This Valentine’s Day, perhaps more than those of recent years, has a particular economy-aided flavor to it. So our little spin on the usual V-Day dining options rundown is to break it all down by price. Yesterday we brought you The Splurge, no-limit options for deep-pocketed lovers. Today: The Recessionist — special meals under $50 a person.
• Brasserie Jo has a three-course menu on hand that, at $49/person, takes full advantage of the restaurant’s classically romantic decor. Select your appetizer and entree from selections including such to-die-fors as smoked duck breast, seared sea scallops with saffron rice and champagne butter, and salmon filet with potato leek galette.
• On the vegetarian front, Mana Food Bar will give you two glasses of prosecco and three shared courses for $50 per person. Good for those poor planners out there, bad for those unaggressive of elbow: They’re not taking reservations, so show up early to guarantee your spot.
• For $39, get three courses at The Bristol — a very civilized set of appetizers for the table, your choice of entree, and shared desserts. Plus you can get all silly on beer.
• Clocking in at $45/person, the Valentine’s Day menu at Province includes three courses from a selection of aphrodisiac options — oysters, blood oranges, Tasmanian salmon that’s been very slow-cooked. Rrrowr.
• At La Madia, a relatively paltry $22/person lands you and your honey some panzanella salad, the pizza of your choice, and a silky chocolate panna cotta. Make it $29 a head and they’ll throw in some prosecco.
• For a cruelty-free V-Day, head to Green Zebra for a $55/person four-course menu (yeah, we said under $50 — you can spare five bucks, can’t you?) that’ll be so aggressively seasonal that they haven’t even decided what’s on it yet. Throw in wine pairings for $35 and seal the deal.
• Hot Doug’s’s isn’t doing anything special at all, but we firmly believe — with no innuendo implied — that nothing says “I love you” quite like encased meats.
[Photo: The main dining room at Province]