As we continue to hear of more Boston restaurants shutting down, we know many dining spots are looking towards Valentine’s Day with wishful sounds of cash registers ringing in their heads. Here’s a sampling of some restaurants serving special menus specifically for the holiday of love.
•Asana: The Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s newest restaurant has brought chef Nicolas Boutin to Boston, where he artfully creates American cuisine infused with the Asian flavors he perfected as the Executive Sous Chef at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. The Valentine’s Weekend menu offers everything from East Coast oysters to beef tenderloin.
•Da Vinci: A taste of Italy in the South End guarantees the way to any man’s heart is through his stomach; dishes such as foie gras ravioli and lobster risotto are sure to please guests, no matter their sex.
•Miel: The Interncontinental Hotel is lit up by the Fort Point Channel by nightfall, making it the perfect spot for a lover’s rendezvous. Not only are is there a four-course meal with a free glass of Perrier Jouet champagne, but guests will be entered to win a free night in one of the hotels’ luxury suites, plus a complimentary breakfast and couple’s massage.
•Rialto: Queen of Cambridge cuisine Jody Adams serves a 4-course, $75 prix fixe menu at our favorite branch of her restaurant empire. A perfect end to your date? The chocolate crema with gingersnap ice cream, spiced cookies, and candied walnuts.
•29 Newbury: This underground Newbury St. location is often overshadowed by the top draws of the street (ie. Stephanie’s on Newbury), but poached lobster for two over a bed of pasta definitely deserves some attention from the crowds.
•Tremont 647: 647’s 3-course, $40 V-day menu allows guests to choose an entree, main course, and dessert each from a different world region. Southeast Asia’s Thai style steamed black Bass with hojimiji and crispy shallots is definitely on our radar.