Valentines Day Foodie Forecast: Last minute restaurant ideas

February 7, 2010

I don't want to sound like Debbie Downer here, but c'mon, is Valentine's Day really that important to score a table somewhere? Isn't it technically a Hallmark Holiday? You would think it's New Year's Eve the way the publicists have been bombarding me the past two weeks, like TMZ on Tiger. Oh well, yours truly (with quite a bit of help from trusty intern Kathy) have compiled a list of a few places that still have tables (and hotel rooms) for you on the 12th-14th. Hope you get lucky:

Naha

Feb 14

Valentine's day pastry platter and dessert special such as pithiviers and almond cream-filled puff pastry.

Cuna

Feb 14

5:30 - 6:30 pm: Three course, prix-fixe dinner with three glasses of wine ($75 per person). Menu includes sweet potato soup, baby beet salad, saffron seafood risotto, braised beef short ribs, roasted cobia and chocolate and cookies. Each course will be served with a a glass of wine.

8 - 9 pm: Four course, prix-fixe dinner with three glasses of wine ($85 per person). Dinner selection is the same as above in addition to Kushhi Oyster with cucumber sauce.

Prarie Grass Cafe

Feb 14

Valentine's day specialty drinks, entrees and desserts

Vie

Feb 13- 14

Five-course prix-fixe menu ($95 per person) with optional wine pairings ($35). Dinner includes sable fish, scalloms, smoked Crawford Farm ham, Dietzlerfarm tenderolin and orange mousse.

Paramount Room

Feb 13 - 14

Three-course prix-fixe menu ($31 per person) with optional "No Crap on Tap" pairings with craft beer and Belgian ales.

West Town Tavern

Feb 14

Three course prix-fixe menu ($100 per couple) with optional wine pairings per course. Selection includes lobster-crab cakes, beef tenderolin with foe gras whipped potatoes, pan-seared wild striped sea bass and Michigan peach tartlet.

Wildfire

Feb 12 - 14

Three course prix-fixe dinner menu for two. Order a shared starter, two entrees and shared dessert ($70 per couple).

SugarToad

Feb 12-13:  Five course prix-fixe menu ($75 per person). Selection includes lamb carpaccio, Carolina squab, bay scallops and chocolate tasting.

Feb 14: Three course prix-fixe menu ($119 per couple) featuring Big Eye tuna, Snake River short rib or 32-ounce grilled porterhouse.

Vermillion

Feb 12- 14

Indian-Latin five course prix-fixe dinner with green cumin terrine, coconut butternut squashsoup, malabar crabcake, chimchurri mirch New York strip, and spiced nut cake($50 per person at 5pm and $60 for 7pm).

The Peninsula Chicago

Feb 12 - 14

The Lobby: Three-course prix-fixe menu plus Chocolate at the Pen, the hotel's chocolate bar ($90/ person).

Avenues: Five-course tasting menu called Love Bites ($110 per person). An optional "Pretty in Pink" wine flight is also available ($60).

Cibo Matto

Feb 12 - 15

Four course tasting menu ($75). Includes‚ chilled Alaskan king crab, four cheese raviolo, grilled beef tenderolin and a chocolate tart. Also offers three "shareable" entrees, designed for two.

Osteria Via Stato

Feb 13-14

"Famous Italian Dinner Party" ($38.95) includes Pappardelle Three Meat Rag, Chicken Mario and Braised Beef Short Rib served family style.

Nacional 27

Feb 13-14

5 - 7:45 pm: Three course menu for $45 includes Ensalada Verde, signature Tapas Platter, Paella or Skirt Steak and optional ceviche platter and dessert.

8 - 10:30 pm: Five course menu and cava toast for $75 includes guacamole, chips and salsa, verdito shooter, signature Tapas platter, paella or chicken mole or skirt steak, dessert platter and optional ceviche sampler.

Blue 13

Feb 12-14

Two wine-pairing menus.

Ria

Feb 12-14

Four-course dinner. Menu includes foie gras torchon, chestnut soup with bacon and almond baba.

Balsan

Feb 12-14

Offering an "aphrodisiac-laced" Valentine's dinner for couples.