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Want a great Boston date? Our writers and friends share their suggestions

Posted by Alex Pearlman  February 14, 2012 09:06 AM

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love candy heart.jpgHappy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’ll be celebrating with a dozen roses and giant chocolate heart (all the better if they’re from yourself, to yourself), heading out for a candlelit dinner or on another romantic outing, or getting all anti-Hallmark holiday with some good friends, you can’t deny that today, love is in the air.

While any date can be great as long as it includes a good companion, TNGG Boston’s writers and friends couldn’t resist dishing about their ideal Boston-area dates. If you really like to leave things until the last minute, consider these responses your potential plans for tonight (and you’re welcome). If not, we hope you’ll try some of our ideas out later on.

“My ideal Boston date is seeing a show at the Opera House and having dinner at a table by the window at the Top of the Hub around sunset or at a high-end sushi restaurant in a private rice paper-screened room.”
-- Christi Kim

“Horror movie at Coolidge Corner Theatre.”
-- Benny Bridger

“Dinner and drinks at Toro, live jazz at Wally’s, [and] NY Pizza if we stay out long enough to be hungry again.”
-- Juliana, via Twitter

“Walk along the Greenway and dinner in the North End. Classic and romantic, with views of the Financial District and the historic Boston Harbor.”
-- Lina Roque

“Bike riding down the Esplanade.”
-- Brooke Norris

mike's pastry.jpg“I don’t care where it starts, but it will always end at Mike’s Pastry!”
-- Christine Varriale

“My ideal Boston date: Indian food, dancing to decent '80s music and industrial (possibly Heroes), lots of cocktails that aren't too expensive, cookies. But, #OccupyValentinesDay.”
-- Alex Pearlman

"Maybe a walk through the Public Garden and then ice cream, or music night at a bar or cafe, or a mini concert or show -- not too expensive, but something fun."
-- Caitlin Valanzola

“Skylight Date Night! I have been wanting to do these two things for so long but haven' why not combine them for a little themed date? Go to Top of the Hub to have a drink and amazing view of the sun setting over the city. Then head over to BU's Public Open Night at the Observatory to use some huge telescope and catch a few shooting stars. Oh, and of course a delicious meal thrown in there!”
-- Olivia DiNucci

"Jameson and Guinness at The Black Rose, of course!"
-- Jacob McKibben

“I would like to go on a date that involves one of my favorite activities: drinking beer. Maybe Meadhall or Cambridge Brewing Co., or a gastropub like The Publick House.”
-- Kate Vertucci

“I have been on a number of 'cute' dates in Boston; I don't read for nothing! Getting dressed up for drinks at a trendy place like Towne would be fun, but I’m always down for a delicious meal at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant. I'm used to being the planner, so honestly, letting the guy pick sounds great to me!”
-- Beth O’Meara

Les Miserables when it’s coming in March, or a movie/show. Maybe a hockey game.”
-- Maggie Sinkiewicz

Boston Common Frog Pond.jpg“Here it is for this time of year: Start at Trident Cafe on Newbury and grab some coffee. Play a traffic light game where you head in whatever direction the light is at the intersection (red = right, yellow = left, and green = straight), and get lost in Boston for a while before I lead the way to the Public Garden. Walk through the Garden and the Common until we reach Frog Pond. Then, I’d buy two pairs of ice skates, and we would go skating. Follow up skating with dinner at Giacomo’s in the North End. Then, I’d walk her home and make sure I got a goodnight kiss.
-- Brian Carvalho

Where would you go for a great date?

Photos by (aka Brent) (top), AxsDeny (middle), and R..D (bottom) (Flickr)

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