When was the last time you actually went out for Valentine’s Day dinner? Here’s the thing: A nice meal never gets old, especially at one of these restaurants that have crafted special prix-fixe menus just for the occasion. Call ASAP to reserve. Prices listed below for prix-fixe V-Day menus don’t include tax and gratuity.
67 East Park Pl., Morristown
973-829-1776, February 11-14
Three-course prix fixe, $125 on February 14
1776 by David Burke featuring Topgolf Swing Suite is a hip place to take your Valentine. There will be Valentine’s Day specials going on all weekend, plus a three-course meal on VDay featuring treats like lobster love dumplings, 40 day dry aged 32 oz porterhouse for two (supplement applies) and for dessert a “can of love” for two featuring chocolate sauce, caramel anglaise, toffee crunch, vanilla ice cream and a lil’ bit of whipped cream.
23 Ocean Ave., Long Branch
732-759-2900, February 14
Four-course prix fixe, $65
While this upscale French bistro on the beach is open year-round, many come out to hang at its beach club, nightclub and bar open in warmer weather. Tease your senses with a tuna tartare starter, then choose an appetizer like the torched figs. Filet mignon is just one of the fine entrees offered. Cap off the night with espresso panna cotta for dessert.
502 Washington Blvd., Jersey City
201-798-1798, February 14
Three-course prix fixe, $99 per person
Take in views of the Hudson while savoring an Instaworthy meal. Chef Ryan DePersio’s inventive menu will be on full display and accompanied by live music. Splurge on a $30 wine pairing or go all out and sip reserve vino pairings for $50.
136 Newark Ave., Jersey City
540 Valley Rd., Montclair
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.
2023 Hudson St., Fort Lee
201-582-7101; February 11-14
3-course prix fixe, $150/couple
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. The Seared Duck Breast with Lingonberry Sauce sounds like a decadent entree choice. Make room for desserts like Sweetheart Chocolate Mousse Cake, plus a flute of Piper-Heidsieck champagne.
19 Dennis St., New Brunswick
732-249-1551, February 12-14
Three-course prix fixe plus a bottle of Prosecco or Cabernet, $85/couple
This spot is all about comfort and soul food and their Valentine’s Day menu will be offered all weekend. Get a shared first course, two entrees, and a shared dessert. Start with Southern specialties like gumbo, catfish fingers or soul folk dumplings. For your main, try the beef short ribs. Share dessert and toast to an evening well spent.
25 Jackson St., Cape May, February 14
This Valentine’s Day, treat your loved one to an intimate candlelit dinner at the Ebbitt Room. The restaurant will host a limited-seating dinner crafted by Executive Chef Jason Hanin. Featured dishes include market oysters, lobster pasta and Vanilla Crème Brulee served with Champagne Marinated Strawberries. Complimentary Chocolate Truffles served with check.
500 North Route 73 N, #1, Marlton
856-988-1351, February 11-14
90 The Promenade, Edgewater
201-313-9463, February 11-14
Surprise your Valentine with more than chocolates this year. Treat them to a 3-Course Prime Surf & Turf Menu for two that includes a shareable 35oz Prime Tomahawk paired with North Atlantic Lobster Tail and Crab-Stuffed Shrimp. If you prefer a more delicate steak cut, enjoy a 3-Course Filet Mignon Menu coupled with your choice of Lobster Tail Scampi or Crab-Stuffed Shrimp — guaranteed to impress and excite.
225 River St., Hoboken
201-253-2500; February 11-14
Three-course prix fixe, $79
Feel the romance on the Hoboken waterfront while savoring the chef’s three-course tasting menu. Start with baked brie or caviar. For your main, choose between filet of beef, black sea bass or ravioli. Dessert stars a strawberry creme puff for you and your sweet!
777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City
609-441-5000, February 11-13
Prices and offerings vary by restaurant
This oceanside casino and hotel is a fun and romantic choice for Valentine’s Day. Head to Gordon Ramsay Steak for a three-course prix fixe starring oysters, fondue, pan roasted seared duck breast and red velvet lava cake ($95/person).
2 Main St., Ste. G, Edgewater
201-943-1900, February 11-14
3-course prix fixe, $85
Boasting New York City views, Haven is known for its contemporary American fare. On Friday, lovers can enjoy the regular dinner menu. On Saturday and Sunday, a three-course prix-fixe meal will be offered for $85 and on Valentine’s Day, you can reserve a table for three courses for $95. The creamy lobster risotto croquettes are a foodie’s dream come true, and you can never go wrong with the filet mignon. Add a champagne and caviar tasting if you’re feeling extra indulgent for $48/person.
500 Jersey Ave., Jersey City
201-721-6115, February 14
Five-course prix-fixe, $85
This stunning bistro is located in the Historic Van Vorst District of JC, and offers modern American eats, plus next-level drinks. The Jersey Girl Burrata is sure to impress your date and the Celery Root Lasagna will have you wanting seconds. Save room for an Artisanal Cheese Plate that makes for a wonderful dessert. You can add a wine or cocktail pairing to your meal for $30/person.
225 Rte. 202, Basking Ridge
908-221-1150, February 14
Four-course prix-fixe, $78/ea.
This restaurant has a ton of history—it’s been around since the 18th century. Savor classic apps like shrimp cocktail or clams casino, go light with farro and veggies or indulge in hearty short rib beignets. For the second course, try roasted red beets with crispy goat cheese and honey-glazed almonds or the organic winter hearts salad with pumpkin seeds, pear and feta. Mains include local black sea bass filet. Sweets run the gamut from bourbon vanilla cheesecake to key lime pie to warm honey crisp mini cinnamon apple pie.
70 Kingsland Rd., Clifton
973-661-2435, February 9-15
Tasting menu, $70/ea.
Couples love this spot for its small plates and modern Italian fare. Enjoy taste treats such as radicchio and endive salad, beet pasta and filet mignon. End the night with a red wine poached pear with mascarpone cream and red wine reduction. For an extra $30/person you can add wine pairings to your meal.
50 Stirling Rd., Warren
908-754-1222, February 14
Three-course prix-fixe, $75/ea.
This spot has the same owners as Liberty House Restaurant (Jersey City), votes best date night spot by our readers, Ryland Inn (Whitehouse Station) and Hotel du Village (New Hope, PA). Start your meal with salmon tartare, blue crab fonduta, or one of their other inventive choices. For your main, the halibut or lamb shank are delectable choices. The meal ends with a selection from decadent desserts including raspberry tart and tiramisu.
200 Monmouth Ave., Spring Lake
732-974-9755, February 14
Three-course prix-fixe, $85/ea., 20 percent gratuity
Seafood is the star of this Valentine’s Day dinner menu. Take in lobster bisque with creme fraiche, grilled ancho jumbo shrimp with lemon basil aioli or crab cakes with chickpeas and roasted peppers as an appetizer. Follow up with seared salmon in dill cream sauce over potatoes, red snapper with cauliflower and a white wine caper sauce or a 1 ½-pound lobster in an egg roll basket over crab cake, spinach, mashed potatoes and saffron beurre blanc. For dessert, treat yourself to chocolate ganache cake, French toast bread pudding, blackberry peach tart or fig and walnut gelato.