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The Best Tables for Valentine’s Day

Don’t look now, but as of tomorrow, we’re one month out from Valentine’s Day. Which means like it or not, it’s time to start thinking about that dinner. Below, a few choice tables you’d do well to book before it’s too late.

Table 62, Fiola

The Soft Sell: “This choice corner booth is normally a five-top, but they’ll set it just for the two of us.”
The Hard Sell: “They call it the Sex and the City table, because you can observe everyone else while still having your privacy. Also, Jennifer Aniston ate there.”
Seven-course Valentine’s tasting menu available Feb 10-14, $125, Fiola, 601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 202-628-2888, see the menu

Tables 106 and 107, Lost Society

The Soft Sell: “These tables overlook U Street on one side, and we can hide ourselves behind the velvet curtains on the other while we sip special mezcal-strawberry cocktails.”
The Hard Sell: “We’ll ask the waitress not to disturb us unless we ring a little bell that we bring. Or, should a canoodling-related emergency arise, blow this air horn.”
Lost Society, 2001 14th St NW, 202-618-8868
UD - Tables 18 and 24, Tabard Inn

Tables 18 and 24, Tabard Inn

The Soft Sell: “Every table here is in demand, but especially these corner tables for two in the main dining room, which look out the windows to the back patio.”
The Hard Sell: “We can come back for brunch on our anniversary.”
Reservations available for Valentine’s Day starting Jan 14, Tabard Inn, 1739 N St NW, 202-331-8528
UD - Cuban Missile Crisis Table, Occidental

Cuban Missile Crisis Table, Occidental

The Soft Sell: “A plaque at this table commemorates where a Soviet emissary made an offer to end the Cuban Missile Crisis.”
The Hard Sell: “We can stir up romantic thoughts of Camelot. Jack and Jackie. Jack and Marilyn. Jack and...”
Occidental Grill & Seafood, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 202-783-1475

Tables 40 and 41, Acqua Al 2

The Soft Sell: “Right in between the bar and the dining room, these two tables are nestled in a little nook beside the stairs.”
The Hard Sell: “They’re surrounded by dinner plates signed by VIPs who dined there (and more than one couple who got engaged).”
Acqua Al 2, 212 7th St SE, 202-525-4375
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Photos, Lost Society and Tabard Inn: Jeff Martin