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24 Ideal Date-Night Spots in Brooklyn

Romantic yet comfortable venues for dates nine, 14, 22, and 37

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There are tons of bars ideal for a first date in Brooklyn — dimly lit venues that are well-populated and fun. But when it comes to dates nine, 14, 22, and 37, most of what makes a venue ideal for a date changes, and doting couples are looking for places that feel romantic yet comfortable. So here’s a collection of standout Brooklyn restaurants and bars for wining and dining a significant other, ranging from Bushwick restaurants with a Michelin star to neighborhood favorites that welcome outside bottles.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2018.

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1. Cherry Point

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664 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-3828
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It’s hard to argue with the cozy, low-lit interior like the one diners will find at Greenpoint’s Cherry Point for an exemplary Brooklyn date night. Chef Ed Szymanski’s menu has garnered the restaurant a devoted neighborhood following, where dishes like steak tartare with bottarga, wild mushroom flatbread, and lamb ribs up the restaurant’s repeat potential. A fine choice any night of the week.

2. St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club

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345 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-4808
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Sure, St. Mazie is dark and cozy like the ideal first date bars on this list, but the live music occurring nearly every night at the Williamsburg bar and restaurant is an activity best saved for the umpteenth date. The food and drink menus are certainly not an afterthought, however, with favorites including the steamed mussels, roast chicken, and pastas.

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3. Faro

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436 Jefferson St
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 381-8201
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Diners won’t find a weak link among the pastas at this Bushwick favorite. Each piece of casoncelli, caramelle, and creste di gallo is made by hand and paired with sauces and ingredients at the peak of the season. The restaurant takes up a renovated warehouse that’s lit warmly, never too loud, and cozy year round. Skip the cocktails and instead go halvsies on a bottle of wine from the list.

4. Bar Velo

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394 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 599-6895
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Make it an evening of sharing plates and sipping cocktails with live music in the background — 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday — at this Williamsburg bar decorated with bicycle fixtures (it’s cuter than it sounds). The service and space are warm, and the menu items are all vegetarian.

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5. Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen

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40 Bogart St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 386-3399
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Nitehawk paved the way for eating and imbibing while watching a film in public, but Syndicated’s version is a local favorite all its own. Movie tickets start at only $4 and showings range from classics like Some Like it Hot and When Harry Met Sally, to recent releases with Oscar buzz. For those who don’t want to commit to a quiet movie theatre, the Bushwick theater-restaurant also has a bar that projects movies on the wall.

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6. Vinegar Hill House

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72 Hudson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-1018
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Whether for a brunch or dinner date, Dumbo favorite Vinegar Hill House offers a lovely setting for two. Follow a cobblestone road to a restaurant that tackles seasonal American fare well. In the warmer months, the restaurant has an idyllic outdoor garden.

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346 Himrod St
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 386-4009
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The Bushwick pizzeria favorite is the neighborhood restaurant everyone wants to live near. The petite space is cozy and welcoming, but teeny two-tops found at Ops are less fitting for an early on date. Everything on the menu is an unfussy standout, namely the marinara pizza and the calzone, a special that changes nightly. When the server offers to taste the table on two to three wines before a decision is made, take them up on it — the wine program here is one of the restaurant’s greatest features.

8. Moloko

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705 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 596-3624
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Moloko is the Bed-Stuy favorite where locals pile in to revel in its relaxed yet special setting. The menu sports very few frills, instead known to be consistent with items like fish and chips, a cheeseburger, and an ice cream sandwich. It’s a warm space with dim lighting that will easily make its way into date-night rotation. Cash only.

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9. Popina

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127 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 222-1901
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Feast on bowls of expert pasta, panzanella, and octopus, plus Popina’s wildly popular hot chicken milanese. Or, for $49 per person, settle in for a three-course menu. Located in Brooklyn’s Columbia Waterfront neighborhood, the restaurant’s front dining room is casual and cool, and what awaits in warmer months is a back patio with bocce ball — an excellent locale for sharing a bottle of wine from the flawless list.

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10. The Finch

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212 Greene Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 218-4444
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Spend an evening at this neighborhood Clinton Hill restaurant on beautiful, residential Greene Avenue. The warm space lends well to an evening spent sharing plates of chicken liver mousse, squid ink pasta, and duck confit. It’s inventive and surprising, but consistent to devoted locals. It’s got a Michelin star, too.

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11. June

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231 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(917) 909-0434
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Cobble Hill adores June for a number of reasons, among them the ever-solid small plates and a wine list that leans heavy into natural wines from around the world. For a daytime brunch date, June is well-lit and inviting; and in the evening, the space oozes romance, with a vibe that’s never too loud and lighting that is assertively warm.

12. L'Antagoniste

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238 Malcolm X Blvd
Brooklyn, NY 11233
(917) 966-5300
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The menu at Bed-Stuy favorite L’Antagoniste focuses on French classics like steak tartare, seared foie, steak frites, roast duck breast, and poulet frites — and doing them expertly. It’s popular among groups and parties of two alike, each likely to return for the fare and the welcoming service provided by the staff. The back patio is a dream on warmer days.

13. Olmsted

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659 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 552-2610
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Brace for a special meal at Greg Baxtrom’s Prospect Heights stunner which, although not that far from a fine-dining destination, feels utterly and completely of the neighborhood. Indelible signature dishes like the carrot crepe and frozen yogurt dessert provide comfort to repeat diners. Also not to be missed is Olmsted’s backyard garden — what may have started as a spillover space for guests waiting for a table has turned into one of the restaurant’s biggest draws. Get the s’mores out there.

14. Terre

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2824, 341 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 788-2285
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Nearly every neighborhood is boasting a natural wine bar these days, but Park Slope’s version is one that sticks out, especially to fans of orange wine. Terre matches its picturesque dining room and outdoor patio with food and drink menus that warrant repeat visits; as many as it takes to try all of Terre’s memorable pastas. Non-carby dish standouts include grilled octopus during dinner and a frittata during brunch.

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15. Glou

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406 Rogers Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 483-9211
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What’s special about the wines at Glou in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens is that it specializes in natural and organic makings. The food menu to go with it is small, but packs favorites like octopus with potato, meatballs, sardine toast, and lamb terrine. Those who have been can’t say enough good things about Glou.

16. Nitehawk Prospect Park

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188 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 782-8370
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There’s a reason why dinner and a movie is a timeless date-night scenario, and few do it better than Nitehawk, the dine-in movie theater that rose to fame on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg and recently opened in Prospect Park. The theater does a mix of recent releases and cult classics, so there’s bound to be something for everyone. Go for shareable menu items like a charcuterie and cheese board, and plenty of popcorn.

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17. Werkstatt

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509 Coney Island Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 284-5800
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Werkstatt is a snug and kid-friendly Austrian restaurant on the Windsor Terrace and Prospect Park South border. Thanks to a sun-drenched back room and a warming fireplace, the restaurant begs for a visit any time of the year. The schnitzels and the giant pretzel (made in Munich and shipped from Bavaria) are some of the moves here.

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18. The Castello Plan

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1213 Cortelyou Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 856-8888
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Share a bottle (or two) and some solid share plates with an SO at this Flatbush favorite. Fans of the restaurant keep coming back for the steamed mussels, burger, and the feeling that it’s the same every time. The Castello Plan is open until 2 a.m. — and the kitchen until midnight during the week — so feel free to linger for hours until then.

19. Meet Noodles

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2816 5216 8th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
(347) 457-6618
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Cozy up in one of Meet Noodles’s leather booths for the restaurants speciality: Chong Qing-style noodles. Everything is under $10, so it’s an especially affordable date night, for dishes such as steak noodle soup. All of the dishes at this Sunset Park Chinatown destination beg to be shared.

20. Gino's Restaurant & Pizzeria

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7414 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 748-1698
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Gino’s is a Bay Ridge staple, and a very fine locale for a celebratory dinner, or just a weekday date — the restaurant feels special occasion but the prices suggest something more casual. It would be a mistake to miss any of the dishes Gino’s is known for, like its zuppa di clams; orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe; and tiramisu.

21. Le Sajj

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8221 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 833-7255
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This Middle Eastern hidden gem in Bay Ridge has been doling out Lebanese hits for over a decade, and it’s a fine destination for outstanding kibbe, meat-stuffed dumplings, roast baby lamb, and flame-grilled kebabs. The interior is sumptuously decorated with baroque furniture and white tablecloths, but post-dinner hookah keeps everything fun.

22. Saigon

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4521 Avenue N
Brooklyn, NY 11234
(718) 338-8883
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Saigon is a take-out favorite for much of the Flatlands, Brooklyn neighborhood, but those who dine in are equally enamored by the casual setting that goes along with excellent Vietnamese dishes. Saigon is definitely among the more laidback restaurants on this list, which every date-night rotation needs.

23. New Ruan's

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1955 86th St
Brooklyn, NY 11214
(718) 266-8888
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One of the several standout Chinese-American restaurants in Bensonhurst is New Ruan’s — beloved for a sprawling menu, Tiki cocktails, and a brand of spotless service that’s been consistent for years. The menu sprawls across many pages and categories, undoubtedly with something for everyone.

24. il Fornetto

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2902 Emmons Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11235
(718) 332-8494
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It can be hard to come by a waterfront restaurant that excels at its dishes, which is why locals in the know have latched on to Il Fornetto in Sheepshead Bay. For an early evening date, Il Fornetto offers a $29 pre-fixe dinner that’s three courses, in addition to the a la carte menu. No matter the route, diners should look for Il Fornetto’s namesake penne and shrimp rigatoni in vodka sauce.

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1. Cherry Point

664 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

It’s hard to argue with the cozy, low-lit interior like the one diners will find at Greenpoint’s Cherry Point for an exemplary Brooklyn date night. Chef Ed Szymanski’s menu has garnered the restaurant a devoted neighborhood following, where dishes like steak tartare with bottarga, wild mushroom flatbread, and lamb ribs up the restaurant’s repeat potential. A fine choice any night of the week.

664 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

2. St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club

345 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
St. Mazie St. Mazie [Official Photo]

Sure, St. Mazie is dark and cozy like the ideal first date bars on this list, but the live music occurring nearly every night at the Williamsburg bar and restaurant is an activity best saved for the umpteenth date. The food and drink menus are certainly not an afterthought, however, with favorites including the steamed mussels, roast chicken, and pastas.

345 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

3. Faro

436 Jefferson St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Read Review |

Diners won’t find a weak link among the pastas at this Bushwick favorite. Each piece of casoncelli, caramelle, and creste di gallo is made by hand and paired with sauces and ingredients at the peak of the season. The restaurant takes up a renovated warehouse that’s lit warmly, never too loud, and cozy year round. Skip the cocktails and instead go halvsies on a bottle of wine from the list.

436 Jefferson St
Brooklyn, NY 11237

4. Bar Velo

394 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Bar Velo Bar Velo [Official Photo]

Make it an evening of sharing plates and sipping cocktails with live music in the background — 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday — at this Williamsburg bar decorated with bicycle fixtures (it’s cuter than it sounds). The service and space are warm, and the menu items are all vegetarian.

394 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

5. Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen

40 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Syndicated Michael Tulipan for Syndicated [Official Photo]

Nitehawk paved the way for eating and imbibing while watching a film in public, but Syndicated’s version is a local favorite all its own. Movie tickets start at only $4 and showings range from classics like Some Like it Hot and When Harry Met Sally, to recent releases with Oscar buzz. For those who don’t want to commit to a quiet movie theatre, the Bushwick theater-restaurant also has a bar that projects movies on the wall.

40 Bogart St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

6. Vinegar Hill House

72 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Vinegar hill house Vinegar Hill House [Official Photo]

Whether for a brunch or dinner date, Dumbo favorite Vinegar Hill House offers a lovely setting for two. Follow a cobblestone road to a restaurant that tackles seasonal American fare well. In the warmer months, the restaurant has an idyllic outdoor garden.

72 Hudson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201

7. Ops

346 Himrod St, Brooklyn, NY 11237

The Bushwick pizzeria favorite is the neighborhood restaurant everyone wants to live near. The petite space is cozy and welcoming, but teeny two-tops found at Ops are less fitting for an early on date. Everything on the menu is an unfussy standout, namely the marinara pizza and the calzone, a special that changes nightly. When the server offers to taste the table on two to three wines before a decision is made, take them up on it — the wine program here is one of the restaurant’s greatest features.

346 Himrod St
Brooklyn, NY 11237

8. Moloko

705 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
moloko Moloko

Moloko is the Bed-Stuy favorite where locals pile in to revel in its relaxed yet special setting. The menu sports very few frills, instead known to be consistent with items like fish and chips, a cheeseburger, and an ice cream sandwich. It’s a warm space with dim lighting that will easily make its way into date-night rotation. Cash only.

705 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

9. Popina

127 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Popina Popina [Official Photo]

Feast on bowls of expert pasta, panzanella, and octopus, plus Popina’s wildly popular hot chicken milanese. Or, for $49 per person, settle in for a three-course menu. Located in Brooklyn’s Columbia Waterfront neighborhood, the restaurant’s front dining room is casual and cool, and what awaits in warmer months is a back patio with bocce ball — an excellent locale for sharing a bottle of wine from the flawless list.

127 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

10. The Finch

212 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Read Review |
The Finch The Finch [Official Photo]

Spend an evening at this neighborhood Clinton Hill restaurant on beautiful, residential Greene Avenue. The warm space lends well to an evening spent sharing plates of chicken liver mousse, squid ink pasta, and duck confit. It’s inventive and surprising, but consistent to devoted locals. It’s got a Michelin star, too.

212 Greene Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

11. June

231 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Cobble Hill adores June for a number of reasons, among them the ever-solid small plates and a wine list that leans heavy into natural wines from around the world. For a daytime brunch date, June is well-lit and inviting; and in the evening, the space oozes romance, with a vibe that’s never too loud and lighting that is assertively warm.

231 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

12. L'Antagoniste

238 Malcolm X Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11233

The menu at Bed-Stuy favorite L’Antagoniste focuses on French classics like steak tartare, seared foie, steak frites, roast duck breast, and poulet frites — and doing them expertly. It’s popular among groups and parties of two alike, each likely to return for the fare and the welcoming service provided by the staff. The back patio is a dream on warmer days.

238 Malcolm X Blvd
Brooklyn, NY 11233

13. Olmsted

659 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Read Review |

Brace for a special meal at Greg Baxtrom’s Prospect Heights stunner which, although not that far from a fine-dining destination, feels utterly and completely of the neighborhood. Indelible signature dishes like the carrot crepe and frozen yogurt dessert provide comfort to repeat diners. Also not to be missed is Olmsted’s backyard garden — what may have started as a spillover space for guests waiting for a table has turned into one of the restaurant’s biggest draws. Get the s’mores out there.

659 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

14. Terre

2824, 341 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Terre Terre [Official Photo]

Nearly every neighborhood is boasting a natural wine bar these days, but Park Slope’s version is one that sticks out, especially to fans of orange wine. Terre matches its picturesque dining room and outdoor patio with food and drink menus that warrant repeat visits; as many as it takes to try all of Terre’s memorable pastas. Non-carby dish standouts include grilled octopus during dinner and a frittata during brunch.

2824, 341 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

15. Glou

406 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

What’s special about the wines at Glou in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens is that it specializes in natural and organic makings. The food menu to go with it is small, but packs favorites like octopus with potato, meatballs, sardine toast, and lamb terrine. Those who have been can’t say enough good things about Glou.

406 Rogers Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

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16. Nitehawk Prospect Park

188 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
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There’s a reason why dinner and a movie is a timeless date-night scenario, and few do it better than Nitehawk, the dine-in movie theater that rose to fame on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg and recently opened in Prospect Park. The theater does a mix of recent releases and cult classics, so there’s bound to be something for everyone. Go for shareable menu items like a charcuterie and cheese board, and plenty of popcorn.

188 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215

17. Werkstatt

509 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218
Werkstatt Werkstatt [Official Photo]

Werkstatt is a snug and kid-friendly Austrian restaurant on the Windsor Terrace and Prospect Park South border. Thanks to a sun-drenched back room and a warming fireplace, the restaurant begs for a visit any time of the year. The schnitzels and the giant pretzel (made in Munich and shipped from Bavaria) are some of the moves here.

509 Coney Island Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11218

18. The Castello Plan

1213 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Share a bottle (or two) and some solid share plates with an SO at this Flatbush favorite. Fans of the restaurant keep coming back for the steamed mussels, burger, and the feeling that it’s the same every time. The Castello Plan is open until 2 a.m. — and the kitchen until midnight during the week — so feel free to linger for hours until then.

1213 Cortelyou Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11218

19. Meet Noodles

2816 5216 8th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220

Cozy up in one of Meet Noodles’s leather booths for the restaurants speciality: Chong Qing-style noodles. Everything is under $10, so it’s an especially affordable date night, for dishes such as steak noodle soup. All of the dishes at this Sunset Park Chinatown destination beg to be shared.

2816 5216 8th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220

20. Gino's Restaurant & Pizzeria

7414 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Gino’s is a Bay Ridge staple, and a very fine locale for a celebratory dinner, or just a weekday date — the restaurant feels special occasion but the prices suggest something more casual. It would be a mistake to miss any of the dishes Gino’s is known for, like its zuppa di clams; orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe; and tiramisu.

7414 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

21. Le Sajj

8221 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
Read Review |

This Middle Eastern hidden gem in Bay Ridge has been doling out Lebanese hits for over a decade, and it’s a fine destination for outstanding kibbe, meat-stuffed dumplings, roast baby lamb, and flame-grilled kebabs. The interior is sumptuously decorated with baroque furniture and white tablecloths, but post-dinner hookah keeps everything fun.

8221 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

22. Saigon

4521 Avenue N, Brooklyn, NY 11234

Saigon is a take-out favorite for much of the Flatlands, Brooklyn neighborhood, but those who dine in are equally enamored by the casual setting that goes along with excellent Vietnamese dishes. Saigon is definitely among the more laidback restaurants on this list, which every date-night rotation needs.

4521 Avenue N
Brooklyn, NY 11234

23. New Ruan's

1955 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11214

One of the several standout Chinese-American restaurants in Bensonhurst is New Ruan’s — beloved for a sprawling menu, Tiki cocktails, and a brand of spotless service that’s been consistent for years. The menu sprawls across many pages and categories, undoubtedly with something for everyone.

1955 86th St
Brooklyn, NY 11214

24. il Fornetto

2902 Emmons Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

It can be hard to come by a waterfront restaurant that excels at its dishes, which is why locals in the know have latched on to Il Fornetto in Sheepshead Bay. For an early evening date, Il Fornetto offers a $29 pre-fixe dinner that’s three courses, in addition to the a la carte menu. No matter the route, diners should look for Il Fornetto’s namesake penne and shrimp rigatoni in vodka sauce.

2902 Emmons Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11235

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