They say the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. We’re positive there is a much more difficult and virtuous path, yet we won’t underplay the loving warmth that food summons in one’s heart.
With Valentine’s Day so close, here are a few festive ideas to satiate your object of affection’s appetite.
A chocolate-lover’s fantasy, the second edition of Chocolate Week is currently running until Feb. 13. This year’s themes are Café Gourmand, Tea Gourmand, and Bubbly Gourmand.
Participating restaurants, bakeries, and stores are offering a cup of coffee or tea ($10), or a glass of sparkling wine ($15) that includes chocolate-inspired mignardises (small bites).
With Cacao Noel (French premium chocolate) as official sponsors, the event is intended to celebrate the versatility of chocolate. In fact, Chocolate Week is dedicated to chocolate lovers of NYC, bringing them the pure flavors of cacao, while showcasing gourmet chocolatiers’ and chefs’ dessert creations.
Participating restaurants include Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar (both Midtown and West Village locations), Opia, Jeanne & Gaston, La Tarte Flambée, Table Verte, La Sirène, Bar Tabac, Le Singe Vert, Cercle Rouge, Café Noir, Jules Bistro, Sofitel Hotel-Gaby Restaurant, Vin et Fleurs, La Bergamote Bistro, Serge Bistro, Serge Brasserie, Intercontinental NY Barclay-Barclay Bar & Grill, Artisanal, A.O.C. Maison Harlem, and all New York state Le Pain Quotidien bakeries.
To further warm your heart, Chocolate Week has Action Against Hunger International as its official charity partner.
A legendary and intimate dining destination, Patsy’s Italian Restaurant, located at 236 West 56th Street on Manhattan’s West Side, is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special menu solo per gli amanti (just for lovers).
Patsy’s Valentine’s Day special dinner starts with arugula salad with shaved Parmesan cheese and basil vinaigrette. There are also baked clams, main course of chicken fra diavolo, and Patsy’s Passion Cocktail made with Prosecco, Chambord, and Crème de Cacao.
For dessert there is Patsy’s famous warm chocolate cake served with strawberries, honey, and whipped cream, accompanied by coffee. Patsy’s says all menu items are known to be amative. The prix fixe meal is $65 per person and will be served from noon until 10 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14.
Founded in 1944 by Pasquale “Patsy” Scognamillo, Patsy’s has been in its current theater district location (in the building just next to the original site) since 1954.
For more info call 212.247.3491 or visit www.patsys.com
If you’ve ever tried desserts from Three Tarts bakery in Chelsea (164 Ninth Ave.) or the one in the Plaza Food Hall (1 W. 59 St.), you’ll be happy to know they’ve partnered with Dean & DeLuca, making it easier to get a hold of their beautifully handcrafted Valentine’s Day almond cake and apricot jam petits fours, gourmet marshmallows, and indoor s’mores kits.
Your sweet might also like the Valrhona French chocolate and cardamom cookies, or marshmallow heart pops (at Three Tarts only). Or maybe try their organic long-stemmed chocolate-covered strawberries, hand-dipped by dessert district neighbors Chocolate in Chelsea (also at Three Tarts only).
Their house-made desserts are a special treat, and painstakingly hand-decorated Valentine’s Day designs make them a distinctive gift.
For more info visit their website at www.3tarts.com
If sipping wines from around the world is to your and your loved one’s taste, the 6th Annual New York Wine Expo will be at the Javits Convention Center on Friday, March 1, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Grand Tasting $85) and on Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Grand Tasting $95); Sunday is a trade day only.
The Grand Tasting is the centerpiece of the NY Wine Expo. Top winemakers and winery principles will be on hand to answer questions, and there will be over 150 wine producers sampling their wines.
With over 600 wines sampled, you’ll discover all kinds and types to add to your wine-tasting knowledge. For more information on tickets and seminars, visit newyorkwineexpo.com
Company GiftHit is making it easier for last-minute or long-distance romance sweethearts, and even non-romantic gift-givers to shop this Valentine’s Day.
However convenient you might think they are, gift cards are a bit impersonal. Just as convenient, yet with an exclusive appeal, gift givers can treat loved ones to a manicure at a local spa, or treat them to a delicious dinner, dessert, drink, and so on, at their favorite neighborhood spot.
To use GiftHit, you just have to browse merchants and gift selections by city to find the perfect gift, and personalize the gift, then send via Facebook, email, or even text message. The gift is received immediately and redeemed simply by showing the GiftHit to the merchant.
Right now merchants and gifts are primarily available in New York City, but they’ve just started expansion in Boston, Palo Alto, Portland, and D.C.
There are NYC selections like workouts from Barry’s Bootcamp and spinning at Bari Studio; sweets from Butter Lane and Babycakes; local nightlife experiences and drinks from trendy spots like JBird Cocktails, 5 Bar Karaoke, and Grey Lady; as well as manicures and pedicures from Cleo Spa & Salon. eGifts range in value from $1.38 to $999.
To see all the GiftHit gifts offered visit www.gifthit.com
If you’d like to generate some chemistry with your love, just head to the kitchen with the Cuisine R-Evolution kit (about $75 with tax and shipping).
A great gift for the fun couple, this introductory molecular gastronomy kit allows home cooks to create and serve avant-garde presentations such as soy sauce foam, balsamic vinegar pearls, Tzatziki spheres, chocolate spaghetti, and even mint caviar beads that burst in your mouth.
A “do it yourself” molecular gastronomy kit, it includes all you need to experiment at home with the molecular techniques like “spherification,” “gelification,” and “emulsification.”
Shop online at molecule-r.com