D.O.C feels like a Sardinian bed and breakfast where the elderly owner smiles and nods as you taste the house wine and local cheeses. It’s a very cozy Italian wine bar that’s great for a low-key date in Williamsburg. The big Italian wine list has affordable options by the glass and carafe, and there’s a large selection of cheeses and charcuterie along with some housemade pastas.
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Greenburg Bodega is an all-day cafe in Williamsburg with outside seating and kind-of-healthy gourmet food.
Dar 525 is a great spot for bottomless brunch in Williamsburg without burnt french toast or obnoxious 20 somethings.
Mister Dips is a little trailer in a Williamsburg park where you can pick up a burger, some ice cream, and a thing of waffle fries covered in cheese.
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Saggio is a casual Italian spot in Washington Heights where you’ll want to become a regular.
Always packed Morandi in the West Village is a popular spot serving Italian favorites. The porterhouse for two is amazing.
Osteria della Pace
Osteria della Pace is an upscale Italian spot inside Eataly Downtown in the Financial District.
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Off the main stretch in Williamsburg is Aurora, a place charming enough for a First/Early in the Game Date, calm enough for Dinner with the Parents, and with an insane, well-greened Outdoor/Patio Situation.
Bar Belly is a cocktail and oyster bar on the Lower East Side that’s an ideal first date spot.
Antica Pesa is both crazy and endearing, and a far cry from some of the other restaurants around here that hand you some food and a paper napkin and then wait for you to leave.
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