By: Amy Sedeño
Whether married, single, dating or swiping, Valentine’s Day is upon us; and while not all may enjoy the ballyhoo that comes with it, even the most cynical will care for a nice meal out. Here are some of our favorite places in Miami to enjoy the year’s mandatory date night.
Nothing says “love” like a plate of pasta. Jack’s Homecooking, a trattoria located in Wynwood, offers home-style cuisine and a patio straight out of Pinterest. Those looking for a V-Day deal can enjoy a four-course meal for $45 including lamb chops, eggplant rollatini and zabaione.
We might not have the Eiffel Tower but we have Cafe Pastis. The charming South Miami French eatery will transport you to the heart of Paris with perfectly cooked dishes using imported ingredients and a busy tiny kitchen filled with la romance. The roasted lamb shank over baked lentils and Moroccan chicken breast marinated in cumin and apricots are some of the menu’s highlights.
The Wine Connoisseurs
If candle-lit dinners and cozy spaces are your definition of Valentine’s Day, you must try Bunbury. The quaint Argentine eatery serves delectable empanadas filled with surprising flavors and top- notch wine in an atmosphere that is laid-back and romantic. This is the hidden gem that will impress that first date.
Uvaggio is for the adventurous pair who isn’t afraid to go beyond Burgundy and experiment with grapes from the Canary Islands, India or Valle de Guadalupe. This is where you woo him/her with your trained palate. Their expert staff will help you choose the best wine to complement your meal, and their menu has been artfully crafted to accentuate every single sip. Try their cod croquetas and don’t skip dessert.
The International Lovers
Valentine’s Day in Miami might seem a little mundane for the couple who spends summers in Cinque Terre and flies in hot air balloons over Capadoccia but there are plenty of options for couples looking for a culinary getaway. If you’ve never heard of Ghee Indian Kitchen, you are in for a treat. From the perfectly thought-out décor to authentic dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients, every meal at Ghee is designed to be memorable.
A little more to the East, you’ll find the modern Asian flavors of KYU. The brainchild of Zuma’s Michael Lewis and Steven Haigh has already become a Wynwood staple. Their Wagyu beef brisket is extraordinary and so is their wine list. The bar also serves up pretty impressive libations. We dare you to find something wrong with this menu.
The Single Ladies
Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to get dolled up and meet your girls for a cocktail. Pisco y Nazca, with locations in Doral and Kendall, has created the Pink Lady, a Galentine’s day special cocktail that will be served all week long. Parties of four or more receive a complimentary champagne toast. The Peruvian Gastrobar also serves up a variety of ceviches and traditional starters like causas (dish made up of mashed potatoes and layered with seafood and Peruvian spices), a variety of empanadas and anticuchos (the South American version of a kebab).
Vegan food is far from boring at Veganaroma. While the location is understated, their vegan and raw foods menu is extraordinary. From ravioli made with nut-cheese to kale quiche and bruschetta, this is the place where you can eat good and feel good.
Looking for an activity that you can do on your own and benefit from? Try a cooking class at Aragon 101. The Coral Gables store offers cooking classes and demos throughout the year but will be hosting a special Italian feast for Valentine’s Day led by Chef Alexandra Golovac. The class will set you back $85 but you’ll have major cooking skills to show off. Hurry, classes are selling fast!