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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Café Regular du Nord
Cafe Regular du Nord is a small coffee shop in Park Slope where you can eat a croissant and feel like you’re in France.
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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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