In Brooklyn, couples can also enjoy a plethora of unique activities, gallaries and creative dining options for first dates and romantic nights out, ranging from hip all-day diners featuring global fusion fare to multi-course prix fixe dinners at acclaimed chef-centric restaurants.
Sardine is an upscale modern art gallery in Bushwick, originally founded in 2011 by Lacey Fekishazy. The contemporary art gallery showcases a rotating lineup of solo exhibitions and small group shows, focusing on the works of emerging and mid-career artists from New York and beyond. More than 50 rotating exhibitions have been showcased since the gallery's opening, housed within an intimate, contemplative modern gallery space that allows for site-specific immersive installations. Past exhibitions have featured artists such as Daniel Giordano, Karen Tepaz, Sun You, Olivia Drusin, and Kyle Vu-Dunn. The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays during the afternoon hours or during special event show times throughout the month.
286 Stanhope St, Brooklyn, NY 11237, Phone: 914-805-1974
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The Diamond is a unique dive bar in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood, owned and operated by Dave Pollack, best known for his work at Williamsburg's Spuyten Duyvil. The craft beer and wine bar cultivates an excellent list of domestic and imported brews, including rarities such as cult favorite Two Brothers Long Haul Ale and bottles from European breweries such as Brouwerij De Brabandere and Schneider and Sohn. A selection of craft ciders is also showcased, along with fine red and white wines and sherrys and a light bar fare menu featuring items such as charcuterie plates, pot pies, and sausage rolls. Couples can enjoy games of shuffleboard and horseshoes at the bar or cozy up outside at the bar's two-seat patio gondola. Mario Kart tournaments are also highlighted periodically, along with a weekly film festival movie showing highlighting classic hits.
43 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222, Phone: 718-383-5030
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The BogArt is one of Bushwick's premiere art galleries and studio spaces, originally opened as a production studio space in 2005. Today, the converted factory space on Bogart Street is home to a wide variety of gallery and nonprofit artist spaces, including artist organizations and businesses such as NURTUREart, Theodore: Art, and Momenta Art. Visitors can peruse gallery exhibits at galleries such as Slag Gallery, Soho 20 Gallery, and Life on Mars Gallery during open hours or view artists at work at studio spaces such as Studio 10. Other companies with spaces in the factory include Agape Enterprise, Bogart Salon, and Interstate Projects. The gallery and studio space is conveniently located near the L train route for easy and convenient transportation.
56 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 11206, Phone: 718-599-0800
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Minus Space is an abstract art gallery in Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood, originally founded in 2003 as an online curatorial project helmed by area artists Rossana Martinez and Matthew Deleget. Following a number of curated online exhibitions, portfolios, interviews, and critical essay publications, the gallery opened its first physical space in 2006 following a string of nationally-curated exhibits at guest locations. Since 2011, the gallery has been located along Dumbo's Front Street, focusing on exhibitions of abstract and reductive art by artists working in media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry, installation, and multimedia art. Past works have include a retrospective of modern art coverage by Life magazine, a collection of record art and ephemera by Josef Albers, and the acclaimed exhibition Roberta Allen: Works from the 1970s, which was selected as one of Brooklyn's top 10 art shows in 2014 by Hyperallergic.
16 Main St, Brooklyn, NY 1120, Phone: 718-801-8095
Falansai is one of New York's best Vietnamese-style restaurants, originally opened in 2013 by owner and executive chef Henry Trieu. The restaurant, which has been awarded with high rankings from the prestigious Michelin Guide, offers creative French-Vietnamese fusion fare out of its Bushwick dining space, with a focus on high-quality comfort fare. Communal tables give a converted warehouse facility an intimate gathering space vibe, perfect for first dates or romantic outings. Pho is served up all day, including a selection of internationally-inspired Globe Trotter Pho options from regions such as Mexico, Peru, and Gunkanjima. At dinner, couples can choose from meat and seafood entrees such as Kung Pao calamari, heo kho-style caramelized pork belly, ginger-infused ga gung chicken, or wok-sauteed filet mignon cubes. Vegetarian dishes include pumpkin curry, lemongrass tofu, and sauteed ca tim xao eggplant.
112 Harrison Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11237, Phone: 347-599-1190
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Greenlight Bookstore is one of Brooklyn's most acclaimed independent bookstores, originally opened in the borough's Fort Greene neighborhood in 2009 by Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo. The store, which opened a second location on Flatbush Avenue in 2016, has developed a loyal following for its collections of unique and rare literary titles, which are carefully tailored to the needs and interests of both locations' neighborhoods. Collections are organized according to a diverse shelving policy which does not separate books by race, gender, or other cultural dividers. An extensive family-friendly and children's section is offered at the Prospect-Leffert Gardens locations, which is housed within a newly-constructed luxury residential tower.
686 Fulton Street (at South Portland), Brooklyn, NY 11217, Phone: 718-246-0200
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Brooklyn Cider House is New York City's first farm cidery, owned and operated by siblings Susan and Peter Yi. The cidery and restaurant ferments all of its apples in a process that lasts up to 18 months, highlighted in the company's classic variants Kinda Dry, Bone Dry, Still Bone Dry, and Half Sour. Family-style Basque meals are served up as part of a nightly prix fixe offering, showcasing four courses of rustic cuisine such as butternut squash soup, arroz con almejas, cowboy ribeye steak, and tortillas de patatas. A full taproom and bar menu also showcases New American fusion fare, including bahn mi burgers, spicy pulled pork tacos, bulgogi bibimap, and brunch entrees such as avocado toast and chicken and waffles.
1100 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237, Phone: 347-295-0308
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Taco Dumbo is a delightful Southern California-style taqueria in Brooklyn, serving up market-fresh tacos, cold-pressed juices, and craft margaritas throughout the week. The vibrant taqueria cultivates a lively surf-style atmosphere, offering laid-back dining experiences at lunch and dinner. Diners can choose from a selection of delicious tacos stuffed with protein choices such as rotisserie chicken tinga, beef short rib, vegan chorizo, spiced cauliflower, or truffled mushrooms. Asian-inspired fish taco options are stuffed with sushi-grade tuna and salmon paired with coconut sticky rice, toasted nori, and yuzu mayonnaise. Certified vegan Impossible burger tacos are stuffed with plant-based beef, black bean mash, and vegan lime crema. Rice bowls, taco salads, and housemade guacamole are also served up, along with a full lineup of craft brews and fine wines.
56 Prospect St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Phone: 347-202-0306
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Golda is a cozy dining spot in Brooklyn's historic Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, opened in 2017 by restaurateur Danny Nusbaum. The 28-seat restaurant offers all-day dining service, including full coffee shop service highlighting a multi-roaster coffee program and specialty espresso beverages such as charcoal lattes, honey oat milk lattes, and cookie milk iced lattes. Global fusion fare blends Californian and Middle Eastern influences, including ash-cured farmer's cheese plates served with honeycomb and pistachio butter, babka French toast with stonefruit and spiced whipped cream, and vegetarian eggplant Menemen platters with Jerusalem artichokes, saffron yogurt, and urfa biber. Sandwich options include egg sandwiches with muhamarra and kashkaval, smoked trout caviar sandwiches, and fried chicken sandwiches topped with pickled cabbage and aleppo date toum. Couples should note that the restaurant can become very crowded during brunch and lunch service due to its limited seating and should plan accordingly.
504 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, Phone: 718-484-7065
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Le Fanfare is a casual Italian-style cafe in Greenpoint, owned and operated since 2014 by Giorgia and Luca Fadda and Nicola Paganelli, the owners of Nolita favorite Epistrophy Cafe. The authentic Italian cafe showcases communal tables seating up to 38, along with intimate wood and marble booths featuring romantic seating for two. High-quality fare is crafted with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients, focusing around pastas and breads prepared in house daily. Classic pasta entrees range from bucatini di gragnano and spaghetti alla carbonara to sweet potato agnolotti and potato gnocchi prepared with walnuts and kale pesto. Delectable land and sea entrees include myrtle-scented pork ribs, balsamic short rib sandwiches, and market fish entrees prepared with chickpea panelle and fennel puree. Live music acts are frequently showcased in the restaurant's dining room, further adding to the intimate ambiance.
1103 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, Phone: 347-987-4244
Bernie's is a laid-back, relaxed Brooklyn hangout in Greenpoint near McCarren Park, offering the perfect low-lit, comfortable ambiance and old-school booths decked out with butcher paper and crayons for clever doodling and gameplay during dinner with dates. The casual dining destination offers a full menu of comforting American-style fare, including double patty cheeseburgers, baby-back ribs, and half and whole vinegar chickens served up with sides such as onion rings and creamed spinach. Shareable appetizers include classic favorites such as shrimp cocktail, baked clams, garlic bread, and mozzarella sticks, available at lunch and dinner daily. Ice-cold beer is available on tap, including national craft favorites such as Shiner bock. Dates can also split spectacular desserts such as oversized brownies, grasshopper sundaes, and lemon ice-box pie.
332 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, Phone: 347-529-6400
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Baba Cool is a charming all-day cafe in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood, opened to the public in 2015 by restaurateur Gabriella Mann. The vibrant, unique dining spot serves up light fare throughout the morning and afternoon hours, including creative toasts, chia pudding cups, and clever egg sandwiches, complemented by classic coffee shop beverages, including a variety of espresso-based beverages using beans sourced by Toby's Estate. Matcha drinks by kettl are also served up, along with a selection of organic hot and iced teas. Dinner specials are available between 5:00pm and 9:30pm, complemented by a full menu of local wines, beers, and kombuchas on tap and handcrafted specialty cocktails.
64b Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, Phone: 347-689-2344
Popina is a unique fusion restaurant offering from restaurateur Chris McDade, opened to the public in the Columbia Waterfront District in 2017. The restaurant showcases a unique menu combining culinary influences from Italy and the American South, presented as part of three-course prix fixe menus nightly at dinner. Entree offerings range from classic dishes such as panzanella, bucatini, and burrata, served up alongside unique dishes such as hot chicken Milanese and pappardelle prepared with collard greens and ham hock. At brunch, diners can choose from options such as Carolina gold rice arancini, grits and greens, and breakfast sandwiches prepared with egg, cheese, and guindilla. A carefully-cultivated selection of red, white, and sparkling wines is available to complement all meals, along with local draft beers and handcrafted specialty cocktails.
127 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, Phone: 718-222-1901
14.Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
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Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill is an eclectic club-style restaurant that opened its first location in Miami in 2010, noted as a semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Award the following year. Its second outpost was opened in Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood in 2017, showcasing intimate, stylish booth and bar seating and a central open-fire grill. Unique small plates are executed by head chef Timon Balloo, reflecting his mixed Indo-Chinese heritage and Trinidad background. A full raw bar offers seasonal oysters, king crab legs, and massive seafood towers, while an extensive sushi menu highlights specialty rolls, sashimi, and nigiri. Entrees include duck fried rice, whole-roasted branzino, and bone-in ribeyes prepared with polenta and mushroom demi-glace. Signature cocktails include rum-focused offerings, frozen drinks, and house sangria.
55 Water St Suite 1A, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Phone: 718-473-9555
15.The Butcher's Daughter
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The Butcher's Daughter is a self-proclaimed "vegetable slaughterhouse" in Brooklyn's hip Williamsburg neighborhood, opened to the public in 2018 by restaurateur Heather Tierney and executive chef David Ochoa Rodriguez. The restaurant, cafe, and juice bar serves up a full menu of plant-based fare at breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, showcasing daily-changing menus that feature vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free fare. Excellent health-conscious entrees include portabella steaks, cauliflower pizzas, and housemade pastas prepared with seasonal market vegetables. At brunch and breakfast, diners can choose from options such as triple-berry French toast, vegetarian breakfast tacos, and spinach egg bowls. Lunch selections range from pesto quesadillas and vegan reubens to plantain bowls with black beans and purple cabbage.
271 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, Phone: 347-763-1421
16.Mulberry and Vine
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Mulberry and Vine is a perfect choice for couples looking for health-conscious date fare, showcasing a menu of customizable bowls with organic, locally-sourced ingredients. The popular New York City chain, which is helmed by Michelle Gauthier and Justin Schwartz, offers locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, including a location in the upscale Dumbo neighborhood. Create-your-own bowls showcase protein options such as sesame scallion tofu, jackfruit, roasted salmon, and charred avocado, tossed in healthy oils such as cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil. A selection of prepared foods are also available, including curried freekah and quinoa salads. Diners should note that all locations of the chain are card-only and do not accept cash payment.
55 Prospect St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Phone: 917-810-2827
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Emmy Squared is a charming neighborhood pizza joint in Williamsburg, opened to the public on 2016 by Emily and Matt Hyland. The restaurant is known for its comforting red and white pizza concoctions, ranging from classic mozzarella, margherita, and deluxe variants to Hawaiian-style Hula Hogs, honey and pickled jalapeño-infused Colony Squareds, and upscale Angel Pies, topped with mushrooms, ricotta, and Truffleist cream. Couples can customize pizzas with toppings such as chorizo, Zia hatch chiles, mushrooms, and the restaurant's signature Sammy sauce. Classic sandwiches include meatball sandwiches, chicken parms, and double-stacked Le Big Matt burgers, prepared with grass-fed beef patties and American cheese and served with waffle fries. Regional draft beers, red and white wines, fine liquors, and specialty cocktails are served up throughout the evening, with special social hour pricing Monday through Friday during the early evening hours.
364 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, Phone: 718-360-4535
18.Kings County Imperial
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Kings County Imperial is a modern Chinese diner in Williamsburg, owned and operated by chef Josh Grinker since 2015. The restaurant is widely known as one of Brooklyn's hottest upscale Chinese food joints, offering a full menu of classic dishes with modern twists, including excellent dim sum options such as wok-seared long dumplings, Chinese hanging pork ribs, sesame shrimp toast, and crispy white radish cakes. Noodle entrees range from Hong Kong-style noodles to Beijing street noodles prepared with petit shiitake mushrooms, hen of the woods, and Chinkiang vinegar, while wok and stir fry dishes range from tea-smoked duck mu shu and crispy garlic chicken to Kung Pao chicken and Gulf shrimp choy. Diners can also split fried rice dishes or orders of the restaurant's famous imperial spring rolls, prepared with shrimp, squid, scallops, and cilantro. A full drink menu features Asian-style cocktails, fine liquors, and regional craft beers on tap.
20 Skillman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, Phone: 718-610-2000
19 Best Places to Visit in Brooklyn on a Date
- Sardine, Photo: Sardine
- The Diamond, Photo: The Diamond
- The BogArt, Photo: The BogArt
- Minus Space, Photo: Minus Space
- Falansai, Photo: Falansai
- Greenlight Bookstore, Photo: Greenlight Bookstore
- Brooklyn Cider House, Photo: Brooklyn Cider House
- Taco Dumbo, Photo: Taco Dumbo
- Golda, Photo: Golda
- Le Fanfare, Photo: Le Fanfare
- Bernie's, Photo: Bernie's
- Baba Cool, Photo: Baba Cool
- Popina, Photo: Popina
- Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, Photo: Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
- The Butcher's Daughter, Photo: The Butcher's Daughter
- Mulberry and Vine, Photo: Mulberry and Vine
- Emmy Squared, Photo: Emmy Squared
- Kings County Imperial, Photo: Kings County Imperial
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