photo credit: Noah Devereaux

The wood, white and plant covered patio at LaLou


Wine BarItalian

BrooklynProspect Heights

$$$$Perfect For:Drinking Good WineDrinks & A Light BiteEating At The BarFirst/Early in the Game DatesOutdoor/Patio Situation

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It’s not easy to stand out on Vanderbilt Avenue just north of Prospect Park—a stretch that includes places like Olmsted, Maison Yaki, Faun, and Chuko—but LaLou does, thanks to one of the best natural wine programs in the city. The wine list at this narrow, white-walled spot includes some Eastern European varietals your wine store clerk has probably never heard of, as well as plenty of familiar options from famous regions in France and Italy. Whether you’re looking for Grand Cru Champagne, or you have a higher tolerance for barnyard aromas than Babe the pig, the very friendly staff will help you find something you’ll like.

There’s also a straightforward food menu, and while the cheese plate and peppery saucisson are enjoyable snacks, there’s no need to go out of your way for the entrees, like a small portion of steak for $32, or roast chicken served in what tastes like caper juice. Instead, get drinks in the backyard or at the long bar with a date, and if you like each other (or the wine temporarily makes it seem that way), head to one of the many great spots up the street for dinner.

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Maison Yaki in Prospect Heights is where you go to sit on a red leather barstool and eat classic French cooking-inspired yakitori.

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City Vineyard is a restaurant and wine bar on the Hudson River in Tribeca, and it’s a great spot to drink wine outside with a group.

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