Whether you're just looking for a romantic dinner or want to go all out, restaurants and hotels have put together some romantic Valentine's Day options for Monday, Feb. 14. The New Orleans Grill inside the Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier St., 523-6000; www.windsorcourthotel.com) will offer a four-course dinner for $65 each (tax and gratuity included), available from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, through Feb. 14. The dinner includes three entr&233;e options: a Chateaubriand of aged prime Angus beef, roasted loin of elk, or pan-seared redfish. If you're feeling particularly frisky, the Windsor Court offers a two-night stay in a suite, a three-course dinner featuring a special Valentine dessert, a carriage ride to a voodoo shop in the French Quarter, and special love potion at turn-down. It's all available for $915. Call (800) 262-2662 for reservations.
Puttin' on the Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton (921 Canal St., 524-1331; www.ritzcarlton.com) also has Valentine's Day packages for lovers, starting with the Valentine's Pour Deux on Friday and Saturday only. The package includes deluxe accommodations at the hotel, overnight parking and a prixe fix dinner for two at Victor's Grill, all for $550 (tax and gratuity non-inclusive). There is a similar package available at the nearby Maison Orleans for $750, with different room accommodations. The Ritz-Carlton's Valentine's Romantic Rendezvous Package features a limousine trip to the hotel, club-level accommodations, a spa package for two, a prixe fix dinner for two, and breakfast in bed. The total: $2,250 (tax and gratuity non-inclusive). Other separate spa packages are available.
Romance is definitely in the air at Muriel's Jackson Square (801 Chartres St., 568-1885; www.muriels.com), which celebrates Feb. 14 with 'Shakespeare, Seduction and a Natural Reduction.' The special evening will feature a dinner prepared by Executive Chef Erik Ven&233;y that includes grilled yellowfin tuna and herb-crusted lamb chops in a natural sauce reduction. Diners will be serenaded both by a performance of the Bard's love sonnets by The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane and by tenor Kevin Rouchell singing opera selections. The dinner is $150 per person (tax and gratuity all-inclusive).
WYES-TV (cable 12) will present a love affair all its own with 'Chocolate Sunday: A Chocolate Affair' from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Renaissance Arts Hotel (700 Tchoupitoulas St.). Guests can sample delicious chocolate while viewing valuable art that will be available for purchase. The chocolate will be provided by some of the area's more popular purveyors, including Angelo Brocato, Southern Candymakers, We Take the Cake and Hubig's Pies, while a silent auction on chocolate and sugar showpieces will feature works from Bayona, Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House, Restaurant August and much more. Call 486-5511 for more info.