Quietly, I’m over Valentine’s Day. I’m not really a fan , I think its overpriced and overrated. However I will make restaurant suggestions, for you lovers and friends.
1. For you and your boo AKA your boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, fiancée, partner (whatever title you want):
No 9 Park- Downtown Crossing, French and Italian blend Cuisine. A Barbara Lynch establishment, you simply can’t go wrong. The great combination of: the atmosphere feel of “just you and your partner” and an extensive wine list are perfect for celebrating love.
Sorellina- Copley Area, Italian Cuisine. Classy interior design, if you’re looking to wow your loved one, reserve a table here. Try the Budino Di Riso, Truffled fries with pamgiano, Scallops or Risotto.
Oceanaire- Financial District, Nothing but Seafood. Location used to be a bank, there are remnants of the old design which makes it incredibly unique. I’ve been here for Valentine’s Day in the past and had a wonderful experience- try the lobster bisque, Mahi Mahi, OYSTERS!!! (picture courtesy of boston.com)
Giacomo’s- South End, Italian Cuisine. Small quaint and oh so romantic ( I have great memories here) – try the chicken parmesan, lobster ravioli and tiramisu
Helmand- Cambridge, Afghan Cuisine. This dining experience allows love birds to experience an adventure of spices and exotic blends of food with the ability to learn about a culture and learn from each other at the same time.
2. For you and your platonic friend:
Elephant Walk- Fenway/BU area, Cambodian cuisine. http://www.elephantwalk.com/boston/index.html Located in the busy fenway section of Boston, this place is a retreat from all the hustle and bustle offering a variety of selections including an extensive vegetarian and gluten-free menu.
Cafeteria- Newbury Street Boston, American Cuisine. http://www.cafeteriaboston.com/ Sip on a couple of drinks especially the coconut mojitos, you will feel like your on South Beach. (picture courtesy of clubzone.com)
House of Siam- South End, Thai Food. My favorite Thai in the city and very informal, try the shrimp bags, chili chicken and Thai ice tea. (post to come soon)
Gaslight- South End Boston, French Cuisine. http://www.gaslight560.com/ Thinking of Valentine’s Day brunch instead of dinner? Make sure and try the mussels and frites. (picture courtesy of zagat.com)
3. You and your buddies want to paint the town Valentine’s Day night:
Toro- South End, Spanish Cuisine. Authentic Sangria Period! Tapas style- try the grilled corn w/alioli lime or the griddled garlic shrimp or the mini burgers while keeping the sangria flowing.
Tangierino- Charlestown, Moroccan Cuisine. http://www.tangierino.com/ Watch the belly dancers shake and go downstairs to Koullshi (shisha bar), listen to some music while you smoke a few cigars or hookah.
Estragon- South End, Spanish Cuisine Tapas Style. http://estragontapas.com/index.html Eclectic, Unique and chic. On February 11, Estragon is hosting a Anti-Valentine’s Day party
Beehive-South End, described as a Bohemian eatery. http://www.beehiveboston.com/ Sit down, have dinner and enjoy the sweet sound of the blues, the trumpet or saxophone- artists from around the world perform in this low key place.
606 Congress Street - South Boston Waterfront, American Cuisine. Located in the Renaissance hotel, with a great view of the harbor, great for crowds and moderately priced.
Salud, Enjoy your Valentine’s Day however you spend it…