Is February the month of romance? I don’t know. But I do know that the greatest marketing tool that Hallmark ever created occurs smack in the middle of the coldest, snowiest month there is, and that makes Valentine’s Day a holiday worth celebrating. If you’re in the mood for culinary canoodling with your significant other—or if you’re merely looking for a cute and cozy place to spend February 14—here’s our go-to list for restaurants to spend the holiday.
The New York Times once called this Wading River spot the most romantic restaurant on Long Island—and we’re inclined to agree. Perched on a slip of beach, this beautiful restaurant features French-inspired cuisine in a near-perfect atmosphere. Tablecloths are still en vogue at La Plage, as is slow-cooked osso bucco.
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This Bay Shore restaurant has been providing excellent food and atmosphere to guests since way back in 2006. There are several dedicated eating areas, a few of which feature stunning fireplaces—the better to cozy up to. And is there anything more romantic than wild mushroom risotto finished with truffled pecorino?
Chef-owner Jonathan Contes keeps things interesting at St. James’ intimate Mosaic, which features an ever-changing tasting menu for a little under $100 per person. Menus are typically five courses and embrace international flavor profiles. Contes’ wine list is no less impressive. You’ll need a reservation—Mosaic’s thimble-sized dining room makes it as desirable as your date.
With its romantic lighting, brick accents, and white tablecloths, Wild Honey, in Oyster Bay, is definitely a destination restaurant for those looking for a little dining intimacy. And if you’re looking to break down barriers between you and your date, opt for the baby back ribs. Who said a little messy dining wasn’t attractive?