Valentine’s Day doesn’t just suck for singles who don’t want to be reminded of their singlehood. It’s also a pain in the tuchus for couples scrambling to find a dinner reservation, sometimes at a restaurant with ridiculously marked-up menu “specials.” Thankfully, statistics have come to the rescue to show that you should really just stay in and avoid the hassle.
According to a new survey by the Zagat folks, 44% of couples intend on dining out this Valentine’s Day. Even worse, the average expected dinner tab comes out to $147/couple, compared to the regular check for two of around $43.
And with only a couple weeks to go before V Day, fewer than half of couples tell Zagat they have made a reservation. This means there’s going to be a crush of latecomers trying to elbow their way to a table.
So if you really want to show your significant other(s) that you love him/her/them, stay away from the crowded, overpriced restaurants this year and spend that money on something more important.
PS: If have plans on proposing to your S.O. in a restaurant, be warned that nearly 7 out of 10 Zagat respondents would think you are a complete cheeseball. So if a ring is in the cards this Valentine’s Day, maybe wait until you’re back home, lest you be on the receiving end of cold stares from judgmental diners.