Move over, Manhattan; when it comes to eating well in New York, there’s no place that beats Brooklyn. From Greenpoint to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn’s unique and diverse culinary culture has become a major driver of tourism to the borough, with visitors from across the country and around the globe going on a palate-pleasing tour of this unique part of the city. If you’re looking for a romantic place to enjoy a great meal with your significant other (or a new friend), check out these culinary hotspots:
Al Di La | 248 Fifth Avenue
Widely regarded as one of Brooklyn’s best restaurants, Al Di La is the ideal spot for date night. What this intimate Park Slope eatery lacks in size it more than makes up for in character and charm, offering a long list of Northern Italian delights that patrons return for time and time again. Start your meal with an order of farro salad with roasted beets, red onion, spinach, and pistachios, and round out your meal with one of Al Di La’s famous desserts, like pear cake with bitter chocolate or homemade sorbet.
Roberta’s | 261 Moore Street
For a casual date night, there’s no place like Roberta’s in Williamsburg. Home to some of the most creative pizzas in the city, like the Nun on the Run, a combination of alp blossom, Brussels sprouts, caramelized onions, capers, lemon, and chili, this eatery manages to boast serious charm without a hint of pretension. Vegans and vegetarians also enjoy the menu offerings, thanks to dishes like wood-fired savoy cabbage, crispy sunchoke, and coal roasted beets.
Esme | 999 Manhattan Avenue
Minimalist design and a menu to die for pair perfectly at Esme in Greenpoint. This cute date spot is all hipster charm, thanks to design details like bare Edison bulbs and a gray-heavy palette, but its menu is eager to impress. Try out the farro risotto with heirloom carrots, Brussels sprouts, and pecans, or the decadent veggie burger topped with avocado and pickled scallions. Make sure you save room for a drink, too — cocktails like the mescal-infused Dark Passenger and the vodka-plum-lemon-ginger combo dubbed the Doug Don’t Work Here are amazing.
Modern Love | 317 Union Avenue
Vegans will flip for the fantastic food on the menu at Modern Love in Williamsburg. Helmed by cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz, this vegan eatery creates comfort foods, like knishes, mac and cheese, enchiladas, cheesecake, and chai tea all without any animal products.
Bar Velo | 394 Broadway
Wide plank floors, candlelit tables, and antiques adorning the walls make Bar Velo a charmingly quirky choice for date night. Although it’s best known for its out-of-this-world cocktails, each simply called Number 1, Number 2, Number 3, Number 4, or Number 5, Bar Velo is also a top destination for the city’s vegetarian and vegan crowd, thanks to dishes like crackers with nut cheese, black bean Portobello burgers, and tempeh flatbread.
You can hardly walk a block in Brooklyn without hitting a foodie hotspot, but there are undeniably standouts in the mix. If you find yourself in Brooklyn, make your evening one your date won’t soon forget with a memorable meal at one of the borough’s best eateries.