Say the word love and many of us have a vision of wandering hand-in- hand with that special someone through the streets, across the bridges and along the river in Paris.
By Tom McDermott
Say the word love and many of us have a vision of wandering hand-in- hand with that special someone through the streets, across the bridges and along the river in Paris. Our star-crossed couple might be on their first trip and looking for just the right bistro, where they can sit for a while; or, perhaps they’re on a return trip sans enfants, and slowly making their way to a familiar place, tucked away in the Left Bank.
My own favorite would be Bistro Mazarin in the Sixth.
Sorry to burst that dream-bubble, but, let’s face it, while Valentine’s Day in a distant romantic city might be a nice dream or even a NetJets reality for the fortunate few, in the immortal words of The Troggs, “Love Is All Around” and by around we mean right here at home.
And here’s the good news: It turns out that, whether you’re planning on a romantic dinner at a restaurant or bringing something wonderful home, Valentine’s Day here can be an international delight.
Blind Brook and the Byram River may not be your romantic ideal, and the nearest bridge may be a work-in-progress, but you can still love the one you’re with and feed her/him very well indeed. And, depending on the place and food of choice, you might just think you’re actually in Paris or Salzburg, or Rome after all, without having to go through security.
Roasted Warm Vegetable Salad or Cavatelli Pasta, Sausage & Sage Butter, Nessa, Port Chester
Gruyere & Truffle Gougere, Aux Delices, Greenwich.
Escargot de Bourgogne, Versailles, Greenwich
Little Neck Clams in Mediterranean Rouget, La Panetière
Lobster Risoto with Truffle Oil, Café Mirage, Port Chester
Filet Mignon & Pan Seared Scallops, Sauce Beurre Rouge with Pan Roasted Fingerling Potatos & Cepollini Onions, Versailles
Boneless Beef Short Ribs & Escarole, Nessa
Nantucket Bay Scallops or Braised Veal Shank, La Panetière
Chocolate Roses, Rye Country Store
Red Velvet Cupcakes, 350° Bakeshop
Pale Pink Lemon Raspberry Petit Fours Hearts, Aux Delices
Heart-Shaped Cookies, Brownies, Macaroons, Patisserie Salzburg.
Meringue Nests, Corner Stone Caterers
Velvet Heart of Chocolate Mousse and Crème Brulee, La Panetière