Need to celebrate a special occasion in Brooklyn? That's what The River Cafe is there for. This restaurant sits on a barge alongside Brooklyn Bridge Park, and it offers a great view of the Manhattan skyline. Brunch, lunch, and dinner are prix-fixe, but breakfast is not. (Also, jackets are required for men.) Yes, this place is expensive, but the food is better than the stuff they serve at Tavern on The Green, and it’s just as good a place to go before prom.
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If you want some decent Mediterranean small plates and an obscure glass of wine in Bushwick head to Petra. It’s great for a low-key date night.
The Farm on Adderley
The Farm on Adderley is a really good, comfortable restaurant in a neighborhood that seems to have relatively few of those.
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Black Nile is a halal soul spot in Crown Heights with great fried chicken and Cajun seafood.
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Vinegar Hill House
One of our favorite restaurants in Brooklyn, especially in the summer when their back garden is in full swing. Bring some bug spray, eat a pork chop.
Celestine feels like a casual neighborhood restaurant, but this Mediterranean spot is on the water in Dumbo and has excellent views.
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