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Valentine's Day

Where to Dine on V-Day Without the Cliché

Think out of the heart-shaped box this year and plan a Valentine’s that’s heavy on the fun, light on the chocolates.
By Diana Spechler | |Photography by Kevin Marple, Elizabeth Lavin, and Courtesy
te deseo interior
Kevin Marple

Dirty Dancing

Te Deseo is a pretty good party any night with its extensive cigar and tequila lists and delicacies from all over Latin America—tiraditos from Peru, stuffed arepas from Venezuela, elotes from Mexico. On Valentine’s Day, guests can also pair salsa dancing lessons with their dinner: 20-minute classes will be offered at the top of each hour from 5 to 10 p.m.

February 14.

Maki Love

At Edoko Omakase, executive chef Keunsik Lee, formerly of Nobu, will teach a sushi-making class to 10 couples. For dinner, you’ll feast on the results of your labors along with Champagne and sake. To get in, be sure to brush up on your New York Times “Modern Love” stories. Couples who want tickets will be asked to write an essay about their relationships, and restaurateur Sara Nam will choose her 10 favorites.

February 13, 5–6 p.m.

John tesar steaks
Elizabeth Lavin

Knives Out

Knife is offering a Passmore Caviar and Champagne pairing on Valentine’s Day. The $200 package gets each couple two ounces of Pacific sturgeon caviar with white toast, fresh whipped butter, sea salt, and a half-bottle of Taittinger Champagne. Throw in a 90-day dry-aged sirloin for fun.

February 14.

Coming up Rosés

If you love rosé, or just love to take pictures against pretty pink backdrops, this option is for you. Oak Lawn bistro Parigi is partnering with French luxury brand LVMH—whose portfolio includes Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, and Whispering Angel, as well as Louis Vuitton—to throw a Friday to Monday Rosé Soirée. The whole space will be decked out in pink flowers, a pink balloon wall, pink everything (not to mention the permanent light art piece by Shane Pennington). Bonus: there will be a candy bar in the back.

February 11–14.

Uchi
Courtesy of Uchi

Two Omakase Menus for Two

Uchi and its upstairs neighbor Uchibā will both offer specialty omakase menus for two. At Uchi, the 10-course menu will feature duck, madai (the prized Japanese sea bream), kanpachi, bluefin tuna, A5 wagyu, and caviar ($250 for two). Uchibā will offer an eight-course menu, including lobster, ora king salmon, caviar, and wagyu short ribs ($150 for two).

February 11, 12, and 14.

leelas wine bar
Courtesy of Leelas Wine Bar

All the Single Ladies

If you’re unattached this year, Leela’s Wine Bar has you covered with its Galentine’s Day pop-up. The flower-filled space will have cocktails—such as the Mint to Be (white rum, St-Germain, raspberry syrup, lime juice, Topo Chico) and the Single Lady Sangria (cranberry-infused Skyy vodka, orange and ginger syrups, lime juice, red wine, and club soda)—that will make you forget your ex’s name.

Through February 14.

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