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Feb 05, 2014

Valentine’s Day in Astoria and LIC

Thinking about what to do for Valentine’s Day? Here’s a comprehensive list of various Astoria and LIC related restaurant specials, shopping events, experiences, etc. Malu, Cavo, Snowdonia, Rest-au-Rant, Bear, Astor Room, Queens County Market, Sunday Night Dinner, William Hallet.

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With all the snow this year, Valentine’s Day kind of just crept up on us.  Sure it’s a little cheesy, but we heart this holiday because it’s dedicated to the ones you love.  Whether that means close friends, family members or your special sweetie, we hope you enjoy V-Day the Astorian way.



In honor of V-day, Malu is hosting a fun pop-up shop this Thursday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., featuring loverly items such as wine, chocolate, jewelry, festive gift baskets and other goodies.  12-09 Jackson Ave, LIC. 718.729.6258


maple-bacon-popcorn-alobarWe heart the rich V-day menu planned at Alobar, with items such as loaded potato gnocchi, butter poached main lobster ravioli, pan seared skate wing, and tons of decadent dessert.  It’s nice to see that you can order these menu items a la carte, instead of a prix-fixe, including the yummy bacon popcorn you see here.  Reservations are highly recommended.  46-42 Vernon Blvd, LIC. 718.752.6000  


For something a little fancy, Cavo is pulling out all the stops with their 3-course dinner prix-fixe and a glass of champagne.  The dessert especially caught our eye “chocolate chip gelato swirled with chocolate and topped with cocoa powder and hazelnuts.” Yes please!  42-18 31st Avenue, Astoria.  718.721.1001

Queens County Market

queens-county-market-vdayFor a little retail therapy, check out the Queens County Market’s Special Valentine’s Day market this coming Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at SingleCut Beersmiths.  We’ve been a few times, and it’s always a lot of fun and chock full of delicious vendors!  19-33 37th Street, Astoria.  718.606.0788

Sunday Night Dinner

Sunday Night Dinner - Tamara Reynolds

image by Meg Cotner

Our friend Tamara Reynolds is rolling out the red carpet so to speak at her special Sunday Night Dinner “The Big VD, Part Six.”  Expect two nights (February 14th + 15th) of a “douchebag free environment,” as she calls it, with items such as shrimp with anchovy butter, duck legs confit with cognac, profiteroles with salted caramel ice cream and other yums.  RSVP and book your spot here.

William Hallett


Putting a cheeky twist on Valentine’s Day, William Hallet will host an “Odd Person Out Party” on V-day, featuring $3 “I’m single because I choose to be” shot, $4 “I’m single because my insignificant other broke up with me cause they are cheap,” shot, $5 “I’m single because I found my insignificant other cheating on me,” shot. I think you get the hint.  Join the singles partay! 36-10 30th Avenue, Astoria.  718.269.3443


Snowdonia ValentinesThe good folks at Snowdonia are still crafting their special V-Day menu, but it’s guaranteed to be a little bit of sweet and savory to satisfy anyone from your loved one/friend/mother/life-sized doll. Tee he. ;) 34-55 32nd Street, Astoria.  347.730.5783

Astor Room

oysters-astor-room-astoria-queensCelebrating Valentine’s Day in true Astor Room style, they’re featuring a very special menu of all their bests such as Oysters Astor, Rhode Island Fried Calamari, Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Short Rib Stroganoff and tons of decadent desserts.  This luxurious 3-course dinner will set you back $55/person.  34-12 36th Street, Astoria. 718.255.1947


truffle ravioli rar bar

Rest-au-Rant has got it going on during V-Day and we’ve been salivating over their rich 5-course menu.  From beautiful homemade ravioli you see above to lamb shanks and poached lobster, you’ll get a full feast for just $45/person.  See their full Valentine’s Day menu here.  30-01 35th Avenue, LIC. 718.729.9009


bear-smoked-trout-bakeIndulging in an intimate evening at one of our favorite haunts, we highly recommend the special V-day dinner at Bear.  We heart their 3-course V-day menu with comforting items such as cauliflower soup, whole roasted duck with apples, Stroganoff forest mushrooms, braised leg of lamb and other things.  For $60/person you’ll get three hearty courses as well as some celebratory champagne.  See the full Valentine’s Day menu here.  12-14 31st Avenue, LIC. 917.396.4939

Il Bambino

Il Bambino Panini

Il Bambino Panini

It’s exciting to see that Il Bambino is hosting a special Valentine’s Day dinner, consisting of a 4-course meal with a signature homemade soup, antipasti, panini and dessert for $40.  Take a look at your full menu options here, and do make a reservation.  34-08 31st Ave, Astoria. 718.626.0087


brooklyn-blend-mast-brothers-chocolate_thIf you’re looking to buy your honey something special for V-day, Lockwood’s got you covered with everything from these lovely Mast Brothers choco bars to Paddywax Mason Jar Candles, jewelry items such as these trendy studs and a lot more.  32-15 33rd Street, Astoria. 718.626.6030

Off the Hook

grilled-oysters-offthehookIf you fancy some seafood for Valentine’s Day, we suggest you check out Off the Hook’s V-day menu.  It’s nice to see that it’s well priced at just $35/person for a three course meal, but if you’d like to order off their regular menu and keep things simple, you can do that too.  28-08 34th Street, Astoria. 718.721.2112

Riverview Restaurant

riverview-valentines-day-menuFor something a little fancy shmancy, Riverview restaurant in LIC is featuring a special Valentine’s Day menu with decadent items such as lobster bisque, pan seared scallops, filet mignon carpaccio, Long Island Duck, their homemade cheesecake and a lot more.  The dinner will set you back $95/person but the views and atmosphere speaks for itself.  2-01 50th Avenue, LIC. 718.392.5000

The Queens Kickshaw

love-is-a-battlefield-queenskickshawMixing things up for V-day (literally), the Queens Kickshaw will be featuring a two night event dedicated to loverly music with their Love is a Battlefield, Part I tomorrow from 10 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. and Part II on Saturday from 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., featuring live Bluegrass and a fun (and nostalgic) Vinyl set line-up.  40-17 Broadway, Astoria. 718.777.0913


Pink Nori

Pink NoriNewcomer, Pink Nori is ready and waiting to welcome you on V-day!   Bringing a new twist to the sushi bar experience, Pink Nori is now officially open and serving delicious cocktails, and make-your-own sushi. How about these beautiful Pink Nori Martini, Lychee-tini & Sake-tini cocktails? Looks and sounds loverly!  36-06 30th Ave, Astoria. 718.685.2365

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