Strangeways is an outdoor-only restaurant on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg that looks like it could win a garden design competition show. Along with landscaping, they’re also serious about natural wine at this American spot, so keep it in mind for a casual date with someone who cares about tannins and varietals. Their backyard cheeseburger tastes like it was grilled by someone who sends you holiday cards every year in a good way, but you can also get things like pork cheek vindaloo, clam spaghetti, and a ricotta flatbread. Strangeways has a bunch of covered picnic tables up front that work for small groups, plus there’s a quieter corner in the back with a bunch of two-top tables.
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Ela Taverna isn’t too special, although it’s a little better than your run-of-the-mill Greek, and it’s good for an easy dinner in Williamsburg.
Greenpoint Fish and Lobster
Greenpoint Fish and Lobster is a great place for affordable seafood in Brooklyn.
Tom’s is a Brooklyn classic for breakfast and lunch since 1936. You know what’s kept them in business for so long? Free stuff. That, and really good sausage.
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Bowery Meat Company
An East Village steakhouse that doesn’t really feel like a steakhouse. And that’s a good thing.
Trad Room has mostly-Japanese food and a space in Bed-Stuy that looks like they decorated it with all the best items from a vintage thrift store.
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Cervo’s is a little place on the LES where you can bring a date and share some seafood-centric small plates, or just sit at the bar and grab a drink.
Sauvage is a place in lower Greenpoint that looks like a French bistro, serves a great burger, and is surprisingly easy to get into.
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