Book These 6 Valentine’s Day Tables Today

By Danya Henninger  |  January 14, 2014
Credit: Danya Henninger

Valentine’s Day is exactly one month away, and - especially because the occasion falls on a Friday this year - those of you who know you’ll be dining out probably want to make your reservations now. Here are half a dozen recommendations for a great dinner for two - these restaurants all have some availability right now, but will fill up super fast.

R2L: Daniel Stern’s restaurant has the best view of the city from its 37th floor perch in Liberty II. A special three-course menu goes for $75 per person, and after canapés you can choose apps like oyster stew or truffle flatbread, continue with venison, filet or duck and finish with your choice of dessert (215-564-5337).

Pumpkin: The petite dining room at Ian Moroney and Hilary Bor’s South Street West BYO is a perfect place to get cozy with your beau. Pick up a bottle of bubbly and enjoy four courses of New American fare for $75 per person (215-545-4448).

Fitler Dining Room: You won’t have to work hard to charm your date if you take them to this Fitler Square establishment - the top-notch service will work all the magic for you. Rely on the expert wine and beer pairing advice for good matches for chef Rob Marzinsky’s four courses ($75 per person; 215-732-3331)

Noord: Love is always in the air at Joncarl Lachman’s rustic dining room on East Passyunk. Bring your favorite wines to pair with five courses of Scandinavian cuisine for $60 per person (267-909-9704).

Barbuzzo: Marcie Turney’s snug Mediterranean dining room in Midtown Village sells out on regular weekends, so you can imagine the rush on this romantic weekend. A four-course prix-fixe menu will be on offer for $65 per person (215-546-9300).

Matyson: A “his and hers” tasting menu at this charming Rittenhouse BYO allows each person in your couple to experience five unique courses based on similar ingredients. If you do like you should and share, that means 10 different tastes for your $55 per person (215-564-2925).