Queens Readies For Romantics On Valentine’s Day

BY JOE MARVILLI and
LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writers

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, Queens couples have a bevy of options to keep their romances going strong.

The Borough has a wealth of restaurants and entertainment options that make for superb dates during any time of year. For Feb. 14 though, many places make sure to increase the romanticism and love, whether it is just for a candlelit dinner, a theater performance or more.

When it comes to restaurants, couples can find delightful meals and specials for a wonderful and tasty evening with your significant other.

Christine Andreas will perform at Queens College for Valentine’s Day.

Christine Andreas will perform at Queens College for Valentine’s Day.

Trattoria Neo is one such restaurant. The Whitestone eatery will feature a performance by guitarist John Ducroiset from 7 to 10 p.m. With songs that mix together Latin, Mediterranean, Brazilian, flamenco and rock styles, he will be sure to add another degree of warmth to any couple’s evening.

In addition, Trattoria Neo will have a pre-fixe four course menu, with an appetizer, salad, pasta, entrée, with a special Valentine’s dessert and coffee bonus available for $49.95 per person. The restaurant is located at 15-01 149th St. and can be reached at (718) 767-1110.

Trattoria 35 in Bayside will have a special Valentine’s Day menu for the 14th. They will be handling business slightly different than most establishments. They will not have a pre-fixe menu and seats will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Arturo M., a manager at Trattoria 35, said that customers fill the restaurant every Valentine’s Day, in part, because they like that the menu is not pre-fixe.

Another reason for its popularity, Arturo said, is customers say it is a perfect type of establishment to take your significant for dinner.

“They find it to be a romantic place,” he said.

He added that they shorten their menu for the day because of the high volume of people who eat at the restaurant, allowing to provide faster service to its customers. According to Arturo, they pick the most popular dishes to be on the menu that day.

Russo’s On The Bay, a catering hall in Howard Beach, will host a Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance on Feb 13, the day before the holiday.

The event will offer appetizers, pasta, entrées and an open bar. It will begin at 7 p.m. and end at midnight. DJ Satisfaction Guaranteed will provide the music for the dinner. It costs $80 for a ticket.

If you are interested in attending the dinner dance, call (718) 843-5055 to make a reservation.

It is recommended that you get reservations for all these restaurants or any others you may consider for Valentine’s Day. Maurizio Vendittelli, the general manager of Il Bacco in Little Neck, said that the holiday is a very busy day for all restaurants.

“Valentine’s Day is one of those days where the restaurant tends to flourish,” he said. “It’ll be a beautiful night, I’m sure.”

If dinner is not enough for you, there are plenty of events happening on Valentine’s Day that can add some excitement to the day.

At 8 p.m. on Feb. 14, Queens College will present “Love is Good: An Evening with Christine Andreas.” For this romantic performance, the Broadway actress and singer will be joined by her husband, composer Martin Silvestri. For tickets, call the box office at (718) 793-8080.

In Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the Queens Theatre will hold a 2 p.m. production of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Widely considered one of The Bard’s funniest and most romantic plays, the Aquila Theatre will add their brand of innovation and theatricality to the stage. Tickets can be bought by calling (718) 760-0064.

The Laughing Devil Comedy Club will give couples a chance to laugh together with its Valentine’s Weekend Spectacular. Starting at 8 p.m., this show will feature a lineup of comedians debating the he-said/she-said parts of everyday life. Tickets are $30 and come with two soft drinks, glasses of wine or draft beers.

Resorts World Casino will get couples moving for its “2 of Hearts Concert,” with Latin musicians Brenda K. Star, Tito Puente Jr., Coro, and DJ Nicky G. Hosted by Vic Latino, this concert will kick off at 8 p.m.