Bar Bête is NYC’s latest restaurant serving roast chicken on marble tables beneath large hanging globe lights. But this trendy Cobble Hill spot has more to offer than the possibility of a Bon Appetit staff member sighting. It’s where you should absolutely have dinner with a date in the area. The simple reason being, they serve thoughtful and delicious French food (like a peekytoe crab omelette) that makes ordering the roast chicken seem about as inspiring as proposing to someone at a Yankees game. So don’t write it off as just another trendy roast chicken restaurant.
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Frankies (457) Spuntino
Frankies is a tiny, cozy joint with simple Italian cooking, and the food is pretty damn great.
A Carroll Gardens neighborhood seafood gem, where the chef might throw a lobster at you. God bless this city.
Court Street Grocers
Some of the best sandwiches in Brooklyn. Court Street Grocers is a Carroll Gardens favorite, but it's good enough to travel for, too.
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Mountain Bird is a poultry-focused French bistro in Harlem, run by a Japanese couple. Sound interesting? It is. It's also excellent.
Dirty French is a Lower East Side French restaurant from the people behind Carbone, and like that place, dinner here is definitely an event.
Tournesol is a French small plates restaurant in Long Island City that’s ideal for casual date night.
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It can be annoying to deal with an unpredictable situation, but for pizza this good, we’re willing to deal with it. Brooklyn’s Lucali is incredible.
Ugly Baby is a little spot in Carroll Gardens serving excellent, authentic Thai food. Come here when you want to try something you haven’t before.
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