Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and everyone is thinking about how to celebrate the holiday. Whether you spend it with friends or a significant other, it’s a good excuse to dine out and enjoy the delicious specials that Middletown has to offer.
Here’s a look at what the restaurants of Middletown are doing for this year’s day of love:
Lunch and Dinner:
For Valentine’s Day dinner, Forbidden City will be offering specials including Nyonya Seafood Bouillabaisse and Pan-roasted Guinea Hen, in addition to the twenty newly added vegan and vegetarian dishes on their menu.
ION will be featuring various special dishes on the 14th, including roast beet hummus for two, carrot bisque with ginger cream, pistachio crusted tofu with a tart cherry chutney with roast potatoes and green beans. A dessert plate for two will also be available.
For Valentine’s Day dinner, Jerry’s will be offering a romantic, $60 dinner for two. The meal comes with a bottle of red or white wine, an appetizer of either oysters or bruschetta, an entree of surf and turf with stuffed lobster tail and a baseball cut sirloin, frutte de mare over pasta, or chicken marsala, and red velvet cake, chocolate cake, or tiramisu for dessert.
From Friday through Sunday, Mezzo Grille will have a special menu with several appetizers including smoked salmon mousse and heart shaped ravioli, main dishes like surf + turf and oysters Rockefeller pasta, and desserts such as Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake and crème brulee with fresh berries.
Mondo will be featuring heart shaped pizzas for both lunch and dinner to celebrate the holiday of love.
The Emporium’s V-Day specials will be New York strip steak, grilled to order, with garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed broccoli, cedar plank salmon with rice pilaf and grilled asparagus, and desserts like a sweet blintz filled with zabaione and a mixed berry medley with fresh whipped cream and powdered sugar.
Middletown’s new Peruvian eatery will be featuring a $29.99 meal for two. Appetizer choices include options like mozzarella sticks, pappa rellena, and tostones. For main courses, diners can choose between pan-seared tilapia with lemon butter scampi, lomo saltado, and a quarter roasted chicken with rice and veggies, and the meal comes with a “carafe” of tinto de verano.
All week, Sweet Harmony will be featuring a Valentine’s Day twenty-dollar lunch special for two. The meal includes two lattes of your choice, a “Main Street Salad,” a chicken courdon bleu crepe to share, and a choice between strawberry shortcake and chocolate cake for dessert.
Middletown newcomer Taino’s smokehouse is offering a $50 Valentine’s Day dinner for couples. The meal includes an appetizer of either butternut squash bisque or danish salad, an entree of bone-in pork chop with rib tip potato hash and roasted tomatoes or pan seared sea bass with lemon butter sauce, served with sautee spinach and mushrooms over basmati rice, and a choice between red velvet cake or chocolate truffle bomb for dessert.
The Inn at Middletown’s restaurant will be serving a $49.95 prix fixe meal, including appetizers like chilled seared duck breast, oysters Rockefeller, and butternut squash and Anjou pear bisque, main courses of surf and turf, char grilled filet mignon, sautéed shrimp macadamia, and pan seared filet of king salmon, and desserts including chocolate cake, a triple berry apple tart, and New York cheesecake
Tuscany Grill will be featuring specials such as mustard-encrusted rack of lamb; grilled rib eye with lobster mashed potatoes, and baked stuffed shrimp.
Wesleyan’s favorite grilled cheese truck will offer the “Lonely Heart”: melted Brie with braised short ribs and caramelized onions.
Sweets and Treats:
Cold Stone Creamery will be featuring several pre-designed and custom made Valentine’s Day themed cakes all week to celebrate the holiday.
At Fusion Bakery, you can look for heart-shaped cakes, cookie bouquets, raspberry butter cream cupcakes with white chocolate shavings, red velvet cakes and cupcakes, and assorted Valentine’s Day cookies all week.
Valentine’s Day is one of NoRA Cupcake Company’s favorite holidays, and this year they will be celebrating 12 special cupcakes, including options like “The Gold Club:” strawberry coconut cake, strawberry whiskey, and white chocolate ganache with strawberry coconut butter cream and gold glitter; “Sexual Chocolate:” fudge-bottomed chocolate cake with chocolate swirled cheesecake and chocolate hazelnut whipped cream, and “Box of Chocolate:” caramel cake, white chocolate ganache, and a dark chocolate cap rolled in assorted nuts with more chocolate drizzle.
All week, Tschudin will be featuring Valentine’s Day goodies like chocolate covered strawberries, heart shaped mini cakes, heart shaped chocolate boxes, 3 foot long chocolate cupid’s arrows, heart shaped raspberry truffles, rose-petal spiced mousse, heart sculptures, chocolate keys (to your heart, of course), and chocolate roses.
-The WesStuffed Team