MMTM’S 2017 VALENTINE’S DAY PICKS

For all of you food lovers out there, we’ve got the perfect poem for you:

“Roses are red, pizza sauce is too. I ordered a large, and none of it’s for you.” 

– Anonymous

OK, so while we’re sure many of you wouldn’t hesitate to spend a nice, quiet evening home alone with a large pizza, some of you may be looking for a slightly more romantic Valentine’s Day dining experience this year. If so, you’re in luck because we’ve rounded up some great V-Day options for your perusal below. Whether you’re looking to impress your loved one with a fancy dinner, head out to a bar with your best girls or guys, or anything in between, Miami’s got you covered this year. Enjoy!

Bazaar Mar (Brickell): Looking to really win over your date this Valentine’s Day? Well, Chef José Andrés’ brand new culinary gem at the SLS Brickell will be offering a prix-fixe menu for $125++ per person, including a cocktail, appetizers, main, and desertA few highlights from the abundant menu include José’s Asian Taco, “Rosa” Cobia Ceviche, Sea and Land, and Chocolate Soufflé.

DÔA (Miami Beach): This new LatAsian hotspot is encouraging guests to celebrate their love for their partner, friends, or food with its unique pre-fixed sharing menus including a vegetarian option. Celebrating friends can indulge in the three course, pre-fixed $95 per person menu. Couples seeking to wine and dine their lovers can find a lavish feast with the $125 per person menu. Finally, Vegetarian couples and friends can also indulge guilt-free with the vegetarian friendly menu, which features Vegetable Maki, Asparagus Nigiri, Vegetable Spring Rolls, Mushroom Hot Pot, Robata Corn, Mochi, and a Fruit Platter.

Mina’s Mediterraneo (MiMo): This Valentine’s Day, Mina’s Mediterraneo will open their lush, garden area for dinner, allowing guests to take advantage of one of Miami’s most charming and romantic outdoor settings! Beneath twinkling lights strung overhead, Mina’s will offer an a la carte menu featuring a wide range of delicious, yet affordable Middle Eastern inspired dishes. Guests can choose to indulge in an after-dinner drink menu, as well as apropos cocktails like the Chocolate Old Fashioned or the Dusty Rose. Insider tip: reserve early to secure a romantic corner booth in The Garden for an extra special night with your sweetheart.

Pao & Los Fuegos (Miami Beach):  Make your evening sparkle at either of these Faena restaurants with special prix fixe menu options that include Ruinart Rosé NV. Choose from a three course prix-fixe menu and a glass of Ruinart Rosé NV priced at $115 per person or a three course prix-fixe menu and a bottle of Ruinart Rosé NV priced at $300 per person.

Seasons 52 (Coral Gables): Welcoming guests before the big Valentine’s Day rush, this fresh grill and wine bar is offering couples a way to escape the crowds and enjoy a more intimate celebration with their special ‘Dinner For Two’ menu, to be offered during dinner service on Sunday, February 12th and Monday, February 13th, for $60 per couple. Full of fresh ingredients and wintertime flavors, the four-course sharing menu begins with a sparkling toast and leads into savory selections of crispy brick-oven flatbreads, seasonal salads, and hand-crafted entrées, along with mini indulgence desserts to close the evening on a sweet note. For those who wish to upgrade the experience, world-class wines, hand-chosen to pair perfectly with the ‘Dinner For Two’ menu are offered at a special by-the-glass price of $7 when purchased in conjunction with the menu.

Bitter Truth (Midtown): Bitter Truth is introduces Tinder Tuesday to Miamians on Valentine’s Day from 8PM to 4AM. Active Tinder users are invited to bring their Valentine’s Day match on a romantic and entertaining date. Guests who speak with Bitter Truth’s bartenders and show they’ve matched with their date will be served a delicious fish-bowl style punch to share with their date before they share cooties! Pass on the sit-down dinners with fixed menus and uncomfortable attire. Instead, celebrate this day of love and company with local live music, nice craft cocktails, feel-good lite bites and chill vibes.

Villa Azur (Miami Beach): Executive Chef Erwin Mallet presents Valentine’s Day specials of Foie Gras “Mille Feuille” with strawberry confit, poppy seed and homemade brioche ($26) and Branzino Fillet with baby artichoke puree, hibiscus dressing and crispy fingerling potatoes ($37), while Executive Chef Sebastien Feneyrol unveils a new dessert, Citrus Sweetheart Infusion (for 2), features lemon and lime crémeux, crispy pistachio, red fruits and rhubarb confit, and fresh raspberries with a white chocolate pearl atop.

Dragonfly Izakaya and Fish Market (Doral): In addition to their regular a la carte menu, Dragonfly will offer a 5 course prix fixe menu for two. At $85, the menu includes Hamachi Lavender, Tako, Ossobukko, Ikasumi Yaki Meshi, Jonetsu paired with a Raspberry-Togarashi Peach cocktail. For an additional $25 per person, guests can enjoy a wine pairing package to accompany their dinner.

Vagabond Kitchen and Bar (MiMo): Vagabond Kitchen and Bar’s Chef’s Table is back just in time for Valentine’s Day! A group of 10 single ladies are welcome to join in on this experience. At $75 per person, guests at the Chef’s Table can dine on a prixe fixe menu while sipping on bottomless bubbles. For those wishing for a more intimate evening, Vagabond has prepared a 3-course meal, also at $75 per person, including a complimentary glass of Champagne.

Mama Mia’s Italian Ristorante (Hollywood): For Valentine’s Day weekend only, Mama Mia’s has prepared an exclusive menu with authentic Italian dishes to make guests feel like they took off on a romantic weekend getaway to Italy. All ladies will receive a complimentary glass of Champagne to start the night off right, followed by a three course meal of Italian favorites.

La Cueva (Brickell): Forget the sit down dinner, late-night movie, or picnic at the park – La Cueva promises a better time than that. On February 14th, La Cueva will be open to singles and couples alike to celebrate the romantic holiday in a fiesta fashion. The new Mexican bar will be offering free Champagne until 1am to everyone, and will have exclusive deals on bottles where guests can purchase 2 bottles of whiskey, vodka or Guaro and get the third one free. Being an expansion of Tucandela, patrons can enjoy their drinks with some upbeat Latin and dance music for a Valentine’s Day unlike any other.

River Yacht Club (Miami River District): For the perfect waterfront Valentine’s date, RYC will feature Burlesque-style performances from Erika Moon and other special programs throughout the evening with a special a la carte dinner menu including various themed dishes including a heart-shaped tuna tartare, oysters in a champagne jelly and a passion fruit dessert.

Red, The Steakhouse (South Beach): A nice steak dinner… it’s the perfect meal for a romantic special occasion. This Valentine’s Day,Chef Peter Vauthy invites couples to indulge in a three-course, pre-fixe menu starting at $249 for two. Expect classics such as the 22oz Bone-In Ribeye & 16oz Lobster Tail, Four Cheese Mac & Cheese, White Chocolate Pistachio Entremet Cake, and more. Plus, each couple receives half a bottle of Veuve Rose Champagne, or there’s 400+ other wine selections to choose from at additional costs.

Pinch Kitchen (Upper East Side): Pinch will be offering a prix-fixe, three-course dinner this Valentine’s Day with a complimentary bottle of cava per table. The cost is $47 per person and includes a choice of appetizer (beef carpaccio or 1/2 dozen oysters), entrée (bucatini with Maine lobster or petite fillet) and dessert (orange chocolate soufflé or homemade flan).

The Deck at Island Gardens (MacArthur Causeway): Miami’s newest superyacht marina, outdoor lounge, and restaurant is offering a 3-course prix-fixe menu for $150 per person this Valentine’s Day. Chef Alfredo Alvarez will be at the helm cooking his signature Mediterranean cuisine while top nightlife entrepreneurs Michael Capponi and Eric Milon are helping to bring the waterfront destination to life. Open for dinner at 6PM, the menu will also include one complimentary glass of Champagne per person.

Bianca at Delano (South Beach): Get LOVEstruck this Valentine’s Day with a couples dining escapade at Bianca at Delano. For $95++ per person, experience Bianca’s prix-fix menu inclusive of a first course, second course, and desert, with highlights including Smoked Salmon Cone, Grilled Octopus, Corvina Casserole, Charcoal Grilled NY Steak, plus an assorted chef’s selection of desserts. What’s more, guests will receive a complimentary glass of Champagne to toast to the night and their loved one.

Made in Italy Gourmet (Wynwood): For all of Miami’s hopeless romantics, Made in Italy Gourmet will be hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner for couples and singles to celebrate love. On this special night both the regular menu and a special menu paired with wine will be available.

Byblos (Miami Beach): Mediterranean hotspot, Byblos Miami, is hosting a Valentine’s Day evening to remember, offering a prix-fixe menu for $85++ per person including a first course, second course, third course, and dessert. Highlights of the menu include Grass Fed Steak Tartar, Uri Buri Pink Key West Shrimp, Black Truffle Pide, Local Snapper, and more. What’s more, guests can splurge for Byblos’ prix-fixe wine pairing menu for $65++ per person that’ll include a Prosecco toast and 4-course wine pairing.

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