Thursday, January 31, 2013

Atlanta Valentine's 2013 Dining Options


Valentine HeartsFor all of you Atlanta romantics out therem Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Have you made plans yet? Never fear, there are a zillion special options at Atlanta restaurants. Here's a round up of some of the most intriguing!


STK – Couples Cocktails, February 13, 6:30 p.m.
STK is inviting couples and singles alike to join one their resident mixologists for an evening of hands-on cocktail demos and delicious tastes. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. participants are invited to enjoy mouthwatering bites from Executive Chef Jeremy Miller while one of the restaurant's mixology masterminds demonstrates how to create some of STK’s most beloved cocktails. Cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple. Advance reservations are required by calling 404-793-0144 or emailing VIPatlanta@TOGRP.com. STK Atlanta is located at 12th & Midtown at 1075 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309. For more information please visit www.stkhouse.com.


STK - Special 3-Course Dinner and Pop-Up Valentine's Day Gift Boutique, starting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14 
For those who want to go all out, STK is hosting a special three-course Valentine’s Day dinner for $90 per person that will be sure to impress even the pickiest dates. With three choices per course from a selection of STK’s most popular dishes and a complimentary glass of prosecco to top it off, the evening will also include a pop-up boutique featuring jewelry by local artisans, including Asha Patel, fresh cut flowers, art, live sketches by local artist Matt Miller a.k.a. the Sunflowerman, and more.

The three-course Valentine’s Day menu includes options such as “loaded potato” gnocchi gratin
truffle with bacon, chive and parmesan, and 6 oz. filet with potato puree, roasted mushrooms and flourless chocolate cake with hazelnut ice cream.

Cypress Street Pint and Plate - Blackout Valentine's Day Party, 7 p.m.
Looking for an alternative to the typical, fancy Valentine’s Day outing? From 7 p.m. to midnight, Cypress is turning out the lights (literally) and guests can enjoy Valentine’s Day treats like $1 PBRs, half off bottles of wine, specialty doughnut and beer pairings, $2 Cypress Street House Ale and $3 Palm Beers by candlelight. Additionally, for each Palm Beer bought, Cypress will give a rose to that special someone. For more information, please visit www.cypressbar.com. Cypress Street Pint and Plate is located behind the Biltmore at 817 West Peachtree Street Northeast Ste. E125, Atlanta, Georgia 30308.

Cucina Asellina - Valentine's Day Dinner and a Movie, 7 p.m. 
Cucina Asellina is making it easy to kill two birds with one stone this year by serving up a romantic three-course meal alongside a classic film favorite. The romantic comedy Roman Holiday will be playing throughout the evening with the first viewing beginning at 7 p.m. Couples are invited to enjoy a glass of prosecco on the house celebrate their evening.  The 3-course V-day menu is $60. For more information visit www.asellina.com or call 404-793-0141 for reservations. Cucina Asellina is located in the 12th & Midtown development at 1075 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309.

The three-course Valentine’s Day menu includes options such as Burrata with Poached Pears and Caramelized Red Onions, Veal Ossobuco with Lemon Cremolata and Mashed Parsnip and Chocolate Panna Cotta.

P’cheen International Bistro & Pub - Special Valentine's Day Prix Fixe Menu, Feb. 14 starting at 6 p.m.
P’cheen will be featuring a prix fixe menu for $35. At $50, diners may choose to add a wine flight or beer options to their meal. P’cheen will also be serving bottles of champagne for only $20. For more information or to make a reservation call 404-529-8800 or visit www.pcheen.com. P’cheen is located in the Old Fourth Ward at 701-5 Highland Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30312.

The three-course Valentine’s Day menu and wine pairings includes options such as:

Oyster Aphrodisiac
6 Raw Oysters -- Champagne/Passion Fruit Mignonette
Paired with Charles de Fère Cuvée Jean-Louis, Blanc de Blancs Brut or Samuel Adams Alpine Spring

Love Bird
Pan-Roasted Quail -- Vidalia Onion Stuffing -- Pepper Vinegar -- Fried Kale
Paired with La Revolera, Tempranillo or Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake -- Pink Champagne Buttercream
Paired with Ruby Port or Rogue Mocha Porter

Genki Noodles and Sushi - Special Three-Course Dinner Valentine's Day Dinner - Feb. 14
Enjoy a sushi filled three-course dinner for two for only $40. Genki Noodles and Sushi is located in Buckhead at 3186 Roswell Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30305; The Prado in Sandy Springs at 5590 Roswell Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30342; and Virginia-Highland at 1040 North Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306. Call the Buckhead location at 404.844.8319, The Prado location at 404.843.8319, or Virginia-Highland at 404.853.3315. For more information, visit www.genkiatl.com.


Rathbun's - Feb. 14
Rathbun's will be offering a four course prix fix dinner with choices for $85 per person plus tax and gratuity. For a sample menu, please visit the Rathbun's Valentine's menu page.


Valentine's Day Dinner at Park 75 | Feb 14-16 
Enjoy a romantic Valentine's Day dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta's Park 75 Restaurant. Menu items include seared rare tuna, lobster ravioli, smoked beef short rib and miso baked black cod. For dessert enjoy the decadent melting chocolate sphere for two, complete with a chocolate brownie and brandied cherries. Cost is $55 per person. For reservations please call, (404) 253-3840


Aqua Blue - Feb. 14 - 16
Couples in Roswell can spend Valentine’s Day weekend at Aqua blue.  Diners can enjoy a three-course pre-fixe menu with items such as New England style clam chowder, “stuffed” twin lobster tails and classic crème brulee for dessert. The meal is $50 per person, not including tax or gratuity. The a la carte menu is also available. Along with the food, guests can sip on classic cocktails, signature martinis or pick from a wine list with over 30 wines by the glass. The restaurant also offers the option of a long-stem rose package with a champagne toast. Music lovers can visit the restaurant on Friday, February 15, with live music starting at 8 p.m. For reservations, call 770-643-8886. www.aquablueatl.com

Aria - Feb. 14
Buckhead’s Aria is offering a four-course menu for $90 per person. Beverage, tax and gratuity are not included. For reservations and more information, call 404-233-7673 or visit www.aria-atl.com.

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern - Wednesday, February 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Enjoy a pre-Valentine chocolate and beer tasting. Four courses of specially prepared chocolate food tasting will be served with four paired beers. The first course includes chocolate dipped oranges with sea salt and Founder’s Centennial IPA; the second course is chicken mole over crispy rice cakes with chocolate dipped bacon paired with Stone Smoked Porter; the third course pairs white chocolate pudding with chocolate graham crackers and cherry compote with Boon Kriek “Cherry” Lambic beer; the fourth and final course couples a flourless chocolate espresso torte with Bailey’s whipped cream and fresh raspberries with Redd’s Apple Ale. The tasting costs $25 and reservations are required. Guests can sign up for the tasting at hobnobatlanta.com.

HOBNOB - Feb. 14
HOBNOB will serve a special of champagne and vanilla marinated duck breast over saffron risotto with candied pecan haricots verts and sweet cherry glaze, paired with Bell’s Java Stout for $25. The regular menu is also offered. To reserve a table, call 404-968-2288. www.communitashospitality.com

Ecco - Feb. 14

In addition to the regular menu, the restaurant is offering decadent specials of calamari ala plancha with pears, harissa and basil ($9); roasted quail with horizo, farro verde and radish green salsa verde ($15); crispy black cod with young collards, hazelnuts, brown butter, capers and lemon ($27); and milk chocolate torte with blood orange coulis and spiced pecans ($9). For more information or to make a reservation, call 404-347-9555 or visit www.ecco-atlanta.com

JCT Kitchen & Bar - Feb. 14
JCT is offering a four-course prix fixe menu for $60 per person. Guests start with a taste of house-cured lox followed by a starter with choices of roasted local golden and red ace beets, crispy poached farm egg or pan seared diver scallops. Main courses include wood grilled Muscovy Duck breast, “chicken stand” fried young chicken and butter poached Maine lobster. Couples choose from chocolate “PB” pie, white chocolate ice cream or champagne truffles to share for dessert. A 20% gratuity is applied to parties of six or more and there is a $10 corkage fee per bottle. For reservations, call 404-355-2252. www.jctkitchen.com  


La Tavola - Feb. 14
For $49 per person, guests choose from a variety of antipasti including braised rabbit crespelle, grilled calamari or beet and farro salad. Entrées include items such as braised lamb ragu, chestnut gnocchi, grilled swordfish and saltimbocca alla romana. Meyer lemon-olive oil cake, chocolate cake and honey mascarpone cheesecake are among the choices of desserts for couples to sweeten the evening. Tax and gratuity are not included. For reservations, call 404-873-5430. www.latavolatrattoria.com

No, 246 - Feb. 14
For $55 per person, No. 246 in Decatur is offering a four-course prix fixe menu this Valentine’s Day. Examples of entrée options include wood-oven baked red snapper in cartuccio, butter poached Maine lobster and braised Wagyu beef cheeks. Tax and gratuity are not included. A credit card is required to hold a reservation. To reserve a table call 678-399-8246. www.no246.com

The Optimist - Feb. 14
The Optimist is offering a four-course prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day.  Guests can begin the meal at the west Midtown restaurant with a taste for the table of she-crab soup, followed by starter options such as east and west coast oysters, hearts of palm and beet salad or Spanish octopus. Entrée options include items such as white steelhead salmon, Georges Bank scallops or grilled duck breast. To sweeten the meal, three dessert options are available. The cost is $65 per person and does not include tax or gratuity. A credit card is required to hold a reservation. To make a reservation, call 404-477-6260. www.theoptimistrestaurant.com

South City Kitchen Midtown and South City Kitchen Vinings - FEb. 14
Enjoy a Southern-style, three-course prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner for $42 per person. Guests can nosh on appetizers of pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes or fried gulf oysters. Entrée picks range from buttermilk fried chicken, braised short rib or vegetable plate. Dessert options of velvet Elvis cake, caramel apple toffee pudding and buttermilk chess pie round out the meal. Tax and gratuity are not included. For reservations at the Midtown location, call 404-873-7358 and for the Vinings location, call 770-435-0700. www.southcitykitchen.com

Woodfire Grill "Fools for Love" Dinner - Feb. 11 
The restaurant and Georgia Shakespeare are celebrating cupid’s day early on Monday, February 11 by hosting a “Fools for Love” wine dinner. Beginning at 7 p.m., the restaurant is offering a four-course dinner with premium wine pairings selected by owner and sommelier Nicolas Quinones. Georgia Shakespeare’s Associate Artists will provide the entertainment, performing jazz standards and love songs throughout the evening. Tickets are priced at $150 per person ($90 is tax deductible) and can be purchased online or by calling Georgia Shakespeare at 404-504-3405.

Woodfire Grill - Feb. 14
Woodfire Grill is offering five-course vegetarian and pescatarian menus in addition to the five-course chef’s tasting menu.  The chef’s tasting and pescatarian menus are priced at $100 per person, and the vegetarian menu is priced at $85. Wine pairings are also available for $12 per glass or $20 per glass for premium wines. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 404-347-9055. www.woodfiregrill.com  

Valentines Day package at the W Atlanta - Midtown
For $5,000 you can CAPTURE YOUR ENRAPTURE like romantic rockstars in the hotel's most extravagant space, the Extreme Wow suite. And if that's not enough -- celebrity photog/hair artisan/make-up artist, Richie Arpino will arrive to style and shoot you and your sweetie for your own private photo session. The W Atlanta - Midtown will even buy you one 8x10 print.

Later in the evening you can enjoy dinner with wine pairings (followed by dessert and Veuve Cliquot) in the privacy of your Extreme Wow suite. The next day, wake up at your leisure and enjoy breakfast in your suite (no rush; you have an extended check out). You can ease back into reality with invigorating massages at Bliss and valet is on the house. Click HERE to book this extravagant treat .


No date? Never fear, there are options for you, too!

The Albert – Lonely Hearts Club
This Valentine’s Day, leave the lovey-dovey stuff at home and join the folks at The Albert for a singles celebration that will leave guests looking forward to, rather than dreading, this day of romance. Fill the heart (and belly) with drink specials all night long, including shorties of 4 Roses Whiskey paired with a pint of Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale for $10 and $6 glasses of Thorny Rose Blend wine. But before drinking up, be sure to eat up and enjoy a “dinner for one,” from a special menu created by The Albert’s Executive Chef, Shaun Whitmer. This small bites menu features four single-serve items, including a marinated beet salad, crab cake with white wine remoulade, flank and frites with garlic aioli, and shrimp deviled eggs.  For more information, visit www.thealbertatlanta.com or call (404) 872-4990. The Albert is located at 918 Austin Avenue in Inman Park.

Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant - Feb. 9 at 10 pm
For the singles in Atlanta, Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant in Buckhead is hosting a Nuts and Bolts Valentine’s Day Party on Saturday, February 9, beginning at 10 p.m. Depending on gender, each person will receive a nut or a bolt with hopes to find his or her match by the end of the night. Guests can enjoy meeting people while sipping on a pint from the wide selection of beers the pub offers. A DJ will spin tunes during the party with giveaways and drink specials available all night. For reservations, call 404-841-0066. http://www.fadoirishpub.com/atlanta/

The Mr. and I will be postponing our V-day celebration until Feb. 15 and enjoying a nice steak dinner at STK to celebrate. Happy dining! XOXO 





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