Thursday, February 14, 2008

Neighborhood Valentine's Day Eats

Shamelessly lifted from the great Myrtle Minutes, some great deals on food, wine, and sweets in the neighborhood today.

The Bakery, 154 Vanderbilt, (718) 596-5999 Special Valentine’s Day pastries: Shortbread heart cookies, available in red or chocolate, $1.50 - $2.00 Heart shaped cakes, red velvet and chocolate available, $32.00 each Round assorted 6” cakes covered in edible buttercream roses, $20.00 each Chocolate éclairs, cream puffs and brownies.

abistro, 154 Carlton, (718) 855-9455 $70/ per person special prix fix dinner at 6pm, 8pm or 10pm Menu includes (appetizers) warm octupus salad, Senegalese pastel, or roasted cauliflower soup; (entrees) braised curry palm short ribs, wild mushroom asparagus crusted salmon or roasted vegetable medley; (dessert) chocolate cake or bread pudding or poached pomegranate pear; and what else, champagne...but of course. And if that weren't all, be tantalized by the sounds of cellist Monica Entyre as you dine.

Luz, 177 Vanderbilt, (718) 246-4000 $52/ per person special five course tasting menu plus one drink. The special menu is still in the works. Please call Luz for the delectable details. Mojito Cuban Cuisine, 82 Washington, (718) 797-3100 $45/ per person special prix fix dinner includes appetizer sampler, Romeo & Juliet entrée, passion porkchop, chocolate temptation dessert and passion mimosa amongst the delicious offerings.

Chez Lola, 387 Myrtle, (718) 858-1484 $32/ per person special prix fix dinner: (amuse bouche) grostini w/calamari & vegetable escabache; (appetizer) seasonal soup, baby spinach salad, serrano ham w/shaved manchego cheese, pear, herbed flat bread or salmon terrine w/dill sour cream and herbed croutons; (main course) free range chicken, oven roasted hake fillet, mint pesto crusted leg of lamb or guitarra pasta; (dessert) molten chocolate cake, sweet crepes w/mixed berry compote or chocolate truffles. DJ Toxy Lady will be spinning (or whatever verb is most fitting when we're talking 8-track sweet soul music.

Maggie Brown, 455 Myrtle, (718) 643-7001 (offering choices from entire menu, or prix fix) $35/ per person special prix fix dinner: (appetizer) bacon wrapped scallops over greens with mango and avocado in an orange vinaigrette; (entree) lobster served with sautéed artichokes in a pea and sage puree (dessert)chocolate fondue with berries.

Tamboril Restaurant, 527 Myrtle, (718) 622-5130 Three fabulous prix fix choices at $40, $35 or $30/ per person (appetizer)coconut shrimp dipped in a coconut beer batter fried and served with a mango ginger sauce, bacalao and tostones platter: bacalao salad served on golden tostones topped with avocado, portabella lentil soup topped with fresh chives or Boston cup salad boston lettuce filled with avocado, corn salsa, cherry tomato and shredded carrots served with a citrus vinaigrette (entrees) ($40): pan seared red snapper in a Caribbean wine sauce, served with vegetables & seasoned white rice, ($35): seafood Paella: yellow rice mixed with shrimp, scallops, salmon and muscles sauté in white wine; or ($30) cilantro mango chicken: grilled chicken breast served with a demi glace and topped with a cilantro mango salsa served with vegetables & yellow rice; (dessert) coconut flan, bread pudding, mango cheesecake, carrot cake or flourless chocolate cake.

Gnarly Vines, 350 Myrtle, (718) 797-3183 Special three-night long Valentine’s Day tasting. Schramsberg Brut Rose, North Coast, CA — $40 Mon, Tues & Wed, February 11-13 6pm-9pm. Paired with some decadent dark chocolate! Too late to snag a reservation for a prix-fixe dinner...might as well stay home and pop open a bottle of Schrammie Rose. Feel free to check out the other roses while you’re at it: *Bodegas Llopart Reserva Rose Cava, Penedes, Spain — $20 *Le Grand Cros, La Maitresse, Provence, France — $24 *Varnier-Fannier, Brut Rose-Avize, Champagne, France — $55 (10% off any wines poured during the tastings!)

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