In an era of social media and fast-fingered text messages, do we still care enough to send the Hallmark Valentine’s Day card, which—some may argue—helped catapult the popularity of February 14? Love notes aside, it’s food that this writer argues is the best way to express and share love. And to make it easy, nearly every restaurant in town is doing something to make the day scrumptiously special.
In Downtown, Therapy welcomes all lovers of food to enjoy a specialty three-course dinner menu on Valentine’s Day, priced at a reasonable $40 per person. Choices for starters include roasted beet salad or onion soup gratinée, with entrée selections ranging from grilled swordfish to petite fillet or roasted duck breast. Finish on a sweet note with a choice of crumbled carrot cake or chocolate banana bread pudding. And since dinner isn’t complete without bubbles, Therapy is offering Veuve Clicquot for $15 per glass or $75 for the bottle. 518 Fremont St., therapylv.com
If it’s something more precious you’re after, step it up with a dinner for two at chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon for a $95 three-course prix-fixe menu, with an option to order oysters and shellfish from the zinc bar, plus a wine pairing for $45. The dinner starts with a choice of grilled hearts of palm salad with Oro Blanco grapefruit, toasted hazelnut, petite greens and grapefruit vinaigrette (Salade de Coeurs de Palmier); Hawaiian big-eye tuna tartare with avocado, ginger, toasted sesame seeds and black garlic vinaigrette (Tartare de Thon); or sauteed Hudson Valley foie gras with passion fruit purée, pistachio and dark chocolate (Foie Gras Sauté). Choices of mains include grilled fillet mignon with green asparagus, Dungeness crab salad and Hollandaise sauce (Surf and Turf); or their famous roasted chicken with a truffled celery root and sweet onion tarte and chicken jus (Poulet Rôti), or butter-poached Maine lobster with house-made pasta, garlic herb butter, roasted cherry tomatoes and Parmesan (Beurre Poché Homard Scampi). Opt for Gnudi aux Truffes, ricotta-Parmesan dumplings with black winter truffles, for an extra $49. Finish the night with a choice of desserts, such as the classic K+M chocolate pudding with salted caramel glaze and langue de chat wafers or brown butter biscuit with marinated strawberries and crème Chantilly (Tarte Sable a la Fraise) or Mignardises. thomaskeller.com/bouchonlasvegas
While all this romance sounds good for two, this day is a celebration of love, so why not bring the whole family along for the ride? On Sunday, February 11, Bottiglia Cucina & Enoteca is also serving a family-friendly brunch featuring a $10 children’s menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults can nosh on brunch while kids can choose from toddler-friendly dishes, including eggs in a basket, scrambled eggs, pancakes and French toast sticks. A candy bar and craft activities, such as Valentine’s Day card writing along with a mailbox for kids to send their cards and candy bars in the restaurant, are also available. Hopefully, they will be for you. Inside Greed Valley Ranch, bottiglialv.com
For more V-Day happenings, check out our Valentine’s Day roundup here.