D.O.C feels like a Sardinian bed and breakfast where the elderly owner smiles and nods as you taste the house wine and local cheeses. It’s a very cozy Italian wine bar that’s great for a low-key date in Williamsburg. The big Italian wine list has affordable options by the glass and carafe, and there’s a large selection of cheeses and charcuterie along with some housemade pastas.
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The Chinese Club
The Chinese Club serves Indian-Chinese fusion food in a casual space in Williamsburg.
Berry Park is a big rooftop bar and restaurant in Williamsburg that gets pretty clubby at night.
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Aria Wine Bar
Aria in the West Village is a picture-perfect, cozy little room, ideal for a first date.
There were exactly zero restaurants we enjoy hanging out in Meatpacking until Santina arrived. Now there’s one.
Aita Trattoria is a neighborhood Italian spot in Crown Heights that’s perfect for eating lasagna and drinking some wine.
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Off the main stretch in Williamsburg is Aurora, a place charming enough for a First/Early in the Game Date, calm enough for Dinner with the Parents, and with an insane, well-greened Outdoor/Patio Situation.
Bar Belly is a cocktail and oyster bar on the Lower East Side that’s an ideal first date spot.
Antica Pesa is both crazy and endearing, and a far cry from some of the other restaurants around here that hand you some food and a paper napkin and then wait for you to leave.
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