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The Five Best Tables for Valentine’s Day
Two things you should never forget to do: 1) Remove a Sharpie from your white pants before washing them. 2)
Reserve a stellar table for Valentine’s Day. In terms of the latter, here are five excellent options to
Table #13, Puritan & Company
You Require: Anything involving nooks. Or... trapezoids. You’ll Receive: A cozy table-banquette nook with said geometrical shape in the back
corner of Will Gilson’s lauded house of New England–ness. Use the great views of the oyster bar to
inspire a tactful discussion of the effects of mollusks on one’s libido.
Table #56, Cinquecento
You Require: European energy, maybe some hanky-panky. You’ll Receive: Dim lighting and a Midnight in Paris-y feel as you take turns
feeding each other mouthfuls of wild boar gnocchi, then sink deeper into the booth for some clandestine
demonstrations of affection. Just keep it classy.
Frank’s Table, L’Espalier
You Require: The private table of celebrated owner Frank McClelland. You’ll Receive: A pop-up chef’s table configured only upon special request (or when
Frank wants to eat) behind the saloon and elevator overlooking Boylston, with two French screens providing
additional privacy. Note: there’s only one reservation allowed that night. Make it yours.
The Fireplace Room, Catalyst
You Require: The soft glow of firelight on your date. You’ll Receive: A two-top in Catalyst’s industrial-y fireplace lounge. Here, you’ll
commence with bubbly and readings of French poetry while you lie on your own lion-skin rug next to the fire.
Note: you should probably clear that last part first.
The William Fly Room, Nix’s Mate
You Require: An at-home date, just not at home. You’ll Receive: A private room with a couch and coffee table set for dinner. Also,
you’ll be flanked by candles and flowers while Casablanca plays. This may result in kicking off
your shoes or some couch-based naughty time. Or both.