The Valentine Selection....


It’s almost Valentine’s Day. To get you in the mood for an exciting time with your special Honey, or your dear family, and even your friends, we’re featuring a host of exciting places to enjoy on February 14th, 2013.

Valentine’s Day at A Toute Heure in Cranford

Thursday, February 14th, 2013
Start your Valentine’s Day celebration with a delightful meal at A Toute Heure. The chef has arranged a very special 4 course prix fixe menu for all to enjoy.
Two Seatings: 5:45 and 8:30 p.m.
Four Course, Prix-fixe menu,  $85 per person (Excluding tax and gratuity)
Please remember A Toute Heure is a BYO.
Each seating will be offered by phone reservation only.
The restaurant will feature their regular menu for the remainder of the weekend (Friday + Saturday) .
A Toute Heure, 232 Centennial Avenue, Cranford. Call for reservations and information: 908.276.6600.
CLICK HERE to check-out the menu.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at La Pergola in Millburn
Argon and Driola Kaloshi proprietors of La Pergola in Millburn, are suggesting, "If you cannot make it on Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14th, then do try to visit La Pergola on the weekend. "We’re celebrating two years in business, and we want all of our friends to join us," said Driola Kaloshi. "We’ll be featuring our a la carte menu with all of our home made pastas, special entrees, and desserts." Do call for reservations: La Pergola, 120 Essex Street, Millburn: For reservations and information, call: 973.376.6838.

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Valentine’s Day at The Frog and The Peach in New Brunswick
Thursday, February 14th
Executive chef Bruce Lefebvres, and General Manager and Sommelier Jim Mullen's and his award winning wine list are awaiting your presence at The Frog and The Peach.  For Valentine’s Day, they will offer a special Prix Fixe dinner menu that  includes chef's amuse.
Hours: 5 to 11 p.m.  Please  book your table early!
Three Course Menu $83
Valentine's Weekend at The Frog and The Peach
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16
Celebrate your romance throughout the weekend!
Visit to see the Valentine's Weekend Prix Fixe Menu
$70 per person
The Frog and The Peach, 29 Dennis Street at Hiram Square, New Brunswick. Call for reservations and information. 732.846.3218.

Cafe Figaro and Pizza and Figaro 3 in Basking Ridge
First off, order a basket of Figaro’s freshly baked, delicious bread. Should you choose to have lunch or dinner at Cafe Figaro, know that you will enjoy their daily specials and great pizza for Valentine’s Day.
At Figaro 3 you’ll be treated to many Valentine “Specials,” along with the regular menu.
“Our menu at Figaro 3 will feature, Lobster prepared your favorite way, Bronzini, Red Snapper, Osso Bucco and of course, Steak, the way you enjoy it,” said Eddie Maxauni proprietor. Call for Valentine’s Day Reservations at Figaro Three: 908.903.1111; Call for take-out or pizza at Cafe Figaro: 908.903.0884. Both restaurants may be found at 403 King George Road, Basking Ridge.

La Griglia in Kenilworth & Water and Wine in Warren
For Valentine’s Day, both restaurants will be serving their regular menu, plus a full array of daily specials. La Griglia Seafood and Wine Bar, 740 Boulevard, Kenilworth: Call: 908.241.0031. Water and Wine, 141 Stirling Road, Watchung: Call: 908.755.9344.

Darby Road Public House & Restaurant in Scotch Plains
Serving lunch and dinner throughout Valentine’s Day. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m; Dinner: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bar Menu all day. Sunday Brunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Willy’s Wings, Classic chicken wings, roasted then fried with your choice of Jameson BBQ, Teriyaki, or Buffalo Mussels and Guinness, ($8.)Pei muscles, steamed garlic and Guiness draft, ($7), Irish seafood Chowder, Baby rock shrimp, clams, oysters, scallops, served in a bowl, ($7);Fish and Chips, (Handmade) Fried pale ale battered scrod, hand-cut chips, 7 house made tartar sauce, ($16); Chicken and Waffles, Southern fried chicken, house made waffles, sausage, gravy, maple syrup and butter, ($18). Your favorite burgers served just the way you like them with hand-cut fries, lettuce and tomato, ($11 to $14). Lots more to choose from including special desserts, a fabulous bar and a free parking lot. Darby Road, 450 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains. Call: 908.288.7667.

&Grain in Garwood
Guests visiting &Grain in Garwood on Valentine’s Day will enjoy Baker John Ropelski’s Flutes, Raisin Bread, delicious salads, sandwiches, other specialties, and his fabulous Stump Town Coffee. BYO. For breakfast, lunch or brunch. &Grain is located at 700 North Avenue, Garwood. Call 908.232.2233.

Moonshine Modern Supper Club in Millburn
Valentine’s Day 2013
3-course prix fixe menu
$60 per person
Appetizer:Sunchoke Soup, duck confit, porcini; Heirloom beet salad
goat cheese, arugula, orange vinaigrette; Pan Seared Scallops, pear puree, roasted cherry tomatoes, ginger-tomato foam; Lobster salad, garden greens, citrus vinaigrette, Cured Himachi, coriander-lemon vinaigrette; Kobe tartare, roasted potato, quail egg; Entrée: Scallops and Sweet Breads, Carrot-ginger puree, corn muffin; Osso Bucco, Chanterelle mushrooms, risotto; Oregon grass-fed angus Sirloin Steak, market onions, pommes puree; Almond milk polenta, seasonal mushrooms, asparagus, melted tomatoes;Chilean sea bass, haricot verts - artichoke & orange salad, blood orange foam; Herb Crusted Chicken Breast, potato pave, French green beans

Chef’s Sweetheart Menu consists of a 5-Course Tasting Menu. $90 per person. (Excluding tax and gratuity.) The staff at Moonshine Supper Club kindly invites guests to experience the joy in their tasting menu. Moonshine Modern Supper Club, 55 Main Street, Millburn. Call for reservations and information, 973.218.6042.

Valentine’s Day at Highlawn Pavilion
Share the ambiance of Highlawn Pavilion with your special someone, Enjoy a lavish menu specially prepared by Executive Chef Mitchell Altholz. Priced at$74 per person (plus 20% gratuity and 7 % sales tax.) Highlawn Pavilion is located at Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange. For reservations, please call: 973.731.3463.

Valentine's Day at Blue Morel in Morristown
Time: 5.30 to 10 p.m.
Celebrate Valentine's Day all Weekend (Thursday to Sunday) Spoil your loved one with an unforgettable culinary experience. 4 course menu $75 per person. Blue Moral Restaurant and Wine Bar, 2 Whippany Road Morristown. Call for reservations and information. 973.451.2619.

Enjoy Valentine's Dinner at Chez Catherine in Westfield
Credit card guarantee for reservations. Accepting phone reservations for Valentine’s Day, only.
Proprietor Didier Jouvenet wants us to know his special Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu is featured on his website: Please note:Prix fixe Dinner:$95 per person. (20% gratuity will be added to the final check). Chez Catherine, 431 North Ave., Westfield. Call: 908.654.4011. 

Limani Seafood Grill in Westfield
Proprietor George Vastardis invites lovers to come and enjoy a Valentine’s Day Romantic Dinner at Limani Seafood Grill. The good news, is guests will be able to enjoy their regular menu, plus an entire list of fresh-from-the-waters-Valentine Specials. For your dining pleasure, Limani Seafood Grill will be featuring their special Valentines Day Menu throughout the weekend.
Don’t forget to bring your favorite bottle of champagne or wine to celebrate your love.  Along with a host of other treats,  you’ll also receive special chocolate dipped strawberries. Do call for reservations and information: 908.233.0052. Limani Seafood Grill is located at 235 North Ave. W. in Westfield. 

Freshly Baked Treats from Bovella's Bakery in Westfield
Treat your love with an exciting array of special treats from Bovella's Pastry Shoppe. You’ll love their  Red Velvet Heart cakes, their assortment of cupcakes and of course their rich and delicious cheesecake. Bovellas has a full array of cookies to tempt any member of your family. You might also want to take home any of their dipped chocolate desserts. Bovellas, 101 E. Broad St., Westfield.  Call: 908.232.4149.

Happy February Everyone!!!!!!!!!!
Enclosed is a full list of special places to visit for Valentine's Day, and quite frankly any other day. Love doesn't have to be wrapped in a pretty box with a bow, or served to you in an expensive restaurant. Love is that kind, warm, wonderful feeling you share with friends and family...including your beloved pet.

Regardless of what you do on Valentine's Day, know that we are always here for you. Should you have a really neat place you'd like to share with us, please let me know. Going out to eat should always be a treat. We look forward to hearing from YOU!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!



Millicent K. Brody is an award-winning writer and photographer and a resident of Westfield, New Jersey.  Contact her at

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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