Brookvin is a casual wine bar in South Slope that’s a pretty ideal early-in-the-game date spot. You can share small plates and charcuterie at a table or the bar in the narrow, dimly-lit space, or in the back garden under hanging lights and some greenery. They have a lot of wines by the glass and the half bottle, and if your conversation is becoming a series of awkward silences and glances around the room, ask the knowledgeable bartenders for some tastes of wines they recommend.
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Rose's serves elevated pub grub and an excellent cheeseburger in the original Franny's space, a couple blocks from the Barclays Center.
Fausto is a Park Slope Italian restaurant that’s great for a celebratory dinner or a date you really don’t want to mess up.
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Aria Wine Bar
Aria in the West Village is a picture-perfect, cozy little room, ideal for a first date.
The Four Horsemen
Part natural wine bar, part restaurant, The Four Horsemen is one of our favorite places to drink and eat in Brooklyn.
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A Park Slope Vietnamese restaurant with an incredible patio. This is not your usual banh mi shop.
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If you have a date in Brooklyn, consider Elsa. It’s cozy, good-looking, and there’s a big cocktail list. If you’re likable, the date should go fine.
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