Valentine's Day, as you are likely painfully aware, is coming up, which means you've probably got some planning to do. If that's the case, perhaps consider taking your sweetheart to what evidently is the most romantic municipality in the country: Atlantic City.
That's what the restaurant reservationists at OpenTable think, anyway, with the site having ranked A.C. above cities like New Orleans, San Antonio, Texas, and Key West on its "25 Most Romantic Cities in America" listicle. And there is, apparently, good reason for that fact.
The criteria for making the list via OpenTable:
In order to provide a ranking of cities where romantic dining is inherently part of the culture, the OpenTable Most Romantic Cities Index was calculated using three variables: the percentage of restaurants rated "romantic" according to OpenTable diner reviews; the percentage of tables seated for two; and the percentage of people who dined out for Valentine's Day last year.
Essentially, that means that Atlantic City has a) a ton of romantic restaurants, b) a lot of tables open for two, and c) a high percentage of Valentine's Day diners. Which, of course, may be surprising to some, given the economic woes the city has recently suffered, but, still, there it is.
Generally speaking, though, the Internet seems to disagree with OpenTable's ranking. In fact, a poll over at CBS has nearly 85 percent of respondents disagreeing with naming Atlantic City the country's most romantic city.
And while A.C. was the only local spot to make OpenTable's list, Philadelphians can still take heart. Philly was recently again named one of the top cities for (straight) single people, this time by NerdWallet. For that list, factors such as single availability, cost of dating, and the area's social scene were considered.
Philly has plenty of singles and a rich arts culture — a big help when it comes to a night out, which is more affordable here than in other major cities. Whether it's a concert, a museum or a cheesesteak you want to enjoy with a date, Philadelphia has you covered. To break out of the usual dinner and a movie date rut, check out Art After 5 every Friday evening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The takeaway, of course, is this: If you just can't get a date to take to Atlantic City this year, check around Philly — we're probably available.