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Four Unconventional Restaurants for Valentine's Day

by CH Contributor
on 13 February 2009
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by Ariston Anderson

Face it. Trying to be creative on Valentine's Day is rough. The pressure's on to do something original and when the clock comes down, you end up with the same old bouquet of roses. Here's a selection of restaurants that will do the work for you.

Le Refuge des Fondues
In Paris, Le Refuge des Fondues, where the only thing to be ordered is fondue, the owner took to serving wine in baby bottles, to avoid the city's stringent wine glass tax. The concept took on in this cozy Montmarte restaurant. It's perfect if the idea of feeding your loved one from a biberon is appealing. For 15 euros for the fondue special, and all the wine you can drink from a baby bottle, it's a steal.

There's even a copycat restaurant that opened recently in New York, Les Cave des Fondues

Le Refuge des Fondues
17, Rue des Trois Fréres
Paris, France 75018 map
tel. +01 42 55 22 65

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Irving Mill, New York City: Heart Tasting Menu To show your date that you're all heart, the Irving Mill in New York is offering a seven course Heart Tasting Menu for $85. Starting with chicken heart tempura, it's followed by duck heart confit, grilled pork heart blt, squab heart sugo, cured shaved lamb heart and sweetbread stuffed calves heart. For dessert? Hearts of Palm Tres Leches.

Irving Mill
116 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003 map
+1 212 254 1600

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Nocti Vagus
Dining in the dark at Berlin's first pitch-black restaurant, the sensory-deprived Nocti Vagus, you won't be able to actually taste much of your food. But that's not the point. If you go a little wild, no one will notice. The night includes film and music, in the dark of course, included in the price of a three course meal for 59€.

For similar restaurants, called Dans le Noir in both Paris and London, check out the site for more info.

Nocti Vagus
Saarbrücker Strasse 36-38
10405 Berlin, Germany map
tel. +49 30 7474 9123‎

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Bed Miami
Bed bars have been around for quite some time now, but what about bed restaurants? There's nothing more fun than eating in bed, especially when it's not your own bed. Bed Miami does have an annoying nightclub vibe, so try to get seated in one of the many private areas, and show up early.

Bed Miami
929 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139 map
tel. +1 305 532 9070

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