- Mark Hancock
- Wine and chocolate make for a romantic get together, at Michaelangelo's Coffee and Wine in Norman, 1-21-16.
As Trinidadian-German philosopher Nestor Alexander Haddaway once asked, What is love? Baby, dont hurt me. Dont hurt me no more.
To this day, scholars puzzle over his question. What is love? Can it be felt physically, or is it merely an abstract concept to which we ascribe physical traits? And who are these babies hes so afraid of?
All of these are terrible things to talk about on date night, by the way. You remember. Date night? Oh, man, I cant believe you forgot again!
Dont worry; Oklahoma Citys romance restaurant experts are here to help you salvage this nightmare.
Normally, were closed on Sundays, said Paseo Grill co-owner Lesley Rawlinson. But were opening up especially for that evening.
Reservations for a special Sunday dinner at Paseo Grill, 2909 Paseo St., go fast, but Rawlinson said that has a lot to do with the atmosphere of the restaurant.
Were really geared toward couples. We have the curtains going already, and lots of private spaces, she said. We run our regular menu, but well also have a special dinner for two with filets, a 10-oz. lobster tail and sides for each person.
Valentines Day might be the big event, but she said the restaurant is built for intimate meals anytime. As such, the Valentines menu will be available starting Thursday for those who cant make a Sunday supper.
Other high-end options include Boulevard Steakhouse, 505 S. Boulevard, in Edmond, where diners receive attentive service and mouthwatering dishes like filet tips and wild mushrooms and one of the best bowls in the metro: truffled mushroom soup.
Though Michelangelos Coffee and Wine Bar, 207 E. Main St., in Norman isnt fancy, owner Michael Palermo said its plenty romantic. For Valentines Day, the restaurant tops tables with white cloth, offers deals on bottles of wine and makes sure that everybody gets a little of that romantic treat: chocolate.
- Mark Hancock
- Michael Palermo, owner, pours Wine next to a selection of chocolate, the makings for a romantic get together, at Michaelangelo's Coffee and Wine in Norman, 1-21-16.
Weve had several first dates here. Two that we know of turning into marriage, he said. Weve had several surprise proposals here as well.
In fact, Palermo said the shop hosted the wedding of one couple who had their first meeting at Michelangelos.
Unlike some of the most bustling watering holes in the metro, this Norman wine bar might have a bit of live music, but its mostly a great place for intimate drinks, one-on-one conversations and budding romances.
If drinking is a must for your date, check out WSKY Lounge, 228 NE Second St., in Deep Deuce. While the evening gets rowdier at sister restaurant Slaughters Hall next door, WSKY is a little more reserved. Its an excellent place for whiskey, but the bar runs deep for whatever kind of cocktail you desire.
For a rollicking good time and access to plenty of spirits, Pearls Oyster Bar, 5641 N. Classen Blvd., is an obvious choice, especially if you forgot to get a reservation, said assistant general manager Brandon Eller.
- Garett Fisbeck
- Oysters at Pearl's in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016.
No reservations needed here, he said. Just come on in and bring your date. Well have a lot of fun.
As one of Oklahoma Citys oldest seafood restaurants, Pearls has become the go-to spot for many seeking that most romantic of aphrodisiacs: oysters.
But those who are less inclined toward slurping bivalves from a shell will still find plenty to love, including a Valentines special of filet or mahi mahi topped with a mix of lobster and crab and a jalapeño-cilantro béarnaise sauce.
- Garett Fisbeck
- Filet special for Valentine's Day at Pearl's Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016.
Since Valentines falls on a Sunday, Pearls is serving its romantic magic all day, starting with brunch.
Another fish lovers paradise is Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, 7516 N. Western Ave., where the menu goes from cooked to raw and everywhere in between. For something light and exotic, adventurous eaters might want to give the sea urchin nigiri a try.
French is the language of love, so French food must be the most romantic cuisine around. What better reason to give always-lovely La Baguette Bistro, 7408 N. May Ave., a visit?
If escargot and beef tartare arent up your alley, Oklahoma Citys best-known French eatery also plates seared duck breast and leg confit, beef bourguignon over fettuccine and desserts so rich, you might want to skip dinner altogether.
What is dating but bringing two disparate worlds together? Thats what makes La Brasa International Cuisine, 1310 NW 25th St., such an inspired choice. Peruvian and Korean food come together in an exciting menu thats a delight for the taste buds and a sure conversation starter.
The famed pollo a la brasa, an amazing roasted chicken, is paired with kimchi, herbs, naan and slaw in the Pollo a La Brasa y China, but maybe save that for a couples date night.
If youre feeling frisky, order the Ceviche Leche de Tigre. Even if the aphrodisiac effect is just a placebo, its a deliciously fresh dish.
Hopefully, if you take any of this advice, your date night will be successful enough that you wont be pondering Haddaways philosophical challenge alone afterward.
Print headline: Romantic repast, Its not too late to plan a romantic evening (or morning) for Valentines Day.