Time is running out to make plans for Tuesday's day of romance. There may be some reservations left at places like Bridgehampton's Topping Rose House or the other restaurants doing it up majorly that we mentioned last week. But there are a few walk-in options as well for casual daters or casual diners and some other ways to make the holiday sweet.
A Rose Is a Rose
Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton has a five-course set menu for Valentine's Day for $148. The first course is tuna tartare with Petrossian caviar and brioche. Second course choices are caramelized Maine scallops and seared black sea bass with spinach. The third course options are roasted Maine lobster with black truffle butter and shoestring potatoes or roasted tenderloin of beef with crispy potatoes and onions. Desserts are important with this meal, so much so that there are two courses devoted to them. The fourth course is a choice of a dark chocolate and passion fruit tart or a citrus pavlova with blood orange sorbet with a raspberry Linzer cookie to finish. Reservations can be made on the website.
Elaia Estiatorio is marking Valentine's Day with an $85 four-course menu and a bubbly aperitif from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Start with the amuse of oysters with a Greek mignonette. Second course choices are lump crab with parsley and caramelized onion wrapped in phyllo with a preserved lemon Greek yogurt spread or grilled halloumi cheese with cabbage, carrots, and pomegranate. Mains are either grilled grass-fed ribeye with mushrooms and onion rings, grilled branzino stuffed with crabmeat, or a Greek lasagna with mushroom, ragu, and bechamel. A Greek chocolate pot de creme or baklava finishes the meal. Reservations can be made through the website.
Coche Comedor will augment its regular menu with some Valentine's Day specials. On the holiday itself, the Amagansett restaurant plans to offer caldo de mariscos, which is a chile de arbol broth with clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp, and lobster. A special appetizer of wood grilled local oysters with chorizo butter and crispy leeks is also available. For dessert, a chocoflan with winter citrus and orange caramel keeps up the festive ambiance.
The restaurant does not accept reservations.
For a more relaxed and low key Valentine's Day, East Hampton's Rowdy Hall will have specials of its own in addition to its regular menu. The appetizer is a crispy oyster salad of frisee with lardons and the entree is lamb chops with farro, cucumber, mint salad, and rouille. Couples can finish off the meal with malted milk chocolate pots de creme with chocolate crumbs, hot fudge, and whipped cream.
Valentine's on the Go
Loaves and Fishes in Sagaponack has a picnic box for two people to celebrate Valentine's Day and the days around it. The packed meal comes with a bow and should be ordered one day in advance for pickup Friday through Wednesday.
The boxes have a choice of a main dish and three sides from the weekly menu along with cheese and bread and a choice of a chocolate or vanilla heart shortbread cookie. The main options are an open faced sandwich from the weekly menu for $55, either chicken salad or a quarter rotisserie chicken for $65, salmon for $75, and lobster salad or filet of beef for $95.
Orders can be placed through 631-537-0555, [email protected], or in person in the store.
Wolffer Gift Set
Valentine's Day is a great holiday for rose. This fact has not escaped Wolffer Estate Vineyard, which has a Valentine's Day gift set including a Summer in a Bottle Long Island rose and two hand-blown pinkish glasses by Brydeen and a Wolffer corkscrew. It comes in a Wolffer branded box and is $110 with free shipping.