Table for Two

From chocolate fondue to steak-and-wine, Long Island restaurants are putting together menus that will make even card-carrying members of the anti-Valentine’s Day movement want to book a table Feb. 14. Pulse played dinnertime cupid by rounding up the top Long Island Valentine’s Day 2017 offerings.

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Nick & Toni’s, East Hampton

Nick & Toni's

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A favorite of folks you may have heard of like Christie Brinkley and Alec Baldwin, Nick & Toni’s serves plated perfection. Though getting a table is a small miracle come summer, Long Islanders can get a taste of the hotspot’s raved-about dishes on what will likely be a quieter Valentine’s Day (that doesn’t mean there won’t be a wait for walk-ins—reservations are recommended). Pair the French 75 cocktail, made with The Botanist Gin, lemon and Champagne, with local Peconic pearl oysters, for a celebratory start to the evening. Go

Mirabelle Restaurant & Tavern, Stony Brook


This French inspired restaurant has a pair of seating options: a formal white-tablecloth dining room for couples craving one of those kinds of dinners and a cozy tavern with a brick fireplace and checkered throw pillows for diners who prefer a jeans-and-a-button-down vibe. Either way, Chef Guy Reuge’s three-course menu will delight, especially when bookended with oysters served with Champagne-mignonette and a passion fruit mousse cake that tastes as festive as it sounds. Go 

Sandbar, Cold Spring Harbor

There’s always great eating on our sandbar, but the lessing’s new eatery hailing by the name is offering some of the best around. image: yvonne albinowski

There’s always great eating on our sandbar, but the lessing’s eatery hailing by the name is offering some of the best around. image: yvonne albinowski

Upscale meets effortless at this sleek, nautical-themed restaurant. The elegant dining room includes 11 chandeliers, ample windows and waterfront paintings by local artists. The food is known to be impressive without trying too hard, perhaps like your main squeeze was at first blush. Sandbar’s Valentine’s Day menu includes a roasted rack of lamb, which is cooked with cranberry and served with sweet potato for a dish that truly warms the soul even on a cold winter’s night. Traditional romantics will love splitting a plate of chocolate covered strawberries. Go

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, Garden City

Crab Cake

There’s something about shareable small plates that invites conversation, making Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas a match made in heaven for couples who rarely look up from their iPhones at the dinner table. One bite of the Goffle Farms chicken, braised in Pinot Noir and served with hearty root vegetables, will have guests ignoring their phones—and politics-infested social media feeds—for the evening. Go

Del Frisco’s Grille, Huntington

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City-dwelling, meat-loving pairs who aren’t feeling the LIRR should make a date at Del Frisco’s Grille. The offshoot of popular Del Frisco’s Steakhouse in NYC, which opened this summer in Walt Whitman Shops, is turning Valentine’s Day into a five-day affair with a special menu starting Friday, Feb. 10 at 4pm. Standouts include the jumbo lump crab stuffed Maine lobster tail with garlic grits, charred lemon and roasted pepper and basil cream and dry aged bone-in ribeye. The dishes are best paired with the Flirting with Ginger, an off-menu cocktail made with Absolut Citron, Domaine de Canton ginger, cranberry juice, lemon sour and candied ginger. Go

Pentimento, Stony Brook



Diners can get cozy at this intimate hangout known for bringing Italy to the North Shore. For Valentine’s Day, Pentimento is spreading the love over a seven-day span with Valentine’s Day specials for lunch, brunch and dinner Feb. 9-16. Though the eatery is still finalizing plans, rest assured you can’t go wrong with any dish with red sauce. Go

Almond, Bridgehampton



Escape to the Hamptons for a taste of France. Housed in a building with a 100-year-old tin ceiling, Almond’s intimate candlelit tables and French-bistro style décor make it a perfect place to reserve a table for two. Though it’s bustling every summer, Almond is offering a Long Island Valentine’s Day 2017 menu that shows it’s just a delicious in cooler months. Think a winter salad with citrus and avocado and Peconic Bay scallops cooked in blood orange soubise. Go

Hush Bistro, Farmingdale

Hush Bistro seats about 25, making it ideal for couples hoping to hear one another speak in an intimate setting. On Valentine’s Day, Chef Marc Anthony Bynum will serve a three-course meal ($75) with an option for wine pairings for an additional $25. Brunch enthusiasts will fall for the canapés, a hors d’oeuvre that boasts ingredients like smoked salmon everything bagel crumb, oyster and granny smith apple. Go

Ruvo Kitchen & Wine Bar, Greenlawn and Port Jefferson



Italians are known to be generous when it comes to food and wine, and Ruvo, a southern-Italy style eatery, is taking that to heart on Valentine’s Day. Guests receive complimentary champagne and chocolate truffles along with a prix fixe menu that includes the raved-about 14oz New York shell steak. Go

Del Fuego, Babylon, Patchogue, St. James

Del Fuego

No false advertising at Del Fuego: the Tex-Mex is so good, it’s on fire. image: yvonne albinowski

Mix it up this Valentine’s Day with champagne sangria at Del Fuego. As for the Tex-Mex, it’s so good, Pulse food reviewer Richard Scholem once proclaimed, “it’s on fire.” The Yucatan Chicken Enchiladas come with gooey cheddar jack cheese, spicy Fuego salsa and pickled onions for a dish that takes tastebuds on the best kind of rollercoaster. Go

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.