From a decadent tour of Jersey City’s best dessert spots to a romantic hot pot dinner for two — here are the best and most unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in downtown Jersey City.
Updated 2/8 with Cocoa Bakery, Fire & Oak, The Hutton, Jersey City Ballroom, Komegashi Too, Mathews, Raaz, and VB3.
Atlas: Jersey City’s newest restaurant will offer a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner with chocolates by Master Chocolatier, Eric Girerd, of L’atelier du chocolat. Pricing is $65/per person. (An optional wine paring costs $40/per person).
Battello: Nestled along the Newport marina, Battello boasts one of the most beautiful views in Jersey City. For Valentine’s Day, this Newport gem will offer a three-course prix fixe menu for $85/per person complemented by an optional wine pairing at $25/per person. Reservations are available starting at 5pm; the last seating will be at 10.45pm.
Bucket & Bay Craft Gelato: Ditch the traditional Valentine’s Day dinner for something a little different — a gelato-making class at Bucket & Bay. The class runs from 7.30pm to 10pm and includes aperitifs, a tasting of local foods, a chance to make your own gelato from scratch, and a surprise gelato tasting. Tickets are $95/pp.
New: Cocoa Bakery: Need a quick and sweet Valentine’s Day gift? Cocoa Bakery will offer handmade cookies, chocolates, and sweets all week through Valentine’s Day.
New: Fire and Oak: The ideal setting for a Valentine’s dinner is sophisticated, sultry and sexy, and Fire and Oak goes above and beyond with its gorgeous décor and gourmet comfort food. The menu features aphrodisiacs like oysters, chocolate, and an aptly named “Lover’s Bliss” cocktail made with rose champagne and a fresh strawberry puree. You can check out their full menu here (PDF).
Halifax (Hoboken): Located along the Hoboken waterfront with direct views of the New York skyline, Halifax offers the perfect setting for a romantic dinner for two. The restaurant will offer a 4-course Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu ($79/pp, wine pairings $29). Dishes include Yellowtail Tartar, Beet Risotto, Halibut with Lobster Ravioli, and a chocolate sampler for dessert.
New: The Hutton: If its a deal you’re after, The Hutton’s Valentine’s Day menu offers a tremendous value. For $75 per couple, you get to choose from a three-course prix fixe menu that includes lobster and rib eye steak. Plus, they’ll also accommodate any vegan options.
New: Jersey City Ballroom: Pick your favorite love song and treat your Valentine’s to a romantic one-on-one dance class at the Jersey City Ballroom. You can add roses, wine, cake, or a box of chocolates to your private dance class. Book now for sessions from February 10 through the 14th. Prices start at $80.
Jersey Girls Food Tours: Valentine’s Day is nothing without chocolate and sweets. That’s why Jersey Girls Food Tours and Growing in Jersey City are teaming up to offer a dessert tour of downtown Jersey City on Saturday, February 11. The tour will include stops at Cool Vines (featuring Milk Sugar Love), Choc-O-Pain Bakery, Cocoa Bakery, Talde, and L’atelier du Chocolat. Tickets are $65/pp, pricing includes all beverage pairings.
The Kitchen Step: Chef Ryan DePersio’s new Jersey City restaurant will offer a $75/per person prix fixe menu complemented by an optional wine pairing ($30/per person). Reservations are now available for seatings beginning at 5:30 PM; last seating will take place at 10:00 PM.
New: Komegashi Too: With its waterfront views of New York and its contemporary Japanese cuisine, Komegashi Too has been a Newport favorite since 2000. For Valentine’s Day, Komegashi Too is offering a special prix fixe menu, which includes two appetizers, two entrees, dessert, and a bottle of wine for $100. They’re also offering their regular dinner menu.
Latham House: Prepare for a night of exquisite dining at Latham House, which is offering a special 3-course Valentine’s Day dinner ($70/pp). You can check out their Valentine’s prix fixe menu here (PDF). (Photo above, Thai bouillabaisse at Latham House).
New: Mathews: Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Mathews with new pastry chef, Gilbert Antero formerly of Tavern on the Green and the W Hotel. There’s no Valentine’s Day menu posted online, but you can make your reservations here.
Raval: Whisk your significant other to Cataluña as you try Raval’s 3-course prix fixe menu ($65/pp, includes a glass of wine each). Seatings will be available from 5pm to 11pm. You can check out their Valentine’s prix fixe menu here (PDF).
New: Raaz: Adventurous diners looking for a worldly experience this Valentine’s Day should check out Raaz, an authentic Indian restaurant in the heart of Newport. On Valentine’s Day, dessert is on the house for all couples dining at the restaurant.
Sátis: This Paulus Hook rustic eatery is cooking up a special 4-course prix fixe dinner menu ($95/pp) with an optional wine pairing ($40/pp). You can check out the menu (along with a few vegetarian options) here (PDF).
Sincerely Sweet Confections: Give those Valentine’s Day strawberries a unique spin. Sincerely Sweet Confections is offering Classic ($20), Assorted ($25), or Alcohol-Infused ($30) strawberries.
Talde: Leave it to Talde to offer one of the more unique (and fun) takes on Valentine’s Day. Diners will be able to order hot pot for 2 choosing between a “surf” or “turf” menu. The special runs from 7pm to 9pm and the cost is $100 (for 2 people).
Van Hook Cheese / Jersey City Sweets: Jersey City Sweets is offering a Valentine’s Day Cheesecake for 2 via the Van Hook Cheese shop. Orders must be placed by Sunday, February 12 for in-store pick-up on Tuesday, February 14 between the hours of 11am to 8pm. Each cheesecake is $21.
New: VB3: Villa Borghese III, an Italian restaurant and lounge in Newport, is offering a prix fixe menu from famed Chef Michael Colletti, known for his unexpected touches on classic Italian favorites like baby calamari. Couples can also enjoy wine specials throughout the night.