre cheesecake with poached pear gratin, and a blood orange tart with cardamom candied blood oranges.908-975-3334. 52 Main Street, Califon.

JERSEY CITY

9th & Coles Tavern is offering a prix fixe dinner on Valentine’s Day, specially curated by head chef Sara Daniels. 174 Coles Street, Jersey City.

Battello is offering a three-course prix-fixe for $75 per person, with a $25 wine-pairing option, available February 13 and 14. View the menu here. 502 Washington Blvd, Jersey City.

Fire + Oak will begin Valentine’s Day evening with a special Champagne Kiss cocktail. A special three-course prix-fixe meal will be offered all evening, and will include appetizers, main courses and a selection of desserts. 479 Washington Blvd, Jersey City.

Liberty House has created a special farm-to-table prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day. Guests can enjoy a starter, main dish and a shared dessert while listening to live music and overlooking the Manhattan skyline and the lavish grounds that surround the restaurant. View the menu here. 76 Audrey Zapp Dr., Jersey City.

Maritime Parc offers a contemporary American four-course prix fixe menu on February 14 for $90 per person. 84 Audrey Zapp Dr., Jersey City.

Satis Bistro has a special menu available February 13 to 15 and will offer a prix fixe menu on the 14th for $75 per person with an optional wine pairing for $45 per person. Click here to view the menu. 212 Washington Street, Jersey City.

KINGSTON

Eno Terra offers a four-course farm-to-table menu for the weekend. Click here to view the menu. 4484 Route 27, Kingston.

LIVINGSTON

Strip House at Westminster Hotel’s menu includes prime cuts of meat, signature side dishes (truffle-creamed spinach, goose fat potatoes) and an extensive wine list. Valentine’s Day specials will be offered in addition to the a la carte menu. Think caramelized onion soup, dijon and herb-crusted prime rib and filet king Oscar, Alaskan king crab. For dessert, indulge in fried s’mores or the Strip House’s famed 24-layer chocolate cake. 550 West Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston.

LONG BRANCH

Avenue is offering a Lover’s Brunch for $30 per person, available February 14 and 15. There is also a prix-fixe dinner available on the 14th, starting at $48 per person. Click here to view the menu. 23 Ocean Ave, Long Branch.

MONTCLAIR

Escape serves up a by-reservation-only menu featuring locally sourced ingredients. $68 per person. Click here for full details. 345 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair.

MORRISTOWN

Jockey Hollow Bar + Kitchen is offering four distinct dining experiences: one for each of the newly renovated Vail Mansion’s rooms. A five-course tasting menu ($120 per person) will be served upstairs in the dining room on FridaySaturday, and Sunday. Couples can alternatively choose to enjoy a four-course dinner ($90 per person) on the main level in the oyster bar or a three-course dinner ($75 per person) in the German-drinking-hall-inspired Rathskeller. The clubby Vail Bar in the mansion’s library will be open for singles throughout the weekend. 110 South Street, Morristown.

POINT PLEASANT BEACH

Poached Pear Bistro will be offering a three-course prix-fixe menu for $85 per person. Click here to view the menu. 816 Arnold Ave, Point Pleasant Beach.

RUTHERFORD

Café Matisse offers a four-course prix-fixe dinner for $95 per person. View the menu here. 167 Park Ave, Rutherford.

SEASIDE PARK

Chef Mike’s Atlantic Bar & Grill will have two Friday-night specials: dinner for two for $50, and a three-course prix-fixe for $35 per person. They will also have specials on Valentine’s Day. 24th & Central Ave, Seaside Park.

Prices and menus subject to change. Tax and gratuity not included in prices listed above.

Photo is courtesy of The Gables.

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