Black Flamingo is a vegan Mexican restaurant in Williamsburg that turns into a bar at night. Upstairs, there’s a lounge area where you can hang out and have both a cocktail and a conversation with someone. Downstairs you’ll find a little basement that gets dark, loud, and crowded. In other words, that’s where you want to be dancing. Expect crowds on weekends, and get there before midnight if you don’t want to pay a cover or wait in line, because there’s a good chance that there will be both of those things.
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Leland Eating & Drinking House
Leland Eating & Drinking House serves excellent small plates, fresh focaccia, and hot cocktails from its corner shop in Prospect Heights.
Claro is a great Oaxacan-inspired restaurant that’s even better when you’re sitting in the backyard.
N 11th Cookout
N 11 St Cookout is a big outdoor-only spot in Williamsburg where you can play lawn games after having burgers and frozen cocktails.
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Birria-Landia is a truck in Jackson Heights, and it’s where you’ll find the best birria tacos in NYC. Get a few, and dip them in a cup of consome.
What was once called Rockaway Taco is now called Tacoway Beach. The good news? The fish tacos are still the best in town.
Gordo’s is a neighborhood Mexican restaurant in Bushwick with solid guacamole and house margaritas.
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St. Mazie is a relatively low-key Williamsburg bar that has live music and good cocktails.
Hotel Delmano is probably the best date spot in Williamsburg. It’s dark, cozy, and feels like an ocean liner that sank a long time ago.
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