Edible Events: Valentine’s Day Edition
Stuck for plans this Thursday? If you plan on dining out, we've got some ideas.
Valentineâ€™s Day may be about love and romance, but everyone knows that itâ€™s just as much about food. Whether or not youâ€™re attached, there are plenty of options in and around Boston for a truly memorable meal. Still haven’t booked your reservation? Here are some great ideas to get you started. â€”by Melissa MacEwen
Upstairs on the Square
Harvard Squareâ€™s Upstairs on the Square will continue its Valentineâ€™s Day blow-out with a host of themed events through February 16th, including a special Valentineâ€™s â€śMenu in the Monday Clubâ€ť and a Valentineâ€™s â€śDinner in the Soiree Diningâ€ť on the 14th. There will also be a Cupidâ€™s Wine Dinner on the 12th (that’s tonight!) and an afternoon of â€śAu Chocolatâ€ť Valentine Teas on the 16th.
91 Winthrop St.,Â Cambridge, MA, 617-864-1933, upstairsonthesquare.com
Puritan & Company
Local and seasonal food specialists Puritan & Company have planned the perfect prix fixe menu to drive away the remains of Nemoâ€™s chill. From a Nantucket bay scallop crudo, to a lobster bisque, to a white chocolate crĂ¨me caramel that features candied kumquats and saffron “caviar,” the menu promises to provide a cozy, delectable evening.
$40 prix fixe menu, though you can add foie gras for an extra $15, 1166 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 617-615-6195, puritancambridge.com
The Wine Cellar
Is there anything more romantic than fondue? The Wine Cellarâ€™s prix fixe menu will feature an array of European classics with a Boston spin, including classic Swiss fondue, escargots Ă la Reine and beef tenderloin and grilled shrimp flambĂ©. Dark chocolate fondue is, of course, for dessert.
$65 prix fixe menu, 30 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA, 617-236-0080, bostoncellar.com
Though Metropolis does not plan to have a specific Valentineâ€™s Day menu, they will supplement their menu with a number of Valentineâ€™s Day specials, including harissa-marinated seared tuna and tres leches cake. Pair one of those with a stroll down Tremont Street, and youâ€™ve got yourself a nice date indeed.
584 Tremont St., Boston, MA, 617-247-2931, metropolisboston.com
Valentineâ€™s Day will be a distinctly international event at Temple Bar, as the prix fixe menu includes an intriguing collection of dishes such as Thai coconut-lemongrass soup, pan-seared mahi-mahi with Israeli couscous, and more American classics like grilled ribeye steak. The option to save $10 by booking an early reservation is just as appealing.
$49 prix fixe menu with an optional $19 wine pairing (all reservations booked between 5:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. will save $10 per person), 1688 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA, 617-547-5055,Â templebarcambridge.com
Fend off the winter chill with a trip to Masa in the South End. Specializing in Southwestern dishes conceived through a New England lens, Masaâ€™s prix fixe Valentineâ€™s Day menu features everything from local Maine lobster bisque with pepper jack cheese croutons, to dry-aged, cowboy-cut ribeye with mushrooms, to a fiery finish of molten chocolate cake, habanero truffles, and Mexican chocolate flan in the chocolate trio.
$59 prix fixe menu, 439 Tremont St.,Â Boston, MA, 617-338-8884, masarestaurant.com
Mama Maria, arguably the mothership of North Endâ€™s Italian restaurants, will feature a sprawling prix fixe menu for Valentineâ€™s Day centered on tried-and-true favorites from its nightly menus. From caviar pasta to black truffle and wild mushroom pasta, the eatery will once again put a decidedly sophisticated spin on Americaâ€™s favorite comfort food.
$68 prix fixe menu, 3 North SquareÂ Boston, MA, 617-523-0077, mammamaria.com
Catalyst has outdone itself with a carefully crafted prix fixe menu for Valentineâ€™s Day. Highlights include salt cod croquettes with smoked paprika aioli, bacon-wrapped veal, and Nutella ice cream with toasted marshmallow hazelnut brittle. It might be a bit snowy to eat al fresco on Catalystâ€™s patio, but the 30-foot floor to ceiling windows will certainly suffice.
$75 prix fixe menu; salad and oysters available separately for $3 and $10 each, respectively, 300 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA, 617-576-3000,Â catalystrestaurant.com
The Back Bayâ€™s Deuxave will pare down its menu options to one scrumptious four-course prix fixe Valentineâ€™s Day tasting menu. Though hearty dishes like braised veal ravioli and crispy-skinned black bass still have their places on the menu, holiday-appropriate concoctions with names like coeur de foie gras torchon, “love bird,” “RibEye Love You” andâ€” to finish out the eveningâ€””A Chocolate Love Affair” will doubtless be the mealâ€™s focal points.
$99 prix fixe menu with optional $69 wine pairing, 371 Commonwealth Ave,Â Boston, MA, 617-517-5915, deuxave.com
Hamersleyâ€™s four-course prix fixe Valentineâ€™s Day menu will includes everything from creamy spaghettini with black truffles and Parmesan, to Maine crab cake with tarragon aioli, to seared foie gras with dates, goat cheese and greens … and thatâ€™s just for the first course. â€śCupidâ€™s Sweet Inspirationsâ€ť will wrap everything up for dessert.
$110 prix fixe menu, 553 Tremont St., Boston, MA, 617-423-2700, hamersleysbistro.com
Craigie on Main
Craigie on Mainâ€™s five course prix fixe Valentineâ€™s Day menu will focus on the â€ścolors, textures and flavors of luxury and loveâ€ť with a decadent color-themed prix fixe menu. The “Sustainable Food/Sustainable Love” menu runs the gamut of surf and turf before concluding with a “chocolate extravaganza” for 2.
$149 prix fixe menu with optional $49 wine pairing; $100 four course Valentineâ€™s Day Menu with optional $39 wine accompaniments available after 10 pm, 853 Main St.,Â Cambridge, MA, 617-497-5511,Â craigieonmain.com
No. 9 Park
At the very apex of fine V-Day dining stands No. 9 Park with its sumptuous five or eight course prix fixe menu. The courses depart gracefully from No. 9 Park classics like prune stuffed gnocchi to bring diners a tasteful new spin on French and Italian cuisine. Chef and restaurant owner Barbara Lynchâ€™s romantic side shines through on the all-red dessert selection, which includes red currant ice and either passion fruit pavlova or chocolate marquise.
$155 five-course prix fixe menu with optional $75 wine pairing or $195 eight-course prix fixe menu with optional $105 wine pairing, 9 Park StÂ Â Boston, MA, 617-742-9991, no9park.com
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