I know it is mid January, but you certainly don't want to be left out in the cold or out in the doghouse if you don't have your Valentine's Day dinner planned in advance. You know as well as I do that this day is probably one of the busiest days for restaurants for the whole year.  Don't be that guy that waits til the last minute and is scrambling to get a nice dinner together.  In case you were wondering, here are some ideas of some of the best places to take your significant other.  By no means is this an all inclusive list, just of the few that I have personally experienced and would definitely recommend.  

These places are local and the ambiance is out of this world...in a romantic sense.  Don't forget the flowers!

1)  Chesterfield's At 1713 Bleeker Street In Utica

Casual dining at it's finest.  Offering old world Italian favorites including some of the best Italian greens around!

2) Cafe Bella Mia's At 15 Auert Ave In Utica

If it be Vodka Riggies you seek, look no further.  Great place where everything is homemade and made to order.

3)  Route 69 Steakhouse At Rt 69 In Whitesboro

Bar none, best Chicken Riggies in town and you can get them mild, medium, or hot.  Just a heads up, their medium is plenty hot.  Great menu and great steaks!

4)  Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse At Genessee Street In N Utica

Atmosphere is fantastic as well as romantic!  Call for reservations.  Bar is open past midnight.

5)  The Radisson Hotel At Genessee Street Downtown In Utica

Always offering great buffets with a wide variety of great food.

6) Alee's At 247 Elizabeth Street In Utica

The prime rib is out of this world - Call for reservations!

As I mentioned, this is just a few suggestions, but be prepared and don't wait for the last minute to get your plans together...you may find yourself picking up your Valentine's dinner from the drive through.