3 Cozy Menus for Valentine's Day

No elegant night out can compare to the intimacy and thoughtfulness of a home-cooked meal. Make any one of these three complete menus next weekend for a memorable Valentine's Day, from an elegant French dinner centered around rich, seared duck breast to an indulgent spread of Middle Eastern small plates.

A French Dinner for Two

A French Dinner for Two

For a romantic, intimate dinner on Valentine's day, you can't beat French cuisine. Start with gougères, oysters on the half shell, and a light and aromatic cocktail of Dolin vermouth and soda; then move on to seared duck breast. See the menu »Todd Coleman, Ingalls Photography, Landon Nordeman

A Middle Eastern Meze Dinner

Assembling a meal from a selection of small plates is a great way to do Valentine's day—indulgent, not too heavy, and perfect for sharing. Infused with fragrant spices and flavors like cumin, pomegranate, and orange flower, dishes from a leek and herb frittata to a white chocolate baba ghannouj make for an intimate, but casual, dinner for two. See the menu »Yossy Arefi, André Baranowski, Todd Coleman, Maxime Iattoni
Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in Bed

Treat your Valentine to a luxurious breakfast in bed: French-style baked eggs with smoked salmon make an elegant presentation on a breakfast tray alongside fresh berries brightened by shrub and sprinkling of fresh mint, while homemade chocolate croissants add a sweet note to a decadent morning meal. A light, floral champagne cocktail is a lovely alternative to the usual mimosa. See the menu »Ingalls Photography, Helen Rosner