Each town and city has its romantic spots. A special restaurant or location that holds special memories for many people.
It might be the location.
It may be the food.
It may be the ambiance.
What ever ‘it’ is people continue to return.
Here is my list for romantic restaurants in York, Pennsylvania. Keep in mind that it does not need to be Valentine’s Day to have a romantic meal. In fact, my husband and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day but rather visit these restaurants year round. Romance is not defined by one day of the year. The establishments listed here will be more than happy to make your experience romantic not matter what the date on the calendar! To find a list of romantic restaurants in YOUR area be sure to search #Dinner4Valentines.
When you think of a restaurant you think of a room full of tables, dozens of guests, music playing and the aromas of decadent food wafting through the air. But what if you got rid of most of the tables, cut out all but a dozen guests, your music was the sound of the chef explaining in detail how he is preparing your meal and the aromas were accompanied by the visual of our food being prepared in front of you? This is what you will find when you dine with 21South. Chef Howard Cantor combines local flavors, culinary intuition and his passion for food to host small intimate dinners for a restricted amount of guests. A prefixed menu is created for each event so there is no guessing what to order. Chef Howard has taken all the guessing out of that decision.
Here is a sample of the SOLD OUT Valentine’s Day menu:
- Roasted marrow bone with citrus radish salad
- Curried shrimp over roasted carrot puree and a warm coconut cardamon water
- Smoked grape and bulgar salad with macadamia nuts , gorgonzola and champagne vin
- 30 day dry aged sirlion and seared day boat scallop with wild mushrooms and melted leeks
- Peppered blackberry chawan mushi
The Accomac Inn
Not many restaurants and date its roots back to 1722 but the Accomac Inn can! On March 28, 1772 the land where the Inn now stands was first surveyed under the authority of the Maryland proprietors for Philip Syng and Thomas Brown. You can read the full history in this article written by H. Douglas Campbell Jr., the current owner of the Inn. The Accomac Inn is set on the banks of the Susquehanna Rover and has breath taking views of the river. The team sources many of their ingredients from local sources and is proud to be part of the local By Fresh, Buy Local Chapter. It doesn’t get any fresher when The Accomac grew over 600 pounds of tomatoes and assorted produce last year in its gardens to serve to guests. PLUS is you love charcuterie you are in luck. They produce it on site!
The Accomac Inn has your every culinary desire covered from small plates, brunch, tasting menu, and hose made desserts. Valentine’s Day or not, The Accomac Inn is the place to dine for a romantic dinner for two.
- Pan Roasted Fillet of Skuna Bay Salmon – farro, black beans, cherry tomatoes, scallions, preserved lemon, parsley, poblano-pepper jam
- Braised Stuffed Oxtail – celery root purée, winter vegetables, rich port jus Bifteck Diane – medallions of beef tenderloin, flambéed tableside with mushroom-madeira sauce and brandy; served with accomac potatoes and seasonal vegetables
If visiting York, Pennsylvania, your trip would not be complete without a meal at The Left Bank. Named after a famed Parisian restaurant on the Seine River in France, this cosmopolitan restaurant will bring you a wide variety on international cuisine. You will not be disappointed with any dish that you select from Chef David Albright’s menu. Attention is paid not only to every component of your meal but every detail of your experience. The menu not only changes seasonally, to ensure your meal is of the freshest, highest quality, but the flavor combinations that Chef David creates will leave you wanting to book your next visit before you leave.
Some offerings not to be missed are:
- Flashed Fried Calamari, spicy banana pepper Parmesan cream
- Tater Tots, candied peppered bacon, truffled hollandaise aioli, sweet onion fig jam
- Maple Bourbon Lacquered Prime Pork Tenderloin – caramelized brussels sprouts & carrots, Indian Harvest Rice co. pecan wild rice blend, apple cranberry compote
- Grilled White Anchovy ‘Ceasar’ Marinated Yellowfin Tuna – tomato confit, sunchoke & olive risotto, lemon garlic sauteed brocollini, balsamic drizzle
PLUS the desserts prepared by Pastry Chef Nicole Flaharty are not to be missed!
You can travel the world searching for that flavor you can’t find just anywhere but all the further you will have needed to travel was to Sharmini’s Kitchen. Malaysian native Sharmini brings the flavors of her homeland to York, Pennsylvania in a variety of ways. She has a stand at York Central Market but if you really want her to paint with her flavor pallet, you need to have her create a experience for your senses in your own home or your choice of venue. Sharmini will provide set up, the decor, a personalized menu and be your private Chef. In keeping with supporting women owned businesses Sharmini has a couples massage therapist and DJ at her disposal to make your evening one to remember.
Some of her offerings include:
Chicken breast tenderloins are first steam-cooked in Sharmini’s Kitchen secret seasoning then topped with a made-from-scratch traditional Sambal sauce, an intricate and time consuming sauce made from fresh herbs and spices and slow cooked to a reduction
Steamed Shrimp Roll
Prepared with Shrimp, South East Asian herbs and rice noodles, and wrapped gently in a light rice wrap. Individually hand-made. Steamed rolls are served with Sharmini’s Kitchen’s Signature Malaysian “Kuah Kacang Tradisi” – Traditional Spicy Peanut Sauce. This sauce is made-from-scratch using real slow-roasted peanuts, coconut milk, chilli, lemongrass and select Malaysian herbs and spices to produce a rich, intriguing palate full of flavor.
Tony & Toni Calderone are the couple that bring over 30 years of experience from the hospitality industry to their farm to table restaurant Tutoni’s. Together with Chef Scott Robinson, they put a spin on traditional favorites while highlighting the abundance agriculture offerings that the south central region has to offer. While the ingredients for all your dishes are made in house the highlight, for me, is the house made pasta. Each ravioli is hand filled, each pasta sheet is rolled out with care. Food, wine and friends all go hand in hand. Bring your own bottle of your favorite vino or if you want a wine to compliment your meal be sure to ask Toni ahead of time. She will be sure to make a suggestion that will be to your liking. Be sure to check out their Facebook page because from time to time Toni will make a wine suggestion to bring with you. Take her suggestion and let her know when you arrive and the corking fee is on the house!
Some favorites include:
In 1860 the the Green Hill Evangelical Association was formed and today Victor’s occupies the stain glass church building. More than just an Italian restaurant Victor’s offers Mediterranean fare not found in this region. The atmosphere is casual yet elegant and the service is top notch. Voted “Best of York” for Italian Restaurants 2009 to 2014 Victor’s offers meat, seafood and pasta dishes that keeps their guests coming back for more. When the weather is nice dinners love to sit on the full service outdoor patio. Come on a Friday night and enjoy live Jazz or make a reservation on a Wednesday for their date night special and Wine Wednesday.
Chicken and Tortellini – sautéed chicken with mushrooms and roasted tomatoes in a creamy roasted red pepper pesto sauce. tossed with cheese filled tortellini
Veal and Shrimp Cognac – veal cutlets and shrimp sautéed in a cognac cream sauce. served over spaghettini.
Fruite del mar – shrimp, scallops, calamari, clams, and mussels steamed in a spicy tomato broth. served over linguini pasta.
And they have a gluten free menu!
If you are looking for an intimate, upscale restaurant to treat your sweetheart, The York Blue Moon is a place you should try. The walls are adorned as a gallery for local artists. Do you see something you like on the wall? It is for sale! What a way to remember a fabulous meal than with a piece of art that hung by your table! Start your meal off at Happy Hour with a different drink special each day of the week, Tuesday through Friday.
Some offerings at The York Blue Moon include:
- Pan Roasted Grouper- Shrimp in Old Bay Butter, Falafels with Smoked Tomato Sauce, and Baby Arugula Salad with Frizzled Ham and Creole Vinaigrette
- Macaroni and Lobster Bake- Butter Poached 5 oz. Maine Lobster Tail over Smoked Gouda Laced Macaroni, Chili Oil Drizzle, Crispy Nueskes’ Bacon; and Fresh Pea Shoot Salad with House Made Creole Vinaigrette
- New Zealand Rack of Lamb- Honey Mustard, Garlic and Rosemary Crusted; Dried Cranberry & Orange Chutney, Cinnamon Banana Smashed Sweet Potatoes, EVOO & Garlic Broccoli
Don’t leave unless you have had dessert. I would recommend the Chocolate Empanadas.Crispy, rich chocolate chocolate cookie dough filled empanadas, hot fudge, vanilla bean ice cream, and fresh berries, whipped cream and fresh mint.