The Hunt: Romantic Date-Night Restaurants
January 31, 2013
Global – Every week, The Purple Passport team goes out in search of a designated item in whatever city our team members happen to be in at that time. This week, we are talking candlelight, wine, and quiet conversation. The requirements for a romantic evening aren’t tough to come by, but with all the build-up to Valentine’s Day, the pressure to find the perfect place can be overwhelming. That’s why we have chosen our favorite romantic restaurants to inspire your own date nights to come!
The Skinny: Vegan Korean may not be the first cuisine that comes to mind for romantic dining, but Franchia in Midtown has the atmosphere and menu for an elegant night out. The three-level restaurant is low lit, with dark wood accents and an intimate, candle-lit vibe. There are several tempting noodle dishes with bright and fresh vegetables, though for a date, sharing some of the tapas-style small plates might be more fun. The tea and wine lists are even more extensive than the food menus, so ask your server for advice about finding the perfect compliment for each course of your meal.
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| Figaro Bistrot
Los Angeles, CA
The Skinny: When it comes to romantic restaurants, it’s hard to top the candlelit French bistro, and Figaro Bistrot, in the heart of Los Angeles’s Los Feliz Village, plays the part perfectly. The Parisian fin-de-siècle décor is spot on, with French antiques, cast-iron chandeliers, and a zinc bar. The outdoor tables can be lovely on a warm night, but for optimal romance, choose one of the indoor tables in the room behind the bakery counter with atmospheric candelabras. Steak frites or filet of sole with haricot vert are no-fail choices. The only thing missing is the Eiffel Tower.
| Restaurant Eve
Old Town Alexandria, VA
The Skinny: Set in scenic Old Town Alexandria, Restaurant Eve offers a fine dining menu in an intimate atmosphere. Each room within the restaurant feels like being seated in an old world home, with fireplaces, wood accents and an attentive staff. Details are not overlooked here, as they even have a pretty intense table setting procedure. For a romantic date, this would be the perfect venue, with after-dinner options like PX nearby. For both venues (and pretty much any dinner options on Valentine’s Day), make sure to get reservations in advance, as both places fill spots quickly.
The Skinny: Tucked away on a tiny via off of the famous Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Renato’s is a quiet European (Italian leaning) bistro with a lovely terrace just perfect for dining under the stars. Country vibes (think rustic beams, bright pops of Med-inspired color on the fabric-covered walls, and terracotta pots overflowing with plants), and classic fine dining flourishes (Limoges china, snowy linens, fresh roses, tuxedoed waiters), make for a magical, romantic dinner or lunch date.