During most of the year, date night might mean a little, dark, romantically vibey restaurant where you can hide away from the cold. But summer date night means doing it outside, ideally in some sort of garden. Cue the twinkly lights.
To check out the rest of the 2016 Summer Guide, click here.
We love Blueprint for two kinds of date night moves. Hit it before or after dinner at Al Di La for an awesome one-two punch, or make it your main event with several small plates and the (not-optional) giant house charcuterie plate. Either way, Blueprint will deliver on outstanding cocktails and a small but highly pleasant back patio.
Hotel Delmano is a magical place. We mean that both figuratively and literally, because we’ve spent hours and hours here without realizing it. It has everything you need for an absolutely killer date night: excellent cocktails, an impressive raw bar, and sidewalk seating that ensures you’ll at least have the Williamsburg people watching to discuss.
If June Wine Bar isn’t already on your date night radar, you’re doing your love life a disservice. This place has all the stops for a romantic-but-not-cheesy evening: excellent cocktails and an interesting wine list, great small plates, a beautiful interior, but most importantly - a beautiful back garden with comfortable seating and lots of twinkly lights.
Maison Premiere sparked many imitators, but no Williamsburg-themed fancy cocktail joint is quite as impressive as the original. Yes, the cocktails themselves are fantastic - but everything else about the place is what makes it special. From the amazing back patio to the raw bar - Maison Premiere is a pretty perfect date night spot.
Remember when Barbuto was supposed to close? That was about a year ago, and there are no signs of this place slowing down anytime soon. But we’re also not complaining, because Barbuto is one of the absolute best places in the city to eat a bowl of pasta and/or a roast chicken outside.
Whether you’re really into mezcal, or you enjoy a nice margarita, or you just want to sip on some straight-up tequila, you and your date are sure to find something that appeals on Leyenda’s cocktail menu devoted entirely to Latin-inspired drinks. Get here on the early side to take advantage of the small but great back patio.
The modern Vietnamese food is good, and the cocktails are tasty, but the real reason Bricolage gets a spot on our Summer Guide is the patio. Just look at that thing. It’s just waiting for your third date.
Need a classy outdoor date? Spend an hour at The Whitney, then eat at the connected (and fantastic) restaurant Untitled, and then take a stroll down The Highline. Top Notch Summer Date Night: Level Unlocked.
Frozen negronis and Italian food, all in a beautiful garden in the Highline Hotel. Add in the fact that this all-outdoor restaurant is open in the summer only, and Alta Linea is a date night done deal.
Most Spanish restaurants in Chelsea: cramped, and filled with uncomfortable bar stools. Not the case at Salinas, which is quite large and has one of the best, most comfortable outdoor situations in the city: a dining room with a retractable roof. Plush couches and an all-around fun time.
Hearth used to be known for its pretty heavy Italian food, but they've just revamped the menu with a slightly lighter, healthier bent. The new menu section of bone broths might be a weird summer choice, but the solid sidewalk seating makes for a great East Village night.
Charlie Bird is quietly New York's coolest restaurant - hip hop soundtrack, perfect service, great food, and an always-awesome vibe overall. In the summer, they take over a pretty big chunk of sidewalk and bring the party outside.
This Williamsburg modern Peruvian restaurant is possibly the best-designed new restaurant we've been to this year, and their rooftop is pretty sweet-looking as well. Settle into the lounge vibe, order some ceviche, and completely forget you're about twenty feet from the BQE.
Want restaurant and bar intel like this delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for our newsletter here.