February is known to be the most romantic month of the year and Valentine’s Day is the chance to share an intimate dinner with your special someone. New York City has some of the most romantic restaurants in the world, many of whom feature a special Valentine’s menu incorporating oysters, champagne and chocolate, all guaranteed to spark the libido and make your Valentine Dinner a success.
Our valentine’s recommendations:
Chevalier: Nothing is more romantic than a beautiful Parisian Bistro and Chevalier is the perfect choice in the artistic Baccarat Hotel located at 30 West 53rd St. Featuring modern Parisian cuisine, Chevalier has the ideal atmosphere to wine and dine your lady. Chevalier is serving their special Valentine menu on both Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th 2016.
Begin with a Champagne toast and then enjoy four courses featuring unique choices. Our biggest quandary is between the two entries. Should we have butter poached lobster, kumquats with miso potatoes and baby Swiss chard or confit Wagyu short rib with caramelized broccoli and Cipollini onions? Both choices are enticing, and perfect to share. We definitely suggest trying the caramel milkshake with chocolate marshmallows. The Valentine’s menu is priced at $145 per person. www.baccarathotels.com
Palma: Italy is known for great passion and soulful food. Palma, located at 28 Cornelia St, is a traditional family restaurant that stays true to these principles by serving food made with pure ingredients and of course passion in a charming traditional atmosphere. Their” Buon San Valentino” menu embraces romance. Start with oysters with a Bloody Mary mignonette, scampi, a potato croquette or chicken liver pate. Next, choose between crab and artichoke ravioli or risotto and then seared duck breast, seared scallops or a delicious, traditional escarole and bean dish. Dessert is a choice of rose raspberry macarons, or the ultimate aphrodisiac; puff pastry filled with champagne sabayon and bittersweet chocolate. www.palmanyc.com
The Benjamin Steakhouse: If you enjoy old world charm and elegant ambiance, The Benjamin Steakhouse is perfect for you and your lady on Valentine’s day. Only serving USDA Prime beef, the Benjamin is one of the top steakhouses in NYC. For the special Valentine’s Day Menu start with a Champagne toast and then choose between a half dozen Blue Point Oysters, a jumbo shrimp cocktail, a jumbo lump crab cake, or a marvelous smoky and sweet Canadian bacon served with a chocolate cayenne dipping sauce (see recipe below). For an entrée choose from dry aged porterhouse steak or filet mignon (can be paired with a lobster tail), prime rib or Chilean sea bass and a choice of desserts at $99 per person in NYC or $89 in Westchester. www.benjaminsteakhouse.com
Chocolate-covered Canadian Bacon with Cinnamon and Cayenne Pepper
- 2 slices of extra-thick Canadian bacon
- 1 cup of melted chocolate (made with semi-sweet chocolate morsels)
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- Powdered sugar, to dust top
1) In a double-broiler, melt chocolate morsels. If you do not have a double broiler, simply boil water in a medium-sized pot, then place the chocolate morsels into a smaller sauce pan and place it in the larger pan to melt.
2) Stir in cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
3) Place Canadian bacon in a rack and broil for about 3 minutes on each side.
4) Remove bacon from broiler and pat with a paper towel to remove the oil.
5) With a spoon, coat both sides of the Canadian bacon with chocolate mixture.
6) Place in a lightly buttered pan, and add to broiler for about a minute.
7) Remove, sprinkle with powdered sugar, slice and enjoy!
Happy Valentine's Day!
RAISE YOUR SPIRITS AND GET THE DISH!