You already know going out on Valentine's Day is a bad idea. You'll be sandwiched between overly affectionate newlyweds, awkward couples making the Valentine's leap a bit too early, and, worst of all, single people who "don't care about Hallmark holidays and damn it, they have just as much a right to eat out as everyone else, even on February 14th." And that's if you get a reservation at all.
So you are presented with a couple of options: you can bring the fancy steakhouse to you, you can say "screw it" and have an Anti-Valentine's party, but one thing you absolutely CANNOT do is order cheap takeout. Whether you're with your other half, your buds, or your dog, do not be that person. Here's a better idea -- make the same salty, umami-laced food you crave, but make it at home, with your favorite music in the background and a glass of wine (or a timely cocktail) in your hand. You can still have oil-slicked scallion pancakes, savory gyoza bombs, and even hot and sour soup. You'll just be doing it way better.