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Last Minute Valentine's Day Dining Suggestions, East To West

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

(Photo: Courtesy of Gurney's Inn, Resort & Spa)

Perhaps you are a bit behind in your Valentine's Day planning, as in you have no plan at all. Here are five dining suggestions to make your Valentine's Day special from East to West!

Gurney's Inn/The Sea Grille, Montauk
Gurney's Inn, Resort & Spa has put together a fabulous Valentine's Day Dinner in their beautiful ocean view restaurant, The Sea Grille. A four-course fete opens with a choice of five appetizers including Creamy Cupid Chowder and Crispy Sexy Oysters followed by a choice of Two Way Brussels Caesar or Mediterranean Salad. There are five entrees to choose from as well including Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb, Surf & Turf and Black & White Codfish. The grand finale offers Red Velvet Cake, Tiramisu, Heart Shaped Chocolate Mousse Cake or a Cheese Board. Coffee and tea are included, but drinks, tax and gratuity are extra. Dinner is only $150 per couple and you can make a night of it with the Valentine's Day Dinner and overnight ocean view accommodations for two that includes Sea Water Spa privileges for only $345 per couple. Call 631-668-2345. (www.gurneysinn.com)

Duck Walk South Vineyards, Water Mill
How about a romantic vineyard dinner with wine pairings this Valentine's Day, or should I say Valentine's Saturday as Duck Walk South Vineyards in Water Mill is offering a day after Valentine's Wine Pairing Dinner on February 15th that is extraordinary. This five-course wine pairing dinner features Baby Arugula and Goat Cheese salad paired with Duck Walk's award winning Pinot Grigio, Jumbo Lump Crabcake with horseradish aioli paired with their 2012 Reserve Chardonnay, Rigatoni with Filetta di Pomodoro paired with a stunning 2010 Pinot Noir, Medallions of Filet Mignon in a port wine demi sauce & roasted local vegetables paired with their 2010 Reserve Merlot and finished off with a Death by Chocolate Valentines Cake paired with Duck Walk's 2012 Blueberry Port. Priced at only $160 per couple, reservations were supposed to be made by February 7th, but call the vineyard and see if they can fit you in for this fabulous Valentine's Saturday romantic vineyard dinner: 631-726-7555. (www.duckwalk.com)

(Photo: Courtesy of The Southampton Inn)

Southampton Inn/Café Oso, Southampton
Whisk you and your loved one to Southampton for a romantic overnight stay, and a lovely dinner in Café Oso catered by the iconic Hampton chef Brent Newsom with two complimentary glasses of wine. Wake up to a Valentine-themed breakfast for two the following morning. Surprise your loved one with romatic add-ons such as a dozen roses or chocolate covered strawberries; pricing available upon request. This special overnight package is only $290, tax and gratuity extra and you can add a second night for only $100. This may indeed be the best Valentine's Day special in the Hamptons! For a reservation call 631-283-6500 or email reservations@southamptoninn.com. (www.southamptoninn.com)

(Photo: Courtesy of Bistro 72)

Hotel Indigo/Bistro 72, Riverhead
Celebrate Valentine's Day with your special someone dining fireside at Bistro 72 at the uber-boutique Hotel Indigo East End in Riverhead, gateway to the Hamptons and the North Fork. In addition to their award winning ala carte menu, Bistro 72 will be offering a 4-course prix-fixe menu, complete with a complimentary glass of champagne. Among the knockout selections on the prix-fixe menu are Crab Cakes, the famous Bistro 72 Salad, Praline Encrusted Cod, a 10 oz. Rib Eye and Tiramisu, just to name a few. Bistro 72 will set the romantic mood to the pianistic tinklings of Alex Clough, all for only $52 per person, tax and gratuity extra. The hotel itself is offering their Valentine Red Overnight package which includes a bottle of Sparkling Point Topaz, a red rose and breakfast in bed or at Bistro 72. Reservations strongly recommended! Call 631-369-3325 for dinner reservations and 631-369-2200 for hotel reservations. (www.indigoeastend)

Bliss Restaurant, East Setauket
If you are Up-Island we highly recommend Bliss Restaurant in East Setauket this Valentine's Day. Intimate dinning with a lively bar, they are offering an extensive 3- course prix-fixe menu with openers like Jumbo Lump Crabcake with a roasted red pepper remoulade and their absolutely fabulous Fried Calamari with a roasted garlic cream sauce. Eight entrees to chose from include specialty of the house Pot Roast & Pasta Sheet Millefeuille withsautee of sweet peas, carrots & zucchini in truffle oil & parmesan cheese, Pan Seared Sea Scallops over an asparagus risotto, and Pignoli Nut Crusted Red Snapper and roasted garlic cous cous topped with a fresh pineapple salsa. NY Cheesecake with a graham cracker crust, whipped cream & caramel, Baileys Chocolate Mousse with whipped cream & crushed oreos, and Warm Apple Strudel with vanilla ice cream and caramel are the dessert offerings. Every table will receive chocolate covered long stem strawberries and all the ladies will leave with a box of house made chocolates. The price is $59.95 per person, tax and gratuity extra. Reservations recommended by calling 631-941-0430. (www.blissli.com)

(Photo: Courtesy of Bliss Restaurant, Bar & Catering)

Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com Hamptons HamptonsOnline HamptonsOnline

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