No plans for Valentine’s day? No problem. These offerings from NYC and the Hamptons are primed and ready to go. From outdoor bubbles to indoor nibbles, the holiday dedicated to love is reason enough to celebrate. Below are the best of the both worlds with pairings and courses enough for even the most discerning palate.
Nothing beats a Valentine’s Day Special in NYC like a plate of extra-long spaghetti and meatballs as an ode to the classic Disney film “Lady and the Tramp.” Add stracciatella and pine nut bread crumbs and the holiday is made.
Not so into the carbo load? Chef Alex Tubero has classics like tuna tartare with hibiscus and beet or Peking duck all capped off with red velvet cake. Eat in or dine out, that’s amore!
While the summer-time Hamptons has cache, the winter off-season has its own particular charm. Calissa, a Mediterranean joint in Water Mill, NY, is offering a special Valentine’s Weekend smorgasbord. Order and share beet & walnut hummus, blood orange salad with shaved fennel, bulls blood and hazelnuts with a loved one. Followed by a swanky surf and turf with roasted filet and lobster mac ‘n cheese with orzo and feta. The beach may be nearby but you’ll be too stuffed for a dip.
ATO² is Atoboy’s nod to outdoor dining. Their Valentine’s Dinner features a truly symbiotic collaboration between Atoboy x Atomix. Consisting of a heated outdoor experience with a unique 7 course tasting menu.
“Think dressed-up Atoboy and Atomic on a fun night off, the best of both worlds for our guests new and old, who have graciously supported us through all the changes.”
The menu will have “luxury ingredients including foie gras, truffles, caviar, Norwegian langoustine, dry-aged rib eye, and more. End the night with a special take-away gift featuring in-house baked goods and a special collaboration set with Le labo to extend your sensory experience.”
If love is a kind of magic then cocktails are surely love potions. NYC’s most magical bar, The Cauldron, will be slinging a bevy of concoctions, to go and to stay, such as the glittery Red Ruby Slippers made with vanilla vodka, raspberries and red wine. Heated snow globes will magically set the mood with socially distanced indoor tables set for Sunday .
While a love potion package of $75/per person includes an entrée The Cauldron has gone an extra step to spread joy. They’ve joined forces with The Migrant Kitchen and will donate two meals to those in need for every entrée ordered. With options like a half roast chicken, miso-glazed salmon, plant-based meatballs, vegetable pie it’s a truly delicious deal.
Champagne is dandy but when at the World’s Best Bar 2019 cocktails are the way to go. So, what’s a perfectly lovely alternative to champagne and caviar? A Silver Bullet, of course. The signature martini begins with a hefty dose of Grey Goose, Bombay Sapphire, some Kummel, Noilly Prat Extra Dry, lemon bitters and, of course, Italian caviar ($38). Have no fear, champagne by the glass is always an option for those who simply can’t do without the bubbles.
Michelin-Starred Chef, Shaun Hergatt, is considered an artist when it comes to plating. The real secret? His food tastes better than it looks. While Vestry is brand new to the SoHo neighborhood, they’re already making a splash. The local and hyper seasonal dishes are regularly enhanced with a few authentic Japanese ingredients and hints of Chef Hergatt’s Australian upbringing.
Vestry’s heated outdoor dining area is finally complete and boasts lush sheepskin seats, live greenery and, of course, heaters. “The Vestry team paid particular attention to the chairs for comfort and warmth as a touchpoint for customers to feel taken care of during the winter season.”
While the regular, and truly exceptional, menu is ready to be ordered a la carte, splurge on grilled sea bream for two, shrimp dumplings, carpaccio of toro belly and share with some you love.
Noir, the Supperclub extraordinaire, is open and ready to welcome quarantine crews to a socially distanced fête on Valentine’s Day. The evening includes a dedicated banquette from 6pm – 10pm with couples’ tables on the overhead mezzanine. The swanky art deco inspired club will feature classic cocktails and nibbles in the atmospheric space.