It’s a tradition that you should take your sweetie out to eat on Valentine’s Day. But considering that V-Day is Monday, Feb. 14, that makes things kind of tricky. Lucky for those of you who will be celebrating the holiday out of your home kitchen, many area eateries are offering diners specials this weekend.
So you can linger over dessert and stare into each other’s eyes without worrying that you have to get home early for work the next day.
Here are some ideas for celebrating St. Valentine’s Day at area venues, whether it’s on the actual day or not.
Valentine’s Celebration. Monday, Feb. 14, you and your significant other can dine on The Spaghetti Warehouse’s Ultimate Italian Feast for Two, accompanied by a bottle of Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, for $24.99. Spaghetti Warehouse is located at 689 N. Clinton St.; 475-1807.
Love is in the Air. With so many restaurants to choose from, you’re sure to find something for both of you to enjoy this Valentine’s weekend at Turning Stone Resort and
Casino. Casual to gourmet, steak and seafood, the tastes of the Orient, you won’t go home hungry. Or choose to stay overnight in romantic accommodations. Call (800) 771-7711 for reservations. Turning Stone is located at 5218 Patrick Road, Verona.
Phoebe’s Restaurant and Coffee Lounge will be closed Monday, but is celebrating the holiday on Friday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 12. The 900 E. Genesee St., hotspot is sure to be busy, so call for reservations: 475-5154.
Onondaga Hill stalwart Kelley’s Restaurant gives an athletic spin to the holiday, inviting diners to its Love & Basketball event, during which you can enjoy a threecourse meal for two on Feb. 14 and then stay for the Syracuse University vs. West Virginia men’s hoops game at 7 p.m. Dinner is served starting at 4 p.m. The eatery is at 5076 Velasko Road; 478-6773.
Kyoko Japanese Restaurant, 111 Brooklea Drive, Fayetteville, is going all red for Valentine’s Day and featuring a 12-course tasting menu. The sushi spectacular combines wine, appetizers, entrees and dessert with a Japanese theme. There is only one seating for this event, so reservations are a must. Dinner costs $70 per person; call 637-9000.
For the more adventurous couples, head to Highland Forest county park, where the annual Valentine’s in the Forest program brings you close to nature and your honey. A candle-lit buffet dinner with live entertainment await visitors. After dinner, horse-drawn sleigh rides will be offered to the Pioneer Museum for tours, photographs and a bonfire. The event takes place Friday, Feb. 11, Saturday, Feb. 12, and Monday, Feb. 14, from 7 to 11 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Nordic Ski Patrol. The evening costs $80 per couple and reservations are required; call 683-5550. Highland Forest is located at 1254 Highland Forest Road, Fabius.
J. Ryan’s, in the shadow of City Hall, has a nifty gift idea for the beer lover in your life: reloadable gift cards. With 70 draft beers on continual rotation, there’s certain to be a lager or ale your brew master can enjoy. Cards are available in any denomination. Stop by at 253 E. Water St. to purchase one; for more information, call 399-5533.
Perhaps lunch is more your honey’s style.
Then by all means, head to A Taste of Philadelphia, 2533 James St., for a hearty sandwich. Of course, with weekday hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays, noon to 7 p.m., you can have lunch for dinner. Call 463-9422.
If you’d like to take home some Valentine’s-themed sweets, head to Harrison Bakery, 1306 W. Genesee St. There’ll be colored half-moons, cakes and pastries, perfect for school or office parties. 422-1468.
Just Say Yum
The Twelve Days of Dining Week get under way Tuesday, Feb. 15 throughout downtown Syracuse. Now in its third year, this popular Winterfest event features 22 restaurants serving three-course meals for $25 per person or less. Some restaurants may require reservations, so it’s safest to call ahead once you’ve chosen from the quality eateries listed here.
Ale ‘N Angus Pub, 238 Harrison St., 426- 9672. Anthony’s Pasta Bar, 126 E. Genesee St., 422-4669. bc Restaurant, 247 W. Fayette St., 701-0636. Bistro Elephant, 238 W. Jefferson St., 475-1111. Bittersweet Wine & Dessert Bar, 127 W. Fayette St., 474-9463. Black Olive Mediterranean, 316 S. Clinton St., 399-5599. Bull & Bear Pub, 125 E. Water St., 701-3064. Byblos Mediterranean Café, 223 N. Clinton St., 478-3333. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 246 W. Willow St., 476-4937. Empire Brewing Company, 120 Walton St., 475-2337. Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub, 301 W. Fayette St., 424-1974. L’Adour Restaurant Francais, 110 Montgomery St., 475-7653. La Taqueria Fresh Mexican, 409 S. Clinton St., 422-8811. Lemon Grass, 238 W. Jefferson St., 475-1111. The Mission, 304 E.
Onondaga St., 475-7344. Namu, 215 Walton St., 475-0220. Opus Restaurant & Lounge, 218 Walton St., 701-1351. Pastabilities, 311 S. Franklin St., 474-1153. PJ’s Pub & Grill, 116 Walton St., 478-3023. Prime Steakhouse, 101 E. Water St., 299-8047. Sakana-Ya Sushi Bar, 215 Walton St., 475-0117. Syracuse Suds Factory, 320 S. Clinton St., 471-2253.