BEST RESTAURANT FOR ROMANCE 2010 - Forepaugh's
Everyone knows how to set the mood for romance: a lit fireplace in a private nook, candlelight, fine wine, haute cuisine, and a ghost. St. Paul's Forepaugh's is right on point. Since its top-to-bottom renovation two years ago, the historic restaurant has tried to downplay the ghost (legend has it a former maid, Molly, in love with the original master of the house, Joseph Forepaugh, haunts the third floor where she hung herself in the late 1800s), but it sacrifices nothing of the other romantic elements. Each table in the three-story Victorian mansion is its own cozy nest, tucked into one of the many rooms and odd corners of the house. Lovebirds dine on beef Wellington, braised lamb steak, and slow-roasted salmon from an extensive menu of New American cuisine, while sipping on any number of fine wines or classic martinis. On Valentine's Day the place is packed. The maitre d' recommends putting your 2011 reservations in now. And while the bartender insists there's no ghost, should you feel a cold chill next to the warm fireplace, or a slight breeze on the staircase, it's okay to assume it's Molly and wrap your arms a little tighter around your sweetheart—just to add to the romance.