A Valentine's Day Sampler
By DineHuntington.com/ email@example.com
whether youre a new couple
or long-married, Valentines Day dinner out is practically
a must. Champagne, roses and an intimate meal preferably
candlelit one set the mood for the annual declaration
of love that is Valentines Day.
Theres no shortage of dining choices in the dining capital
of Long Island, and while Valentines Day for some call
for a return to traditional favorites, for others its
a time to try someplace new. Foloowing is a sampling of Valentines
Day destinations. Reservations are an absolute must. While
the holiday falls on a Monday a day many restaurants
are closed most are open for the occasion. Check with
your favorite restaurant, and dont forget the flowers.
Jonathans Ristorante (15 Wall St., Huntington 631-549-0055
www. Jonathans ristorante.com) Jonathans celebrates
Valentines Day with special menu items beginning at
5 p.m., including oysters with a sherry mignonette ($14) or
the Burrata di Bufala, a mozzarella thats rich and creamy
on the inside, served with a beet carpaccio and broccoli rabe
pesto ($13). Entrees include a homemade cavatelli with Maine
lobster, pancetta and San Marzano tomato sauce ($26); Risotto
di Mare with scallop, shrimp, mussels, clams and Chef Tito
Onofres new favorite ingredient, sweet water prawn ($28);
roast duck breast with black currant sauce ($26); and filet
mignon with black truffle sauce potato/leek gratin ($36).
Featured from owner Roberto Oronatos Wine Spectator
Award-winning wine list, Sauvignon Blanc, Cakebread, Napa
($15/glass) is balanced, with juicy acidity and good Meyer
lemon, apple and pear flavors.
Perfecto Mundo (1141-1 Jericho Tpke., Commack 631-864-2777
www.perfectomundony.com) Executive Chef Steve Del Lima and
co-owner Liz Keschl serve up a three-course prix fixe that
includes those extra details
a rose for your Valentine
and a complimentary glass of champagne to start. Perfecto
Mundo specializes in Latin fusion cuisine. $95 a couple.
Porto Vivo (7 Gerard St., Huntington 631-385-8486 www.porto-vivo.com)
Sleek and stylish with an upstairs fireplace room, a downstairs
wine room and a happening bar scene in-between, Porto Vivo
promises to delight lovers on Feb. 14. A $55/per person, three-course,
prix-fixe menu includes complimentary glass of champagne to
start. Check the website for the special Feb. 14. menu.
Besito (402 New York Ave., Huntington 631-549-0100 www.besito.com)
In Spanish, Besito literally means a little kiss. Can you
find a more romantic excuse for eating Mexican on Valentines
Day? Special a la carte items hit the menu beginning Friday,
Feb. 11 through Valentines Day. Tableside guacamole
is a must. Special entrees include Pescado Y Tamale de Jaiba,
a pan-seared filet of sea bass and crab tamale served with
green chile atole and roasted tomatoes ($27). Dessert choices
include Corazon Sangrado, or bleeding hearts cake,
a light sponge cake flavored with Mexican chocolate served
with raspberry puree and whipped cream ($8).
HONU Kitchen and Cocktails (363 New York Ave., Huntington
631-421-6900 www.honurestaurant.com) Huntington hot spot Honu,
a place to see and be seen, gets intimate for Valentines
Day. Do oysters have an aphrodisiac effect? Try the appetizer
of buttermilk fried Blue Point oysters with roasted corn,
applewood bacon & green chile aioli ($15) and let us know.
Special entrees include seared rib-eye steak with roasted
mushrooms and Parmesan sauce ($29), and a crab crusted barramundi
filet with roasted ratatouille and saffron burre blanc ($28).
Broadway, Greenlawn 631-261-7700 www.ruvorestaurant.com) turns
up the romance for Valentines Day. Intimate without
being stuffy, the star at Ruvo is creative Italian cookery
with a reliance on fresh and when possible local
ingredients. A three-course prix-fixe menu is served for Feb.
14. from 4 p.m. Antipasto course includes oysters, of course;
Rockefeller style or with a mignonette sauce. Among seven
entrée selections are duck with an orange-pomegranate
glaze ($50); rack of lamb with port wine fig sauce ($55);
pan-seared yellow fin tuna with eggplant caponata, creamy
risotto and balsamic red wine reduction ($50). A half-dozen
desserts are offered, but who couldnt choose the long-stemmed
chocolate covered strawberries?
Bistro Cassis (55B Wall St., Huntington 631-421-4122 www.bistrocassis.com).
For Valentines Day you cant go wrong when Bistro
is part of the name. The Huntington village institution will
transport you to a Parisian street cafe, at least in your
mind. What you do from there is up to you.
Grassos (134 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor 631-367-6060
Monday, February 14, 6:30 p.m. the Sue Giles Trio vocals,
piano and bass performs for Valentines Day. Owner
Gail Grasso promises romance will be the order of the day.
Little specialties will be prepared for the occasion, and
love will be in the air. With a northern Italian bent and
international influences, Grassos menu is tough to pigeonhole
but easy to find a favorite on.
Swallow (366 New York Ave., Huntington 631-547-5388 www.swallowrestaurant.com)
Its tough to find a restaurant more intimate than Swallow.
With little more than a dozen seats and a half-dozen more
at the bar, chef/owner James Tchinnis has set up his kitchen
in the front window overlooking New York Avenue as well as
his dining room. Candlelight, a cozy atmosphere and small
plates designed for sharing make this a top choice for those
seeking a romantic evening, and Tchinnis creative approach
promises a treat. Newly opened, its bring your own wine
for now. Reservations are recommended even on weekdays; a
must for Valentines Day.