FOREST HILLS — Still looking for ideas to make this Valentine's Day special?
Local bars and restaurants are offering a variety of options for couples in love, including delectible treats such as sriracha chocolate cake and lobster to go that can heat up your romance.
Those who think romance starts with perfect pairing should check Keuka Kafe, a wine bar on Queens Boulevard. The bar will offer a special wine and cheese course ($28 per couple), which will include a selection of four cheeses paired with four wines. Keuka will also serve a wine and dessert option ($20 per couple), consisting of chocolate covered strawberries and ricotta cheesecake, paired with three different dessert wines.
The “sweetheart of a deal” at CityRib, a high-end barbecue restaurant on Parsons Boulevard in Jamaica, will give lovers something to blush about, for $32 per couple. The meal will start with "foreplay" (glass of champagne), then move to "the next step" (garden salad), climax with "the pay off" (surf and turf) and mellow out with "the after glow" (chocolate lava cake).
Those looking for a more low-key option may want to check My Kitchen restaurant on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills. Its Valentine’s Day special four-course dinner will include arugula salad with roasted beets and goat cheese, heart shaped lobster ravioli, and an entree choice of pork, chicken or salmon (vegetable napoleon for vegetarians). The price ($45 per person) will also include dessert and coffee.
Some couples may want to avoid restaurants, which can get crowded on Valentine’s Day. For them the renowned London Lennie’s in Rego Park offers “romance-to-go" package. The four-course meal, which will include two jumbo lump meat crab stacks, lobster bisque, 3-pound lobster and a “dark chocolate tulip” filled with raspberry mousse, will cost $160.
The package comes with a candle, rose petals and "fool-proof prep instructions" on how to warm up the food. “So the focus is on you and your lover and you don’t have to slave over a hot stove,” said Marcelle Lashley, the restaurant’s marketing director.
Couples looking for a lively evening may want to check The Flying Pig pub on Austin Street, where celebrations will include live music featuring Big Girl’s Blouse, an alternative rock band (starting at 9:30 p.m.; no cover charge) and Valentine’s Day drinks specials ($10-12).
Forest Hills residents with a sweet tooth can also try a new cake flavor at Silk Cakes, a specialty cakes bakery on Metropolitan Avenue. Sriracha chocolate cake with chocolate butter-cream, semi-sweet chocolate truffle and lime zest was created especially for the occasion to “heat up your Valentine’s Day,” said the owner, Judy Lai, referring to sriracha, which is a hot sauce made from the paste of chili peppers. Cakes at the bakery cost $5.50 a slice, but free samples of the new flavor will be offered until Feb. 16.
And for those who are looking for Valentine’s Day-themed activities with their kids, King Manor Museum in Jamaica offers “Tiny Valentine” workshop on Saturday, Feb. 15 (from 12-3 p.m.), during which kids will draw miniature self-portraits which will be later placed inside a locket necklace, made of paper and ribbon, inspired by 19th century Valentine’s Day tradition. All material will be provided and free of charge.