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!
67 East Park Pl., Morristown
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 Park Ave., Freehold
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.
23 Ocean Ave., Long Branch
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.
502 Washington Blvd., Jersey City
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.
1200 Harbor Blvd., Weehawken
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.
136 Newark Ave., Jersey City
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.
1200 Haddonfield Rd., Cherry Hill
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.
234 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell
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.
118 Rte. 46 East, Fairfield
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.
38 South St., Freehold
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 entre; 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.
600 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair
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.
520 Rte. 33 W., Millstone
On Valentine’s Day, treat your loved one to a multi-course Indian dinner.
2023 Hudson St., Fort Lee
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, flowed by root vegetable bisque, filet and lobster, and then pannacotta. You can add on Champagne features to toast to your love.
Hard Rock Casino & Resort, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
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.
216 Rte. 46 East, Fairfield
Italian favorites include mozzarella in carrozza, fried calamari, pizzas and flatbreads, red snapper filet, melon salad, baked sole, rigatoni alla vodka, chicken parmigiana and pork chops.
130 S. Main St., Marlboro
78 Albany St., New Brunswick
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 56-0unce tomahawk steak or surf-and-turf are good options. The brownie skillet is perfect for dessert.
31 E. Main St., Freehold
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.
19 Dennis St., New Brunswick
This spot is all about comfort and soul food. Start with Southern specialties like peach BBQ ribs, catfish fingers or soul folk 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
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-Mediterrenean locale.
25 Jackson St., Cape May
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!
550 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston
Chef Chris Siversen’s menu has planned a special prix-fixe menu, or you can choose favorites from the a la carte menu. For the prix fixe, you will get a salad with a sushi roll or appetizer; 36-ounce prime porterhouse steak for two, with sides; and a selection of desserts; plus Champagne. If you want to surprise your love, order a bouquet of flowers that will be placed on the table.
500 North Route 73 N, #1, Marlton
90 The Promenade, Edgewater
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 double breast of chicken or roasted portobello & cauliflower steak. For dessert, share bananas foster brioche bread pudding, chocolate gooey butter cake or carrot cake.
19 Valley Road, South Orange
Tuesday Night is Burger Night, so bring your girls for Galentine’s Day. Come back Wednesday with your love for a three-course prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu.
29 Dennis St., New Brunswick
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.
447 Rte. 35, Red Bank
Gabriella’s menu features premium steaks, a fresh raw bar and classic Italian dishes.
1411 Rte. 36, Union Beach
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 ala carte dishes.
Harrah’s Atlantic City, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City
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.
250 Connell Dr., Berkeley Heights
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.
225 River St., Hoboken
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.
392 George St., New Brunswick
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.
2 Main St., Ste. G, Edgewater
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 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.
500 Jersey Ave., Jersey City
This stunning bistro is located in the Historic Van Vorst District of JC, and offers modern American eats, plus next-level drinks. The semolina zucchini fries are sure to impress your date and the ricotta gnocchi will have you wanting seconds. Save room for the flourless chocolate cake or ricotta zeppoles.
511 Rte 1., Iselin section of Woodbridge
The Perfect Pair deal is available February 12-18, including everything from 6-ounce Filet & Lobster Tail Surf & Turf to a decadent Chocolate Molten Lava Cake. You can also order classic offerings like sushi, steak cuts, classic favorites, sides, desserts and cocktails. Brunch will be available on February 17 and 18.
Hard Rock Casino & Resort, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
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.
85 Archertown Rd., New Egypt
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.
At American Dream, 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford
Plan a date with your love or bring the whole family on either February 13 or 14 for a special Valentine’s menu. Choose from crispy shrimp, jerk pork belly wraps or potato leek soup; southern lobster, grilled filet medallions or berbere spiced duck; and then chocolate tres leches. You can order off the regular menu as well.
Liberty State Park, 84 Audrey Zapp Dr., Jersey City
Impress your date with gorgeous views of lower Manhattan and the Hudson River, and an la carte dinner menu or Chef Chris Siversen’s featured offerings for the evening. Special Valentine’s cocktails include the Pomegranate Pisco Kiss, PB to My Jelly and Love Potion No. 9. If you want to make even more of an impression, order a vase of roses or tulips to be placed at your table, waiting for your arrival.
600 Main St., Toms River
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.
584 Rte. 38, Maple Shade
2 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
250 Center Ave., Westwood
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.
5 Pearl St., Metuchen
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.
130 S. Main St., Marlboro
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.
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.
706 Haddon Ave., Collingswood
Have dinner while imagining yourself in a piazza in Italy. The special Valentine’s Day menu includes 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.
225 Rte. 202, Basking Ridge
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 seasonal salad or a harvest bowl. Mains include free range turkey burger, all-natural Griggstown Farm chicken and a 10-ounce bistro steak.
At Chateau Grande Hotel, 670 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick
Sit down at the gorgeous bar on February 13 for a Galentine’s Day Happy Hour. Tuesday is Prime Night or order off the a la carte menu. On Wednesday, there is a three-course Valentine’s Day menu plus amuse bouche.
460 Rte. 520, Marlboro
2111 Rte. 35, Holmdel
588 River Rd., Fair Haven
This popular brunch spot will be BYOB for brunch on Valentine’s Day. The Fair Haven location serves rose petal pancakes. The Holmdel location will host a pop-up dinner with Culo Grosso beginning at 5 pm.
2132 Rte. 35, Holmdel
This BYOB Italian restaurant will serve a variety of antipasto, salads, pizza, meats, pasta and fish dishes.
20 Bayard Ln., Princeton
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.
500 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant
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.
16 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton
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.
26 Ridge Rd., Rumson
27 Minebrook Rd., Bernardsville
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.
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.
345 Rte. 9, Manalapan
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.
21 W. Front St., Red Bank
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.
4 Bingham Ave., Rumson
1 Rockingham Row, Princeton
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.
Chef Alex Diaz has curated a unique four-course menu for the perfect date night. Select from roasted eggplant, heirloom tomato and basil soup, Satur Farms zucchini flowers stuffed with buffalo ricotta and asiago, a tre colore salad, Hamachi crufo, wasabi avocado sorbet or jumbo prawns and caviar. There are two options of fresh, homemade pasta: fusilli with truffle butter, or bucatini with sausage and broccoli rabe. Entree options include grilled veal chop, braised Angus beef cheeks or peppercorn crusted duck breast. The finisher is a lava cake with cherry cassis gelato, Queen of Nuts cake with toasted almond gelato, or ginger fruits with exotic sorbet.
400-4 Riverwalk Pl., West New York
For the romantic day, the restaurant will offer a specially curated 3-course menu. Highlights include coconut shrimp with crispy rice pearls, short rib masitas, branzino a la Plancha, filet mignon medallions with fig bordelaise, David Burke’s Cheesecake Lollipop Tree and milk chocolate ganache tart.
Clifton Commons, 70 Kingsland Rd., Clifton
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.
50 Stirling Rd., Warren
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.
200 Park Ave., Fort Lee
Ventanas will be offering 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.
200 Monmouth Ave., Spring Lake
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).
10 Cedarbrook Dr., Cranbury
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.
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