There really isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula for romance. What’s elegant to some, feels stuffy to others. C’est la vie.
The solution, of course, is choosing the perfect dinner that suits your date style. Maybe you aren’t the champagne-sipping, souffle-nibbling type— or maybe you are, that’s fine too.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite romantic restaurants options in Westchester for a range of date styles. Everything from stand-up comedy to Flamenco music to a posh prix fixe.
The menus listed were for Valentine’s Day 2014, but we think the list works any time of year.
Casual and Cool
Butterfield 8, White Plains. $80 per couple includes four courses plus a complimentary bottle of wine at this gastropub. Reservations recommended. 147 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains. 914-358-4881, www.butterfield8whiteplains.com.
Restaurant 121, North Salem. $121 per couple for four courses, available Feb. 14 and 15. Begin with an amuse bouche and work your way to the roasted veal chop for two. 2 Dingle Ridge Rd., North Salem, 914-669-0121, www.121group.com.
Freelance Cafe and Wine Bar, Piermont. $65 per person for three-courses. Dishes are simple and elegant. We like the sweet and savory duck dumplings with apple, cider glaze and dried apricots, or the wasabi-crusted Pacific Ahi tuna, served with roasted potatoes, broccolini spicy seaweed salad. 506 Piermont Ave. 845-365-3250, www.xaviars.com.
Lola’s Mexican Kitchen, White Plains. $80 per couple, includes a four-course prix fixe and complimentary bottle of wine. Reservations recommended. 169 East Post Road, White Plains, 914-358-4939, www.lolaswhiteplains.com.
Mambo 64, Tuckahoe. Special a la carte menu available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday includes mussels, cinnamon hot chocolate fondue and sexy cocktails. Two seatings on Valentine’s day, 7 and 9:30 p.m., will be entertained by live Flamenco guitar and a castanet dancer. 64 Main St, Tuckahoe, 914-222-9964, www.mambo64.com.
Thyme, Yorktown Heights. $75 per person includes three-courses and a glass of champagne. We like the stuffed sole, with spinach, wild mushrooms, crab, coconut rice and buerre blanc. And for dessert, try chocolate lava cake with strawberry infused whipped cream. 3605 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights, 914-788-8700, www.thymerestaurant.net.
Moderne Barn, Armonk. $85 per person for three courses, or spring for the wine pairing for $130. Chef Ethan Kostbar loves a good holiday, and his Valentine’s Day dishes include a tuna sushi seaweed salad with spicy mayonnaise, pickled ginger and wasabi, ricotta gnocchi and a vanilla bean cheesecake with lemon curd and raspberry coulis. Special menu available from 5 to 11 p.m.. 430 Bedford Rd, Armonk, 914-730-0001, www.modernebarn.com.
Birdsall House, Peekskill. $55 per person ($70 paired with beer or wine) for a four-course menu that features fig and rosemary stuffing, roast leg of Hemlock Hill lamb and a chocolate cookie crust with salted caramel ice cream among many other dazzling dishes. Available 5 p.m. to midnight, reservations recommended. 970 Main Street, Peekskill, 914-930-1880, birdsallhouse.net.
Alvin and Friends, New Rochelle. $75 per person includes a romantic champagne toast, three-courses and live musical entertainment from The Mellowtones. 14 Memorial Hwy., New Rochelle, 914-654-6549, www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com.
An American Bistro, Tuckahoe. $50 per person for three courses available Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Try the crispy duck leg confit, with sweet potato chipotle gratin, bok choy and apricot gastromique. 296 Columbus Ave., Tuckahoe, 914-739-0807, www.anamericanbistro.com.
Dressed Up and Delicious
Bedford Post Inn, Bedford. $95 per person with optional $60 wine pairing. Themed four-course menu starts with “first kiss” farmhouse antipasti with marinated vegetables, cured meat and olives, then works its way to “wedding bells,” which presents a choice between grilled lobster and stip beef loin. 954 Old Post Rd., Bedford, 914-234-7800, www.bedfordpostinn.com.
Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges, Pound Ridge. $98 per person for an elegant, minimalist meal. Dishes include Maine lobster with Meyer lemon risotto and basil, roasted beef tenderloin with carrots and miso-mustard sauce and a spectacular chocolate and cherry black forest cake. 258 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, 914-764-1400, www.theinnatpoundridge.com.
Equus at Castle Hotel and Spa, Tarrytown. $125 per person for six courses, $175 with wine pairing. Seating is available from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15. Reservations are required. Six offerings including Peekytoe crab, beet risotto, a passion fruit sorbet and Hawaiian milk chocolate. Equus Restaurant at Castle Hotel and Spa, 400 Benedict Ave., Tarrytown, 914-631-3646, www.castlehotelandspa.com.
42 the Restaurant, White Plains. $225 per couple for five courses, plus special Valentine’s cocktails. Seatings at 4:30, 7:15 and 9:45. Located at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, One Renaissance Square, White Plains, 914-761-4242, www.42therestaurant.com.
Le Chateau, South Salem. An entire weekend of Valentine’s Day meals starts with three-courses on Friday, $75 per person. Lunch on Saturday, 12 to 3 p.m., $45 per person or dinner, which features a special a la carte menu. Bruch will be served from 12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.1410 Route 35, South Salem, 914-533-6631, lechateauny.com.
Twisted Oak, Tarrytown. Reservations are hard to come by because the word is out about chef Michael Cutney’s lovable new restaurant. The menu is flexible and printed daily depending on the chef’s mood and theme, but we’re sure he’ll cook up something romantic for the big night. 61 Main Street, Tarrytown, 914-332-1992. No website yet. Facebook: The Twisted Oak.
Club Car, Mamaroneck. $85 per person for three courses. Choose from sumptuous dishes like brandied lobster bisque, seared foie gras on bruschetta and roasted veal with sauteed flageolet and baby arugula. 1 Station Plaza Mamaroneck, 914-777-9300, clubcarny.com.
Peter Pratt’s Inn, Yorktown. A special Valentine’s la carte menu available from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.. Dishes beginning at $25. Reservations recommended. 673 Croton Heights Road, Yorktown, (914) 962-4090, www.prattsinn.com.
Off-beat and Out-of-the-box
Fortina, Armonk. Chef Christian Petroni decided to forgo the popular prefixe in favor of a chef’s tasting menu. Guests let their server know how much they’d like to spend per person, perhaps $35 or $100, and Petroni will cook a special meal “on the fly” just for them— tailored to tastes, preferences and price range. Reservations are booking fast. 17 Maple Ave., Armonk, 914-273-0900, www.fortinapizza.com.
The Cookery, Dobbs Ferry. No heart-shaped raviolis, roses or fancy chocolates but chef Dave DiBari’s Valentine’s dishes will make you blush. The special menu features tail, tongue, heart and neck— as in grilled beef heart with onion soup pudding, crisp duck tongues with pumpkin puree and maple syrup and veal tail caciatore. 39 Chestnut Street, Dobbs Ferry, 914-305-2336, www.thecookeryrestaurant.com.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Yonkers. All month long the movie theater-restaurant is showing classic romantic movies like “Casablanca,” “You’ve Got Mail” and “West Side Story.” Visit the website for showtimes, and expect film-themed menus when you visit. 2548 Central Park Ave., Yonkers, 914-226-3082, drafthouse.com.
Captain Lawrence, Elmsford. Make your celebration last, with Valentine’s trivia at the brewery from 8 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 13. in the tasting room. Anything and everything to do about the holiday of love and beer along with it to boot. 444 Saw Mill River Rd., Elmsford, 914-741-2337, www.captainlawrencebrewing.com.
Sur La Table, White Plains, Yonkers and Nanuet. Date night cooking classes in all of the cooking emporium’s educational kitchens. Two classes, 6 and 9 p.m. for $79 per person. Visit the website for more information about the class and to register, www.surlatable.com.
La Tulipe, Mount Kisco. Artisan chocolate class taught by one of Westchester’s premier French pastry chefs. Chef Maarten Steenman will guide you through everything you need to know about creating delicious Artisan chocolate confections at home, with plenty of tasting along the way. 7-10:30 p.m., Feb. 12., $145.00 per student. 455 Lexington Ave., Mount Kisco, 914-244-9460, www.latulipedesserts.com.
The River’s Edge, Yonkers. Valentine’s themed night of stand-up comedy and plenty of food and drink. $40 per person includes a wine tasting, appetizers and a buffet dinner spread. Doors open at 6 p.m., showtime at 8. Get your tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com, or reserve at the restaurant. 1064 McLean Ave., Yonkers, 914-237-9823, theriversedgeyonkers.com.