Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you are still deciding where to go, below is a list of a few special places that range from casual to fancy to flirty and will definitely impress your date.
Tortoise Supper Club: Dim lighting, dark wood accents, intimate booth seating, multiple fireplaces and live jazz music make Tortoise quite the romantic dining destination. The menu features classic steakhouse entrees like a strip, filet, chops and seafood. And for Valentine’s Day, the chef is serving beef wellington for two. Arrive early and enjoy a cocktail in the bar while listening to the live jazz. Tip: Call ahead and ask to dine in the sexy red room.
The Albert: I’m sure you can guess for whom The Albert is named in Hotel EMC2, and it will be solidified even more so once you enter the dining room, where thousands of science novels are displayed in bookcases high above the dining tables. Marble tables with booth seating mixed in with high-top tables and an elegant bar, help this restaurant dodge the ‘hotel restaurant’ label. The atmosphere really lures you in from the get-go. The dinner menu features fancy American fare with items such as lamb shoulder, duck and trout. Even if you aren’t a ‘grammar,’ you won’t be able to resist taking a photo of this gorgeous space.
Osteria Langhe: An intimate, 50-seat restaurant, serving Italian fare from a Northern Italian region, Piemontese. If you are looking for something more than spaghetti and meatballs, Langhe is an excellent choice, your date will be impressed. The ragu is delicious and I recommend the prosciutto wrapped rabbit loin. Many of the dishes are small, so it’s perfect for sharing – a more intimate way of dining.
The Press Room: If you’re looking for something more casual, but still intimate, this lovely new wine bar in the West Loop is your jam. Located in the basement of The Publishing House B&B, you will find this speakeasy-eske romantic wine bar serving charcuterie and cheese as well as larger plates like meatballs and duck. Cheers!
Dusek’s: Dusek’s is like that friend you have who’s good for every occasion. Literally. Parents in town, meeting your friend’s new boyfriend, girls night out, date night, everything. The vibe is cool, fun, and really sets the aura of ‘we want you to have a good time.’ The menu is flirty with snacks, small plates and entrees. I enjoy the diver scallops, chicken fried rabbit and the black truffle foie gras fondue, just to name a few. I don’t think there is an item on the menu I don’t want to order. Go here for Valentine’s Day and you win. Trust me.
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