Valentine’s Day Picks

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Whether you’re in love with love or are simply looking for an excuse to get out on a Wednesday, here are some Downcity spots that are sure to fill you with warm fuzzies.

 

DINING

 

 

Rosalina

Rosalina serves contemporary Italian dishes in an upscale-yet-old-school Italian environment, complete with red checkered tablecloths. Make it a double date or grab your best pals and sit in one of the cute corner booths! Dinner reservations via Open Table.

 

Oberlin

This is a special treat because Oberlin is usually closed on Wednesdays! Call to make a reservation for this cozy New American spot serving up small plates like pasta and fish: (401) 588-8755.

 

North

If you haven’t been to North’s new, larger location in the Dean Hotel, what are you waiting for? Soak up the eclectic vibes as you eat delicious regional and global dishes. Reservations are not accepted so plan accordingly.

 

Gracie’s

Recently voted one of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, on Valentine’s Day Gracie’s will offer a special version of its signature 5, 7, and 9-course chef’s tasting menus. Pair your courses with wine for the full Gracie’s experience. Reservations via Open Table.

 

Red Fin Crudo + Kitchen

This fun industrial-chic spot (outfitted with red chairs!) serves cuisine inspired by the local and regional flavors of New England, Spain, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean. Call to reserve: (401) 454-1335.

 

Birch

Birch is opening for Valentine’s Day with a four-course tasting menu and optional beverage pairing. This intimate space has 18 bar-height seats around a u-shaped counter, so you can get a close look at the New England inspired dishes as they’re prepared. Make a reservation.

 

DRINKS

 

 

The Eddy

This small, dimly lit bar serves up a mix of classic and creative cocktails (including an old fashioned on draft), as well as a tasty snack menu. Makes a great stop before or after dinner.

 

The Magdalenae Room

Don’t want your night to end after dinner? Head over to the Magdalenae Room at the Dean Hotel for a drink in an artsy space with moody lighting and intimate booths.

 

The Boombox

The Boombox karaoke lounge serves beer, wine and sake-based cocktails surrounded by rich red walls. Book a private karaoke room by the hour.

 

DIY at Home

 

 

Ellie’s Bakery

Ellie’s is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu with baked goodies like chocolate cream puffs, macarons, cakes and more. While you’re there, take advantage of the fresh flower arrangement from Flowers by Semia, for $30 or $40. Just plan accordingly because Ellie’s closes at 5pm.

 

Sura

Pick up some sushi or noodles and eat in your comfy clothes while binging your current Netflix series with your sweetie. No judgment here. Call (401) 277-9088 to place an order.

 

Eno Fine Wines

Eno offers a wide selection of unique wines, beers and spirits, and the friendly and knowledgable staff can help you pick out something tailored to your taste.

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