By Emma Crisci
Asst. Arts & Entertainment Co-Editor
Even though it feels like we have only been in school a total of 10 days, it is already February, and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. In case you are scrambling to find a romantic dinner spot or that lastminute gift for your significant other, this article will provide the perfect, most romantic date spots to make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet.
Let’s start with the dinner spot. I could go on and talk about the five-star restaurants in Rittenhouse Square or anywhere else in Philadelphia, but obviously we are college kids and our bank accounts cannot even cover an appetizer at those places. So let’s start local.
Tango is an American cuisine restaurant right off the Bryn Mawr train stop. The restaurant has an intimate setting to it, with a small private room to dine or a comfortable dining area by a fireplace.
The restaurant also has a train room that is supposed to resemble the seating area of a train car. Tango thrives off of the aspect of being “comfortable,” so if you are not in the mood for unique food that you cannot even pronounce, Tango will hit the spot.
Na’Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse in Horsham is also a restaurant favorite. Na’Brasa offers a unique dining experience that you cannot get anywhere else. Once you are seated, a server who explains the whole Brazilian experience immediately greets you. Before the main course, you start off at the salad bar, where there is an endless array of freshly prepared salads, vegetables, imported cheeses, cured meats, Brazilian specialty dishes and the tableside salmon service.
Once you get back to your table, you have a yellow card that you flip, which means you are ready for tableside service. From there, a Guacho chef comes with 14 different kinds of meats and cooks them in front of you. After finishing that meal, if you are ready for more, you simply flip the yellow card again, and the chef will come back with more. The restaurant offers an ethnic dining experience that is perfect for a Valentine’s Day date.
After you have found the perfect dinner spot, there are plenty of romantic and fun activities to do with your significant other. One of my favorites is the Blue Cross Riverrink. This ice skating rink sits at the waterfront of Penns Landing, where couples can skate hand in hand and enjoy the beautiful scenery. You can then keep warm in the lodge near the skating rink, where there is a 500-person warming tent and a beer garden for you and your significant other to enjoy.
Senior Paul Fortanasce described his perfect Valentine’s Day as fun mixed with a little bit of romance.
“I would want to take my girlfriend to Sky Zone during the day, and then dinner at night,” Fortanasce says. “Then I would take her to Christopher’s in Wayne, because they have the best dessert.”
Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park in Glenn Mills that offers large trampolines and foam pits, and even dodgeball. Fortanasce also mentions Christopher’s in Wayne, which is a small café known for its “neighborhood” feel, and its large variety of diner entrees and desserts.
Junior Debbie Lee also suggests Longwood Gardens as the ideal romantic date spot.
“Longwood Gardens is the perfect date spot, even in the winter time,” she said. “There are four acres of glass-enclosed conservatories filled with different kinds of plants and lights, and you can spend hours walking around looking at everything.”
Junior Allie Lamari describes more of a simple yet enjoyable date that she and her boyfriend enjoy.
“One of our favorite places to go to is the King of Prussia Mall, where we can shop for a while then go to any one of the many restaurants, usually Ruby’s Diner in the mall, and then possibly finish the night off at the movies right across the street,” she says.
Although simple, this idea is ideal if you are on a budget, but still want to make the most out of your date.
Whether it is enjoying a fancy dinner at a restaurant or walking around Philadelphia with your significant other, there are plenty of opportunities both on the Main Line and in Philadelphia where you can make the most out of February’s holiday for love.