We get it. It’s hard to muster the energy to even remember your sweetie’s name after you’ve spent a day wiping things, negotiating with a recalcitrant little dictator (or two or three) and preparing meals that were universally snubbed. But you owe it to yourself, at least once in a while, to shrug on something clean, venture out at night and remind yourself of why you fell in love in the first place. So this Valentine’s Day, make a reservation (and a fully leaded cup of coffee around 3 pm) and head out to a table for two at one of these 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Bergen County.
Go ahead and request a seat near the window at this breathtaking riverfront restaurant, but know that even if you’re a row or two away, the floor to ceiling glass will give you a skyline panorama of the twinkling city lights. Take in the view then order a cocktail and settle in for the $85 special three-course prix fixe meal featuring the fresh seafood, locally sourced, sustainable ingredients that have become a HAVEN signature. Reservations can be made on the website.
Named one of the most romantic restaurants in North Jersey by The Record, Sofia is pulling out all the stops for Valentine’s Day. Book Table 14 in the main dining room for an intimate corner setting or, ask for the most romantic table in the house, Table 47 in the Garden Room. Sofia will offer “surprise” desserts and a complimentary rose for the ladies (and no gents, before you ask, this does not negate your floral responsibilities) with dinner. Reservations can be made on the website for one of their three seatings – 6pm, 8pm, or 10pm.
Chef Steve wants to make your wooing easy on Valentine’s Day with an $85 prix fixe menu that will include oysters, halibut en papilliotes, and a coconut dessert soup with passion fruit sorbet and rose petals. Expect to see some hearts of palm on the menu as well. And if the menu isn’t romantic enough for you, request Table 14 near the fireplace in the smaller of the two dining rooms, or Table 8 near the window. For reservations, call 201.857.4717.
Come hungry for Caffe Anello’s $75 4-course Valentine’s Day meal so you can fully enjoy the mushroom soup, pasta course, choice of pork or fish and dessert medley. Want the most romantic table in the house? Ask for the secluded Table 1 in the back of the restaurant. On a first date for Valentine’s Day? Book Table 2 right next to the kitchen and the chefs can be your wingmen. Or book the Chef’s Table for the wow factor. Reserve your table for either the 6:30 or the 7:15 seating in Caffe Anello’s newly expanded dining room (they’ve taken over the Sogno Coffee space next door), by calling 201.786.8137.
Valentine’s Day at this reliable BYO Mediterranean bistro is guaranteed to impress. Choose from their regular menu or their special Valentine’s items. Want privacy with your sweetie? Book a table in the candlelit alcove. For reservations, call 201.444.4910
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this longtime favorite has plenty of spaces for romance. Ask for one of the tables next to the fireplace in any of their dining rooms, there are at least two per room. Then make your dinner choices from a la carte items on the regular menu or enjoy something off the special Valentine’s Day menu. Reserve online or call 201.445.4115.
Start your Valentine’s celebration early with a special dinner on Thursday, February 8th at Café Panache to benefit Table-to-Table, a food rescue organization. Wine pairings will be selected by Carlo Russo’s Wine and Spirit World. Or, hold out until the 14th and enjoy Café Panache’s always delicious regular menu with specials and additions in keeping with the holiday theme (dessert for two anyone?). To make sharing easier, ask for Table 24, a cozy, warm corner banquette where lovebirds can cuddle close. For reservations, call 201.934.0030. For questions about the Table-to-Table benefit, call Wine and Spirit World at 201.444.2033.
Long considered the grande dame of romantic and fine dining in Bergen County, the Saddle River Inn offers the intimacy of a 21 table dining room in an historic and cozy former stable. Don’t want a lot of hubbub? Ask for a table on the second floor or in one of the corners of the first floor. Cross your fingers that you get the table in the window overlooking the river to up the romance factor. Dinner on Valentine’s Day will include the regular a la carte menu and specials of the chef’s creation. For reservations call 201.825.4016.
A perpetual favorite for special occasions, Café Matisse will be offering a BYO four-course prix fixe dinner for $110 on Valentine’s Day. Menu items include scallops with pecan foie gras, crispy halibut, a crab cake with cheddar glazed shrimp and vanilla scented cheesecake for dessert. Seatings will be from 5 – 10:30pm. For reservations, call 201.935.2995.
Reserve one of the four banquettes in the lounge area at this elegant, charming restaurant. They’re a little removed from the rest of the dining room and you and your honey can sit together on the bench seat. Reserve your favorite table online.