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

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 »

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 »

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 »