Staten Island’s Most Romantic Places for Valentine’s Day

What’s more romantic than spending Valentine’s Day in Venice, Milan, San Francisco, Paris or Prague?

But if you can’t make it there, surprise your Valentine with an intimate dinner for two at Staten Island’s most romantic restaurants.

The ambiance of these special gems will make you feel as though you’ve been transported through time and space to your dream destination. Get a sense of what it’s like visiting each beautiful city right in your hometown.

Gatsby On The Bay in Staten Island
Gatsby On The Bay in Staten Island

Feel like going back in time and soaking in the elegance and atmosphere of the roaring 20’s? The Great Gatsby on the Bay is perfect for a passionate night out.

Gatsby On The Bay Staten Island
Gatsby On The Bay Staten Island
Gatsby On The Bay Staten Island
Gatsby On The Bay Staten Island
Gatsby On The Bay Staten Island
Gatsby On The Bay Staten Island
Gatsby On The Bay Staten Island
Gatsby On The Bay Staten Island

The restaurant’s ambiance is elegant and classy, featuring exposed brick, remnants of the golden years, a grand piano and a cozy fireplace. The jazz band is a perfect backdrop to the theme of this boutique style restaurant. But what truly shines here is the food and excellent service! Be spoiled by the attentive servers that greet you with smiles. Experience an array of mouthwatering dishes that will have you coming back for more.

Gatsby On The Bay Staten Island
Gatsby On The Bay Staten Island

Thinking of visiting the magical city of Venice? Then South Finn Grill is a perfect choice offering beautiful dining rooms and water views.

South Fin Grill
South Fin Grill

 

This restaurant is for seafood lovers and is perfect for a special occasion. As soon as you enter through the doors you’ll feel a certain level of sophistication that this establishment offers. The romantic setting is infused with fine decor and breathtaking views of the water. You’ll find a creative menu with lots of seafood options, from a satisfying raw bar selection to beautifully presented cooked fish entrees. There are steaks and chops for meat lovers as well. This is the kind of place you visit to celebrate, so order a glass of wine and indulge. In season, explore the outdoor seating area.

Bayou Restaurant in Staten Island
Bayou Restaurant in Staten Island

What about a quick visit to New Orleans for a fun date with your loved one? This restaurant has you covered!

This charming place is a neighborhood favorite that keeps locals buzzing. The combination of exposed brick walls, red velvet drapes, crystal chandeliers and candlelight add warmth to the overall ambiance of the restaurant. Enjoy the New Orleans inspired cuisine that has already built a reputation for providing an unforgettable dining experience. This off the beaten path Staten Island gem is a perfect intimate dinner spot. Want to be daring and impress your date? Order the alligator bites, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. If you haven’t been yet, this needs to be your next destination.

 

Zio Toto Ristorante on Staten Island
Zio Toto Ristorante on Staten Island

Our next stop will take you to one of Staten Island’s most beautiful eatery. As you open the door you’ll be greeted with a warm and elegant foyer and an attentive host. Walk inside and you will notice great attention to detail in decor and style that is carried throughout the restaurant and that underlines the formality of the space.

Zio Toto Ristorante on Staten Island
Zio Toto Ristorante on Staten Island

 

The interior consists of two spaces; a lofty lounge bar area with an expansive bar for eating and drinking, and a well-appointed formal dining room with a brick pizza oven. Each plate that comes out of the kitchen is beautifully presented. Try any dish and you will have a sense of how much attention is paid to the quality of the ingredients. The Filleto alla Griglia, Pasta con le Sarde, Portobello dello Chef and Pizza Margherita are all outstanding and flavorful.

Zio Toto Ristorante on Staten Island
Zio Toto Ristorante on Staten Island

Of course there’s a variety of fun specialty cocktails (try any) and an extensive wine list (they have a wine cellar too).  And you should definitely save room for dessert, their Nutella-stuffed pizza which comes fresh from the pizza oven topped with strawberries and ice cream is out of this world and a perfect excuse to cheat on your diet.

Fushimi on Staten Island
Fushimi on Staten Island

Last, but certainly not least, Fushimi is one of the finest traditional Japanese restaurants on Staten Island. Fushimi Japanese Cuisine & Lounge  is a perfect place to go when you’re in the mood for some delicious sushi. The restaurant offers sleek and upscale decor, a romantic outside terrace, Asian inspired entrées, and a sushi bar where you can watch the sushi chefs at work while sipping on one of the signature cocktails. This trendy lounge is great for a night out with your better half.

Fushimi on Staten Island
Fushimi on Staten Island
Fushimi on Staten Island
Fushimi on Staten Island

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

 

Valentine’s Drawing with Inna at Alor Cafe Pasta

We are super excited to host this social drawing, First-Time-Ever, event called “Valentine’s Drawing with Inna at Alor Cafe Pasta” on Staten Island and be able to bring this to our wonderful community. This event will be instructed by an incredible and very talented artist, Inna Ivd of Drawing With Inna and taking place at, where else? The delicious – Alor Cafe Pasta! Presented by Staten Island Lifestyle.

Only 4 days left to an amazing Love Day! Hopefully all of us get to celebrate every day and appreciate wonderful and beautiful things that we have in our daily lives. Valentine’s Day is the day on which we show our Love to the very special people in our lives and with whom we get to share those daily wonders.
Are you ready to show your Love?

On February 11 @7:30pm at Alor Pasta cafe, you’ll have an unforgettable experience creating your very own, beautiful and unique piece of art painted on a canvas to give to a very special person in your life. Even if that person is YOU!

Set your love birds free to explore the beautiful world of creativity.
The tickets are $65 (Cash Only) and include the following:

3 Glasses of Wine (White or Red)
A choice of 2 delicious and freshly baked flatbreads
( Flatbreads:
1. Mushroom roast, chorizo, chili flakes, parmesan
2. Mozzarella, ricotta, onion jam, prosciutto
3. Goat cheese, spinach, red onion, bacon, charred tomato
4. Fresh mozzarella, tomato, red onion, rosemary, pesto)
Coffee or Tea

Plus

2 Hours Of Fantastic and Professional guided artistic instructions and all the necessary paint materials.

We hope you can join us for a night full of fun and inspirational experiences. At the end of the night you’ll walk away with your very own masterpiece, lots of fun memories and maybe, even a few new friends! Get ready for a fun night of “painting and tasting”. No previous art experience necessary.

Update:    Feb, 15, 2014.

 

Wanted to thank everyone that came out and shared this amazing experience with us. It turned out even better than we expected. It was an absolute pleasure meeting everyone and having the best time. Hope to see you all again at our next event. Here’s a video capturing our incredible night!