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Top Restaurants Are Dishing up A Variety of Treats for Sweethearts and Singles on Valentine’s Day
Top Restaurants Are Dishing up A Variety of Treats  for Sweethearts and Singles on Valentine’s Day

Washington, D.C. (January 20, 2011) — Cold February celebrates warm hearts over romantic meals for two and Washington has a variety of options from Cuban fare to chocolate flights for lovebirds to enjoy.  There are those in the mix that celebrate being single during Cupid’s month with entertainment and anti-Valentine’s Day menus too.

This February, Legal Sea Foods is hitting the ‘sweet spot’ with chocolate. Located in bustling Penn Quarter at 704 7th Street, NW Legal Sea Foods features the Ultimate Chocolate Ecstasy, a tasting flight of three one-ounce pours of cream liqueurs including Bailey’s Irish Caramel Cream Liqueur, Godiva Chocolate Cream Liqueur and Bailey’s Irish Chocolate Mint Cream Liqueur.  Priced at $10.95, this decadent treat is the perfect end to a meal (inclusive of fresh oysters of course!) or a great nightcap after a show. To make reservations at the Penn Quarter Legal Sea Foods, please call (202) 347–0007.  Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 11 AM- 11 PM; Friday through Saturday 11 AM-12 midnight and Sunday 12 PM- 10 PM. Legal Sea Foods is located across from the Verizon Center and is accessible by the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro. 

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, located at 801A 9th Street, NW (9th & H Streets), will offer an Everlasting Lovers’ Brunch featuring aphrodisiac ingredients with a Cuban twist.  Guests choosing the “unlimited” option priced at $30 per person, may indulge in as many dishes they can eat from the 26-item brunch menu.  All items on the brunch menu will also be available a la carte with prices ranging from $5 to $11.  Standouts include Cuban Chocolate Waffle served with chunky banana-sun dried cherry-vanilla syrup; Jumbo Lump Crabmeat and Potato Cake with poached egg, avocado mash and a tomato-hollandaise sauce; Two Cornmeal Pancakes served with bacon, Cuba Libre’s five-year rum-molasses syrup and mango butter; Fluffy Two Egg Omelet filled with chorizo sausage, roasted potatoes, sour cream and Monterey Jack cheese, as well as Truffle and Citrus Marinated Grilled Baby Octopus with Haitian eggplant salad.   The Everlasting Lovers’ Brunch will be available on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of February from 11 AM to 3 PM.  The unlimited option is only available when ordered by all guests at the table. “To-go” bags will not be offered.   During the month of February Cuba Libre’s lunch menu will not be available on Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at (202) 408-1600 or visiting www.CubaLibreRestaurant.com.

AGAINN, located at 1099 New York Avenue, NW, will feature an anti-Valentine’s Day menu for singles with a three-course menu inspired by the cuisine of the British Isles.  Priced at $40 per person (beverages, tax and gratuity not included) this special offering will be available from 6 PM to 9 PM from February 11 thru 17, 2011.  Prepared by Executive Chef Wesley Morton, the menu begins with a choice of Soup of the Day or House-made Black Pudding followed by a choice of Pan Seared Loch Duart Salmon or Mixed Grill of Tamworth Pork.  For the perfect ending, guests will choose from between Spotted Dick or Stout Ice Cream.  A complete a la carte menu will also be available.  Additionally, on Monday, February 14th the restaurant will play non-romantic movies such as The Break Up, He’s Just Not That Into You and So I Married An Axe Murderer will play on their TVs screens.  Guests will also receive heart-shaped candies with anti-love sayings on their for the table. For reservations or additional information please call (202) 639-9830 or visit www.againndc.com.

Hank’s Oyster Bar is always a favorite with their oyster sampler available at both the Dupont Circle and Old Town Alexandria locations.  Priced at $9, the sampler includes two shooters, two fried oysters and two freshly shucked oysters and is available Monday and Tuesday evenings throughout the month of February in the district.  In Old Town Alexandria, the oyster sampler is available Tuesdays only.  Hank’s Oyster Bar is located at 1624 Q Street NW in Washington, DC and 1026 King Street, Alexandria VA.  Fore more information visit www.hanksrestaurants.com.

Situated in the hip 14th Street neighborhood at 1825 14th Street, NW, Masa 14 will be offering five-course Valentine’s Day menu ideal for sharing highlighting the restaurant’s signature Latin-Asian fare.  Priced at $120 per couple, this special menu includes an amuse, a choice of six plates, dessert to share and a bottle of Gruet Blanc de Noir or Gruet Rose to share at the table.  Specials available for the evening include Grilled Lobster with mushroom tempura, truffle custard tart and salsa verde; Charred Bison Tataki served with plantain croutons, chipotle mayo, dried shrimp & green papaya salad; Grilled Smoked Beef Brisket served with Chinese sausage, braised daikon, bone marrow custard, rice cakes and a red miso guajillo chile broth as well as Papas Rellenos served with truffle custard, winter vegetable ragout and sauce pipian.  For those who wish to skip the crowds, Masa 14 will be offering a "Cupid's Foreplay" dinner on Sunday, February 13th.  The menu will be the same as on Cupid’s big day, but available at a discounted price of $105 per couple.  For reservations or additional information please call (202) 328-1414 or visit www.masa14.com.

Situated just a block from the White House, the Oval Room, located at 800 Connecticut Avenue, NW, is offering a three-course menu priced at $85 per person (tax or gratuity not included).  Chef Tony Conte has prepared a special Valentine’s Day tasting menu with uniquely inspired dishes such as Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna with wasabi ice, candied cherry leaf and ginger jelly; Celery Root Custard with caramelized white chocolate and sea urchin; Kazu Marinated Duck with confit tatar tots, turnips and honey quince as well as Spinach-Ricotta Dumplings with wild mushroom sauce and shaved black truffle.  For dessert, a Mango Custard with exotic fruits, mint and burnt sugar is just one of the many options to choose from.  For reservations please call (202) 463-8700.

The landmark 701 Restaurant, located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, will be offering a $55 per person three-course menu in addition to an a la carte menu on Saturday, February 12th and Sunday, February 13th.  Then, on Monday, February 14th, Chef Ed Witt will offer couples an expanded $85 three-course tasting menu with an amuse followed by a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert.  Entrée standouts off the expanded three-course menu include Shenandoah Lamb Rack and Loin with pomegranate, celery root, and trumpet royal mushroom; Black Bass with malpeque oyster risotto, Champagne and caviar sauce; House Made Garganelli with ricotta and shaved black truffles as well as Pheasant with potato hash, blue cheese and beet sauce.  For the perfect ending, guests can choose from Almond Macaroons; Milk Chocolate Chestnut Bar or Chocolate Truffle Cake prepared by newly appointed Pastry Chef Melanie Parker.  Valet parking is available for $8.  For reservations or additional information please call (202) 393-0701 or visit www.701restaurant.com.

Just north of Washington in Bethesda Row, Redwood at 7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD, is offering a romantic three-course menu where couples can take pleasure in a tantalizing choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert.  Seating is available from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. for $59 per person (tax and gratuity not included).  Menu highlights include Sea Scallops with oxtail risotto, harissa and salsa verde; Terrine of Game and Foie Gras with quince relish, coffee, pepper and toasts; Lobster Hot Pot with a Maine lobster broth, egg noodles and condiments as well as Filet Mignon with sautéed foie gras and truffle sauce.  A custom wine pairing will also be available for $29 per person.  Additionally, Redwood will offer couples live Jazz music courtesy of George Oakley Trio from 6 PM to 9 PM, followed by a performance by the Latin group Trio Caliente from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on this romantic night.  For reservations or additional information please call (301) 656-5515 or visit www.redwoodbethesda.com.

BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant, located at 4883 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, is offering a full Valentine’s Day feast to go!  Food orders can be made from 10 AM to 7 PM daily through Friday, February 11th and all pick-ups will be scheduled for Monday, February 14th.  The “Cupid’s Choice” Valentine’s Day menu includes a three-course dinner for two with choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert for $95.  Guests can select mouthwatering dishes such as Roasted Squash Bisque with balsamic and spiced mascarpone; Hickory Grilled Salmon with red mole, and plantain chips; Split and Stuffed Maine Lobster with forest mushrooms, lobster knuckle, cornbread and shellfish cream as well as Wood Grilled Boneless Ribeye with twice baked potato, smoked bacon and caramelized onion jus.  An a la carte menu is also available for guests wishing to choose the perfect accompaniment to their Valentine’s Day meal.  The lineup includes Half Shell Oysters and Clams from the East and West Coast; 1 ¼ pound Live Maine Lobsters as well as Imported and Domestic Caviar.  Prices for caviar range from $9 to $225 per ounce.  All cancelations require 48 hours notice for full refunds.  For more information please call (202) 342-9101 or visit www.blacksaltrestaurant.com.

Black Market Bistro, located in the quant Garrett Park neighborhood at 4600 Waverly Avenue in Rockville, MD, will offer a four-course menu on Monday, February 14th.  Priced at $85 per person (tax and gratuity not included), and $110 with wine pairings, this romantic menu begins with a amuse of lobster canapés followed by mouthwatering selections such as Oyster Stew with Chesapeake oyster, leeks, Yukon gold potatoes, caviar and Vermouth cream; Braised Pork Belly with roasted beets, green lentils, and baby beet greens; Monkfish “Osso Buco” with cockles, root vegetables, house made sausage, and an herb clam broth as well as BBQ Braised Short Rib with coleslaw, truffle potato salad and house made biscuit.  For those who wish to celebrate the holiday early, Black Market Bistro the will offer dishes from their prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu as special available Friday, February 11th through Sunday, February 13th.  For reservations or additional information please call (301) 933-3000.

The Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel, located just steps from George Mason University at 4352 Mason Pond Drive in Fairfax, VA, entices lovers with a romantic package this Valentine’s Day.  The “Sweetheart Package for Two” includes overnight accommodations in the LEED Gold certified hotel; a pre-fixed Valentine’s Day meal at Boxwoods; chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of Champagne in the guest room as well as a complimentary breakfast buffet the next morning.  The overnight package is priced at $290 per couple.  Additionally, those wishing to sleep at home, but enjoy a romantic dinner out can enjoy the pre-fixed dinner option at Boxwoods for only $55 per person.  The menu begin with a choice of Butternut Squash Puree topped with duck confit and granny smith apple chutney or Petite Spinach Salad with gorgonzola crumbles, caramelized pecans and Asian pears dressed with wild berry vinaigrette followed by a choice of Seared Maryland Rockfish with melted leeks and roasted garlic chili oil or Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin Au Poivre with celery root puree and mushrooms finished with a foie gras scented jus.  For the perfect ending, guests will savor a Roasted Bartlett Pear Tartlet with cinnamon-ginger ice cream along with a complimentary Champagne cocktail for toasting.  The “Sweetheart Package for Two” and the pre-fixed dinner menu at Boxwoods are available Friday, February 11th to Monday, February 14th, and may be reserved by calling (703) 865-5705.


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