DC-area restaurants celebrate Valentine’s Day

Restaurants, bars offer special treats, experiences

Restaurants in the DMV, like Peacock Alley (Waldorf Astoria), Lulu’s and Tiki TNT are preparing for Valentine’s Day. Guests will appreciate special dine-in menus for intimate and experiential outings.

Peacock Alley

At Peacock Alley, love-celebrating dining includes appetizers and mains, from $24 to $48. Here are the featured specials.

Valentine’s Day Specials at Peacock Alley

  • East Coast Oysters on the Half Shell, “Vesper” Mignonette, Charred Lemon, Spicy Cocktail Sauce, ½ Dozen or Full Dozen, for $24 or $48, respectively
  • Crispy Fingerling Potatoes: Whipped Burrata, Osetra Caviar, Fresh Herbs, for $28
  • Ahi Tuna Crudo: Charred Beech Mushrooms, Sea Beans, Pickled Fresno Chiles & Ginger Vinaigrette, for $24
  • Dessert: Pavlova, Tahitian Vanilla Mousseline, Dulce de Leche, Exotic Fruit, for $24, serves two (2) people

Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004

Tiki TNT

At Tiki TNT, at the Wharf DC, there is a “beachy” alternative to Valentine’s Day—a less formal outing opportunity. Todd Thrasher, owner and mixologist, and his team are going big for this love affair.

The waterfront view guests can let loose with oversized drinks, like the tiki bowl. Alternately, customers can enjoy it au natural with a pineapple and a coconut as a sippy cup. There will be three potent, shareable cocktails on hand for $30. (Each serves two people.)

The all-things-coconut drink A Bull, We Should Run, While Holding Hands features Coconut Water, Coconut Milk, Coconut Bitters, Coconut Air, Thrasher’s Coconut Rum, El Dorado 12-year, for example. Also, Don’t Put the Pineapple Upside Down in Your Shopping Cart Unless You Like Sharing combines All Spice Dram, Pineapple Syrup, Thrasher’s Spiced Rum, Plantation Stiggins Rum, and High Dive Bourbon.

Red Hot Juicy Passion in a Bowl includes Passion Fruit Liquor, Thrasher’s White Rum, Lemon Juice, Red Hot Syrup, and Red-Hot Air.

Executive Chef Steve Kim is whipping up creative dishes, said the Polynesian-inspired bar. Two can share the Duck Ssam Board for $35. Pan Seared Duck Breast is elevated with Miso Butter, Apple and Napa Kimchi, Bibb lettuce, Grilled Royal Trumpet Mushrooms, and Miso Rice. For a pleasurable finish, the Duck Fat and Lump Crab Scallion Pancake will be a no-brainer.

Tiki TNT, 1130 Maine Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20024

Lulu’s Winegarden

Lulu’s Winegarden is taking Valentine’s Day to a new level. It will host a tasting and class for two people, priced at $120. Local wine expert and sommelier Daniel Runnerstrom of Williams Corner Wine will host the event. Runnerstrom previously worked at Maxwell Park.

From 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Runnerstrom will conduct a Blind Wine Tasting Class for attendees. In this way, they will be challenged to identify three different wines via their senses.

Lulu’s announced, “Runnerstrom will demonstrate how to inspect the wines’ visual appearance, nose, and effect on the palate, while attendees will try and guess which wines they’re drinking.”

Attendees will also be served a shareable spread of dips curated by Cable Smith, chef and partner. He also heads the kitchen at Michelin-honored sister restaurant Royal.

Tickets cost $120 ticket, and include all wine and food for two guests. Seating is limited and guests can reserve their space via Resy.

Lulu’s Winegarden, 1940 11th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

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