Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Reservations: 7 Romantic Restaurants in Westchester and Rockland

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Uh-oh. Valentine’s Day is Tuesday. And you haven’t made a reservation for one of the most popular restaurant-going evenings of the year.

“I think this weekend is when they realize that it’s coming up in a couple of days,” says Jean LeBris, owner of the very romantic Vox, a French restaurant in the country setting of North Salem. “They better make a move or they’ll be in the dog house!”

Lanterna Tuscan Bistro in Nyack, flickering with candles. File/TJN

Yes, lots of places are already booked solid. But don’t worry. We’ve got your back. Earlier this week, we called seven — yes, lucky seven — of the region’s most romantic restaurants to find out if tables were available, and at what times. We can’t guarantee these reservations are still available, but its worth a try. So here’s your ticket out of the dog house. So don’t delay, go ahead and make a make a reservation!

Check out the list, after the jump. And if these don’t float your boat, check out our map of a few of my favorite romantic restaurants in Westchester and Rockland.

Plates, Larchmont

As cozy as a country house on a snowy day, Plates, with its black-and-white color scheme and comfy banquettes, is a perfect place to steal away for a romantic meal any time of the year. But for Valentine’s Day, the draw is the three-course prix fixe meal with such sexy dishes as Blue Point Oysters, a Foie Gras Duo, Lobster Risotto and Waygu “Mishima” Grade Sirloin. Only early birds or latecomers will get tables, though; seatings were still available at 5 p.m. (when the prix fixe is $50) and at 8:30 p.m. (when it’s $70).
Details: 121 Myrtle Blvd., Larchmont. 914-834-1244, platesonthepark.com.

Old ‘76 House, Tappan

Original wooden beams from, yes, the 1700s. Wide-planked wooden floors. A roaring fireplace. What else could you want in a romantic restaurant? How about a duet of talented musicians singing love songs? OK, you’ve got that, too. Singer Ellen Kaye and guitarist Ethan Fein will serenade you while you choose among the tavern-influenced menu, a three-course, prix fixe for $49.95. DIshes include Maine Dayboat Scallops, Baked Lobster Mac and Cheese, Escargot and Onion Soup Lafayette, which is made from a recipe dating to 1783. The most popular times are taken, but there are reservations available at 5 and at 9:15 p.m.

Details: 110 Main Street Tappan. 845-359-5476. 76house.com

Union Restaurant & Bar Latino, Haverstraw

Union has a little more energy than you might normally consider suitable for a romantic restaurant — but think about the amorous nature of Latino food! And don’t worry, the lights are dimmed, and the setting is a great mix of casual and classy. Chef David Martinez’s menu is $55 for four courses, and the choices include rock shrimp tempura and chimichurri-braised lamb shank. Tables are available at 5:30 and after 8 p.m.

Details: 22-24 New Main St., Haverstraw. 845-429-4534, unionrestaurant.net

Vox, North Salem

You can’t go wrong with a country inn with a city sensibility. Vox, nestled in the hills of North Salem, has a movie-inspired interior, complete with decorative theater seats and a bar that shows romantic films. Reservations are booking fast, but there are still seats available here and there, says owner Jean LeBris. The $75 Valentine’s menu has lots of aphrodisiacs, including oysters, foie gras, duck and filet mignon. Dessert, of course, is chocolate.

Details: 721 Titicus Road, North Salem, 914-669-5450, www.voxnorthsalem.com

Lanterna Tuscan Bistro, Nyack

For people-watching, sit in the big glass window that looks onto South Broadway. For privacy, sit in the back corner, far from the street. Either way, flickering candles, white tablecloths and exposed brick give this urban-chic restaurant some definite cred in the romantic department. Chef-owner Rossano Giannini will serve his regular menu (we love the parmesan basket salad and just about any pasta), but he’ll also prepare a few romantic specials: lamb shank, lobster, ahi tuna and heart-shaped ravioli. Aw. Tables are available at 5:30, 6, 8:30 and 9 p.m.

Details: 3 S. Broadway Ave., Nyack. 845-353-8361, lanternausa.com

Equus, Tarrytown

If soft lighting, quiet conversation and stunning views of the Hudson sound like your idea of a good Valentine’s spot, then Equus is your place — as long as you’re also really into food. Equus’ new chef, Chihara Takei, is planning a seven-course tasting menu for $120, and the choices sound divine. Tuna Tartare, lobster risotto, striped bass, Black Angus tenderloin and two desserts, all paired with impressive wines. Tables are available between 5 and 6:15 p.m. and also at 8:45 and 9 p.m.

Details: At the Castle on the Hudson, 400 Benedict Ave., Tarrytown. 914-631-3646, www.castleattarrytown.com.

Crabtree’s Kittle House, Chappaqua

What could be more romantic than great wine? And Kittle House, with its 70,000-bottle cellar, is the place to get it. Choose anything from Alsace to Zinfandel, and enjoy it sittng in front of the fire, dining on chef Marc Lippman’s menu of Hudson Valley-inspired cuisine. He’s offering four courses for $75, and there are tables still available at 6 and 9:30 p.m. Bonus: a long-stemmed rose for the ladies.

Details: 11 Kittle Road, Chappaqua, 914-666-8044, www.kittlehouse.com

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

3 Comments

  1. Liz, don’t forgot Le Chateau Restaurant – voted “Most Romantic Restaurant” by Westchester Readers Poll 2009
    Tucked away high on a hillside – while meandering up the long driveway you realize you truly are being whisked away to a special place, by that favorite someone in your life. The warm, rich tones of the fireplaces glow stream from the windows as you approach the entranceway. Once inside greeted with a friendly atmosphere, you feel as though you are home in your own estate manor. The aromas of the special menu, created by chef Andre Molle, fill the senses with excitement of what is only the beginning of a true romantic evening. Reservations are just about booked to capacity for Valentlnes, if you can’t get in on the Big night you will still have a chance to impress for Le Chateau is always known for its romantic affectionados! Many proposal & weddings have been celebrated here in this atmosphere of love.

  2. Wendy Weinstein on

    Thanks Liz. I say even if only 5 pm reservations are left — don’t think of it as early bird, think love bird!!!

  3. As corny as it sounds we had such a fun time at White Castle last night. They decorate with red table cloths (plastic of course!), a rose candle, and chocolate candies dotted the table. A hostess greats you, takes your (soft) drink order, and the food (you know what that is), for dessert, chilled cheesecake on a stick is a special free dessert. And the pièce de résistance News12 was there to film the festivities. Ended up on the 10:00 News…

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