Deciding where to go for Valentine’s Day dinner can be harder than deciding on a life partner. Whether you wish to embrace a casual evening or do something a little fancy, here are our favorite Hamptons and North Fork restaurants that you and your partner are sure to love.
While the chic but cozy atmosphere at Pierre’s is perfect for date-night year round, their special Valentine’s Day menu makes them an obvious choice on the 14th; and their $85 prix fixe menu is full of seafood, sophistication and sweet details. You can enjoy their Valentine’s Day themed cocktail, their L’Elixir D’Amour, which has all the raspberry goodness you could want in a Valentine’s Day cocktail.
You have your pick of one appetizer—lobster bisque, lobster medallions, duck foie gras or oysters, followed by your choice of seven amazing choices, and yes, you will feel like it was easier to choose a romantic partner. Finish this perfect evening off with a decadent dessert that, of course, doesn’t disappoint with its Valentines’s Day vibes: a heart shaped raspberry and passion fruit mousseline topped with chocolate sauce.
Satisfy all of your senses at Baron’s Cove, where you can enjoy an outstanding Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu for $65 while also taking in panoramic views of the harbor. Choose from a lobster and truffle bisque or tuna tartar. For the main event, you have your choice of a filet of local cod in a champagne broth, saffron risotto with butter poached lobster or hanger steak frites finished in a béarnaise sauce.
A word of advice? Don’t fill up too much before dessert, because the red velvet cake on this menu is the real heart throb of the evening—topped with a blood orange sauce, every bite is sure to make you “ooh” and “ahh”.
After being bestowed “best romantic restaurant of Long Island” by the New York Times, La Plage restaurant is an obvious spot to spend Valentine’s Day. Only steps away from the Long Island Sound (so you can just imagine how stunning the sunset will be as you eat your heart out), the food at La Plage is equally as stunning. Featuring a menu of eclectic French-American dishes that are heavy in fresh, local ingredients and not light in creativity, you’ll love every bite you take.
Paris may be considered the City of Love, but the ambiance and food at the Stone Creek Inn make it the perfect destination for lovers. Owned by Chef Christian Mir, a Southwest France native, and his wife, Elaine DiGiacomo, this restaurant is so much more than a business—it’s a passion—and this passion is felt and tasted by all who eat here. With a French Mediterranean menu inspired by cuisine du marche (meaning everything is cooked with local produce), there’s no reason to spend Valentine’s Day in the City of Love when you have this local gem.
One of the most romantic restaurants and one you must make a reservation at quickly is The 1770 House on Main Street. Celebrate your evening, beginning at 5:30pm, with Chef Rozzi’s four-course prix fixe dinner and choose to pair your experience with champagne and sparkling wine by Wine Director Michael Cohen. Highlights from Chef’s menu that ‘builds like a crescendo’ include Foie Gras Torchon as a choice from the first course, and Butter Poached Lobster from the third course selection.
If prix fixe menus don’t make your heart happy, then get cozy with your Valentine at Cove Hollow Tavern. Owned by chefs and life partners, Terry Harwood and Lisa Murphy, if you love to be kept on your toes, then you’ll love the menu they serve up here, because it’s always fresh and new. And of course, Valentine’s Day is no different. They’ll be serving special wine and cuisine dishes for this special evening, so take a leap of faith and put your tastebuds in their hands—you and your Valentine won’t regret it.