Date Night in Queens: Valentine’s Day 2012

Call your babysitters, your parents, parents in law or even your single friends….. Valentine’s Day is Tuesday February 14th, and if you haven’t had a date night in a while, this is a great excuse to get dressed up and get out with your partner, have an uninterrupted conversation and enjoy some yummy food that YOU didn’t cook for a change.

Il Bambino

This adorable panini (and more) restaurant in Astoria has a cozy, romantic vibe. They are offering a special Valentine’s Day menu at a very reasonable forty dollars per person for soup, appetizer, entree and dessert, so get your romance on without breaking the bank.

Where: Il Bambino, 34-08 31st Ave., Astoria, (718) 626-0087


Waters Edge

For eighty dollars per person, you can up the romance factor by enjoying a delicious meal, breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline a champagne toast and flowers delivered right to your table (hint…hubbies!) at the recently renovated Waters Edge in Long Island City. Check out their special V-day menu here.

Where: Waters Edge, The East River at 44th Drive, Long Island City, (718)482-0033


Il Toscano Restorante

If you like traditional Italian food, then head over to Douglaston this Valentine’s Day for a yummy meal at Il Toscano, a restaurant that’s been in business since 1985. Check out their Valentine’s Day menu and make your reservations now before it fills up!

Where: Il Toscano, 42-05 235th Street, Douglaston, (718)631-0300



What’s more romantic than a French bistro? Tournesol in Long Island City offers simple French classics. Its mellow candlelit vibe and large oil canvases covering the walls will surely get you into the Valentine mood and if that won’t do it for you then their impressive wine list will surely do the trick.

Where: Tournesol, 50 12 Vernon Blvd., LIC, (718) 472 -4355


Fino Wine and Tapas

Foodies and wine lovers will not be disappointed with the offerings at Fino on Bell Boulevard in Bayside. Steak tartare and grilled baby octopus are just a few of the adventurous eats on the menu. In addition to the food, Fino boasts a wine list with over 150 choices as well as a cozy, romantic atmosphere perfect for V-Day.

Where: Fino, 39-13 Bell Blvd. Bayside, (718) 229-1330


Rèst-âü-Ránt: Beer, Wine and Cheese Bar

Offering a sharing menu for wo for forty five dollars, this wine bar in Astoria will transform into a Valentine’s hot spot featuring champagne, lobster and homemade chocolates. Make sure to call ahead because reservations are required.

Where: Rèst-âü-Ránt: Beer, Wine and Cheese Bar, 30-01 35th Avenue, Astoria/Long Island City, (718) 729 9009


Tickle your funny bone and head to Leonard’s La Dolce Vita in Great Neck for a pre-Valentines Dinner and a Comedy Show featuring “The Italian Chicks” on Saturday February 11th. The event features dinner and an open bar from 7:30pm until 12:30am. Tickets are $80 online and $95 at the door.

Where: Leonard’s La Dolce Vita, 555 Northern Blvd, Great Neck


Vesta Trattoria and Wine Bar

Vesta, a restaurant and wine bar focused on farm fresh Italian food, is pulling out all the stops with a $50 Valentine’s Day menu featuring fried oysters, artic char and an almond and lavendar Pana Cotta. For just $20 extra, your meal will be served with a wine pairing.

Where: Vesta Trattoria and Wine Bar, 21-02 30th Avenue, Astoria, (718) 545-5550


Ornella Trattoria Italiana

Classic family style Italian food with a twist, like Gorgonzola gnochi, are offered at this homey trattoria in Astoria. Head here on Valentine’s Day for a delicious meal!

Where: Ornella Trattoria Italiana, 29-17 23rd Ave., Astoria, (718)777-9477


Manducati’s Rustica

This buzzworthy Italian restaurtant in Long Island City boasts an impressive pizza menu (have you ever hear of tuna on a pizza?) and is also known for its margaritas, martini’s and a dessert called the “Italian Cone”. Intrigued? Check it out this Valentine’s Day!

Where: Manducati’s Rustica, 46-3 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, (718) 937-1322



Dee’s has been a Forest Hills staple for twenty years, its owner Dee Arabian has made a name for himself with delicious brick oven pizza and more. Check out their $31.99 Valentine’s Day menu.

Where: Dee’s, 107-23 Metropolitan Ave. Forest Hills, (718) 793-7553


Laughing Devil

Comedy fans can head to the Laughing Devil comedy club in Long Island City on Valentine’s Day. The show, costing $30 includes two glasses of wine or two of our 14 draft beers (Chimay excluded), begins at 8:00pm.

Where: The Laughing Devil, 4738 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, (347)91-DEVIL (347.913.3845)


Cabana Nuevo Latino

Turn up the heat with some spicy Latin fare and cool down with world famous margaritas at the Original Cabana restaurant in Forest Hills this Valentine’s Day.

Where: 10710 70th Road, Forest Hills, (718) 263-3600


Uvarara Vineria & Ristoro

Check out this upscale Italian restaurant with an impressive wine list! Don’t leave without trying their signature dessert, the “drunken pear”; a wine glazed roasted pear with gelato.

Where: 7928 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, (718) 984-0052


DiWine Wine Bar and Restaurant

This Astoria wine bar is the place to go for wine, cocktails, beer, whiskey and a sumptuous menu and dessert list. Vermont maple creme brulee…need we say more?

Where: 4115 31 Ave., Astoria, (718) 777-1355


Simply Fondue

Valentine’s Day and fondue go hand in hand…so head to Glendale and get your romance on.

Where: The Shops at Atlas Park, 71-19 80th Street, Glendale (718)416-3755


Mood Restaurant and Lounge

Steak lovers will enjoy the menu at Mood, and who doesn’t want to try warm molten chocolate cake with cappuccino ice cream? Is it tuesday yet?

Where: 120-29 83rd Avenue, Kew Gardens, (718) 849- MOOD


Check out these menus and make your reservation today!


By: Christine Concetta Gibson