Some people would say that choosing Valentine’s Day to break up with a significant other is the mark of an unconscionable cad. Notice we’re not arguing. So, if you’re the kind of person to knowingly use this day to exact some kind of interpersonal justice on a deserving (ex) partner, here’s a few spots in different hoods around the Hub where you can do just that. You heel, you.
Neighborhood: Davis Square
Breakup style: Somewhat amicable. Like you both sensed it was coming, and it’s probably for the best.
Why here: They have a $50 prix fixe menu for the night, so you can use the pan-roasted salmon and chocolate molten lava cake to lessen the blow to your formerly beloved. Chocolate does that.
255 Elm St., Somerville. 617-628-999. foundryonelm.com
Breakup style: Potentially loud and obnoxious. Either because they’re a bastard or you are.
Why here: The large, cavernous dining area, and the often boisterous noise-levels, will help shroud the decibel levels of the tirade coming at you from your dinner partner. And the wood-fired pizza is ideal for either throwing your soon-to-be-non-better-half off the scent of what’s to come, or throwing at the person breaking up with you.
425 West Broadway, Southie. 617-765-8636. lincolnsouthboston.com
Neighborhood: Fort Point
Breakup style: Polished and slick.
Why here: The sexy, Paris-at-night vibe and house-made flatbreads are a good precursor to the deed, and the surroundings may keep the option of one last night of sexual escapades together a real possibility, if you’re hoping to go out with a bang. Pun totally intended.
49 Melcher St., Boston. 617-556-8000. bastillekitchen.net
Breakup style: Calculated.
Why here: The high ceilings and exposed brick walls in this former outpost for trading quill pens present a polished atmosphere in which to coldly peer over the baked rigatoni from Top Chef Masters alum Jodi Adams and let the other person know it’s over, and time to move on.
540 Atlantic Ave., Boston. 617-451-1234. trade-boston.com
Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Breakup style: Ready to party.
Why here: Between the saucy red ambient lighting, Liberty Hotel chic, and Lydia Shire-led menu (think: Riesling steamed lobster sausage), a night of V-Day splurging could roll right over into the two of you partying separately in the other venues at the hotel, and even perhaps staying the night. Maybe with each other, maybe with some new friends.
215 Charles St., Boston. 617-536-2100. scampoboston.com
Breakup style: Ironically detached from the whole thing.
Why here: You can use the cozy quarters and relatively loud noise levels to get right down to business (business = truffled gorgonzola fries and killer steak frites), and slip in the “So, we’re done I think, what?” conversation while sampling from the 25-plus daily changing draft lines. A well-curated beer selection often helps grease the wheels for a nice clean breakup. Or unleash hell on earth. Your call.
477 Cambridge St., Allston. 617-787-2337. deepellum-boston.com