Valentines day suggestions? GF visiting from out of town
My girlfriend (from NYC) is visiting LA during the week of valentine's day and I want to show her a good time. We are both foodies, but since I moved here only a couple of months ago and I cook a lot, I don't know the restaurant scene as well as I should. I live in westwood, but driving is not a problem. Does anyone have any suggestions for good places to for valentines day in LA? To give you a taste of our food interests, we like sushi, new american, greek, pretty much anything but those are the best.
Thank you! I really appreciate your suggestions.
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There only a few days of the years when you should visit any restaurant otherwise you will get most of the times a underwhelming experience and Valentines day might be the best example. If you really have to go pick a restaurant which doesn't have a specific Valentines Day menu. Last year we visited LA during the Valentines Day time and went to Animal for Valentines Day which was a good decision.
Valentine's Day is the worst night of the year for dining out, but if you must, i agree with honkman's suggestion to choose a place that serves their regular menu. are you looking for someplace with a distinctly romantic atmosphere? and what's your budget? also, what's the time frame for her visit? assuming she'll be here for a few nights you might be better off cooking her a nice romantic dinner on V-Day and saving the restaurant outing for Tuesday or Wednesday...
A romantic atmosphere would be a big plus. Budget-wise, I don't want to go too expensive but if I end up spending 100-150 total on the evening I won't be too upset. She is coming for a week or so, so yes I could cook for her but my place is pretty small. I do want to take her out so generally good suggestions (not just restaurants) for things to do on V day are greatly appreciated.
I'd recommend Orris but it's not open on Monday. I'd still recommend you try it. For New American in your area, Palomino in Westwood is OK. For Valentines set menus, I'd suggest either Drago Centro or Roy's downtown.
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