Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Westchester (In-House and To-Go)

by Katie Schlientz
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It is no secret restaurant owners have done a lot of pivoting the past year. And by the looks of the options below, these chefs continue to do so, getting creative to help locals celebrate Valentine’s Day in Westchester! The restaurants starred (*) are offering menus both in-house and to-go!

*L’inizio, Ardsley

Husband-and-wife team Scott and Heather Fratangelo have whipped up more than a few ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day at L’inizio! The L’inizio Pasta Box for Two ($125)—including home made dry rigatoni, a jar of their classic marinara sauce, bar corn, pink marshmallows, linzer cookies, and much more—is available all month long. The Valentine’s Day menu—diners choose three courses for $75 or four courses for $85 per person (dessert must be one of the courses)—is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Options include Baked Clams, Mediterranean Salmon Tartar, Pork Shank Ragu Pappardelle, Petite Filet with Cauliflower Steak, and Flourless Chocolate Cake. To view the entire menu, visit liniziony.com.
L’inizio: 698 Saw Mill River Road, Ardsley, NY 10502; 914-693-5400; liniziony.com

*Papi’, White Plains

The fast casual spot will open Sunday to specifically offer their Valentine’s Day three-course menu ($30.95 per person) offering special Italian dishes to enjoy in-house or to go. Celebrate with items like Zucchini Flowers, Focaccia Gourmet Pinsa, Chicken Parmigiana, Bombolini all Nutella and more. 
Papi’: 19 Bank Street, White Plains, 10606; 914-328-6535; papifood.com

*Sweet Grass Grill, Tarrytown

This truly farm to table Rivertown eatery offers their three-course Valentine’s Day menu February 12th through the 14th both in-house and to go. Top dishes include Arancini with homemade fennel sausage, arborio rice, and whipped ricotta; Steak au Poivre with whipped potatoes, goat cheese, and spinach; and for dessert (one option per couple) the Red Velvet Skillet cake served with vegan or local vanilla ice cream.
Sweet Grass Grill: 24 Main Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591; 914-631-0000; sweetgrassgrill.com

*The Greekish, Harrison and Nyack

Chef Constantine Kalandranis uses Valentine’s Day as an excuse to cook everything he loves! His four-course menu is available in-house and to go Friday through Sunday and includes a glass of prosecco for $65 per person. Each meal starts with a dip of your choice plus items like freshly shucked Oysters, Hot Potato Croquettes, Pan Seared Diver Scallops, Grass-Fed Dry Aged Sirloin, and warm, gooey Chocolate Cake & Halvah with Cinnamon Cream. To view the entire menu, visit TheGreekish.com
The Greekish: 8 North Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960; 845-353-1200; or 273 Halstead Avenue, Harrison NY 10528; 914-732-3333; thegreekish.com

*Tramonto, Hawthorne

The in-house prix fixe meal at this Hawthorne hot-spot offers three courses (salad, entrée, and dessert) for $60 per person. Highlights include Arugula and Frisee with Goat Cheese, Oranges, and Hazelnuts; Pappardelle in their signature Veal Bolognese sauce with Whipped Ricotta; and Chicken Scarpariello. For those looking for the takeout option—a bottle of bubbly Prosecco, Baby Green Salad, Garganelli in Creamy Grappa Tomato Mascarpone, Salmon and Steak, and your choice of Ricotta Cheesecake or Tiramisu will only cost $100 for two.
Tramonto: 27 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne NY 10532; 914-347-8220, tramontos.com

*The Rare Bit, Dobbs Ferry

This Dobbs Ferry eatery’s Valentine’s Day in-house and to go menus are available Friday through Sunday. The in-house three-house menu ($69 per person) includes Beef Tartar with filet, dijon, capers, cornichones, and crispy onions pickled potatoes; Baked Cod with white wine, tomato, and basil sauce with orzo pilaf; Wellington for Two  (+$30), and fan-favorite Peanut Butter Pie. To view the entire menu, visit therarebitdf.com. Not ready to dine in? Their Beef Wellington for Two to go ($90), which includes two sides off our menu and dessert. To order, email Scott@therarebitdf.com.
The Rare Bit: 23 Cedar Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY, 10522; 914-693-8000; therarebitdf.com

*Sonora, Port Chester

Sonora’s in-house menu—a three-course prix fixe for $55 per person—includes items like Maine Lobster Bisque, Herb Half-Roasted “Free-Bird” Chicken, and a Chef’s Tasting for dessert. The Valentine’s Day to-go packages feed two and includes a first course, entée, two sides, dessert, and a bottle of wine. The bottle of Spanish Cava package is $99 and the Villarica Rioja Reserva 2015 is $150. To view the full menus, visit sonorarestaurant.net.
Sonora: 179 Rectory Street, Port Chester, NY 10573; 914-933-0200; sonorarestaurant.net

Alvin & Friends, New Rochelle

Turn up the romance with Alvin & Friends Valentine’s Day special. Join us in house for dinner with live piano music (limited seating due to COVID restrictions) or order your dinner for take out on Sunday. The three-courses offer a choice of soup or salad, choice of entrée and choice of dessert for $60 per person plus 20% gratuity. Dishes include Curry Corn Crab Chowder, Creole Shrimp Ettouffe, Broiled Chilean Sea Bass, Rum Punch Glazed Pork Belly, and Chocolate Lovers Chocolate Cake. 
Alvin & Friends: 14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle, NY 10801; 914-654-6549; www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com/

The Shop Ardsley, Ardsley

Opening in the middle of a pandemic isn’t stopping husband-and-wife team Michael and Susy Glick from whipping up creative meals and February 14th is no different. For $50 per person, diners receive a drink, appetizer, entrée, and dessert off their special Valentine’s Day menu, which includes items like Tuna Tartar, Atlantic Salmon, Braised Short Rib, and Chocolate Cake.
The Shop Ardsley: 711 Saw Mill River Road, Ardsley, NY, 10502; 914-591-4321; theshopardsley.com

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