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BWW Previews: VALENTINES DAY DINING Try Our Fantastic Choices

SRO (Bowery)

World-champion pizzaiola, Giulio Adriani has opened SRO, New York City's only pizza speakeasy. SRO, which stands for Single Room Occupancy, is situated in an inconspicuous 24-seat room illuminated by the glowing embers of a traditional wood-burning Neapolitan pizza oven. SRO also gives a nod to the Bowery of yore, when low-income housing lined the infamous row; bands like The Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie played at the now-defunct CBGBs; and neighborhood restaurants were discovered word-of-mouth. What better way to spend a Valentine's Day than enjoying great food at this hidden gem. SRO patrons enter through an invisible door inside Espoleta Tapas & Wine Bar with a street-front "No Vacancy" sign signaling when the pizzeria is at capacity or has available seating. Reservations can be made via email at sropizza@gmail.com. Call (212) 466-3301 or visit www.sropizza.com.

Limani (Midtown)

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Limani, the 8,000 square foot Greek and Mediterranean restaurant in Rockefeller Center. For $95, customers can enjoy a four course prix-fixe menu, choosing from options like blue point oysters, grilled octopus salad, loup de mer, filet mignon, and more delectable dishes. Finish dinner with a choice of baklava or strawberries, served with a glass of sweet Muscat dessert wine. Coffee and tea is included. Limani is located at 45 Rockefeller Plaza (at 51st Street). Call 212-858-9200 for reservations and visit their web site at http://limaniny.com/NYC/index.html.

Trattoria Bianca (Midtown)

They feature a Four-Course Prix Fixe $39.95 per person. Trattoria Bianca is an upscale yet affordable restaurant conveniently located near Penn Station. Chef Julian Clauss-Ehlers has created a special Valentine's Day Prix Fixe menu with a choice of appetizer, bread basket, main course, and dessert. Starters include Lobster Ravioli with Crabmeat in rich shrimp-tomato bisque or Oysters on the Half Shell served with ginger mignonette, cocktail sauce. There's even a Valentine's Pizza-For-Two with fresh mozzarella, burst tomatoes, basil and prosciutto for those that want to stick to classic Italian fare. For the main course, there are hearty choices such as the Pan-Roasted Filled of Red Snapper and the Valentine's Seafood Pasta that includes sea scallops, littleneck clams, jumbo shrimp and calamari with orecchiette and sweet peas in a pink vodka sauce. Trattoria Bianca is located at 481 Eighth Avenue, NYC. Call 212-268-8460 or visit www.trattoriabianca.com.

The Marshal (Hells Kitchen)

Two additional menu items will be included for Valentine's Day at this casual yet chic farm-to-table American restaurant in Hell's Kitchen. The "Lovers Dishes for Two" are meant to be shared and feature two options: "Beef in Rags," a filet mignon cooked in cloth directly on wood coals, and served with duck fat smashed potatoes. The other is a New York maple glazed suckling pig for two, served alongside apple cranberry compote. The Marshall is located at 628 10th Avenue, NYC. Call 212-582-6300 or visit www.the-marshal.com.

Wolfgang's (Four NYC locations)

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Wolfgang's located in TriBeCa, on Park Avenue, Midtown East or in Times Square. Love is in the air as you enjoy their signature menus for lunch, dinner, dessert or even a take-out. While the day is dedicated to lovers, Wolfgang's promises that you will love their steak, seafood and delicious sides. Their cuisine has made them a favorite of gourmet enthusiasts worldwide. Wolfgang's is serving their regular menu all day. For locations and information, visit http://www.wolfgangssteakhouse.net/.

Fogo de Chão (Midtown)

The internationally renowned Southern Brazilian steakhouse serves as a romantic venue for Valentine's Day with its "classic gaucho"-inspired décor and open-fire prepared meals. Fogo de Chão will be offering the ultimate Valentine's Day gift. Guests who dine at the NYC location anytime from Friday February 13th through Sunday February 15th will receive a Valentine's Card for a complimentary lunch or dinner during their next visit so if the date goes well, you're ready for the next one. Fogo de Chao is located at 40 West 53rd Street, NYC. Call 212-969-9980 or visit www.fogo.com.

Duane Park (Bowery)

Join New York's only Burlesque Supperclub, for a celebration of lovebirds and all birds of paradise, in the female form, of course. Guests will be wined, dined and entertained throughout the evening! A classic Americana three-course fare will be served with options such as Slow-Roasted Duck Confit and Skillet-Roasted Fillet of Branzinno. The show is packed with feathers and feminine mystique. Love songs will echo through the air as the Burlesque stars sashay across the stage and put on a show to remember. Guests that are feeling a little risque can continue the fun at home with their very own set of nipple tassels. The tassels are hand-crafted by world-famous Burlesque star, Peekaboo Pointe and are available for purchase at the restaurant. Two dinner seatings are available; at 6pm for $95 per person or at 9:30pm for $125 per person which includes a Three-Course Prix Fixe and Live Music and Burlesque Show. 308 Bowery, NYC, 212-732-5555, www.duaneparknyc.com

Burke & Wills (Upper West Side)

Burke and Wills, the stylish, Australian Bistro on the Upper West Side is offering a menu sure to please Valentine's Day revelers. Exploration is at the heart of Burke & Wills. Named for the pioneering adventurers who made an expedition across Australia in 1860, both the cuisine and the atmosphere at this neighborhood gem are shaped by the influences of the 1850s Gold Rush, post WWI immigration from Greece and Italy, and 20th Century Southeast Asia. Their four-course Valentine's Day dinner for $75 includes a champagne toast on arrival. The special menu includes options like Foie gras mousse, Butter poached oysters, Roasted Sirloin with sweetbread tortellini and Warm chocolate cake for dessert. For $95 you can have the "Ultimate Date" that will include pre or post-dinner drinks. Burke & Wills is located at 226 W 79th Street, NYC. Call 646-823- 9251 or visit, www.burkeandwillsny.com.

Dopo East (Upper East Side)

Dopo East on the Upper East Side presents an Italian Valentine's Day in a Cozy Garden. Come pretend it's Spring this Valentine's Day at Dopo East Ristorante Italiano. Enjoy the glass-enclosed garden, or their stately dining room, with a special Valentine's Day menu. Enjoy Italian delights like their Asparagus Soup, Branzino, Braised Veal Shank, and for dessert, Profiteroles cream and hot chocolate sauce. For wine lovers, Dopo East offers a wide selection of premium wines by the glass, and their temperature controlled cellar holds over 700 labels fit for celebrating the occasion. Dopo East is located at 345 East 62nd Street, NYC. Call 646-484-6548 or visit www.dopoeast.com.

Pergola (Chelsea)

Pergola is offering options for singles and couples alike on Valentine's Day. Make a dinner reservation for two with your loved one downstairs or bring your single friends upstairs to the Mediterranean hotspot, which will have an area dedicated to those looking for love. There will be multiple packages available for single groups. Parties of five get 1 Bottle of Limited "Pour on the Fun" Moet Chandon, 2 Cocktail Carafe's (Lavender Lime Collins, Jalisco Rose), Mediterranean Tasting Platter and Strawberry Hearts Kabobs topped with whipped cream for dessert (for $325). A group of ten will get 3 bottles of limited "Pour on the Fun Moet Chandon," Lavender Lime Collins, Jalisco Rose, and Spearmint 75 cocktail carafes, a tasting platter of delicious appetizers and Strawberry Heart Kabobs (for $550). For dinner reservations or to book a Valentine's Day group package please call 212-679-4842 Pergola is located at 36 West 28th Street, New York, NY email: info@pergolanewyork.com or visit http://www.pergolanewyork.com.

Zeppelin Hall's Annual Stupid Cupid Party (Jersey City)

Valentine's Day is more fun when you're single at Zeppelin Hall. The Metropolitan area's largest biergarten is hosting their annual Stupid Cupid party this February 14th. No date? No problem. Enjoy $4 pints of Coors Light since singles can't afford to let themselves go. Why cry into your beer at home when you could meet your next ex out and about? Cupid is Stupid after all, so don't forget to get your red wristband at the door (given to singles only) since there's nothing wrong with wearing your heart on your sleeve. There's no cover to attend and a DJ will turn everyone on..to the dance floor beginning at 10pm. Zeppelin Hall offers a wide variety of libations with over 50 European and American beers on 144 taps including Specialty Brews, Lagers, Pilsner, Ale, IPA, Stout, Hard Cider, and even Non-Alcoholic & Gluten Free selections. Zeppelin Hall offers free parking and is just steps away from the light rail and a short walk from the PATH train. For more information on Zeppelin Hall s located at 88 Liberty View Drive in Jersey City. Visit, http://www.zeppelinhall.com/.

Nerai (Midtown East)

If you're looking for a Greek Isle escape this Valentine's Day, look no further than Nerai. The midtown restaurant serves upscale Greek Cuisine and the freshest seafood flown in daily. From 5:30-10:30 PM enjoy the ($95) 5-course prix fixe menu crafted by Chef Chris Christou that includes Kumamoto Oyster, Lobster Orzotto, Filet Mignon, Ora King Salmon, and an array of specialty desserts with vegetarian options available. For the wine connoisseurs, a special ($55) wine-pairing menu is available. Nerai is located at 55 East 54th Street, NYC. For reservations, please call (212) 759-5554 or visit http://nerainyc.com.

Arabelle's (Midtown East)

Hôtel Plaza Athénée's restaurant Arabelle is offering you and your Valentine an incredible ($185 per person) 6-course dinner tasting menu to celebrate the special day. From 6pm-10pm guests will enjoy delicacies like theTruffle Soup, Torchon of Foie Gras, Roasted Lamb Loin and a special Valentine's Day Dessert Medley. A wine pairing option is available with the 6-course menu for $295. While diners feast on the meal, Alex Donner Orchestra will perform music from the Great American Songbook. Arabelle's is located at 37 East 64th Street in NYC. For dinner reservations or please call 212-606-4647 or visit http://www.arabellerestaurant.com.

Patsy's Italian Restaurant (Midtown West)

Patsy's Italian Restaurant by the Scognamillo Family is New York's best-loved Italian restaurant, still family owned and operated for over 70 years. They will be celebrating Valentine's Day this year by offering a special "aphrodisiac" menu. The Valentine's Day special will feature Arugula Salad with shaved parmesan cheese and basil vinaigrette, Baked Clams, Chicken Fra Diavolo, and Passioncocktail made with Vodka, Prosecco, Chambord, and Creme de Cacao. For dessert, chef Sal Scognamillo will prepare Patsy's Italian Restaurant's famous Warm Chocolate Cake served with strawberries, honey and whipped cream and served with coffee. The restaurant's Valentine's Day special costs $65.00 per person and will be available from 12-10:00 PM on Saturday, February 14. Patsy's is located at 236 West 56th Street, NYC. For further information call 212-247-3491 or visit www.patsys.com.



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