Text your besties and make it a foursome at a candlelit-for-the-occasion Hell's Kitchen, where parties of four or more on the 14th will receive a free bottle of wine. Order off the menu, or indulge in a steak-and-lobster dinner ($53) or a mock duck cabbage roll with butternut squash risotto ($18.95). Live music by the Rena Haus Trio from 6 to 9 p.m.

Let the folks at Lucia's to Go do the cooking, with a three-course menu ($40 per person), available for pickup between 4 and 5 p.m. Options include soup (beet borscht) or salad, a dessert selection and a choice of red wine-braised lamb shanks, trout with a lemon beurre blanc or roasted chicken with polenta.

Skip the Feb. 14 craziness and make a romantic night of it on the 17th at the charming Afton House Inn, when chef Marc Paavola will prepare a five-course dinner with wine pairings. Cost is $54.95 per person plus tax and a 15 percent tip.