BERGEN COUNTY. N.J. -- Have you made your Valentine's Day dinner plans yet? There's still time, as a host of venues are offering specials for the entire weekend, starting, in some cases, on Friday, Feb. 12. A sampling is listed below though feel free to write in with some of your favorite hot spots.
Café Matisse: A $95 per person prix fixe menu with such artful creations as Stuffed Baked Oyster, Pan Seared Venison, and Apricot Jus Glazed Pork Hind Shanks Off The Bone are being featured on Sunday, Feb. 14. Make a Date: 167 Park Ave. Rutherford, (201) 935-2995, www.cafematisse.com/.
Latour: A $100 per person prix fixe menu is being offered Sunday, Feb. l4 featuring some of the restaurant's popular entrees including its lamb and risotto (two separate dishes). Make a Date: 6 E Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood, (201) 445-5056, www.latourridgewood.com/.
Haven: The Valentine's weekend festivities begin Friday night at Haven where you'll find an a la carte menu. Brunch is served Saturday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an $80 per person three course prix fixe menu from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. The same deal is offered Sunday, the 14 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Make a Date: 2 Main St., Edgewater, (201) 943-1900, www.havenedgewater.com/.
Rebecca's: A Valentine's Day three-course prix fixe dinner menu highlights this eatery's fine Cuban and Caribbean fare thanks to a chef who has been with the restaurant for more than a decade. The offer is available Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14. Make a Date: 236 Old River Rd., Edgewater; (201) 943-8808, www.rebeccasedgewater.com/.
Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern: Cozy up to one of the Inn's five fireplaces and enjoy well-curated wines, beers and specialty cocktails paired with Executive Chef Hank Barrett's contemporary American tavern fare. Special hours and an $85 per person prix fixe menu begin at 3 p.m. Make a Date: 1 Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, (201) 445-4115, www.hohokusinn.com/.
Chakra Restaurant: This gorgeous candlelit spot is romantic on a given day so imagine what you'll find on Valentine's Day. The celebration starts Friday night with a four course $112 per person pix fixe menu that is available all weekend. On Sunday, Feb.14 come for brunch and be treated to three courses ($54) and a belly dancer. Make a Date: 144 NJ-4, Paramus, (201) 556-1530, www.chakrarestaurant.com/.
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