Valentine’s Day in the City

Bangkok Joe’s
Chef Specials through February 28
Prix-fixe dinner February 14, 4-10:30 p.m.
3000 K ST NW
Enjoy Chef Specials all month long and a special Valentine’s Day menu on February 14. Chef Aulie will delight with an exotic four-course prix-fixe dinner in an enchanting atmosphere for $59/person (a la carte menu items are also available).

Wednesday, February 14, 5 – 10 p.m.
$95/person (plus tax and gratuity)
Reservations: (703) 894-3440 / www.braborestaurant.com
1600 King St, Alexandria, VA
Executive Chef Sebastien Rondier has crafted a six-course menu aimed to impress that special someone. The culinary team will dazzle with an amuse bouche followed by four savory courses and a dessert. Menu highlights from the evening will include:
Amuse Bouche – Sea Salt and Chive Puff
First Course – Sea Bream Crudo with uni, coconut emulsion, Thai chili, and finger lime
Second Course – Hudson Valley Foie Gras terrine with gooseberry compote and grilled molasses bread
Third Course – Celery Root Cannelloni with crab saladbergamot orange, and celery broth
Fourth Course – Bison Filet with parsnip puree, charred rapini, green togarashi, and a black garlic & port jus
Dessert – Strawberry & Cream Napoleon with mascarpone ice cream and crisp phyllo

Cafe of India
Wednesday, February 14
4909 Wisconsin Ave NW
Spice things up this Valentine’s Day at Cafe of India in Glover Park. Enjoy their special menu and receive one complementary dessert per table.

City Tap House
Galentine’s Brunch
Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Reservations: (202) 878-8235 / www.dupont.citytap.com
City Tap Dupont
1250 Connecticut Ave NW
Get together and catch up with gal pals the weekend before Valentine’s at a Galentine’s Brunch at City Tap Dupont. The restaurant will offer bottles of Riondo prosecco for $25 as well as its popular $18 bottomless mimosas, bellinis, beermosas, or Bloody Marys special and an a la carte brunch menu. In a shoutout to some of pop culture’s most iconic gal pals, episodes of Sex and the City will play on City Tap Dupont’s TVs during the brunch.

Valentine’s Day by the Fire
Wednesday, February 14
Reservations: (202) 878-8235 / www.dupont.citytap.com
City Tap Dupont
1250 Connecticut Ave NW
Cozy up with a loved one this Valentine’s Day with smoky dinner specials at City Tap Dupont. Guests can dig into hop-smoked mussels with pimento cheese, bacon jam, and burnt lemon; smoked beef tenderloin with grilled orange cauliflower and au jus; and a “Bourbon Biggie” s’mores dessert with graham crackers, a stout beer chocolate ganache, and burnt marshmallow fluff. A Smoldering Passion cocktail made with Knob Creek rye, chocolate bitters, and smoked orange rind hits the cocktail menu as well just for the night.

Sour for Cupid
Wednesday, February 14
Reservations: (202) 733-5333 / www.pennquarter.citytap.com
City Tap Penn Quarter
901 9th St NW
City Tap Penn Quarter pokes fun at ‘puckering up’ on Valentine’s Day, hosting a Sour for Cupid mini tap takeover featuring 10 sour beers on draft. Decadent dishes including lobster pappardelle, a charcuterie board for two, and four-layer chocolate cake with red velvet sauce also join the dinner menu for the evening.

Co Co. Sala
Wednesday, February 14
$75/person, optional $30 wine tasting
Reservations through Open Table
929 F Street NW
Enjoy a sweet Valentine’s Day with Co Co Sala’s “Chocolate Love Story” prix fixe dinner featuring Striped Bass, Steak Au Poivre, and Ravioli entrees and of course decadent chocolate desserts. See the full menu and details here.

Del Frisco’s
Friday, February 9 – Wednesday, February 14
950 I Street NW
This Valentine’s Day, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse Washington, DC will offer a prix fixe menu highlighting elevated cuisine for guests looking to indulge luxuriously. Shareable selections include the Chilled Oysters with Caviar Mignonette paired with two glasses of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and the “Double Eagle Steak,” a 45-day dry aged double bone in prime Ribeye. The Steakhouse’s award-winning wine list and full dinner menu will also be offered, featuring notable items such as the Charred Octopus, Wagyu Tomahawk Chop and 14 Day Dry Aged Colorado Prime Lamb.

Wednesday, February 14, 5:30 – 10 p.m.
Reservations: (202) 861-1310 / www.firefly-dc.com
1310 New Hampshire Ave NW
Firefly will light the mood with charming ambiance and a three-course menu of elevated comfort foods from Executive Chef Rich Falbo featuring a starter, a choice of three entrees, and a dessert. To start, diners will indulge in a warm, Baked Vermont Brie with smoked sherry jam, grilled artisan baguette, and local honeycomb. For the main attraction, guests have a choice of comforting entrees including Peking Duck Breast with stoneground white grits, roasted mushrooms, toasted crunchy corn, and spiced pear and a Coffee-rubbed USDA Prime New York Strip Steak with charred Brussels sprouts, celery root, fingerling potatoes, and roasted parsnips. A Lemon Cake with poppy seed curd, crème fraiche, and blueberries adds a sweet finish to a satisfying date night. For a boozy dessert, duos can share a special large-format cocktail from Lead Bartender Brendan Ambrose for an additional $22.

Jug & Table
Wednesday, February 14
2446 18 St NW
Jug & Table has sweet and savory cravings covered this Valentine’s Day, with a relaxed Sips & Sweets cheese and dessert board complete with paired 2 oz. pours of wine selected by Wine Director Ezra Rosenberg. For $40, guests can enjoy 3 complete pairings: French double cream Brie, house donuts with whipped mascarpone and spiced pear jam, and Charles DuFour La Pulpe et le Grain Brut; North Hendren blue cheese, a chocolate espresso tart with brown butter crumble and raspberry mousse, and a Blue Rock Baby Blue 2015 Bordeaux blend; and Mrs. Quicke’s vintage cheddar with quince, bresola with pistachio and tart cherry, and Chamlija Papaskarasi & Pinot 2015. The cheese & dessert board can be ordered without wine for $25 and the flight of three featured wines can be ordered for $15, with full pours of each wine also available in the restaurant.

Wednesday, February 14, 5 – 10 p.m. (happy hour begins at 4 p.m.)
$25/special large-format drinks
Reservations (202) 742-3150 / www.radiatordc.com
1430 Rhode Island Ave NW
This Valentine’s Day, all are welcomed to Radiator to celebrate the special love between besties and bros. Whether the squad is a duo, trio, or quartet, the “Pal-entine’s” Day menu of large-format drinks from Lead Bartender Sarah Rosner is the perfect way to celebrate golden friendships of all shapes and sizes. Pals will have a choice of three playful drinks to share. The Dama de Rojo (Lady in Red) is a refreshingly spicy cocktail featuring mint leaves, lime, strawberry-Thai chili syrup, aperol, and La Diablada Pisco. For a drink that really sparkles, groups may order the Apple of My Eye, a clarified-milk punch with apple-ginger undertones served in a fish bowl. The drink is a feast for the eyes and mouth boasting edible glitter. It’s topped off with an apple fan and a spoonful of luster dust. The Kamanawanaleia is a Hawaiian take on a classic Painkiller. With its fruity combination of blood orange, pineapple, crème de coco, okolehau, and bitters, guests will find a tropical escape in their tiki mug.

RARE Steakhouse and Tavern
Wednesday, February 14
$50/person (+$25 with Rose flight)
Reservations: (202) 800-9994 / https://www.raredc.com/
1595 I Street NW
The dual concept restaurant will have specials from Executive Chef Marc Hennessy for the holiday on both levels. Couples looking to celebrate in a casual environment will love the $50 three-course prix fixe menu in the Tavern. To start, guests can choose between Autumn Olive Farms Pork Country Pate with kumquat mostardo and brioche with spicy greens or a Chesapeake Greenhouse greens salad with fresh hearts of palm and Goot Essa Felsa Yehr cheese. Main course options include a dry-aged bottleneck steak with bleu potato croquettes and Nameko mushroom ragout or a grilled black bass with black truffle risotto and Meyer lemon preserves. Of course, Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without something sweet. RARE Pastry Chef Jacqueline Suter’s walnut brownie with bourbon caramel and vanilla ice cream or her Almond “Joy” Sundae with Marcona almonds, coconut gelato, and chocolate fudge sauce round out the meal. Guests can add on a rosé flight to pair with courses for $25.

For those seeking out an elevated Valentine’s Day experience, the a la carte specials at the steakhouse level are sure to fit the bill. Champagne toasts will pair perfectly with Chef Hennessy’s Royal Ossetra Caviar and Kennebec Potato chips with “Ranch” Crema for $90. Other specials include a 60-day dry-aged VA 30 oz. cowboy steak with roasted bone marrow and BBQ ribs for $75, and Chef Jacqueline Suter’s “Chocolate is for Lovers” dish for $18.

Roofers Union
Wednesday, February 14, 5-10 p.m.
2446 18 St NW
Roofers Union plays on “eating your heart out” for Valentine’s Day with an adventurous  grilled beef heart ($14) special available during dinner service. The beef heart will be served with earthy, roasted baby beets and zesty chimichurri sauce for a nuanced, unique dish. Guests can also take advantage of Roofers Union’s Wednesday night wine specials to pair with the beef heart, with bottles of wine available at half price throughout the evening. Dining room guests are also treated to a special cocktail for Valentine’s Day, with the restaurant’s Passionate Punch bowl (normally available exclusively on their rooftop) available to order in the dining room for the night. The Passionate Punch uses Clement Blanc rhum Agricole, maraschino liqueur, velvet falernum, fresh lime, passionfruit juice, chamomile tea, and chocolate bitters to create a slightly vegetal, refreshing cocktail perfect for sipping. Passionate Punch is made for a minimum of 2 guests; price varies for number of servings ordered.

Wednesday, February 14 & Saturday, February 17 – two seatings each night at 6 p.m. and 8:30
$65/person food only (plus tax and gratuity)
$105/person with wine pairing (plus tax and gratuity)
Tickets are available via EventBrite
2121 P St NW
Urbana is offering a special Valentine’s Day edition of “Cicchetti at Urbana” at its romantically-lit pizza bar. Sweethearts will start the evening with a complimentary prosecco toast and enjoy a front-row seat watching Executive Chef Ethan McKee prepare an eight-course tasting menu at the restaurant’s hearth oven. With no set menu, guests are welcoming Chef Ethan to surprise them with a menu of modern Italian antipasti and small plates. There are only 10 available seats at each time so book early.

Wednesday, February 14, 5:30 – 10 p.m.
Reservations: (202) 379-4366 / www.zentanrestaurant.com
1155 14th St NW
Zentan is spicing up date night with “Meccha Suki” specials this Valentine’s Day. Translating to “I really like you” in Japanese, the “Meccha Suki” offerings feature three a la carte dishes showcasing aphrodisiac ingredients such as mushrooms, scallops, chili peppers, garlic, and sweet potatoes. In keeping with Zentan’s traditional dining experience, Executive Chef Yo Matsuzaki will serve each dish izakaya style.

Four Kinoko Ojiya – an Asian interpretation of mushroom risotto, this rich rice dish is made with king trumpet, mitake, shimeji, and shitake mushrooms, “matsuri” short grain rice, shaved parmesan cheese, pickled red radish, and a sweet soy-mushroom dashi broth.
Hotate Poke – a Japanese spin on the popular poke dish, Hokkaido scallops and ikura sashimi get a spicy, umami boost from smoked soy-chili shiso sauce.
Wagyu Beef Tartare – is the perfect shareable nosh for date night. Chef Yo mixes together small diced American wagyu beef, shallots, garlic, Fresno chili peppers, and red wine wagyu beef butter. The tartare is served with Okinawan sweet potato chips.

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