Valentine’s Day is near and love is in the air. If you’re looking to bring a little spice to your celebration, the holiday of love is the perfect reason to break from your old routine. Area restaurants are offering more to make your lusty celebrations just a little lustier. Aphrodisiac plates paired with hot dates, shows, music and more will allow you to craft a Valentine’s Day that’s a little naughty and a whole lot of nice.

Love in Old Havana

Everything is hotter in Havana. If you can’t make the trip, just head to Cuba Libre at The Quarter in Tropicana Atlantic City for a Valentine’s celebration fill with Latin amor.

“Celebrating Valentine’s Day at Cuba Libre is like celebrating in a plaza in Old Havana — sipping mojitos under the palm trees and enjoying traditional dishes prepared over a wood-burning grill, just as they do in Cuba,” says Kevin Couch, senior executive chef of Cuba Libre.

On Valentine’s Day, Cuba Libre will offer special dishes.

“In addition to our wood-grilled menu of Cuban favorites, I wanted to get creative to celebrate amor this year. Our special crispy wontons ($12) are a fun appetizer to share, while the short rib special ($25) is a classic winter dish — perfect for a cold a February evening in Atlantic City,” Couch says.

On the weekend before and the weekend after Valentine’s Day, head to Cuba Libre for dinner and dancing. Cuba Libre features Latin dancing beginning at 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Located at 2801 Pacific Ave. in Atlantic City. Call 609-348-6700 or go to

The Iron Room has more to love

Sometimes you just need to try something new, especially on Valentine’s Day. If you’re aching for something novel on this lover’s day, you can be among the first to check out the expanded and newly renovated Iron Room in Atlantic City. As Executive Chef Kevin Cronin, explains, The Iron Room is taking out the store to make room for a more formal dining room. There will be more tables, which means more room for Chef Cronin’s unique, creative, globally inspired, locally sourced, sustainable fare.

This comes just in time for The Iron Room’s special four-course Valentine’s menu featuring selections such as tuna crudo with Granny Smith apples, kewpie and pickled chilies; crispy tofu with house sweet chili; foie gras ravioli with a bourbon cherry demi glaze and crispy sage; seared 10-ounce hanger steak with crispy French green beans, horseradish and mustard hollandaise and Dauphinoise potatoes; roasted tilefish with herb coulis, parslied fingerling potatoes and parsnip puree; flourless chocolate cake and more. Dinner is $65 per person. Dinner reservations start at 5 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Located at 648 Albany Ave. in Atlantic City. For more information call 609-348-6400 or go to


If good music and amazing comfort food speaks to your soul, check out Kelsey’s in Atlantic City. This stylish restaurant, located in the heart of Atlantic City, is equally focused on crafting delectable southern fare, as well as operating as a prodigious music venue. On Valentine’s Day, Kelsey’s will feature the live band The Muzik, playing old and new, smooth and funky R&B that will get your Valentine’s party on the right groove.

While you enjoy the musical stylings of The Muzik, Kelsey’s will feature a special Valentine’s menu. Selections such as southern fried chicken ($19.99), smothered turkey or pork chops ($22.99), slow smoked BBQ pork ribs or short ribs of beef ($22.99), fried whiting or catfish ($20.99), shrimp and grits ($22.99) and more. The restaurant will be opened from 4 to 10 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 14.

Located at 1545 Pacific Ave. in Atlantic City. For more information call 609-344-2200 or go to

Assaggio! Restaurant

Sometimes all it takes is a good Italian meal to get to stoke the flames of romance. Assaggio! in Galloway will offer a romantic Italian Valentine’s feast with live entertainment by Mia. The special menu will feature selections such as sautéed oyster stew with potatoes and crusty bread ($12); stuffed artichoke hearts with ricotta, mozzarella and pecorino cheese ($9); shrimp carbonara with pancetta and peas served over homemade gnocchi ($32), grilled fillet mignon served over grilled eggplant and sautéed mushrooms served with a port wine reduction ($38); Amaretto cheese cake ($9) and much more. Assaggio! makes their pastas fresh daily and offers a large selection of gluten-free items. Assaggio will open at 4 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.

Located at 500 W. White Horse Pike in Egg Harbor City. For more information call 609-965-3303 or go to

Broadway Burger

If you’re planning a girls-night-out for your Valentine’s celebration, head to Broadway Burger at The Quarter in Atlantic City. Broadway Burger will offer a special dining package that includes a prix fixe menu, an IMAX ticket to the new “Fifty Shades Freed” film in 2D at The IMAX Theater at Tropicana, a mini bottle of prosecco and a mini facial from Blue Mercury. Dinner includes Broadway Burger’s special Valentine’s Day bread pudding.

This package is $30 plus tax and gratuity and will be available Feb. 12 through 15. Restrictions may apply. You can also indulge in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Milkshake.

Located at 2801 Pacific Ave. in Atlantic City. For more information call 609-317-4660 or go to