Eat Your Heart Out: Valentine’s Day Westchester

by Katie Schlientz
alvin and friends

Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, and if you’ve had the week I’ve had, you have zero plans! Don’t worry. I’ve rounded up the best list for those last minute reservations (providing an evening so romantic, you’re SO will never know you booked two days in advance!).

Here’s where to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Westchester:

Lucky in Love

Nonno’s Trattoria
Tucked in Empire City Casino, Nonno’s Trattoria packages traditional Italian fare in a classically quaint restaurant.
What’s the Deal? The three-course meal—including salad or soup, Surf-n-Turf entrée, and a Heart-Shaped Cannoli Cake for Two, is $80 per couple.
Book Now: 810 Yonkers Ave., Yonkers, 914-968-4200,

Chutney Masala

Spice it Up

Chutney Masala
Chef Navjot Arora combines authentic recipes and fresh ingredients to make an incredibly delicious experience his Irvington Indian Bistro.
What’s the Deal? For $49.95 prix-fixe menu includes three-courses and a glass of Prosecco. Dine on Guac Chickpea Chaat (a chickpea salad with guacamole and plantain chips), Ginger Lamb Chops with Homestyle Yellow Lentils and Fresh Tandoori Breads, and Mango Mousse with Seasonal Berries. View the Menu
Bonus: The menu is available Wednesday through Friday!
Book Now: 76 Main St., Irvington, 914-591-5500,

Hoppy Valentine’s Day

Yonkers Brewing Co.
Located steps away from the Yonkers waterfront (and Metro North Train Station), the brewery is one of the few in the area that has a full-scale goodies (meaning extensive menu) to pair with their stellar craft brews. Okay, ladies, I know what you’re thinking… This is more for him. While it may be more casual than your traditional Vday go-tos, YBC is always a good time.
What’s the Deal? One of the most cost-effective Valentine’s Dinners, you receive three-courses for a mere $32.99. Start with Beer Steamed Clams with Pesto, before you move on to Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with Cauliflower Puree. Finish the meal with a Honey Beer Panna Cotta with Strawberries. View the Menu
Bonus: The menu is available Wednesday through Friday!
Book Now: 92 Main St., Yonkers, 914-226-8327,

alvin and friends

Live {Heart} Beats

Alvin & Friends
One of my favorite spots in New Rochelle! Wednesday’s dinner pairs live music with Alvin Clayton’s delicious food.  Pianist Dinah Vero and pianist Jon Weiss play in both dining rooms.
What’s the Deal? The four-course prix fixe is $140 per couple and includes a champagne toast. My suggestions? The Applewood Smoke Pork Belly with Alvin’s Famous Rum Punch Sauce, Winter Chicken Noodle Soup, Slow Cooked Oxtail, and Pistachio Cheesecake (pictured above).
Book Now: 14 Memorial Hwy, New Rochelle, 914-654-6549,


Fishing for Two

Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish
So fresh, so clean. The restaurant pairs fresh fish options with local produce (sometimes from their own backyard!)
What’s the Deal? The big draw to this prix fixe menu ($85 per person) is the Raw Bar, featuring Oyster Ceviche, Blackened Shrimp Cocktail, and Cape Bay Scallop Parmesan. But don’t fill up—there are three additional courses featuring goodies like She Crab Soup, Slow Roasted Long Island Duck, and a Chocolate and Strawberry Bomb.
Book Now: 100 Titicus Rd., North Salem, 914-617-8380,


Mon Amour (For Lunch!)

La Panetèire
This elegant eatery’s focus is two fold—offering top-level service with a refined menu chock full of flavorful French far.
What’s the Deal? Wednesday’s dinner has two options—with wine ($140 per person) or $90 per person. While some of the other options offer a selection for each course, La Panetèire does all the thinking for you, providing a tasting menu with Sea Scallops with Black Truffles, Slow Braised Shank of Young Veal, and Scarlet Heart of Mocha Mousse. View the Menu
A lunch menu is also available Wednesday from 12-2:30 p.m. for $45 per person!
Book Now: 530 Milton Rd., Rye, 914-967-8140,

sambal irvington

Oodling those Noodles

Sambal Thai & Malaysian
The readers of Westchester Magazine voted Sambal Best Thai Restaurant in the county, and I agree… They know what’s good! Thai food is all about offering sweet, sour, salty (and more!) in each dish, and the Irvington waterfront restaurant executes it well.
What’s the Deal? Anytime Sambal’s Shrimp Tom Yum soup is on the menu, I’m head over heels, so I think the three-course prix-fixes for $49.95 is a win-win. Plus, you get to toast with a glass of sparkling wine! View the Menu
Bonus: The menu is available Wednesday through Friday!
Book Now: 4 West Main St., Irvington, 914-478-2200,

valentines day in westchester

There’s Love in the Name

Cafe of Love
Farm-to-table isn’t just a moniker here; at Cafe of Love, it’s a way of life. Chef/owner/rockstar Leslie Lampert sources ingredients that are uber local, creating flavor-forward dishes that are out of this world.
What’s the Deal? Leslie is all about making things special, so she’s whipped up some offers available for Valentine’s Day. You can take a look at the full list here, but I heart the idea of digging into the Love You S’mores for dessert (and possibly pairing that with some Pink Prosecco)!
Book Now: 38 East Main St., Mount Kisco, 914-242-1002,


I Heart Wine Pairings!

Fig & Olive
Listen, there’s a lot to love about Mediterranean ingredients, and at Fig & Olive, there’s no shortage! Plus, you can enjoy their sweet selection of craft cocktails, all in a chic setting.
What’s the Deal? The three-course prix fixe menu is $65 per person, but if you add an additional $25, you receive a wine pairing with each selection. View the Menu
Book Now: 696 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale, 914-725-2900,

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