North Jersey restaurants open for Valentine’s Day 2022

Good news, food fans in love or in like. Or, for that matter, in a dear friendship. 

This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday. But lucky for us, many restaurants that are usually closed on Monday will stay open to offer a special Valentine’s Day meal.

The following restaurants, normally dark on Monday, are serving special dinners this Love Day. And, even better news: They are not your only options. Restaurants regularly opened on Monday are offering special menus for the holiday, too. We list them, as well. 

But hurry, make reservations now. Valentine’s Day is the second-most popular day to dine out in America. (Mother’s Day is No. 1.)

Common Lot, Millburn 

One of the many fine-dine courses offered this Valentine's Day at Common Lot in Millburn

Chef/owner Ehren Ryan runs what is one of the best fine-dine restaurants in North Jersey. Common Lot is an airy two-level BYOB with an open kitchen. Ryan is offering a four-course dinner. Highly recommended: a nice bottle of wine from home.

Menu: Appetizer choices include whipped truffle goat’s cheese with pickled fennel and Wagyu beef tartar with seaweed aioli. Followed by perhaps lobster cavatelli with lobster bisque cream or truffle risotto with fresh black truffle. Entrée options include duck breast with charcoal-grilled cabbage; seared plaice with confit fingerling potato, and breaded paneer with jasmine rice. For dessert, there’s sticky date pudding; chocolate and brown butter ganache ; and Comte cheese “butter” with toasted pita. 

Dessert at Common Lot in Millburn

Cost: $95/person.

Go: 27 Main St., Millburn; 973-467-0494, commonlot.com.

LT Bar & Grill, Hackensack

LT Bar & Grill in Hackensack is offering a special Valentine's Day menu that kicks off with spicy heart-shaped tuna roll.

This ultra-modern American restaurant is headed by Michelin-starred chef Laurent Tourondel. On Valentine’s Day, the restaurant will provide live music by a jazz trio. The Valentine’s Day menu — each course priced individually — is served from Thursday, Feb. 10 to Monday, Feb. 14. The restaurant’s a la carte menu will also be available. 

Menu: “Love at First Spice,” spicy tuna roll with avocado and kewpie-sriracha ($18) or poached Maine lobster with asparagus($28); Black Angus filet with smoked mashed potato ($59); and Sweet-Heart White Chocolate Mousse with raspberry coulis ($17).

Cost: Each dish is individually priced.

Go: 390 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack; 551-287-6333, ltbarandgrill.com.

Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, Morristown

Scallops crudo is on the menu Valentine's Day at Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen in Morristown

Christopher Cannon, owner of Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, a stunning four-restaurant complex, admits he didn’t know what to do about Valentine’s Day. The restaurant is closed on Monday but open Sunday. Perhaps celebrate on Sunday. Then he realized Superbowl is on Sunday. Oops. Yet: “It means it will be a busy Valentine’s,” he said. “All the guys who blew off their girls to watch football will be forced to take them out.” At JHBK, they’ll be treated to an elegant four-course meal with, Cannon said, plenty of vegetarian choices.

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