Whether it’s your first date or your 500th, Valentine’s Day is a nice excuse for a weeknight out on the town. Throughout Brooklyn, chefs are preparing special meals for the holiday; here are some of my favorite options:
Farm on Adderley (Ditmas Park)
1108 Cortelyou Rd. (@ Stratford Rd.)
Even commitment-phobes can commit to a reservation at this farm-to-table favorite, which is offering two seatings (6:30 and 8:30 pm) for a three-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day feast ($45/person, plus $22/person for beverage pairings). If planning ahead isn’t your strong suit, no problem – walk-in and dine off the regular menu. (Tip: grab a cocktail first—and pick up those flowers you forgot to buy—at Sycamore Bar & Flowershop a few doors down.)
Palo Santo Restaurant & Wine Bar (Park Slope)
652 Union St. (between 4th & 5th St.)
Tease your palate with unique flavors at this candlelit Latin American restaurant that occupies the first floor of a brownstone. The Valentine’s Day 5-course chef’s tasting menu features artichokes a la plancha with mushrooms and almond romesco and swordfish with quinoa, endive, and grapefruit, among other tantalizing selections. ($150 per couple, wine pairings additional)
ICI (Fort Greene)
246 Dekalb Ave. (@ Vanderbilt Ave.)
Valentine’s Day at iCi feels like having a romantic meal in someone’s home. The Fort Greene favorite is setting the mood with a 3-course prix-fixe meal; options include curried kabocha squash soup and roasted beet and blood orange salad for appetizers, and Syrah-braised beef short ribs and vegetarian lasagne as mains. ($75/person, wine pairings starting at $40/person)
Beer Table (Park Slope)
427B 7th Ave. (between 14th & 15th St.)
If you think sharing food is sexy, then spend Valentine’s Day at Beer Table in Park Slope. The restaurant is offering a romantic, four-course Valentine’s Day shared plate feast that starts with oysters and finishes with—what else—a selection of cheese and chocolate. ($120/couple, includes beer pairings)
If you’re planning to splurge, then Applewood’s the place to do it. The superlative which excels at country-style comfort, is offering an indulgent, candlelit, 6-course Valentine’s Day feast that’s sure to impress. Did we mention the fireplace? ($195/couple or $245/couple with wine pairings)
Of course, if Valentine’s Day isn’t your thing, you can always spend the holiday at Greenpoint’s sewage plant. Seriously.
Image of graffiti by Flickr user bitchcakesny (taken in Greenpoint).