Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, a special dinner planned for popping the question, an anniversary or just an evening to celebrate love, these dishes featured on Top 5 Restaurants fit the occasion. Some are perfect for sharing and others are the ideal aphrodisiac — chocolate, anyone? The list includes sumptuous entrees and decadent desserts, which we all know are essential for capping off the best evenings. See which five foods have romantic rendezvous written all over them.
The River Café is one of the most-romantic spots in New York City for its incredible ambiance and the spectacular city views. But it’s a dessert modeled after the Brooklyn Bridge that makes any dinner here even more memorable. The chocolate mousse and devil’s food cake is decorated to resemble the bridge, and it’s served with raspberry sauce and raspberry sorbet.
For the perfect romantic dinner meant for sharing between two people, head to Creperie du Village in Aspen, Colo. Here the beef fondue for two is notoriously romantic. Diners get to cook their own slices of top sirloin steak in a pot of hot oil. Try one of the dipping sauces: green peppercorn glaze, saffron aioli or romesco. There’s also roasted potatoes and salad on the side.
For the best bananas Foster, head to Arnaud’s in New Orleans, where it’s prepared tableside. In the 100-year-old establishment’s beautiful candlelit dining room, the maitre d’ starts by melting butter, then brown sugar and some splashes of creme de banane and dark Jamaican rum. The bananas caramelize in this mixture, which is finished with a sprinkling of cinnamon before being served with French vanilla ice cream.
Escape city life and head to The Swag Country Inn in Waynesville, N.C. Here in the middle of the Smoky Mountains, you’ll find some rest and relaxation — and some great food too. Enjoy the Wednesday picnic, which offers a spread of down-home cooking. Cap your meal off with a banana pudding pie, made in a vanilla wafer crust with fresh bananas and a topping of whipped cream.
Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, Calif., is located in the most-scenic spot, nestled between redwood forests and the Pacific Ocean. But the rack of lamb is the dish that grabs most everyone’s attention. Simply roasted, the lamb is served with sauteed mushrooms and Japanese pumpkin and a side of barley risotto studded with black truffles. The combination is sure to add some zest to an already romantic evening at the restaurant.
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