Valentine’s Day, February 14, is always a good day to dine at a favorite restaurant. Many Washington restaurants are offering specials that day and that evening. Here are a few of them.
At Marcel’s (2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-296-1166), the $140 special menu is filled with delicious dishes: lobster egg with Osetra caviar, followed by diver scallops and braised pork belly or English pea soup with veal meatballs. The third course is a baby arugula and fennel salad; then comes the main course of a New York strip steak or pan seared red snapper. Dessert is a choice between strawberry cheese cake and a chocolate mousse tower.
At Tony and Joe’s (3000 K St. NW, 202-944-4545), Valentine’s Day will be celebrated from the 14th to the 17th of February from 4 to 10 p.m. with a $50 prix-fixe three-course dinner. The menu includes oysters, a mushroom risotto, shrimp and crab cocktail, crab cakes, grilled lamb chops, broiled lobster, filet mignon and a white chocolate mousse. Can’t go wrong with those dishes.
Cork announces three ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day: On February 10, there will be a fried chicken and champagne dinner in the Tasting Room (1805 14th St. NW, 202-265-2674), beginning at 6 p.m. The dinner is priced at $75 per couple. From 7 to 9 on Valentine’s Day, Cork will have its third annual champagne tasting. Six champagnes will be paired with small bites in the Market and Tasting Room for $75 per person. Then there’s the Valentine Night dinner in the Wine Bar (1740 14th St., 202-265-2675).
Across the Potomac, Bastille (1201 N. Royal St., Old Town Alexandria, 703-519-3776) will present a four-course prix-fixe menu, priced at $98, or $135 with wine pairings. The special Valentine’s dishes will be available throughout the weekend as a la carte options. Chef Christophe Poteaux will prepare a chestnut soup, seared foie gras, white asparagus, filet of daurade, breast of pheasant and oven roasted langoustines.
Central Michel Richard (1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, 202-=626-0015) will combine Mardi-Gras and Valentine’s Day since they fall on the same week. On Fat Tuesday, February 12, the Central’s chefs are creating New Orleans specials, such as oxtail soup, oyster gratin and jambalaya. Specials will be available from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the 12th, along with New Orleans style cocktails. From 6 to 10 p.m., the jazz quartet Laissez-Foure will entertain. Mardi Gras beads, celebration decor, masks, feathers will be part of the fun.
Central becomes a lovers’ lane on Wednesday and Thursday, the 13th and 14th. The French Quarter menu will still be available, but Valentine’s Day will be in the air from Ash Wednesday on.
And speaking of Mardi Gras, Assaggi Mozzarella in Bethesda (4838 Bethesda Ave., 301-951-1988) will celebrate Carnevale di Venezia on Tuesday, February 12 from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. The Venetian carnival is one of the oldest in Europe and has been celebrated in Venice since the 15th century. Assaggi is offering a four-course prix-fixe menu on the 14th, priced at $49 per person. Dishes reflect Venetian cooking in such specialties as wine-scented pappardelle with braised octopus ragu, braised veal shanks, liver and onions,and chestnut and marsala soup. Traditional Italian sweets and mini donuts will end the meal.