Cafe Rue Dix is where you should meet friends for dinner and drinks before a night out in the neighborhood. This French-Senegalese spot is covered in West African masks, the bar is painted with geometric patterns that look like Senegalese textiles, and loud afrobeat music is always playing. Try to sit still while you order the beef mafe (peanut stew) or a whole branzino.
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The best BBQ in New York City resides in Red Hook, in a Texas-style dining hall of sacred smoked meats known as Hometown Bar-B-Que.
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Glou is a wine bar and small plates restaurant in Prospect Lefferts Gardens that’s one of your best options in the area for a first/early date.
Wildair is a casual wine bar on the Lower East Side, attached to the acclaimed tasting menu restaurant Contra.
The original Pastis closed in 2014, and now there’s a new location (also in the Meatpacking District). It isn’t as cool, but the food is still great.
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Aita Trattoria is a neighborhood Italian spot in Crown Heights that’s perfect for eating lasagna and drinking some wine.
Trinidad Golden Palace Restaurant
Trinidad Golden Place is a cash-only Trinidadian bakery in Crown Heights that makes incredible pastries, massive roti, and Chinese-American dishes.
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