You know who doesn’t have to deal with snow that suddenly turns into rain or subways that double as saunas? People who are smart enough to live on the Amalfi Coast. Pretend you’re one of them at Mama Capri. There’s a nice backyard at this coastal Italian spot in Cobble Hill, and the interior has white brick walls, turquoise chairs, and woven basket lights that make you feel like you should be wearing at least one piece of linen clothing.
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If you have a date in Brooklyn, consider Elsa. It’s cozy, good-looking, and there’s a big cocktail list. If you’re likable, the date should go fine.
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Elio’s is an old-school Italian restaurant on the UES that’s great for a birthday party or a night of martinis and veal parm with a friend.
Always packed Morandi in the West Village is a popular spot serving Italian favorites. The porterhouse for two is amazing.
Montesacro is a Roman-style pinsa place in Williamsburg with a covered garden patio that’s open year-round.
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Al Di La
Al Di La is the ultimate neighborhood Italian restaurant. If you live in Park Slope, congratulations.
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Frankies is a tiny, cozy joint with simple Italian cooking, and the food is pretty damn great.
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