Enter Pera Mediterranean Brasserie. If you've got cash to burn Wolf of Wall Street style, this aphrodisiac-laden nine-course extravaganza is your one-stop shop for V-Day bliss. The restaurant's team approached the evening as an opportunity to create the perfect proposal environment, and this over-the-top meal, which costs a cool $30,000, includes everything but the ring. (Yes, that means a personal photographer to capture every magical moment AND a session with relationship guru Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Because, spending your life savings to woo the wrong lover would hardly encourage repeat visits.)
The menu features $1,300 bottles of 1990 Chateau Cheval Blanc, Royal Osetra caviar (at a moderate $1,600 per ounce), Venetian risotto with white truffles, Langoustine de la Manche, and Santorini molten chocolate lava cake sprinkled with edible, 24-carat gold leaf. And, of course, you'll dine in a private room, serenaded by a harpist (among other musicians). Your fairy-tale evening ends with a night at The Ritz Carlton, followed by a morning carriage ride through Central Park with Cristal and Cronuts, and a $5,000 shopping spree at Tiffany & Co. Swoon.
And, if by some terrible twist of fate, your love story does not end happily ever after, you'll be relieved to know your 30 grand also covers a therapist and a matchmaker to get you back in the game with as little wretchedness as possible. All things considered, this is starting to sound like a bargain. (New York Daily News)