How to Avoid Getting Ripped off this Valentine’s Day

By Nicole Goodkind

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Feb. 14 – aka Valentine’s Day – is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants. According to Zagat’s Valentine’s Day survey, 43% of people plan on dining out to celebrate the Feast of Saint Valentine.

Because of the sudden influx of patrons, restaurants often create an expensive prix fixe menu instead of the regular a la carte fare:

  • The Modern, a restaurant in New York City, is offering a $250 7-course tasting menu compared to an average price of $127 a person
  • Sepia in Chicago is offering a 4-course menu for $90 compared with an average $60 per person
  • Gitane in San Francisco is offering a 5-course menu for $75 compared to an average price of $53 per person.

Nina Zagat, co-founder of The Zagat Survey, sat down with The Daily Ticker to give us some pointers on how to avoid getting ripped off while dining out on Valentine’s Day.

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