Father’s Day Restaurant Reservations: Delicious Last-Minute Deals and Offers

Nothing says 'Thanks, Dad!' like a juicy steak.
Nothing says ‘Thanks, Dad!’ like a juicy ribeye.

Father’s Day is just a few days away, but there’s still time to book a table for Sunday. No matter what city you’re celebrating in, OpenTable can help you find a reservation!

You can visit our local Father’s Day pages to find details on special menus, pricing, and additional offers. And, below, we’ve rounded up a sampling of offers, from value-driven to extravagant, as well those that are a bit different, to whet your appetite.

Atlanta:
A bit less: Shula’s 347 Grill — Celebrate Father’s Day by treating Dad to a free entree. One per table; another entree must be purchased by one other diner.
A bit more: Park 75 — Head to the Four Seasons Hotel for a special BBQ with Dad experience.$70 per adult ($79 including Bloody Mary’s and beer), $30 for kids 6-12.
A bit different: Amura Japanese Sushi Restaurant — $5 New York steak after rebate, for fathers only.

Baltimore:
A bit less: La Tasca — Enjoy three tapas dishes and a dessert for $25 per person from the special “Tapas for Papas” menu.
A bit more: Morton’s The Steakhouse — Let Morton’s do the grilling. Join them for a mouth-watering three-course meal for only $69 per person.
A bit different: The Alehouse Columbia — Order a growler gift basket, which includes a signature pint glass, growler, and gift card.

Boston:
A bit less: Antonia’s at The Beach Restaurant and Bar — All-you-can-eat brunch buffet for only $14 per person.
A bit more: Palm Restaurant — Offering a 16-ounce, bone-in filet mignon at a special price of $45 and a $79.95 summer lobster dinner for two.
A bit different: Orchard Street Chop Shop — All dads get a complimentary cigar with entree purchase to enjoy on the terrace or take home.

Chicago:
A bit less: Domo 77-Aurora — Steak and lobster plus shrimp and chicken combination with soup, salad, veggies, fried rice, and a bottle of house wine for $59.96 for two people.
A bit more: deca Restaurant + Bar at The Ritz Carlton — Featuring a “Beef, Bourbon, and Beer Brunch” with Half Acre Beer Co., Revolution Brewing, and Woodford Reserve for $79 per person.
A bit different: Bistro Dre — All fathers will receive a complimentary slice of cheesecake with fresh strawberry sauce — and a gift bag.

 Denver:
A bit less: Randolph’s at Warwick Denver Hotel — Check out “Blues, Brews, and BBQ” on the patio. All your favorite brunch and BBQ items from the grill. Local draft beer included, all for just $25 per person.
A bit more: EDGE Restaurant & Bar — EDGE has partnered with Rickenbaugh Caillac of Denver for brunch and test drives on Fathers Day. $55 per adult, $25 for children (under 12).
A bit different: Aquarium Restaurant — Treat Dad to an under-the-sea adventure! Enjoy the one-of-a-kind Aquarium Restaurant and Aquarium Adventure Exhibit this Father’s Day. Continue Reading

Top Chef Texas Episode 6: Chef Ed Hardy Wonders, ‘Who Shot Ty-lör?’

Overcome by the heat, Padma relies on an old Victoria's Secret pose to keep her balance.

This week’s Top Chef: Texas has Ed Hardy of Red Rooster Harlem and I in a decidedly Dallas state of mind

First, what up with all the chef-smokers? As a former smoker, I am proud to say that I made it through culinary school without a puff! Why do you think so many chefs light up?

Because we all drink? You’ve got to do something something with your free hand while you’re drinking. I solved this problem years ago by double-fisting. That way I don’t have to smoke.

Good thinking! So, of the classic sauces — tomate, espagnol, hollandaise, bechamel, velouté — which would you most like to do? I think espagnol is gross.

I was mystified. Didn’t we drop all pretense of the classic French sauces years ago? Aren’t they too heavy for today’s sophisticated palates? Okay, home cooks. Let me explain. No, wait, that’ll take too long. Let me sum up: Espagnol IS gross. Tomate is tomato sauce. Near as it doesn’t make a difference. Don’t let folks tell you otherwise. Hollandaise is delicious. Add herbs or whatever spices you want. Have a ball! Velouté is boring. It’s a roux with some stock. But don’t make it. Bechamel is non-boring velouté because its a base for cheese sauces. Substitute milk for stock. Don’t forget a dash of nutmeg. That, in a nutshell, is all you need to know anymore about classic French cuisine. Modern French cuisine? That’s another story…

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The Second Location: Benjamin Steakhouse Raises the Stakes in Westchester

I defy you to look at this picture without wishing you were in it, ordering a dry Martini and a juicy steak! Oh, wait...is that just me projecting? Probably. Nonetheless, you should still join me here!

I heart Benjamin Steakhouse in Manhattan, and I was so glad to learn that this popular power lunch and dinner spot now has a sibling in Westchester. I was curious, though, about the challenges of opening a second restaurant, so I rang up proprietor Benjamin Prelvukaj for his take on the opportunities and the risks.

Benjamin, what made you decide to expand your brand?

You always want to grow, especially when you can grow during a recession. It means you’re doing something right. It was an opportunity to meet a whole new audience.

And, how did you decide on a site outside city limits in Westchester?

I live in Westchester County! I live, like, five minutes away. But, it’s not easy to get a great location in Westchester. I always had my eye on this space. It was a hotspot, and then it died down. Still, I would go with my family and friends and eat and drink. I chatted with the owners and felt them out and asked if they would consider selling. At first they said no. And, then they came around slowly. We negotiated for almost two years. Luck was on our side, because the economy was getting worse and worse.

How long was the process from start to finish, once you had the lease?

It was very quick to open! We took the keys in June. Construction started in July. All (50,000 square feet!) of the building is brand new construction. We had people working 24 hours a day. We opened our doors on October 18, 2010, after a couple of weeks of a soft opening.

That seems quick!

The second location is actually always easier, because we were able to train everyone in our first location. It’s the same system, so it was a seamless transition. And, we got two longtime employees to join us there.

Did you face any challenges being outside New York City proper?

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Valentine’s Day 2010: Put a Fork in It!

Valentines-Day-2010-Put-a-Fork-In-ItValentine’s Day 2010 is just a fond (I hope!) memory by now. I hope yours was as fun as mine (I dined at SHO Shaun Hergatt and had a delightful Valentine’s Day dinner!). I didn’t get there in a limo, but some lucky Tweeps had that option, thanks to winning the OpenTable Valentine’s Day Limo Twitter Giveaway, sponsored by Limos.com. Congratulations to all our winners!

One of the most popular eateries for Valentine’s Day, according to your tweets in response to Monday’s query, was — surprise! — The Melting Pot. On Tuesday, when we asked who your celebrity dream date is, the most popular celebs were actors Halle Berry and Tyrese. Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds took second place. Angelina Jolie may have Brad Pitt, but more of you want to dine with his first wife, Jennifer Aniston. The “Jersey Shore” cast proved popular, with JWoww, The Situation, and DJ Pauly D getting some love from OpenTable diners (but not, alas, Snookie. Poor Snickers!) Your most random dream dates? “Golden Girl” Bea Arthur and hockey great Gordie Howe. Someone chose reality-TV-star-turned-punchline Jon Gosselin. Let’s hope it was in jest.

In terms of your favorite food to eat on Valentine’s Day, your tweets told us that it was a bad day to be a cow or a lobster, as surf and turf was one of top most romantic dishes. OpenTable diners are clearly chocoholics as chocolate, though, took first place. Strawberries dipped in chocolate were also wildly popular. Back on the savory side, a stand-alone steak, pasta, oysters, and fondue were also all the rage. The sweetest most romantic food-related tweet I saw? A diner tweeted, “Anything healthy so we can live a long life together.”

When we asked you to tweet your favorite romantic movie on Thursday, Love Actually was the winner — but just by one vote. The Notebook came in second. Other picks included Casablanca, Ghost, Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, and The Princess Bride. Offbeat tweets highlighted Better Off Dead, The Empire Strikes Back, and Shaun of the Dead (Nothing says romance like zombies, really.). Cutest tweets: Lady and the Tramp got two votes. That pasta-sharing scene gets me every time I see it, and, clearly, I’m not alone. It also makes me want to eat spaghetti every time I see it.

Finally, the most romantic city, according to your tweets, is — shocker! — Paris. New York bumped San Francisco to third place, by just a single tweet. Florence and Venice, Italy, each got a lot of love as did Charleston. Unique suggestions included Bruges, Pittsburgh, and Warsaw.

Congratulations again to our winners, and thanks to Limos.com and for all your terrific tweets. If you’re still seeking more romance until next Valentine’s Day, check out the Top 50 Most Romantic Restaurants, according to the 2010 OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards.