A couple on a date at Eem

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Anyone who has searched for a nice dinner reservation on a Monday has noticed: Options slim down significantly at the beginning of the week. As the hospitality industry struggles to staff up, operating for a full week has become more challenging for restaurant owners; therefore, many food service workers take their “weekends” on Mondays and Tuesdays, as a way to still operate on Saturdays and Sundays. For those of you who also have days off earlier in the week — or are just looking for somewhere nice to take a date, a friend, or an out-of-towner on a Monday — this map highlights a few top-notch options for a special night out, even when many of the city’s date spots are closed. Every restaurant on this list is providing some sort of onsite service, whether you’re seeking a glass of wine, some nigiri, or a big bowl of pasta.

Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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