Valentine’s Day is possibly the worst dining-out day of the entire year. Yes, worse than Mother’s Day (though it is surely the runner-up), Christmas, and Thanksgiving. Every random person in the U.S. feels the need to head out for the evening. Bah, I say. Stay home and leave the day to the overly-perfumed masses.
Instead, go to Rare Cuts, buy a nice hangar steak. Go home, mash some potatoes, sear the steak in a cast iron pan, and deglaze the pan with a little red wine, butter, & chopped shallots. Pour this pan sauce over the steak & potatoes. Drink the rest of the red wine along with dinner. Steamed asparagus in a lemon vinaigrette is a nice side, and some gelato from La Divina is all you’ll need for dessert. Simple is good, don’t you think?
Trust me, you’ll enjoy this much better than a $75 prix-fixe menu at Chez FonFon or a table at your favorite place that’s suddenly been overrun with people who haven’t been in a restaurant since LAST Valentine’s Day. Unless you LIKE crowded dining rooms, harried kitchens, fixed/overpriced specialty menus, and other such nonsense.
Does anyone actually LIKE dining out on Valentine’s Day, or do people feel compelled to participate in the group ritual aspects of this completely commercial holiday?