Love is in the air and in the kitchen this Valentine’s Day, a perfect reason to get out and celebrate some of the East End’s finest cuisine. This year, the annual celebration of love falls on a Friday. Make a reservation somewhere special. Whether it’s couples’ night, girls’ night, or boys’ night, we’ve compiled a list of 10 places on the North and South Forks guaranteed to satisfy your hearts and stomachs.
In Sag Harbor, Page at 63 Main (63 Main Street) is serving up a prix fixe menu for $48 per person by or before 6:30 PM. First-course options include soup, salads, and fried calamari. Main courses offer a vegan Freekeh grain bowl, grass-fed pork tenderloin, braised beef short ribs, and skin charred farm raised salmon, to name a few. To conclude, enjoy any dessert from the regular menu. All the while, sip on a glass of Prosecco. Call 631-725-1810 for reservations.
On both Valentine’s Day and Saturday, February 15, Baron’s Cove (31 W. Water Street) is offering dining guests a four-course prix fixe dinner for $85 per person. First course options include charred oyster or short rib. Next, dine on ceviche mexto or beets salad. For a main, choose between filet mignon or arctic char. Then, to conclude, choose from ice cream, sorbet, or a chocolate surprise. For reservations, call 631-725-2100.
Over in Bridgehampton, Elaia’s (95 School Street) has a special six-course tasting menu prepared by chef Radu Grigore for $80 per person, with several gluten-free options. Learn more at www.elaiaestiatorio.com. Down the road at Almond (1 Ocean Road) a four-course blood orange-themed menu will be served. At $85 per person, enjoy appetizer options of Molly n’ Sarah’s fried oysters or foie gras terrine; choose between Ray’s charred radicchio or blood orange cured striped bass as a middle course; entrees of Crescent Farm duck a l’orange or seared Montauk scallops; and indulge in Anthony’s polenta cake for dessert. Call 631-537-5665.
East Hampton’s Rowdy Hall (10 Main Street in the Parrish Mews) will host a Valentine’s celebration with a la carte specials all day, including lobster cocktail, red snapper filet, and espresso trifle. Call 631-324-8555 for pricing.
If you’re seeking something a little fancier, head to Nick & Toni’s (136 N Main Street) for a four-course prix fixe menu for $95 per person, or pair it with select wine pairings for $125 per person beginning at 5:30 PM. Antipasti choices include little gem lettuces, burrata, or wood oven-roasted local oysters. First courses feature housemate tagliatelle or torchio. Then, enjoy a choice of wood oven-roasted halibut, grilled jumbo prawns, Rohan duck breast, or domestic wagyu New York strip steak. End the romantic evening with pistachio cake, butterscotch custard, or a chocolate Napoleon. Those wanting an a la carte experience can still dine at the bar. Reservations are required for this dinner. Call 631-324-3550.
Chef Michael Rozzi of The 1770 House (143 Main Street) prepared a signature four-course prix fixe dinner for $85 per person beginning at 5:30 PM. First course options include crisp Hog Neck Bay oysters, spicy Montauk fluke, or beets and pomelo salad. Next up, choose among handmade agnolotti, seared daybook scallop, or seared Hudson Valley foie gras. For your third course, partake in roasted prawns, Texas wagyu strip steak, or Australian rack of lamb. Conclude the evening with peanut butter and banana profiteroles or sticky date cake. Add a little vino to your dining experience with one of the 13 Champagne and sparkling wine options overseen by wine director Michael Cohen. Call 631-324-1770.
In Amagansett, Coche Comedor (74 Montauk Highway) has an all-day three-course prix fixe menu, also available a la carte. First course will be grilled local oysters, second course is wood rotisserie rack of lamb, and a third course of carajillo chocolate pudding. Reservations aren’t required, but call 631-267-5709 to find out more.
On the North Fork, go to Sound View Greenport (58775 County Rd 48) for a five-course tasting menu, coinciding with chef Stephan Bogardus’s one-year anniversary at The Halyard restaurant. For $100 per person, follow your senses through fluke crudo, then to soup of celery root and apple, followed by seared Hudson Valley foie gras, a fourth course of Shinnecock Sea Scallops, and conclude with chocolate textures and Basque cheesecake. Additional canapés include Long Island duck terrine, arancini, oyster with crème fraîche and ossetra caviar. Call 631-477-0666 for more details.
Celebrate love on Love Lane in Mattituck as Love Lane Kitchen will have special menu items all day. Brunch items, served until 2 PM, are crab cake egg benedict, sweet potato hash and eggs, or pancake tacos. For lunch, until 4 PM, dig into a Philly cheesesteak. Then, for dinner, served 5 to 9:30 PM, feast on fried oysters or wild exotic mushroom crepes for starters or crab and saffron risotto, stuffed pork chop, or filet mignon for dinner. Feeling flirty? Have a French Kiss, Pretty In Pink, or Off With My Overcoat cocktail. Dinner reservations are recommended by calling 631-298-8989.
Also in Mattituck, Shinn Estate Vineyards (2000 Oregon Road) will have a special wine and chocolate pairing for $45 beginning Monday, February 10 at 10:30 AM through Sunday, February 16, at 5 PM. The event will run any time during regular business hours and includes carefully selected pairings by winemaker Patrick Caserta. Book your tickets by calling 631-804-0367 or visit www.shinnestatevineyards.com.