For the music lover
You know what's better than sweet-talking with your honey? Both of you being quiet and listening to this awesome band, that's what. Harvard Square restaurant-slash-concert-hall The Sinclair understands, offering a three-course Valentine's Day prix fixe menu titled, "(I Just) Dined in Your Arms Tonight." Dinner starts at 5 PM so that you can head in to see soul singer Eli "Paperboy" Reed at 9 PM - and maybe buy a last-minute Valentine's gift from one of the pop-up shops from local vendors that typically populate his shows.
What to order: The song-themed selections include "When I Look Into Your Pies," by Firehouse; "The Last Kale," by Dan Fogelberg; and "Ballad of Peter Pumpkin Bread," by XTC.
How much it will set you back: The prix fixe dinner is $65 per person, with wine, cocktail or Broken Hearts bourbon flights available for an additional $20. Concert tickets will run you $13.50 in advance or $15 at the door.
Date points scored [On a scale of 1 to 5]: 5. Your date will soon be a groupie in the palm of your hands.
Plan B: Music and movie lovers can also head to Area Four, which will temporary transform into a "haven for the brokenhearted" playing strictly breakup songs overhead and screening breakup movies (like 500 Days of Summer and Blue Valentine) on the TVs. As for the menu? It will include an Arrabbiata ("angry") pizza spiced to hilt with jalapeños, poblanos, bell peppers, banana peppers and cubanelles. (Yikes.) There will be "Voodoo doll cookies" shaped like gingerbread men, tortured/decorated with pins, swords and more. Mean-spirited "Hate Candies" will be dropped with the check.