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01/14/13

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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 consider.

UD - Table #13, Puritan & Company

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.
411:
Puritan & Company, 1166 Cambridge St, Cambridge, 617-615-6195
UD - Table #56, Cinquecento

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.
411:
Cinquecento, 500 Harrison Ave, 617-338-9500
UD - Frank’s Table, L’Espalier

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.
411:
L’Espalier, 774 Boylston St, 617-262-3023
UD - The Fireplace Room, Catalyst

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.
411:
Catalyst, 300 Technology Sq, Cambridge, 617-576-3000
UD - The William Fly Room, Nix’s Mate

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.
411:
Nix’s Mate, 89 Broad St, 617-348-1234
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