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Valentine’s Day Dining

bistroduvillage01w2010 Wantagh Ave

This romantic café is known for its affordable tasting menus. On V-Day, they have a three-course prix fixe for $35 where you can choose from the regular menu. But you can make this day very special and splurge on the $85, eight-course tasting menu. Entrees include grilled jumbo shrimp, hanger steak, rack of lamb, prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin or soy-ginger glazed salmon. Standout starters are the lobster “knuckle” sandwich, tuna tartar, short rib-bleu cheese quesadilla.  ($35 per person)

Gabrielle’s Brasserie
& Wine Bar

22 North Park Ave
Rockville Centre


This hot spot on the South Shore, with a more than reasonable everyday three-course prix fixe policy ($30 for dinner/$15 for lunch), offers a four-course repast to lovers on Fri/Sat/Sun. on Valentine’s weekend and includes sparkling strawberry wine. Expect to choose from creatively prepared salmon with lentils or their popular marinated hanger steak, plus a roster of salads and unique starters.  ($65 per person)

Jonathan’s Ristorante
15 Wall Street

This popular standby is offering a special Valentine’s three-course prix fixe with eight different appetizers and entrees. Choices include Shrimp & Crab Bisque, Mozzarella di Bufala and Calamari Fritti. Entrees include Risotto with scallops, Alaskan king salmon, Blackened Yellowfin Tuna, and much more plus homemade desserts.  ($45 per person)

Babylon Carriage House
21 Fire Island Ave.

Starting as early as 3 p.m., the special “Aphrodisiac” menu offers individually priced items from a five course menu lovingly labeled as “Slurp-Nibble-Intermezzo-Indulge-Relish.” Standouts include Asparagus Parmesan Bisque, Valentine Salad of mixed greens, toasted almonds, strawberries and raspberries and fig vinaigrette; Thai Calamari, filet mignon, roasted duck and braised pork shank.  (A la carte)

Nico at The Mansion
712 Main Street
631- 581-1900

It would be difficult to find a more romantic and elegant setting than this 130-year-old Victorian mansion with a warm and cozy feel. After a complimentary champagne toast couples can dine on a three-course dinner with a wide range of choices form chef Richard Lanza’s Italian influenced menu including standouts such as grilled oysters, roasted vegetable tower, lobster bisque on the appetizer menu and pan-seared diver scallops, peppercorn encrusted duck breast or something called Romeo and Juliet, consisting of beef tenderloin and garlic grilled shrimp.  ($49.95 per person )

Palio Ristorante
399 Jericho Tpke.
516- 443-9100

This new Italian spot offers a five-course prix fixe where diners can choose between two different menus, Lei and Lui. Lei offers: Insalatina Di Aragosta with steamed Maine lobster and asparagus; Raviolo Di Barbabietola with red beet ravioli, fennel soup and black truffles; Sorbetto Di Melograno with pomegranate sorbet and green apple caviar; Grilled Beef Tenderloin with wild mushrooms, Frangelico sauce and jumbo shrimp in puff pastry. Dessert offers Bombolini with strawberries and hot chocolate di Saronno Cicchetto.  ($75 per person/$150 per couple)

Bistro du Village
172 Main St
Port Washington

Every day is Valentine’s Day at this charming little classic French restaurant; one that you’d feel fortunate to stumble upon on a side street in Paris or Nice. The narrow room is warmly designed with sheer curtains, huge mirrors and subdued lighting from antique fixtures and candles. French-born Eric LeDily, chef and owner along with his wife Laraine will offer a three-course special menu. ($70 per person)

Café Formaggio
307 Old Country Rd.
Carle Place

This popular spot near the malls will offer massage raffles and a late night martini and tapas menu. All day and night, Friday and Saturday, two different prix fixe menus will be available. One will include antipasto, pasta and dessert and the other includes antipasto, entrée, dessert and a non-alcoholic drink or champagne. Menu items include Cold Seafood Salad, Mozzarella Fresca, Calamari Fritti, Baked Clams, Rigatoni Fiorentina, Mussels Puttanesca, Penne Alla Vodka, Gnocchi Tartufo, Branzino Figuro, Lamb Spiedini and Veal Osso Bucco.  ($29 and $36 per person)

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