Valentine’s Day is only one week away and it falls on a Saturday, which is the biggest dining out night during the week. Make your plans now so your significant other won’t be disappointed by having to cook at home. Here are some enticing suggestions along the New Jersey Shore.
What could be more romantic than dining by the ocean? How about doing so in a setting reminiscent of St. Tropez? Avenue’s Executive Chef John Johnson has prepared two special menus for the ultimate Valentine’s experience at the Jersey Shore. A Lover’s Brunch with Lobster Hash and Pain Perdu for $30 per person will be served on Saturday and Sunday, February 14 and 15, from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. A prix-fixe dinner menu will be offered on Valentine’s Day from 4:30 p.m.-midnight. Menu highlights include: Organic Salmon Tartare, Diver Scallops Ceviche, Open-Prairie Filet Mignon and Crispy-Skin Black Sea Bass. For dessert it’s a Chocolate Lover’s Sampler. Dinner menu is $48 per person; extra charge for supplements. (Prices are exclusive of tax and gratuity). After dinner enjoy overlooking the ocean at Avenue Nuit for cocktails and dancing. Avenue is located in Pier Village at 23 Ocean Ave, Long Branch. For reservations, call 732-759-2900.
In Asbury Park:
Cross & Orange is Asbury Park’s newest restaurant, Cross & Orange will be offerings it full contemporary American menu to all guests along with Valentine’s Day specials and hand-crafted cocktails that are sure to please everyone’s palate. Visit Cross & Orange for more information and reservations or call 732.361.5502.
Langosta Lounge: The ocean view restaurant will be offering a special Valentine’s Day menu priced a la carte along with specialty cocktails to round out a romantic evening. For reservations and menu details, visit Langosta Lounge. For further information call 732.455.3275.
In Red Bank:
Molly Pitcher Inn: Molly Pitcher Inn is offering a package which includes an overnight stay, champagne upon arrival, dinner, and breakfast in the morning for $275 (taxes included; gratuity is not). *Package is available Friday, Feb. 13th and Saturday, Feb. 14th (Limited Availability Saturday 02/14/15). For more information, click here.
Or visit The Oyster Point Hotel for Valentine’s Day. The hotel is offering a package which includes an overnight stay, champagne upon arrival, dinner, and breakfast in the morning for $275 (taxes included, gratuity is not). *Package is available Friday, Feb. 13th and Saturday, Feb. 14th (Limited Availability Saturday 2/14/15) For more information, click here.
Runa’s Peruvian: Enjoy Runa’s Peruvian Cuisine this Valentine’s Day for a four-course menu featuring Peruvian-inspired aphrodisiac dishes. Two seatings available at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.. $45 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reserve your table today by calling 732.758.8904 (BYOB)
The Chowda House: The Chowda house will be serving a special Valentine’s Day four-course prix fixe menu for $49 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. (BYOB). For more information and to review the menu, jump here.
In Atlantic City:
Girasole is offering a three-course menu from Friday, February 13 through Sunday, February 15 for $33 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity. Menu highlights include: First Course – Caprese Salad or Carpaccio with shiitake and oyster mushrooms; Second Course – Branzino, Sea Bass Filet or Braciola Gnocchi; and Dessert – New York Cheesecake Soufflé or Organic Artisan Gelatos
The Iron Room at Atlantic City Bottle Company on Valentine’s Day will feature a three-course menu: First Course – Cornmeal-Fried Oysters with arugula, hothouse heirloom tomatoes and a roasted pear vinaigrette; Second Course – Atlantic Salmon Crudo with Hackleback caviar, parsley emulsion & fresh lemon; Third Course- Flat Iron Filet with demi-glace, roasted fingerling potatoes, wild mushrooms, and snow peas; Dessert: Sundae for two – half of a homemade funnel cake waffle with vanilla/pistachio gelato, salted caramel, shaved chocolate and cherries jubilee. $65 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, includes a glass of sparkling rosé.
Dining on the Fifth at the Chelsea Hotel
Three Course Dinner: First Course – Cuban Pork Tacos, Empanadas, Calamari or Coconut Shrimp; Second Course – choice of Strip Steak, Salmon, Roast Chicken or Lamb Chops; Third Course – “Love” Dessert a selection from our Pastry Chef accompanied with choice of: Glass of Champagne, La Colombe coffee or tea. $55 per person exclusive of tax and gratuiity. For reservations, call 609.428.4545 or visit Open Table.
In Cape May:
Blue Pig Tavern at Congress Hall will offer an à la carte menu from February 9-February 15. Menu highlights include: Appetizers – Pan seared Barnegat Light Scallops, Roasted eggplant puree, candied bacon, sun dried tomato jam or Main Lobster Ceviche; Entrees – Roasted Cornish Game Hen with chickpea and carrot pilaf, roasted wild mushrooms, baby root vegetable fricassee, herb jus or Sautéed Atlantic Cod with truffle-scented sunchoke and parsnip puree, roasted vegetable medley, braised kale, pumpkin seed pesto; Flourless Chocolate Torte for dessert
For Valentine’s Day, the Ebbitt Room at The Virginia Hotel is offering a four-course Chef’s Tasting Menu with a complimentary glass of Champagne. Highlights include: Black Truffle Crème Fraiche, Mushroom Croquette; second course options include Crispy Duck Rillettes with Celery Root Puree, Apple Chutney, Arugula, Maine Lobster Risotto or House-Cured Salmon with Avocado Relish; some third course choices are Five Spice Crusted Yellow Fin Tuna, New Jersey Black Bass or Grilled Filet of Beef.
During the month of February, the Ebbitt Room will be featuring Diamonds and Dessert – a decadent dark chocolate mousse bar filled with milk chocolate and peanut butter praline made for two and topped with salted caramel sauce, Tahitian vanilla ice cream, and dark chocolate hearts. Each dessert is decorated with a one-of-a-kind 2-carat Cape May diamond, polished and shined from the beaches of Cape May and set upon crushed graham crackers made to resemble the sandy beach.
(The stones themselves have little monetary value, like real diamonds; the memories and legends that are associated with Cape May Diamonds last forever in the sand of the city’s beaches). $75 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations call 609-884-5700 or visit Open Table; for more information, visit The Ebbitt Room.
To make your Valentine’s Day especially romantic, book a room at The Virginia Hotel for the night, which includes: at arrival, a silver tray adorned with chilled Champagne, chocolate truffles and a pair of Cape May Diamond earrings will be delivered to your deluxe room; $110 voucher for dinner for two in the Ebbitt Room, Continental Breakfast for two, Complimentary Valet Parking and 1 p.m. late checkout. (Room rates start at $345). To book a room, visit The Virginia Hotel.
Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten is scheduled to open on February 7
The Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten with executive chef, James Avery, will serve Biergarten staples like schnitzel and wursts, and modern interpretations, like “oysters braten” (a biergarten version of oysters Rockefeller). The Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten will have 29 taps/60-plus bottles, including local beers like Kane and Carton. The design will be similar in concept to the Pilsener Haus (its sister restaurant located in Hoboken), with old-school signage, ironwork and period details, but will capitalize on and incorporate the shore location with bright windows facing the lake between Asbury and Ocean Grove. The Festhalle, located at 527 Lake Avenue, will also feature a large rooftop deck overlooking the lake and the Atlantic Ocean. 732.997.8767
Cross and Orange opens to the public on Thursday, February 12 at 4 p.m. with Executive Chef Sam Byrne at its helm. Chef Sam garnered his experience cooking in some of the most lauded kitchens throughout Europe. In his role as Executive Chef at Cross & Orange, Chef Sam aims to bring the Michelin standard to contemporary American cuisine with a scratch-made approach where everything is handcrafted in his kitchen.
At Cross & Orange, Chef Sam’s menu celebrates old standards, while embracing and creating new ones. Items featured on his scratch-made menu are appetizers such as Confit Pork Wellington wrapped in a bacon pastry and Charred Octopus with pea and fava bean relish. Entrées include Beef Cheek with Sous Vide Filet with parsley crust; Roasted Halibut with seared foie gras, and Chestnut Ravioli. Featured desserts include Crème Brûlée with gingerbread donut and a Winter Truffle. In addition, Cross & Orange will offer a special Chef’s Menu where guests can work directly with Chef Sam to create a menu of their choosing for six or more guests. Cross & Orange, owned by Bob and Chris Fahey, is located in the historic Park Overlook Building at 508 Cookman Avenue. For reservations, call 732.361.5502 or book online at Open Table.
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