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Where to Have a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner in the Hudson Valley

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Whether you’re planning a date night at home or heading to a restaurant, there are plenty of delicious Valentine’s Day celebrations in the region.

Ah, Valentine’s Day. It’s that “love it” or “hate it” holiday that takes over stores and shops every February without fail. In the Hudson Valley, local businesses and restaurants go all out for February 14 with prix fixe dinner specials for dine-in and to-go. From classic Italian food to modern fusion, local eateries serve incredible dishes in honor of the love-centric holiday.  Here’s where to look for the most romantic meals in the region this year.

Dine-In

 

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Cellaio

Monticello
February 14, $110/person

This Italian-inspired steakhouse in the Catskills feels like an entire getaway on its own. Sample some of Chef Scott Conant’s incredible inventions during a four-course meal. Each bite is savory and satisfying, starting with fusion like polenta with bacon and black truffles, roasted beets with smoked blue cheese, and Sardinian semolina gnocchi with a bold porcini mushroom ragu. Familiar favorites line the entrée list, like surf & turf or roasted halibut. Two delicious desserts cap one unforgettable evening.

City Winery: Chocolate and Wine Tasting

Montgomery
February 14, $45/person

Who needs a full dinner when you can fill up on red wine and dark chocolate? For lovers of all things vino, head to City Winery for a unique tasting experience with your beloved. The winery’s beverage manager walks patrons through the vast world of chocolate, showcasing how different levels of sweetness and richness can pair with different varietals. If you’ve ever enjoyed port with deep, dark chocolate, this experience will open your eyes to the full spectrum of flavor combinations. Plus, you can take home a bottle for an at-home Valentine’s Day dinner. City Winery also has a special menu for dinner featuring lobster ravioli, beef tartare, and more.

 

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Goosefeather

Tarrytown
February 14, $99/person

Chef Dale Talde has appeared on everything from Chopped to Top Chef and Beat Bobby Flay. To commemorate the day of love, he’ll prepare three courses of cuisine for romantic dining at Goosefeather in Tarrytown. Couples can mix and match between to-die-for bites like spicy tuna tartare, chicken and prawn noodles, and charred purple sweet potatoes over mustard greens. Main course options like sirloin with oxtail, lobster egg foo young, and crispy royal trumpet mushrooms will delight, but make sure to save room for dessert. The green tea and coconut tiramisu is one-of-a-kind.

P.S. For anyone who wants to go the extra mile, Goosefeather offers a bottomless wine package for an additional $36 per person.

Terrapin

Rhinebeck
February 14, $99/person

In honor of the most romantic day of the year, Terrapin invites couples to celebrate with a three-course prix fixe dinner menu that includes a choice of tapas, an entrée, and dessert. Fall in love with specials like Nantucket Bay scallop ceviche, pumpkin ravioli, and butter-poached lobster tails with ginger beurre blanc. Looking for something a bit more casual? Just drop into the Red Bistro, located next to the Dining Room, for the regular menu.

 

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The Greekish

Nyack
February 14, $65/person

Want to celebrate Valentine’s Day a little early? Nyack’s reinvented restaurant The Greekish is slinging special courses all weekend long. Choose to dine on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday and enjoy Chef Constantine Kalandranis’ four-course menu. He specializes in Greek meze, so come hungry and prepare to be impressed. Every reservation comes with a glass of bubbly to get the evening started.

The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel

Poughkeepsie
February 14, $140/couple

Book a spot at The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel’s oh-so-romantic dinner and dance. Beginning at 6 p.m., diners can “cheers” at the top-shelf open bar and dine on decadent eats like a ribeye with black truffle butter and pan-seared Norwegian salmon with Champagne beurre blanc. After savoring a chocolate sampler platter for dessert, couples can head home with a complimentary bouquet of one dozen long-stemmed roses or stay the night at The Grand. Room specials run $215/couple and include breakfast in the morning and complimentary champagne. Did we mention every couple walks away with a box of roses?

 

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The Roundhouse: Smoke on the Water | Steak

Poughkeepsie
February 14, $150/person

Beacon’s The Roundhouse is an impressive venue with lots of atmosphere. This year, the view at Smoke on the Water, the Dutchess County venue’s pop-up eatery, will warm anyone’s heart. Begin the evening with a glass of champagne and an amuse bouche, followed by a four-course dinner in the beautiful waterfall room. Curious diners will have to wait and be wowed by the cuisine, as the courses have yet to be revealed. Each couple will go home with a care package to celebrate the occasion, including sweet treats and champagne.


Takeout

 

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Blu Pointe

Newburgh
$199/couple
Pickup on February 14

A beloved Orange County restaurant on the Hudson River, Blu Pointe is a great choice for top-tier dining at home. The couples’ package is fully customizable, and diners pick two dishes per course from the list. Wagyu beef meatballs, Maryland crab cake, and shrimp cocktail fill out some of the appetizers, and main courses could be lobster tails, Hiddenfjord Salmon, or a Kansas City strip steak. The package comes with a bottle of bubbly and chocolate-covered strawberries (in addition to your choice of dessert), but feel free to add a bottle from the wine list for only $10.

Gaskins

Germantown
$65/person, $60 for vegetarian option
Order by February 9 for February 14 pickup

This community gathering place from NYC ex-pats Nick and Sarah Suarez serves Valentine-in-a-Box dinners. Each course has been curated carefully to match the themes of passion and love. The Pink Salad kicks things off with grapefruit, chicory, pickled beet, and pomegranate vinaigrette. Mains include a braised short rib with buttermilk mashed potatoes or a broccolini salad with porcini mushrooms and polenta. Finally, a flourless chocolate cake seals the deal for dessert. Other dishes are available as add-ons.

 

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Harvest on Hudson

Germantown
$130/couple
Pickup on February 13-14

Harvest on Hudson’s takeout box is decadent and delicious in every way, and the perfect accompaniment to a romantic evening at home. Canapes kick things off in the sea, with lobster vol au vent and trout roe with blinis. Other courses include baked clams, burrata, braised veal cheeks, and baked ricotta dumplings. If you’re feeling bolder than a bottle of wine, a host of creative cocktails are also available to-go. The restaurant didn’t forget about all the brunchers out there, either, as there’s a full brunch box available all weekend as well for $85 a couple. Harvest on Hudson also has dine-in options available with the same special menus.

Savona’s Trattoria

Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Red Hook
$100/couple
Pickup on February 14

Does a heart-shaped ball of burrata make you swoon? Dine in or take out from Savona’s three locations across the Hudson Valley. The classic Italian fare satisfies on cold winter nights. Enjoy chicken rollatini stuffed with prosciutto, cremini mushrooms, and provolone, shrimp bucatini in a lobster cream sauce, or a braised short rib ravioli. Cannoli, NY cheesecake, and heart-shaped gelato can’t be missed for dessert. Add to that two Italian wines to choose from plus an antipasti spread? Now that’s amore.

Shadows on the Hudson

Poughkeepsie
$67/person
Pickup on February 12-14

Just for Valentine’s Day, Shadows has a three-course dinner special for both dine-in and takeout. There are 10 main courses to choose from, and they all sound absolutely scrumptious. Anything from seared scallops to grilled swordfish to root vegetable risotto to filet mignon cover the entire spectrum of tastes and cravings. There are plenty of appetizers and desserts to choose from as well. Whether you’re staring out at the river or seated at your own dining room, Shadows has Valentine’s Day covered.

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