News for Foodies: 02.09.12

   As Valentine’s Day is a holiday that gets even the most stalwart homebodies out for a meal, here is the scoop on some places where diners can celebrate.
    In Montauk, Manucci’s, which specializes in seafood as well as Italian cuisine, will offer a special Valentine’s Day menu. Items from the regular menu will also be available. Dinner is served nightly at Manucci’s beginning at 5 p.m. Reservations have been suggested.

Oyster Prelude
    To gear up for Tuesday the 14th, there will be an evening of “Oyster Mania” on Sunday at the site of the old Honest Diner in Amagansett, home to Art of Eating Catering. The event will be a benefit for the Springs Seedlings Project.
    Cheryl Stair, Art of Eating’s chef, will prepare oysters from local waters, as well as dishes based on other local bounty — fish, produce, and poultry — accompanied by locally made wines and beers.
    Reservations are required for the 4 to 7:30 p.m. event. Tickets are $85, or $75 for members of the local Slow Food chapter.

Lovers’ Prix Fixe
    The chef and owner at Harbor Grill, Damien O’Donnell, will make a long weekend of the lovers’ holiday by serving a “lovers’ prix fixe” tomorrow through Tuesday. The special meal is $45 per person and includes a glass of champagne for each lovebird. Starters will include lobster bisque, three cheese ravioli, spinach salad, crab cakes, or chilled shrimp. Entree choices will be beef Wellington, steamed lobster, marinated and grilled Atlantic tuna, or pan roasted chicken breast. The meal will wind up with a dessert sampler for two.
    The restaurant will have live music on Valentine’s Day itself.
    The Harbor Grill is now offering a 15-percent discount on meals ordered by senior citizens. The offer is valid all the time, but does not apply to the grill’s nightly $19 prix fixe.
    Valentine’s dinner at Nick and Toni’s in East Hammpton will bring a $30 prix fixe featuring special dishes, as well as an a la carte entree for two: prime tagliata steak for two, served with gorgonzola beet gratin and pea vine salad with shaved pecorino, for $85. Dinner service begins at 6 p.m.; reservations have been suggested.

At Almond
    At Almond in Bridgehampton, a four-course menu offered on Valentine’s Day, starting at 6 p.m., will include dishes that all feature blood orange. For appetizers, diners may choose iced oysters with blood orange and prosecco granita or a winter salad with blood orange vinaigrette. Entree choices are heritage pork osso buco with saffron risotto and blood orange gremolata, or smoked, then roasted salmon with a warm salad of baby root vegetables and citrus sauce. Dessert will be a warm chocolate tart with blood oranges three ways. The cost is $70 per person. The a la carte menu will also be served.
    A Valentine’s Day prix fixe at Pierre’s, also in Bridgehampton, offers a lineup of love-themed dishes, such as the “Red Hot Lover” — lobster salad and sun-dried apples served with brioche toast, “Hot Tub Meeting” — a pot-au-feu of sea bass, scallops, shrimp, and lobster, and a “Melting Heart” dessert, which is French meringue with raspberry sorbet, red berry coulis, and whipped cream.
    A three-course prix fixe for $55 features a “teaser,” main dish, and dessert.
    A number of special appetizer and entree dishes will be on the menu at the Living Room in East Hampton on Valentine’s Day, where the holiday special will include a glass of champagne.
    Beginning on Sunday, the Living Room will have a “jazzy” brunch each week from noon to 2:30 p.m. featuring Klyph Black on guitar, accompanied by a changing roster of guest musicians.
    At Fresno in East Hampton, singles — and couples — have been invited to have a Valentine’s Day dinner at the bar, served by Diego, the bartender. Specials to be offered that night include oysters on the half shell, filet mignon with grilled prawns, seared scallops, and a bittersweet chocolate fondue served with strawberries, almond lace cookies, and marshmallow hearts.

Rugby Time Food
    Townline BBQ, where the TVs at the bar will be showing the 2012 Six Nations Rugby games over the next few weeks, will offer food and drink specials during the games. They include chili cheese nachos, wings, and warm pretzels for $3, and bottles of Beck’s beer and Magners Irish Cider for $4. The next game will be on Saturday — France versus Ireland at 3 p.m.

Happy on North Main
    Serafina restaurant on East Hampton’s North Main Street is having a daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., with half-off specials on signature cocktails, including new ones created by the restaurant’s own mixologists, and on wine, Prosecco, and beer.

Inlet Reopens
    And the early season begins: Inlet Seafood in Montauk will reopen after a winter break on Friday, Feb. 17. The restaurant and sushi bar will serve lunch from noon to 4 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday through Sunday, and lunch only on Monday. Inlet overlooks the mouth of Montauk Harbor at the end of East Lake Drive.