CHOW’s etiquette expert Helena Echlin has plenty of advice about how to pop the question in a restaurant. Now Gourmet has come up with its own list of restaurant romance tips, written by Bruce Feiler.

It includes the kind of horror stories you’d expect, like a woman choking on a diamond ring that was cooked in her crème brûlée, but it also has some surprising info, such as February 13 being one of the busiest nights of the year at the Four Seasons because, “Men bring their mistresses then, so they can bring their wives on Valentine’s Day.”

Feiler also reveals good news for groups of Valentine’s Day haters: “The easiest reservation to get at an overbooked restaurant is a six-top on February 14, because the only people who dine out that night are couples.”

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