It is, mockingly, troublesome to have a pleasing date night time on Valentine’s Day, when each “nice” restaurant replaces their regular menu with a compulsory and costly prix fixe. Some couples truly like these dinners, and have a enjoyable pre-packaged date night time. Other couples wish to prepare dinner at house, or to disregard the vacation altogether. But if you wish to have a typical “date night” out on February 14, your choices will really feel restricted. Here’s how you can navigate that strait.
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First, hand over on restaurant reservations. The locations that take reservations are those that pull out the expensive menu and the garish decorations. When you name, they could even guarantee you that they will not mandate a prix fixe menu – after which on V-Day, they may. This has occurred to me and I do not know why! But you’ll be able to sidestep the entire query by solely going to non-reservation eating places.
Don’t accept a mediocre restaurant. To do that is to confuse high quality and fanciness. If you need a good V-Day date, however you accept a restaurant you do not truly like, you’ll really feel disenchanted and resentful.
Instead, discover a informal however “cool” restaurant. The coolness will substitute fanciness, and your night time will really feel simply as particular. You can go someplace new or acquainted, however go someplace that you can name “fun” or “popular”. Depending in your consolation degree, this might imply (because it did for me one yr) an “upscale casual” place that serves tortas and tacos on kitschy plastic trays. Or it might imply a pleasant sandwich shop, a hipster meals courtroom, or Chinese restaurant. A place with a wholesome crowd and decently excessive turnover. These are the locations that may lose cash in the event that they out of the blue switched to an hour-long prix fixe.
You cannot all the time predict which of those locations will out of the blue get mobbed on Valentine’s Day. So what you actually need is an space that is full of those informal dinner choices. It’s in all probability chilly out, however metal your self to stroll a number of blocks, or drive by a couple of parking tons, with at the very least three particular eating places in thoughts. There’s all the time a danger that they may all be full, so if that freaks you out, have a backup plan: Another cluster of eating places, or a bar the place you’ll be able to console yourselves with a drink earlier than going house and cooking pasta.
In reality, plan to maneuver to a bar both approach, once more some place that is not “romantic” however continues to be enjoyable and particular. Your informal restaurant in all probability does not need you to linger too lengthy, and in case you’re not used to it, taking your date to a second location will really feel like a particular thrill. (For a few of us, even going to a bar as a pair, only for ourselves and never for somebody’s birthday or going-away drinks, is already a heady and superb extravagance.)
Another upside of skipping reservations is you could schedule another exercise and never fear concerning the timing. Valentine’s Day is sweet for reside theatre, or anyplace that the seats are assigned so you will not really feel mobbed by any vacation crowd. Or as soon as you’ve got gone out for dinner and drinks, you’ll be able to head residence for some Netflix whereas nonetheless feeling you had a particular night time. You can change somewhat present, one thing quirky however not too goofy, in the identical spirit because the dinner. Avoiding the clichéd chocolates-and-steakhouse expertise takes some effort, however so does something particular, and so does studying to be pleased by yourself phrases, not these of the Valentine’s Day Industrial Complex.