Okay, okay! We hear you! Times are tough and you don't have $100,000 or so to throw around this Valentine's Day for those big to-dos we mentioned yesterday. No worries--we've got your backs. Plenty of local restaurants and hotels have put together deals for value-seekers, lonely hearts, exhibitionists, and yes, even you cheapskates. Check 'em out:
Perhaps your paramour has a bit of a sweet tooth? Turn him or her on with decadent desserts by The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach's new executive pastry chef, Jason Morale, at the Sweets For Your Sweet display at the Lobby Bar. Offered on Valentine's Day from 8 to 11 p.m., for $14 per couple you can surround yourselves with bite-sized samplings of red velvet tortes, macaroons, mini-chocolate cheesecakes, pistachio mocha bites and more, along with specialty cocktails. For more information, call 786-276-4329. (Note: complimentary access to the display is granted for guests who enjoy the $75 per person, three-course Va-Va-Voom Valentine's Day Dinner at Bistro One LR prior.) Dial 786-276-4329 for reservations.
Lonely Hearts Club
Flying solo? Head to Four Season's new Edge, Steak & Bar at 7 p.m. and regain your confidence during their Lonely Hearts Dinner, priced at $65 per person. The menu includes Love Shucks, a seafood tower flavored with "sour orange mojo, stinking rose aioli and angry habanero hot sauce;" a Burnt, Bitter, Bleu salad; Home Alone TV Dinner with roasted Creekstone Farm prime rib and sides of truffle macaroni and cheese and veg succotash; followed by a Broken-Hearted Napoleon with passion(less) fruit sauce, natch. Call 305-381-3015.
Sex on the Beach
Enjoy a candlelight dinner at Neomi's Grill on V-Day--a three-course menu with "passion-inspired flavors" and a glass of mango mimosa Champagne ($85 per person/$105 with wine pairings)--and get the opportunity for some action on the beach later. As part of a Sand Sentiments promotion, diners will be asked to inscribe a short message to their lover on a card and, later, Trump staff will select the perfect one, scratch that message in the sand, take a photo, post it on the resort's Facebook page, then let the winner know what he or she has won. Or, if you can't afford to take your honeybee out for some grub, become a Facebook fan of the resto and get in on the action that way. Call 305-692-5678.
If you aren't afraid of sand, also don't forget about Red Fish Grill, recently selected as one of the top 100 picks by Open Table's Diners' Choice for the most romantic restaurant in the United States. More than 5 million folks voted, so you should probably get your reservation booked now for the Valentine's Dinner by the Sea deal, available February 13 and 14. For $65 you'll get an app, entrée and dessert, plus that amazing view and for an additional $35, you two can also wiggle your toes in the sand at a table for two on the beach as you also partake in a complimentary bottle of Grandial Blanc de Blanc. Call 305-668-8788.
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And, finally, those into P.D.A. ought to make a rez at Symcha's in the blingy SoFi area. Not only will $105 get you two glasses of champagne, a bottle of Sea Glass wine, two portions of sea bass with white truffle-scented risotto, and tiramisu for two (add another $15 and you can get a 30-ounce ribeye for two with two sides instead), but you'll also get the opportunity to make out al fresco between courses.
Do It in the Dark
Alex Rodriguez told you all about Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar's Dining in the Dark a few days ago, so now it's time you gave it a try with your honey on February 15. "I am looking to fill the air with love and sensuality by creating a menu that will get your motors started and setting the mood... but what happens after you leave, no one has to know," the chef stated in a press release describing the 3.5-hour foodie foreplay session. Call for reservations and pricing info, or visit this page.
Whatever option you select, don't forget to invite us or we'll tell Cupid to ignore you. Just sayin'.