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Wine and dine for Valentine’s

Ready or not, Valentine’s Day is upon us. If you’re still searching for the perfect romantic treat, we have some suggestions to match any pocketbook.

Ready or not, Valentine’s Day is upon us. If you’re still searching for the perfect romantic treat, we have some suggestions to match any pocketbook.

Flowers and candy are great, but Valentine’s Day is really about treating your special someone to a night on the town. Anthony Scotto’s Rare650 offers a plush, quiet atmosphere where you can whisper soft nothings across the table. Try the gril­led porterhouse for two and the aptly named “Chocolate Wow” — chocolate mousse and white-chocolate filling over chocolate cake, all drizzled with a rich ganache. Rare650 boasts a selection of over 700 wines sure to please even the most critical palate.

But if wine is what you want, consider a trip out to the North Fork, where innkeeper Wilfred Joseph offers an extravagant two-night stay at the Arbor View House Bed and Breakfast in East Marion. The package includes coupons for North Fork wineries, like Duckwalk, where tasting rooms are open year-round. You’ll also be treated to a romantic dinner in nearby Greenport at either the Frisky Oyster, where chef Bobby Beaver embraces the farm-to-table philosophy, or at tapas-friendly Noah’s —the area’s best bet for nightlife. After dinner, return to the Arbor View for a relaxing, romantic aroma-therapy bath. Other amenities include two one-hour massages, a bottle of locally made champagne and a candlelit brunch. Space is still available for this Valentine’s weekend and will run you just under $1,200.

If that’s a little steep, consider a day trip to the South Fork, where the folks at Wolffer Estate will take you on a gustatory adventure in their Tuscan-style tasting room. If you celebrate Valentine’s Day a couple of days early, you can enjoy the jazz stylings of a Manhattan ensemble this Friday while taking in the view of the vineyards still donning their Christmas lights.

Rare650
650 Jericho Turnpike,
Syosset
516-496-8000

Wolffer Estate Vineyards
139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack
631-537-5106

Arbor View House Bed and Breakfast
8900 Main Rd., East Marion
631-477-8440

 
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