4 unique places take your valentine to dine

Nothing beats a classic dinner date, but sometimes the obvious places go stale. When impressing a potential significant other or keeping a lit flame burning, there comes a time where the same ol’ same ol’ just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Here are three local and unique places to eat this Valentine’s day:

New York Grilled Cheese Co.

The Brooklyn Porkster and New York Cheese Fries. | Photo by Alexis Paige

Grilled cheese is part of every college student’s menu. We learn how to make it in unique ways by adding meat and trying different cheeses so we can call it being adventurous. But now New York Grilled Cheese Co. is making all the good combos for us. Changing the game in Wilton Manors and Boca Raton, you’ll satisfy your carb cravings. Whether you want to stick with tradition or try something new, this fast casual dining keeps the atmosphere relaxed with a modern twist.

Must order: New York style fries

TripAdvisor: 4.5

Yelp: 3.5 stars

Cornell Cafe

The classic bento box. | Photo by Alexis Paige

Inside the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is one of the few lunch cafes filled with authentic Japanese cuisine. From sushi to green tea ice cream, Cornell Cafe will make you forget you’re in Delray for the day. Work up an appetite by walking through the gardens either by a guided tour or pure intuition. Having to pay for admission and food may seem like too much, but students get 25% off admission, and if the date is going well there are more things to do.

Must order: Bento box, Any style

TripAdvisor: 4.5

Yelp: 4


Photo by Mohammed F. Emran

Right outside of Mizner, is Kanpai, formerly known as Ninja’s Spinning Sushi. You can choose from sitting down and getting served sushi and/or Japanese BBQ, or what we suggest, sitting at the spinning sushi bar. Getting to pick from the variety of sushi as it floats in front of you, or being able to order off the sushi menu if you can’t wait for your favorite roll. This adds a fun spin (pun intended) on the traditional sushi date.

Must order: Any sushi roll

TripAdvisor: 4

Yelp: 3.4


The “Butcher” | Photo by Emily Creighton

We can argue that you will not find a restaurant quite as unique as Delray Beach’s Dada. Converted from a historic 1924 home and named from an European art movement, you dine in a place with as much personality as your food. Using only locally grown ingredients, you’re supporting multiple small businesses while never exactly knowing what meat, starch, or vegetable of the day might be, just that it’ll be good.

Must order: The “Butcher”

TripAdvisor: 4.5

Yelp: 4

Featured image by Emily Creigthon