Heart-shaped pizza for Valentine’s Day
You still haven’t made your Valentine’s Day dinner reservations yet? You really like living dangerously, don’t you? Well, surprisingly, you’re not alone. Valentine’s Day isn’t as impactful on the restaurant industry as you might suspect. A recent study shows that the romantic holiday only boost sales about 21% over an eatery’s average evening service. Compare that to the Saturday directly before Mother’s Day when the figure is three times higher.
All this is to say: there are options available. Even if you’re living in the country’s prime dining destinations; from Boston to Honolulu—and everything in between. Here’s your last-minute list for securing your significant other the night of their dreams. Although it’s probably best that you don’t tell them when you made it all happen (click on any of the links below to snag the res).
New Orleans is renowned for its culinary prowess. Yet few diners are aware of its Greek culinary credentials. Rockrose is here to help inform you. The hip new eatery just off the lobby of the International House Hotel is melding Mediterranean flavors with creole flair. Wash it all down with a wine and cocktails inspired (and sourced) from the Adriatic region and you’ve got a recipe to a make you and your partner swoon.
Fish of the day at Rockrose, New Orleans
The mixologically-minded ought to take advantage of a very special evening at the new Death & Co outpost in downtown Los Angeles. Typically the high-end cocktail bar doesn’t take reservations. But for one night only, they’re offering a 4 course pre-fixe dinner paired with standout tipples and wine. Space is still available for two at the bar during both the 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. seatings. Tickets require a $100 deposit.
Inside the recently renovated Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel is this enchanting lounge owning more than a century’s worth of history. The art deco ambience is accentuated by wood paneling that is said to have been carved from one single 800-year-old redwood tree. Be among the first in the city to enjoy the refurbished digs by reserving a table through the property’s website.
One of the city’s top-rated restaurants is assembling a special prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day only. For $95 per person you’ll enjoy some of their perennial standouts, including chickpea curry and sea bass, along with fun surprises conceived specifically for the evening.
French is the language of romance. And so it’s only fitting that this Lower East Side dining den dishes out a lot of love. Award-winning chef David Burke has two options for couples celebrating the holiday: a $95 three-course menu, or exclusive seating at the chef’s counter. The latter includes eight courses and a bottle of champagne to share for $250 per person.
A beet salad that speaks of romance.
Hopeless romantics in Hawaii have plenty to look forward to on Friday. Honolulu is teeming with intimate restaurants ready to receive you on Valentine’s Day. But if you and yours don’t mind a bit more boisterousness, check out this highly-rated Yakiniku hotspot in Waikiki. A special menu course comes with a free dessert.
With four locations scattered across LA, this fast casual chain is elevating the pizza toppings game one pie at a time. But on Valentine’s Day they’re re-shaping the pizza, itself. Come in for lunch between 11am-3pm and they’ll serve you a heart-shaped rendition. Any large, regular crust pizza can be served this way at no additional cost. And they’ll even deliver it right to your door (within a 2 mile radius of the restaurant).
Late-night lovers can still lockdown a table at one of Chicago’s premiere outposts for tapas and tipples. The Wicker Park hotspot has reservations available from 9:15pm until close, just before midnight.
If you’re looking to get lucky in love, then naturally a casino is a prime place to be on Valentine’s Day. The stunning new Encore Boston Harbor Resort has quickly risen the ranks to become one of the city’s most popular nightlife destinations. Inside you’ll find an array of dining, drinking, and entertainment options. Take advantage of the massive gaming floor, or an evening of bottle service at Mémoire, before making your way to a late-night banquet of pan-Asian specialties at the property’s alluring Far East eatery. The bustling bistro still has tables open after 11pm.
For the well-heeled procrastinator, there remains one ultra-luxe package that flies high above the rest. Houston’s only five-diamond hotel is offering a $20,000 Valentine’s Day extravaganza. It includes an overnight in their 5,000-square-foot Presidential Suite, monogrammed silk robes, in-room spa treatment, dinner and wine pairing on your private outdoor terrace, and an evening helicopter ride around the city. A bit beyond your budget? Fret not, the hotel’s intimate dining option, Bloom & Bee, is still accepting walk-ins during the holiday weekend.
Pastel hues dominate the main dining room of Bloom and Bee
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